Metascore
55

Mixed or average reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 18
  2. Negative: 4 out of 18
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  1. AceGamez
    80
    SCi have done a marvellous job with the high detail, which comes across well in both the audio and visuals. In fact it's so detailed that it feels real.
  2. What we’re let down by is a clunky, cumbersome control system, unforgiving save system and at times some flaky A.I. Now that it’s been re-released on the MAD label, I reckon it’s definitely worth the money, particularly if you’re a fan of this niche genre.
  3. There are some great elements and firefight sequences in Conflict: Vietnam but you just don't see them enough. And when you do, it's sometimes offset by other factors that ultimately mire Conflict: Vietnam's better traits into gameplay quagmire. Instead of an exciting battle, you find yourself slogging through the game.
  4. 67
    The clumsy controls never feel quite right, this is a war game that delivers the atmosphere and provides a well-presented version of the war, but fails on the implementation.
  5. Just another game MIA in the jungles of Vietnam. It's adventure, but just not adventurous enough.
  6. It's a solidly average game whose few original ideas are compromised by screwy controls, some pacing problems, and a punishing save-game system.
  7. Given your dim-witted team mates and the haphazard aiming, you're going to die quite often (mostly because of incoming grenades), and replaying such huge chunks of the levels is really frustrating.
  8. Unfortunately, figuring out how to work the controller is absolutely infuriating, meaning you go into firefights against stealthy Charlie with no knowledge of your environment, opponent, or weapon.
  9. PC Gamer
    52
    The videogame equivalent of a bad Vietnam B-movie. [Jan 2005, p.88]
  10. Edge Magazine
    50
    The pacing, thanks to a combination of necessary haste and the weakness of your divided squad members, feels more akin to a corridor shooter; there's a constant sensation of feeling harried and hemmed in. [Oct 2004, p.107]
  11. Computer Gaming World
    50
    The controls can be semiclunky, both for issuing orders and for things like manual aiming. [Jan 2005, p.98]
  12. Squeezing the Desert Storm games into the currently fashionable Vietnam setting was a mistake. Open landscapes are replaced by claustrophobic jungle, eliminating tactical freedom. Players edge along narrow paths, progressing from one firefight to the next.
  13. 50
    That dark, propulsive song is a great mood-setter, but some memorable ambience can't fully make up for frustrating and uninspired missions, clunky combat, a horrible save system, and other flaws.
  14. Computer Games Magazine
    50
    Manages to recreate the chaos of Vietnam almost too well. It's an exhausting game, with very little let up. [Jan 2005, p.68]
  15. Despite Conflict Vietnam's faithful, regurgitated depiction of the reality of war in Vietnam, the mechanics of the game are far too poor to make it recommendable to any but the most hardcore fans of gritty war games.
  16. Difficult, awkward, poorly-designed horror.
  17. games(TM)
    40
    Switching from an open threat such as the desert to the enclosed dangers of the Vietnamese jungle has caused Conflict: Vietnam to effectively cut out much of the need for having a squad in the first place; instead of having more freedom and creativity in taking down your enemies, your team become more like fish trapped in a jungle-shaped barrel. [Oct 2004, p.108]
  18. 30
    The looseness of Conflict: Vietnam, from the lack of comfortable and immediate controls to the boring progression of the game, just doesn't cut it. While the idea of squad-driven combat set in the tense, emotionally-charged setting of Vietnam has potential, Conflict: Vietnam falls short in execution.
User Score
8.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 14 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 14
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 14
  3. Negative: 3 out of 14
  1. HossM.
    Feb 18, 2006
    10
    This game has a realistic feel to it and awesome music too ! I bought my game for $17 and for this games price you can't go wrong. A This game has a realistic feel to it and awesome music too ! I bought my game for $17 and for this games price you can't go wrong. A must have for any hardcore vietnam war game fan. Full Review »
  2. JohnS.
    Mar 1, 2005
    0
    Those controls. Are they kidding?
  3. JohnM.
    Jan 12, 2005
    10
    Excellent game.