“ Genre: Shooter „
America's Army 3 is the latest installment in the U.S army's new approach on recruitment tools. Putting you in the boots of your average U.S soldier, you get to engage in online battles as well as unlock certain weapons and attachments via training games.
Everything about America's Army 3 says "Free Game", for the free price tag America's Army is a game but the fact that it cost U.S Citizens millions in taxes is the true tragedy. The controls are awful, the graphics are extremely out dated and the game play is continually laggy.
On to other things, the game features genuine training that real U.S soldier would go through during basic training. To qualify to use weapons such as the M320 grenade launcher or the M4 during online game play the user will need to take part and complete in multiple training missions in which the user must hit a certain amount of targets with so many bullets in order to qualify the training. But the training isn't without its faults, it can be quite buggy at times. On multiple occasions the user will complete the training assignments only for the game to glitch and tell the user to try again, which after the third or forth time can be quite frustrating.
The training is just more than firing big guns, the user will get an opportunity to look at some of the tools U.S soldiers use to save the lives of their comrades while sitting through a first aid lecture. The information you'll learn is quite intriguing and actually healing other soldiers can be a quick mental test in itself. If you find a fellow soldier down and injured you'll be prompted with a symptom he or she is having and its up to you to apply the correct remedy to get them back up on their feet before they can be healed. While there are only 4 different symptoms at the moment it is still good challenge none the less to try to remember what piece of equipment to use to get your friend back up to their feet with bullets whizzing by and the clock ticking down on you.
Unfortunately this is about as good as it gets for America's Army 3. The biggest part of the game is the online multi-player, and it is horrible. The game is naturally laggy in itself so playing offline is hard enough, but you mix in-game lag with Internet lag and you have a really crappy time on your hands. Guns seem to be completely inaccurate and recoil on these weapons are huge, you'll often time find yourself being gunned down by an enemy player that is simply running and gunning towards you rather than playing it tactically, something the game was suppose to be based around.
Everything about the game feels cheap and crappy frankly and has to be the worst recruitment tool in the history of the modern U.S Army.
America's Army 3 feels like it would have been a horrible game 10 years ago, I give it 1 out of 5.
America's Army (called simply AA amongst frequent players) is a first person shooter created by the U.S army to give their soldiers the most realistic simulation of combat experience without having to build mock combat arenas. The game is used by military personnel in the multiplayer version and can be seen by the fact they have a military logo next to their name.
The game is available as a free download from various sites, if you go onto http://www.americasarmy.com/downloads/?view=deploy you will have a wide range of places to download. It is now possible to download it if you have the Steam application. The most recent version is Version 3.06 but there still are a few groups who play earlier versions as they feel they were more enjoyable to play.
America's Army is all about realism, players must first complete basic training before they are able to play multiplayer maps at all. Once they have completed basic they are able to take on more difficult trainings should they wish. If they complete the Special Forces training completely then they are able to take part in Special Forces maps using their own custom modified M4a1 Sopmod. Once players enter a multiplayer map they collect points based on how well they complete their objectives each time the mission is played. If the player is a medic then they will receive extra points for attending to their team-mate's wounds. The more points a player gets the higher the honor level they will receive, an honor level is generally a measure of how experienced and good your team-mates and opposition are. Another position is the advanced marksman, these are the sniper positions and is only available for those who score over 35 out of 40 in basic marksmanship tests and who have completed sniper training.
With other equipment to use such as flash-bang grenades, fragmentation grenades and night vision it all adds up to give users a challenge when they compete, the fighting is not easy but if you stick with it you are rewarded with the satisfaction of mission completed. One part of the game I do like is the use of ironsights on the rifles, the aiming is altered by your characters breathing, so if you have been running for a long time your aim will be more eratic, depending on whether your character is standing, crouching or lying down.
The basic requirements for this game are as follows:
- 3Ghz Single core Processor, 2.4Ghz Dual/Quad Core
- 1GB RAM
- 256MB Video Card with direct x 9.0c
- 5GB HDD Space
Now this can put the strain onto system resources but is deffinately worth it and you can scale the game down to avoid system lag. A good internet connection is a must for this game.
Overall I love this game, it can get a bit boring if you die early and you have to wait for the next round, but if you put the effort in you really do get results.
[What they say.]
Taking cues from the currently popular trend to cater to the realism-enthused, America's Army is one of a new breed of team-based tactical first-person shooters. Costing approximately 6.3 million dollars to make and powered by next-generation Unreal technology, the title delivers a tried and true Counter-Strike style of multiplayer. America's Army is one of the five most popular PC action games played online. It provides players with the most authentic military experience available, from exploring the development of Soldiers in individual and collective training to their deployment in simulated missions in the War on Terror.
- 766MHz Processor
- 128MB RAM
- 32MB Video Card
- 600MB HDD Space
- Pentium IV 1.4GHz
- 256MB RAM
- 64MB GeForce2 or similar 3D card
- 1GB disk space
- EAX 3.0 compatible sound card
[What I say.]
I can't believe there are no reviews for this game! It is by far one of the most popular online games EVER.
I am somewhat of a gamer girl and I decided to give this game a try out of bordom one day and I love it! You take the role of a soldier in the army. Upon starting the game you log into your 'personal jacket' this is where all your records are kept. From here you can complete training/tutorials to give you a better idea of how the game works and let you practice before you head out into the multiplayer servers. - I love this feature. It really helps anyone new to the game get ecent enough at it to not look like a complete 'noob' when you first start.
Once you have complete your training, from learning how to reload, to parachute jumping, completing obstacle courses and driving humvees, you are ready for the big scary world of the AA multiplayer servers!
There are LOTS of servers to pick from. Servers will be playing different maps for the game, for example, you can play the bridge map and either be on the team defending the bridge, or the team ambushing the bridge. You can play the hispital map where you are either on the team escorting the VIP to the helipad, or on the team trying to stop them (These are examples of the general deathmatch maps) Whatever team you are on, you will have certain objectives.
There are also Co-op maps. Where you are in one big team (of normally around 9 players) and you all work together on a map to complete set objectives, fighting against 'bots' or AI. (Computer players)
Playing all these games gives you 'Honor' points. This is a ranking system in the game, or the leveling system, depending on how you look at it.
The graphics are not the best out there, but they are good enough to keep the game interesting and fun, you dont need an amazing PC to play it on either. I have only been playing for a couple of weeks now but I have found the community to be generally very friendly and helpful. My teams have given me a lot of laughs!
Best of all....IT'S FREE.