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I love the Call of Duty games on the PC, PS3 and Xbox 360, but I figured a handheld equivalent would just pale in comparison. Once again set during World War 2, Roads to Victory isn't anything new, and it's got some fiendishly annoying controls, but it is a legitimately challenging game for the most part, which is refreshing given how easy games tend to be these days.
Simply, whoever designed the PSP without another analogue stick deserves to be shot, because it doesn't work for FPS games; using the four coloured controls to substitute does NOT work, and it is infuriating! It's a shame because the gameplay is actually quite fun once you spend a little while getting used to the naff controls; while it's the stuff we've done before in the games, it's translated well to the PSP and is still as fun as ever.
Visually, it's pretty damn good as well. It wouldn't be fair to compare the PSP to the platforms already mentioned, but given the technical limitations it looks very cinematic and inviting. The animation quality and the physics are particularly excellent, and in keeping with the high standards of the series, the game is also great aurally, with heavy gunfire, screaming and all other manner of noises adding greatly to the atmosphere.
I was impressed with this game after I got over the horrendous control scheme, which does to an extent mar the game's other accomplishments. The single player is a lot of fun, and if you've got friends with PSPs, the multiplayer is a laugh too. While this could have been better, these complaints are mainly down to the design of the PSP more than the game.
There is now an outstanding range of Call of Duty games, with the 6th game due to be released this coming winter. This latest addition comes to the portable platform with the PSP, and is entitled Roads to Victory, and is set in the 2nd world war from 1939-1945, there are three different countries that you must be a soldier from in the different missions; UK, America and Canada.
The graphics of this game are as good as it gets on the PSP, they are solid, and compared with many other games, excel. They are not that different from many other PSP gun games though. But I would still have to say they are above the PSP game average. My only big problem with the graphics at all has been the lighting, very dark areas of the game make the graphics look poor, and also make it very hard to see unless in perfect lighting.
The control system is like many other PSP shooters, the left analogue stick is used for movement, the left arrows are used for weapon changes etc, the right and left triggers are used for zooming and shooting, and the buttons on the left are used for looking around. This is in reality as good as you are going to get on a PSP, with the lack of a second analogue stick that you will find on the controller of a home gaming console. A tracking system is also used on screen for aiming, which makes it much easier to do, and works well in this game.
The story mode of the game is relatively long, for a PSP shooter anyway. Normally a PSP shooter lasts for a very small amount of time, but it is still too quick to complete and is relatively easy to complete. The difficulty of the game is nothing to be feared either. I think I beat the whole game on its hardest level in about a week, so I was not very happy with the performance.
So, while this game will remain addictive while the story mode is being played, at the end of it there is not much else to really play for, so after one weeks use its basically over and done with. This is why I would not recommend this game, unless you're after a quick PSP war shooter game for some reason.
CoD: Roads to Victory is a first-person shooter set during WWII. There are three campaigns that you can play through (American, Canadian and British). The story missions each take place through a certain operation where you have to complete certain objectives to complete the mission. There is also an online play feature and a bonus features section where you can unlock wallpapers and information about weapons and vehicles.
Right, now we've got all of that out of the way, let's get on to the REAL reviewing.
Sooooo, the story mode is basically a load of missions where you have to kill a load of rubbish AI who seem to have the ability to miss you at point blank range. Then, a bomb kills one of your partners and you see a conveniently placed rocket launcher, which you have to blow up a tank with. There is also one flying mission where you spend most of your time running up and down a plane when someone dies/gets injured. Then there is the amazingly flawed online play, where, you simply kill the other team (assuming they aren't hacking) but then again, no-one is ever online. Then there is an amazingly useless Bonus Features section which gives you a selection of completely boring weapon and vehicle descriptions. Though, one upside is that you get about 12 free wallpapers for your psp. So, if you are looking for another smash hit CoD game, prepare to be disappointed. But for all of this games flaws, the storyline is enjoyable enough.
Sony PSP 3d action game
Created by Activision
Age 15 plus (I would recommend that NO child under this age plays this game, due to the violent gameplay that involves graphic killing through guns, garandes and bombings).
PLAYERS- 4-6 players through PSP connectivity (for people like my mum who don't understand this 'technical language'- this means each player must have their own PSP to play)
GRAPHICS- Realistic war scenes that are 3-D ,color and very clear
The perspective of 3 soldiers
Up to 13 various battles
Different multi-player modes, such as; Death-match, Capture the flag, and KING Of The Hill.
You can earn extra weapons, artillery, vehicles and amour.
MY OPINION OF THE GAME
This game is one of the most realistic games around, as it has very good graphics during the gameplay, such as; shadows, dust and looks exactly as I would of imagined it would be.
At the beginning of each mission the game gives you a quick briefing of what needs to be done to complete it.
During the game play there is realistic features such as sounds of orders from the other soldiers and the weapons being used.
This game is also very good for first time users. I found out it gives you hints and objectives throughout the gameplay, which help you progress through the mission to achieve your objective.
This game creates a realistic view of what it would of been like for a soldier back during World War Two.
I would recommend this game to anyone who is intersted in war and PSP Action games. It will keep you entertained for hours and when connected to your friends great competition. Is definitely worth the money.
Hope you enjoy the game
(this review is also published on www.ciao.co.uk
I brought this game has it had a different prospect to other Call of Duty games. The game is very good but not as good as other games on the system.
The graphics are very good and look great with some fantastic detail on the PSP. The game has a good soundtrack and has no slowdown so the game runs smooth. It does crash at times.
You play as the Americans but receive support from the British and other forces. The idea is old but the game tells a new story.
The AI isn't very good and isn't smart, they will jump out of cover and run away constantly. You squad won't help at all, leaving you to go it alone.
The controls aren't very natural using the directional buttons for a replacement for the analgue sticks, this doesn't work very well leaving bad controls.
The air missions are very fun. You get to shot using turrets and this provides great gameplay. It is a shame they didn't add any more from the air missions.
The accuracy isn't very good and this provides for a bad gaming experience leaving me annoyed but the game has some good features including the graphics.
Overall, this game is worth a rent but not worth a buy unless you love FPS.