America's Army Operations
|a game by||US Army|
|Editor Rating:||7/10, based on 1 review|
|User Rating:||6.0/10 - 1 vote|
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How good could a game be that's developed by the US Army and free on top of it? Personally, I had many doubts that a game free to download (http://www.americasarmy.com) would be comparable to other similar games on the market, but after spending some time playing online, most of my doubts have been put to rest. The Army has created a first person shooter that is quite remarkable. Although some areas could be improved, others are impressive, keeping pace or overtaking many similar quality games.
One thing that flows through the entire game is the realistic approach taken. From the mandatory training that must be completed down to the weapons, you'll get a distinct feel of Army life that includes the actual combat. Throwing away the damage bar that's found in most first person shooters, as in real combat, if you take a bullet, you're done. This creates interesting strategy approaches because preserving your life and avoiding taking any unnecessary damage becomes paramount. Not only do your individual tactics become important, but like actual missions, you'll find your success is determined by the actions of your teammates as well. Because of this, the first couple of games played will probably result in a quick death until you become familiar with successful strategy techniques. Even then however, it only takes one well-thrown grenade and you find yourself watching the rest of the game.
Continuing with the realistic approach, the graphics and audio follow suit with solid performances. The audio in particular stands out as weapons fire sounds remarkably real and other background noises are well placed, helping to immerse in the environment. In addition, the graphics hold their own as Epic's Unreal engine was used and performs as expected.
There are a couple of areas that will annoy or frustrate some players as this game will require more than running into the open and blasting everything. Thought and tactics will play a key role as the Army obviously intended to simulate real combat. Other issues including limited weapons may turn off the same group of people, but again the goal is to keep the game as realistic as possible.
For the cost of your time to download, America's Army Operations proves to be a surprisingly solid game. Although almost entirely online, it easily keeps pace with games that cost $50. Unless online play isn't your thing or first person shooters don't hold your interest, America's Army Operations is more than worth the time it takes to download.