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  • Summary: Vietcong 2 is a FPS set against the background of the 1968 Tet Offensive, in and around the ancient city of Hue during the Vietnam War. Brought to life through a gritty story compiled from first hand accounts and memories of Special Forces and Infantry servicemen stationed in Hue during the assault. [2K Games] Expand
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  1. Positive: 2 out of 29
  2. Negative: 3 out of 29
  1. It makes a welcome change from all the overcooked WWII games that just won’t stop coming out of the factories, although disappointingly enough, I didn’t catch a single whiff of Napalm. Probably not a good idea in the city. Probably.
  2. Provides one of the best Vietnam experiences. As a war game, however, it simply does not measure up to other offerings on the market today.
  3. Vietcong 2’s weak single player is balanced out by a fun, diverse multiplayer experience. It’s not Counter-Strike, but it has a gritty, small world feel to it that will appeal to the multiplayer fans out there.
  4. 60
    While Vietcong 2 isn’t a bad shooter by any means, it’s just not a particularly good one.
  5. But don’t be looking for any semblance of a story here despite the developer’s claims and attempts to infuse one. And don’t be looking for something deep.
  6. There is little atmosphere and it’s about as immersive as playing one of those silly Osama Bin Laden-killing flash games in your web browser.
  7. If the VC don't kill you, the pesky game-crashing bugs will. [Feb 2006, p.81]

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  1. Positive: 1 out of 3
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  3. Negative: 2 out of 3
  1. Aug 2, 2012
    4
    Vietcong 2 was bogged down by performance problems on launch. Most people with even high quality rigs could not play it. It is 2012 now, anyone with a laptop can now run it. So one might wonder what they were missing if they could not afford a rig to play this game. The Answer? not much at all. The Original VietCong was a flawed but very rewarding game. A squad based shooter released in 2003, it brought a certain element of intensity to shooters that was not really there in games like Call of Duty and Medal of Honor. It was a flawed game, with many bugs, bad dialogue and AI behavior, but very rewarding at times. The shootouts actually felt like battles between two opposing sides as opposed to shooting galleries. If you havent played it yet, I suggest checking it out. All it really needed was a bug fix, some better graphics and better squad command and it would have been a stellar game. So Vietcong 2 obviously fixed that right? right? right? wrong. Vietcong 2 makes it obvious from the beginning that instead of continuing the work they started with the first game, Pterodon instead decided to cash in on the widespread popularity of the Call of Duty series. The first thing you will notice is the movement, your character skitters about like a waterbug, kind of like in Left 4 Dead, it really takes away from the "war" environment. The thing that made the first Vietcong so rewarding is that the missions felt very believable. You felt as if you were undergoing the things a real soldier in Vietnam would have gone through: Investigating villages, recovering airplane crash sites, and destroying weapon caches. You felt like a soldier, not a superhero. This really added an element of immersion to the game. All this goes out the window in VC2. The game starts out with you attending a party, sipping a glass of wine, when a Vietcong attack occurs. You face literally endless ways of enemies, mowing them down in twitch shooter gameplay before escaping in a pink Cadillac which goes off a jump and flips over, then you make your way to a base where you face MORE endless waves of enemies which you mow down with an M60 while trucks and helicopters explode around you. This is not war, its James Bond in a Vietnam setting, and theres really nothing exciting about it. Its the same old action shooter BS we've seen over and over again. You spend most of the game clearing small corridors of faceless enemies and following predetermined pathways. Many times your path will be blocked by something like a sniper or a tank. The solution to these problems is almsot always the same: wait for the marines. What? seriously? in the first game taking out snipers required you to think on your feet and solve the problem yourself. Now all you do is follow a boring predetermined path. The one thing that this game has going for it is weapons. There are a LOT of them. You will wield everything from the standard M16s and AKs to WWII leftovers such as mosin nagants, Kar 98Ks, a Nagant Silenced Revolver and even a Blunderbuss. These weapons provide little more than aesthetic variety however, as the AK-47 is pretty much the only gun youll ever need. Overall this game has very little going for it. Its not good looking, its not interesting, its not intense, its cliche, unpleasant and boring. All the problems from the first game are present in this one, and all of the things that made the first game good are gone. Expand

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