November 22, 2004, on the 41st anniversary of the
JFK assassination, JFK Reloaded is a simulated look
at events that took place in Dallas which will forever
live in infamy.
John F. Kennedy was shot and killed while riding in
a presidential motorcade that day in 1963. A former
Marine, Lee Harvey Oswald was charged with the murder.
He allegedly used only three bullets fired from an
old, bolt action rifle while shooting from the sixth
floor of a building located directly on the path of
the motorcade route.
one had actually seen Oswald pull the trigger and
there are many doubts as to how he could have accomplished
such a task since investigators believe that there
is too much evidence to suggest that he was not the
only shooter. We may never find the answer since he
was shot by Jack Ruby before he could stand trial.
The Warren Commission investigated and declared that
Oswald was the only person guilty of the crime. Recent
studies of the Zapruder film have resulted in numerous
I go any further I want to make something perfectly
clear. There is a fine line drawn with a game such
as this. While it does state that it is an interactive
documentary of sorts, there can be no argument that
you are taking part in a simulated terrorist act to
murder a President of the United States - and one
of the most beloved at that. The fact that this is
JFK makes all the difference in the world to those
that may not be able to appreciate the objective of
this game. It's intended purpose is to examine the
events of the shooting to show you how difficult it
would have been for one man to shoot and kill the
president under such circumstances - with only three
bullets from a single vantage point with antiquated
equipment. Is this a justification smokescreen? I
will admit that the game raises some interesting points,
no more "despicable" than Oswald's defense
would have raised if he lived long enough to be tried.
it's any consolation, this game doesn't make it "fun"
to kill JFK. It takes the concept very seriously,
letting you test various theories. Sure, it could
have used virtual dummies or bots in place of realistic
renderings of the actual people involved but the developers
were striving for realism.
Reloaded is a very short game. It can only be purchased
and downloaded off the net from developers, Traffic.
Can you imagine if this game were available at Wal-Mart?
as Oswald, you must kill the president and wound Governor
Connolly as they pass by you on the way to the tunnel
using only three bullets. You can only use the same
equipment that Oswald had access to. When you consider
how high up he was and that the shots came within
a few seconds of each other, the lone gunman theory
may be convenient but it may not be realistic. You
have unlimited time to practice your routine but when
you're ready to perform, you only have 10 times to
get it right. Your score will be recorded on the JFK
Reloaded website where the best score could take home
a possible $100,000.
your vantage point you can see the motorcade approach
you head on. You can fire at any time and hit anyone
on the street including agents, cops and civilians
but to play the game as intended you must recreate
the scenario exactly. That means waiting until the
president's bullet-proof limo turns left toward the
tunnel before you fire. If any bullet ricochets and
hits a civilian you will lose points. If you fail
to reload, aim and fire within the allotted time you
also lose points. If you don't hit your target you
lose points. If you use more than one bullet you lose
points. This is a very difficult simulation.
the game looks very realistic. It's well detailed
and highly polished. All the angles are perfect and
everything is well lit up on what was a beautiful,
sunny Texas day. Even the Zapruder film has been has
been painstakingly recreated, perhaps a little more
graphically than the original. You can view your evil
deed from various camera angles, one of which you
can place anywhere. When you start firing, the crowd
goes crazy. When the president is killed it's a very
emotional moment. It's here where the sound of the
game takes over from the visuals as you can hear the
screams of the crowd while the police and secret service
agents scramble to take care of matters. I must admit
that Traffic has really done its homework in recreating
the events of that fateful day.
Reloaded isn't really a game. It's not a shooter in
the action/adventure vein. It's a very intense discipline
and not just an excuse to shoot a president. Regardless
of your stance on this issue, one cannot deny the
fact that the developers did a remarkable job in accomplishing
their goal of creating the world's first interactive
reconstruction of John F. Kennedy's assassination.