Men of Valor: The Vietnam War (Xbox)
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Average customer rating:
3.45 out of 5
Media: Video Game|
ISBN/ASIN : B0000A1OTR
Manufacturer : VU Games|
Release data : 05 November, 2004
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It's almost impossible to create a war based game better than the PC version of Call of Duty, so to play any other game is instantly going to be worse.. whether it's for the PC or a console. However, MOV succeeds in some places that COD doesn't.
Outlook - I can honestly say that this is borderling "great".. the graphics are truely on another level in some parts of the game (eg. check out the water & pebbles). It seems to have all the ingredients of an intense first person war shooter.
Controls - Because it's on a console the controls are always going to tricky, there's no way around that, but you can adjust. It's no different than playing halo.
Computer AI - The enemies intelligence is almost annoying, in two aspects. Firstly when they're taking you out from within fog or from a place you can't even see; it's almost unrealistic.. & another criticism of the AI is that sometimes they can just be too dumb, the AI is nowhere near that of Halo.
Music - Mid-combat has a lot of perks for the avid fan.. the music and atmosphere that's set is second to none.. the screams of men being shot down, the inspirational words of fellow soldiers, it really does set the mood.
Weapons - The selection is excellent, tons of guns to test out on your enemies, you can also pick up, what looked like upgrades for certain guns which i thought was a nice addition, & Call of duty fans will recognise the russian PSHH automatic.
And Most importantly..
Gameplay/Handling - Although niggly at times, the gameplay is intense and will have you hooked. With all the above criteria's i've reviewed, they combine to make a gem of a game which is well worth your money.
Hope this short review helps out your decision in some way.
Enjoyable but irritatingly difficult
Men of Valor is a first person shooter set during the vietnam war, its a run of the mill affair as far as FPS go with several faults keeping it from being 'great' but its very well made with polished effects along the way and a decent enough storyline as far as FPS go.
Graphically its pretty good, nothing compared to the likes of Halo 2 however, the jungle vegetation looks very good and gives a sense of what jungle warfare is like, you'll play the game and really have difficulty seeing enemies which are camouflaged, it defintely adds to the atmosphere of the game. Latter levels also take place in urban scenes and the ruined urban centres are nicely done and well detailed.
Sound wise its fairly run of the mill, nothing too extravagent and the music suites the theme well enough.
Gameplay, its good but their are nagging flaws which keep Men of Valor from being a 'great' single player game, but the campaign is genuinely fun and you can have a co-op mode to go through the single player campaign with a freind, also their is xbox live to choose from several game varities which is immensely fun.
The faults I have with Men of Valor are:
Stupid AI on enemies and team mates, this is mitigated however due to the restricted levels sometimes and the enemies charge you really making those 'quiete' momemnts in a mission full of suspense wandering when your going to be attacked next.
Saving system, Men of Valor tries to use the check point system but does so quiete poorly, it can save long before fights and have a cut scene after a check point which lasts up to 10 minutes maybe longer before action starts and you die, then have to go thorugh the sequence again and again...the developers just could have made the cehck point save after a cut scene.
And its VERY difficult at some parts, not quite 'joypad' throwing annoying but you will definitely need patience to beat this game.
Overall, the best 'nam game released on xbox so far, but if squad based games are what your after perhaps Conflict Vietnam would make a better choice as in Men of Valor its strictly a FPS affair.
Better than great game.
The last couple of reviews have summed the game up.
It really is a very enjoyable war simulated combat game. I have no complains about the game at all; great graphics, great game play, good sound and great atmosphere. I have played many games of this genre and this is as good as any of them. At its current knock down price it really is a bargain not to be missed by any shrewd gamer.