|a game by||Global Star Software|
|Editor Rating:||6/10, based on 1 review, 2 reviews are shown|
|User Rating:||7.5/10 - 4 votes|
|Rate this game:|
One Of The glut of Vietnam-based titles that's popped up over the last couple of years. Conflict: Vietnam maintains the squad-based third-person shooter style of its predecessors Conflict: Desert Storm and Conflict: Desert Storm II.
The gameplay style remains similar, only now you're toting an M16, sporting a green bandana and running through the jungle instead of kicking up dust in the Middle East. Taking command of your four-man team is a breeze, thanks to the clever yet simple control system, and the Vietcong enemy present a hefty challenge. But it ain't all gravy. The aiming controls are floaty and frustrating (possibly down to the game being developed for consoles first), and the levels frequently force you down annoyingly narrow corridors, even when you're out wandering the rainforest. The omission of a jump key doesn't help either - you can't even clamber over a fallen tree trunk.
Even more astounding is the lack of a multiplayer mode. A squad-centric title like this is simply crying out for some online co-operative action, but the developer has stubbornly stuck to its single-player guns, thereby missing an obvious trick.
Unless you're a fan of the previous games, or a Vietnam obsessive, we see little reason to shell out a tenner for another tour of duty.
Download Conflict Vietnam
Conflict Vietnam is both the best among the conflict games and one of the best among the Vietnam shooters today. That isn't to say it's a superb game, but it has its moments and can make for a pretty intense ride at times.
The game puts you in control of a squad of four men cut off behind enemy lines during the Tet Offensive. You get to control the four men, switching between them at will as you work your way through 100 miles of jungle on your way to freedom. The game starts off with a pretty interesting training system that drops you in the middle of a base and then sends you scurrying between training stations to teach you movement, the shooting system, command system and how to heal. Along the way you also figure out the camp's lay out, something that will serve you well a few missions into the game.
The controls are fairly well conceived, though an overly helpful auto-aim feature tends to suck some of the skill out of the game. Fortunately, that's balanced by a sadistic save system that limits how many times you can save the game in each mission.
Between missions you also get to use accrued points to improve a variety of skills for each of your four soldiers. The skills include things like specific weapon proficiency or how well you heal. The game does a good job of intermingling intense combat with a well laid out plot, making you feel like you really are working your way through a movie, but not dragging down the combat with frivolous cut-scenes.
The graphics are middle of the road, not good enough to elicit raves, but nothing that distracts from this solid game. The same can be said for the sound of the game, there's a lot of interesting background noises and the weapons sounds are dead-on, but it's still not over the top.
I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this game. Some of that may have had to do with my expectations. After being bombarded with a Summer and Fall of Vietnam games that were mostly mediocre I certainly didn't expect this game, which got very little coverage, to be anything to write home about. But it is. I don't expect you'd want to play it much more after you beat it, but it's worth the first ride through.