Generally favorable reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Weapon sounds are so real, you can almsot feel the slight recoil of the M-16A2 rifle or the impact from the M-203 grenade launcher. [Jan 2003, p.106]
  2. For a free game that’s admittedly an interactive recruiting poster, AA is great.
  3. Probably one of the most realistic army simulation/FPS on the market.
  4. 88
    Is it worth the play and the time? For the hardcore currently enthralled in "Counter-Strike" and playing "Tactical Ops" simply because it exists, that's a resounding yes.
  5. I'd recommend this game at $50. At the cost of a quick snatch-and-grab from the nearest recruiting station, it's easy to call it a must-play. [Jan 2003, p.118]
  6. At worst, you'll lose some time downloading it. At best, you'll get an unusually intense game that in many ways rivals or surpasses the top commercial tactical shooters.
  7. Underlying all this, though, is an excellent first person shooter game. Its primacy in tactics, detail and realism should convince at least some people to sign on--even if they're not in America proper.
  8. Two very big things going for it. The first is the Unreal Warfare engine - it provides nice graphics content for every level of system. The second is the price. It's Free. Go download it.
  9. A stripped down bare-bones tactical multiplayer shooter. The simplicity of the title detracts considerably from gameplay, but it still cannot prevent the game from being fun.
  10. 73
    Though at times it is hindered by boring training, the game pulls through with an excellent taste of realism that makes this game quite the interesting experience.
  11. A very playable, semi-educational tactical shooter sure to keep any Counter-Strike or Tom Clancy games player occupied for at least a short while.
  12. Even though it's free this game is good at any price.
  13. If you're a fan of FPS, and you haven't already, give it a try. Just don't start doing pushups in your basement.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 28 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 15
  2. Negative: 2 out of 15
  1. Jun 10, 2014
    Uno de los videojuegos serios más polémicos de la historia ya que se ha convertido en el principal método de reclutamiento del ejército americano. Como juego también ha conseguido ser el videojuego de disparo más descargado de la historia. Full Review »
  2. Anonymous
    Nov 14, 2006
    This is an overall bad game. The graphics are bad, the geameplay is bad. It dosn't have all the fun that Counter-Strike or even tactical ops has. It is an overall bad game. Full Review »
  3. SimonB.
    Aug 19, 2006
    What the hell is this? I'd hesitate between "simulator" and "complete trash", but I guess that wouldn't be fair of me. This game is great, yeah. It's net-only, linear, has no vehicles ( aside from those in the decors ) and is very realistic. Infantry goes against infantry in worlds that are well defined and detailed. People of greater rank crush newbies like nothing. Campers get their thrill , others are just plain intelligent. In a world where games like Doom 3 and Counter-Strike and Battlefield dominate... Seeing a game like America's Army is a big coffee stain on a book report that was gold so far. The game does not allow you to go compete against other players unless you've had a passing grade on all your "tests". Okay, point made: If you don't pass, you're not good enough for the game. But isn't that a bit of an elitist kind of way to look down at players? I mean, not everyone is American and not everyone wants to join the American Army. So this game being patriotic and having no story-line whatsoever and pretending to be an MMO just deserves a 4 on 10. (from me) I've played tons and tons of FPS games that gave me enough trouble for my money. But a game like this just sounds like a slowed down Counter-Strike. As forementionned, however well you perform in your tests, you'll still get crushed at first on the net. If you really do well, it's because you've played games like America's Army in the past. But hell, even Rainbow Six was better and it was realistic as well. I've liked Rainbow Six because of the tactical feel of it. America's Army's tactical is that both teams stay in their holes and wait for the enemy to make a wrong move. To someone like me, it's an insult. I'm not out to play games that make me feel like I'm a real soldier. I'm out to have fun, not strain in front of my computer just to be able to get a clear shot on someone. Though, for some reason, because of the horrible way the bullets have been programmed, if someone hides behind whatever particule of a wall, you can empty a whole magazine and never hit them. Even if you aim carefully at their head ( which is popping off the wall ), you still WON'T hit them. I was trying, really, I was... But this game just got me frustrated and a good four hours of wait just to get it updated. My verdict: A game like this should be used as training for American soldiers in training, not for gamers on the net. If I see this game at CAL, I'll drop a tear. Full Review »