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Battlefield Vietnam was a bit more thrown together then Battlefield 1942. It was the next step in trying to cash in on the new Vietnam game craze that followed the wake of the WWII craze.
The game features some graphical improvements over the original and really helps in terms of foliage and cover. In fact sometimes this can be more of a pain if you're the poor noob who is brought down by hidden fire.
The real star of this game is the new helicopters. The US gets your iconic huey's as both troop transports and gunship versions. Also the Chinook twin bladed transport chopper is there and works as a spawn point as well. The game features many cool vehicles for the North Vietnamese as well including Hind type gunships and Russian armour. The game gives you plenty of choices.
The thing I think that DICE was going for was to really hit on this idea of a mobile battlefield. And no other battlefield game to date has really had such mobility options. You will constantly find yourself boarding or flying a chopper to a distant flag to simply hop to the next one in a constant struggle to maintain your tickets while eliminating your enemy's.
To this end BFV has some cool features. One of the coolest and unique to this game is the ability to transport tanks by helicopters using a hook type system. The US can also move a mobile spawn point which can dramatically change the battlefield conditions at any time. The North Vietnamese have a shovel which can dig the famous underground tunnel network creating a hidden and mobile spawn point...perfect for base raping.
On top of the new feature is the classic 60's soundtrack made famous in Vietnam War movies.
Battlefield Vietnam is a great game, and I think other than some bugs here and there it is still very fun and enjoyable.
I downloaded the demo of this game because i've always been a fan of war games, especially in forresty environments. I played it for a while and instantly went off and bought the full game! The single player mode in this game is definitely worth playing. It isn't as easy as most games and requires skill and tactical play to beat the opposition. What i love about the game is that you get to select your class, engineer, bomber, sniper and so on. You can also ride jeeps and fly planes. As for the graphics, they are good for the time and i think the game would still be enjoyable on the newer PCs. It can be played for hours without getting bored as it requires skill. But wait, it gets even better. Online play is even better, it has everything single player has, but even more fun! However, a good internet connection is required as it can LAG sometimes. Other than that, a brilliant game!
Unfortunately you have to have an good internet connection to play this game, although it has a single player mode it is very bad and plays like multiplayer with bots,
in redemption the singleplayer mode does get you experienced enough to fight well against the much more skilled players online, I see it as a self tutorial on the game so you can learn the basics while not under constant fire, you don't get much ammo in singleplayer but that changes online and can be unlimited on some servers, the soundtrack is very good although you only hear it on the main menu and while missions are loading,
the mission load screen breifs you on the task in hand and give some interesting facts about the vietnam war through the years, interestingly EA developed an WW2 mod for the game for download online which is much better than the singleplayer missions which come with the game,
you will need to download a patch from EA before playing online as no servers accept the original version now, the patch restricts the use of rocket lauching weapons online as they were found to unbalance the gameplay a lot and fixs various bugs,
overall a good multiplayer game with good graphics but could have been better if it wasn't so focused on the mutliplayer side of things, unfortunately it doesn't really compare to the likes of call of duty in it's qualities but is good at what it was made to do.
Being a fan of the Vietnam war genre I bought this game expecting the frenzy of a firefight in the jungle and being able to pit my wits against the enemy online. I wasn't disappointed - the game is great. I have spent many hours online, fighting against others, developing allegiances and rivalries with others.
This game is based primarily around the online game as the single player missions do not really challenge and serve more as a vehicle to learn to play the game rather than to excite.
The control system is fairly simple, and once you become accustomed to it, you will be able to travel through the jungle with ease - however the controls for the flying vehicles are a lot more difficult and a joystick / joypad is very advantageous.
When playing you get the choice of taking the role of a Sniper; Infantryman; Engineer; or Heavy weapons. Each role provides different weapons and items relevant to the character. You can also change the look of you character too.
In addition to the great gameplay - this game also has a superb soundtrack. While each mission is loading a well known tune from the era is played and each of these can be played whilst driving or flying a vehicle. The soundtrack includes the following artists; Jefferson Airplane; The Kinks; Deep Purple; The Troggs The Trashmen; Martha and the Vandellas and "The Ride of the Valkyries" performed by the Budapest Symphony.
It has been said that, BFV is very similar to the Battlefield 1942 game, and yes it is- in terms of its gameplay and style. However, on the other hand it is set during the Vietnam war so the weapons, vehicles, music, characters are all different - provinding a different experience
I rate this game at a solid 4/5 - and at £16.49 delivered from www.game.co.uk, it is a real bargain - I guarantee you that you will get many hours / months of enjoyment from the game.
Windows XP, Me, 2000, or 98
933 MHz or faster CPU
256 MB or more RAM
16x or faster CD/DVD drive
2.0 GB of free hard drive space
Internet/Network (2--32 players): Cable, DSL, or faster connection required
One set of game discs per player.
DirectX 9 compatible sound card
DirectX 9 compatible video card (AGP video card with 64 MB or more memory and one of these chipsets is required: NVIDIA GeForce 3 or greater, alternatively ATI Radeon 8500 or greater