enough of the Terry Schiavo case? The reenactment
of the Michael Jackson trial is not doing it for you?
Let's face it, you were lost when the War in Iraq
was over. Now there's nothing good to watch on TV.
Well, just grab a copy of Full Spectrum Warrior and
fire up the PS2 to relive those glory days once again
from the comfort of your own TV set.
Insurgents and Taliban loyalists have fled to the
neighboring country of Zekistan where they are led
by the evil mastermind, Mohammad Jabbour Al Afad.
As a US Army Infantry squad leader you will lead two
fire teams, Alpha and Bravo into deadly urban combat
to teach these terrorists not to mess with Uncle Sam.
This game was originally designed as a training exercise
for US soldiers, to give them some virtual experience
in what they might be up against during their actual
tour of duty.
a training exercise the game is great; as a game it's
just good. Before you get sent into the field you
should take the training exercise. It's about an hour
long and it's pretty dry but it will give you the
lowdown on all of the strategies that you might need
to consider in addition to the variety of commands
and what you can expect from them. If I had skipped
this tutorial I would have been lost. I didn't remember
half of it but at least it got me started.
Spectrum Warrior blends RTS and real-time shooting
for an interesting game of hide and seek. You move
around alleys, streets and parking lots in an effort
to flush out the enemy that could be hiding anywhere.
There's a lot of tension but unfortunately some of
that tension is due to the having your men follow
the waypoints - or not follow them as the case may
are paths that you want your teammates to follow while
you're busy doing other things. You set waypoints
with a list of commands and hope they follow things
to the letter. The movement marker makes it difficult
to get around things and often your team will get
hung up on the simplest of obstructions such as a
small fence or garbage bin. This is likely to do with
the fact that taking cover is a very important survival
technique that is constantly stressed. It may be that
the CPU mistakenly interprets these items as safe
locations and clings to them. Unfortunately they are
not safe havens as your men end up being exposed and
vulnerable in some of the most inappropriate places.
can switch between the two teams to flank the enemy
once you know where they are. You'll also have to
do a little babysitting to make sure your boys aren't
stuck somewhere. Other than that they do a good job
of protecting one another. You can also switch among
the team members to find the right guy for the job.
The story is thin as you are only really interesting
in completing the objectives of each mission - and
trying to stay alive in the process. We are given
names and backgrounds of each of the infantry members
but we never get a chance to bond with them so subsequently
they all fade back to faceless and nameless characters
as they become overshadowed by the gameplay.
Spectrum Warrior will keep your mind busy as you continually
access your situation, process the information and
take action based on your decisions and the available
commands. The interface is relatively easy to use
once you know what the commands are capable of.
added replay value you can play through the mission
in co-op mode. I strongly advise that your friend
knows as much as you in regards to the game otherwise
it will be more work than just playing it yourself.
It would have been great if the two-player mode had
some new maps or different missions.
you've seen this game displayed on the Xbox or the
PC you're in for a letdown. The graphics and character
models are blocky and muddy. The fog of war is thick
and adds to the already claustrophobic ambience. The
sounds are great though and if you've got Dolby Pro
Logic II you'll be able to pinpoint where the enemy
is firing from.
you have the option I would strongly suggest getting
either the Xbox or the PC version. This game was designed
for a more powerful system and while the PS2 certainly
tries its best, Full Spectrum Warrior isn't all that
it can be.