Close Combat: First to Fight
|a game by||2K Games|
When I start thinking about military tactical games, America's Army comes to mind first and for good reason. It's one of the best solider simulations I've played with accurate representation of real world missions and it's free. Another one that comes to mind is Rainbow Six, which focuses more on team tactics then a solider simulation but pulls off an incredible experience. Close Combat: First to Fight takes pieces of each of these games and attempts to put together a realistic solider tactics simulator. The result isn't by any means the combination of the best aspects from the games above, but still pulls off a decent experience.
Close Combat: First to Fight focuses in on a Marine team of four called ready, team, fire, assist. The theory is that if each member of the squad executes their position correctly, the adversary will never get the drop on them. In other words they have each others back completely. I was actually impressed with the AI's ability to pull this off as the squad members filled their roles correctly most of the time. It did allow me to rely on them generally and focus on my position.
It was missing however that polished interface and feel of Rainbow Six and also didn't have the in-depth tactical abilities. It was also missing the real battle action that America's Army offers such as the reality of taking a bullet or be too close to a grenade. That being said, Close Combat: First to Fight still offers plenty of solid gameplay to keep most fans satisfied.
The audio and graphics also need improving in order to compete head on with other military shooters, but again there's enough here to keep the game from appearing bland or out-dated. The environments are soft, and your team could use more natural movements but nothing that fans of this genre will be bent out of shape over.
Basically, Close Combat: First to Fight puts forth a good effort and redeems itself some with its multiplayer options. It's definitely worth a rental and fans, especially those who will play online may seriously consider owning it.