ShellShock: Nam '67 PC

Metascore
50

Mixed or average reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 20
  2. Negative: 6 out of 20
Buy On
  1. 80
    The line "Smokey, this is not 'Nam. This is bowling. There are rules" has never been so fully embodied by a video game.
  2. You cannot kill your fellow US soldiers...why? We’re not saying that it’s a good move to blast your support into oblivion, but it would be a consequence to taking a gung-ho, guns blaring approach.
  3. AceGamez
    70
    On the plus side, what's there is competently done and is flecked with powerful moments of brutality. On the downside, these spots of overt anguish aren't dealt with particularly well and lead to a reduction of the overall effect.
  4. The repetitive and boring gameplay, amongst other issues, unfortunately overshadows the realistically unique brutal nature of the game, which is a shame because it really does a good job in its portrayal of what war really is about.
  5. It fails in my eyes as an innovative title that people will find themselves wanting to pick up in the face of "Doom 3" and the impending "Half-Life 2."
  6. The cutscenes are shockingly brutal, the language is shockingly harsh, and the gameplay is shockingly bad.
  7. One of the most harrowing action titles we've ever played...The game itslef is well crafted. The enemy A.I., however, is a little shaky.
  8. 58
    Shellshock is as painfully straightforward as can be. Somewhere between conception and launch, something went wrong.
  9. The game is incredibly awkward to play. [Oct 2004, p.99]
  10. The game does have some grittiness to it, but it seems to be geared more towards teenagers who would feel better about themselves playing a mature game, than it is towards mature gamers who are looking to get a little depth to go with the arcade action.
  11. Shellshock doesn’t amount to much more than six or seven hours of gameplay. It’s over almost as soon as it began which, depending on how much you paid for it, might be a good thing.
  12. Character growth? Unnerving realism? I don’t think so. And when you take away the sex, drugs and rock ‘n roll, figuratively and literally, the true gameplay is revealed as repetitive and uninspired.
  13. It certainly raises the bar on vile, pointless cutscenes. However, anyone interested in more than stubbornly average gameplay should look elsewhere.
  14. It would have been nice if the developer's willingness to include controversial subject matter had extended to exciting gameplay.
  15. 40
    Has a bit of style but not much new gameplay behind it. It looks good and it's a serviceable shooter (you do get to shoot things, after all), but the game play just isn't that exciting, especially when you consider that it has no multiplayer and the single-player is so linear.
  16. Edge Magazine
    40
    Firefights become more surreal than menacing when the worst-case scenario is of your fellow GIs having to catch their breath for a few seconds after being riddled with bullets. [Aug 2004, p.96]
  17. Computer Gaming World
    30
    A bad third-person shooter is still bad even with '60s music and Vietnamese prostitutes. [Dec 2004, p.96]
  18. Computer Games Magazine
    30
    The 3D engine is incredibly sluggish, delivering mediocre graphics that manage to tax even fast computers and high-end videocards. [Jan 2005, p.69]
  19. It portrays the killing of specific, theoretically real (in that they're virtual stand-ins for the actual soldiers that fought in the war) people as nothing more than a gruesome shooting gallery...At some point everyone has to decide when enough is enough. And now I have.
  20. PC Gamer
    15
    A turd of a third-person shooter that so revels in senseless violence and horrible design, I needed a shower every time I stopped playing. [Holiday 2004, p.100]
User Score
4.5

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 13 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 8
  2. Negative: 4 out of 8
  1. Ups2006smith
    Mar 31, 2006
    0
    If you took a rocket ship to the Planet of Bad Games and then found the country on that planet where all the really Bad Games were and then If you took a rocket ship to the Planet of Bad Games and then found the country on that planet where all the really Bad Games were and then found the capital city in that country where the really Crappiest Games existed and then found the shop in that city which sold the absolute worst games ever, I still think you wouldn't find a crappier game than Shellshock Nam '67. This game stinks! I can only assume that Eidos were suffering from shellshock when they released this ugly, useless title. Controls? Forget it it! Game play? Non-existant! Graphics? Garbage! Audio? Embarrassing! Enemy AI? What enemy AI? Cut scenes? Gratuitous filth! Arrrgghhhh! I hate this crap so much! Now I must get it off my PC immediately! Full Review »
  2. AnonymousMC
    Oct 1, 2004
    8
    If you judge this game fair, it has earned a 75 at least. It's kind of an arcade, console-like game, but hey: You wanna tell me that CodIf you judge this game fair, it has earned a 75 at least. It's kind of an arcade, console-like game, but hey: You wanna tell me that Cod and that stuff is "realistic" ? :D

    This game is fun, it motivates you with the collection of "trophies". Give it a try, you might like it !
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  3. Agent
    Sep 22, 2004
    0
    This game is a total waste of money!!! terrible graphics, terrible AI, terrible level design, terrible controls and not playable online.