|This game aims to show the reality and horrors of war. The Vietnam War-themed
action game focuses on a rookie soldier's experience of the war, complete
with napalm bombardments of civilian villages, Viet Cong booby traps,
and deadly ambushes. As players progress through the game, they'll move
up through the ranks into the Special Forces. Missions in the game will
include everything from large-scale battlefield encounters with the
Vietnamese army to stealth-based missions and assassination attempts.
Locales visited during the player's tour of duty will include lush wetlands,
dense jungles, Vietnamese villages, and claustrophobic tunnel systems.
You take on the role of a rookie soldier on his first tour of duty. Using a
third-person perspective, you experience napalm bombardments of civilian
villages, sneaky night missions along the river banks, claustrophobic tunnel
systems and huge battles in temples and open fields. Most missions are
played as a team, but your team members cannot die and do no influence
the mission objectives. You will have to assassinate enemy generals, take
out crucial boats and guide your team through unknown territory. The game
does not have drivable vehicles, multiplayer options or extensive
environmental interaction, but it features an interesting system of
dismantling the many bombs and traps: in a race against time, you have to
perform a long key sequence in the correct order to clear the path. The
atrocities on both sides are clearly shown in the cutscenes, filmed as
through a shaky hand-camera. Either side is not afraid to abuse civilians
for their cause and this sense of realism gives the game a rather raw edge.
You can even purchase the services of hookers in the base camp. The game
was originally developed for the PS2 and then ported to the Xbox and PC.
To add to the atmosphere, songs from Lee Hooker, Percy Sledge, Status Quo,
The Monkeys and many more, were licensed.