America's Army: True Soldiers Review
America's Army: True Soldiers box art
System: X360 Review Rating Legend
Dev: Red Storm 1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid 4.0 - 4.4 = Great
Pub: Ubisoft 2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
Release: Nov. 15, 2007 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 5.0 = The Best
Players: 1-16 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair
ESRB Rating: Teen 3.5 - 3.9 = Good

The voice acting in the game sound forced and unnatural. One thing that the army should have been able to do is accurately recreate their own method of talking, but the commander in the game sound clichéd and the other soldiers all sound unenthusiastic. Perhaps that comes from being in a simulation of a simulation, but none of the voice actors ever convinced me that I was doing anything more than playing a game.

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The best area of the game is the online multiplayer, but even that pales in comparison to other possibilities like Call of Duty 4 or Halo 3. There are a number of different multiplayer modes with deep customization, allowing you to pretty much create your levels and the number of enemies you face and thing like the number of respawns. You can also create your own unit with your own motto, logo, and custom website.

The game's blatant attempt to recruit comes in overtly in the game's extras. You'll find a smorgasbord of information on the U.S. army, including an area to peruse army values, army facts, army careers, and even seemingly all of the Army Strong videos as well as a bunch of videos profiling real-life soldiers. The game throws so much propaganda and patriotism at you that the average person is more likely to be repulsed than intrigued at the idea of the military.

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America's Army: True Soldierss is more of a recruiting tool than an actual game. It fails miserably to entertain most gamers, as many will be bored by the slow plodding gameplay, put off by the imprecise controls, or simply revolted by the bombarding of military rhetoric. I doubt that the game will even succeed in its secondary goal of provoking interest in the military. True Soldierss would have been much more palatable had it been a budget title or even free, but there is no way to justify this game commanding full retail price.

By D'Marcus Beatty
CCC Lead Contributor / News Director

Features:

  • Participate in Basic Training like real army cadets.
  • Play online against others in customizable battle modes
  • Authentic weaponry


    RATING OUT OF 5
    RATING DESCRIPTION
    2.8
    Graphics
    Decent visuals that don't impress or inspire
    2.4
    Control
    Sluggish controls and unintuitive switching make the game feel cumbersome
    2.3
    Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
    Authentic sound effects coupled with uninspired voice acting
    2.6
    Play Value
    Not much fun gameplay beyond the multiplayer
    2.4
    Overall Rating - Poor
    Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.
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