Vietcong: Fist Alpha PC

Metascore
73

Mixed or average reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Though the Vietcong engine is beginning to show its age, it can more than hold its own with the other realistic wartime shooters it currently shares rack space with.
  2. Vietcong: Fist Alpha is a tough expansion pack that's going to frustrate the hell out of many players, even with its many virtues.
  3. 77
    There's really no way of getting around it. Vietcong and the expansion offer a type of gameplay in a shooter that you can't really find in any other setting.
  4. 75
    If you loved Vietcong, you'll probably love this expansion; just don't get your hopes up about finding anything groundbreaking.
  5. Offers more of the intense and suspenseful single-player and multiplayer action that made Vietcong the respectable game that it is.
  6. I was not, I recall, overly enamored of the first game, and while inevitable, I don’t see that the sequel adds anything that anyone was clambering for.
  7. Cheat Code Central
    70
    This is a damn good shooter which offers lots of action and options including an engaging single-player mode and an online multi-player game with several modes to choose from.
  8. Computer Games Magazine
    70
    Its weak campaign notwithstanding, Pterodon has the right idea when it comes to winning hearts and minds. [May 2004, p.59]
  9. Shows signs of brilliance, but STILL lacks that finishing touch that would make it very good or excellent even...I felt like I wanted to play on, but only barely after I've ran into some serious frame rate issues and AI glitches.
  10. Tweaks to the multiplayer modes are welcome, but are hardly enough to turn it into a world-beater. A bigger cause for celebration is that I didn't come across any of those diabolically awful tunnels that plagued the full game.
  11. When Fist Alpha comes together, it's genuinely entertaining. There are so many little touches that take you past the rough polygon edges and dated visuals (see 'Don't Inhale'). But that effort and ambition is whittled away by nasty, obscure little bugs. [PC Gamer UK]
  12. If you were hoping it would upgrade the action quota... or if you expected an improvement in AI and collision detection, then stay away.
  13. Vietcong and its expansion pack ultimately succeed in providing an approximation of the horrors of jungle warfare. The shit-scared feeling of imminent death is translated as well as anyone has managed to date, although perhaps for many FPS fans this might not equate to a fun gaming experience.

Awards & Rankings

User Score
8.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 20 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. J.AdamC.
    Feb 9, 2004
    8
    Very nice tweaked add-on to Vietcong. Call me a purist or what have you, but I could have done without the consistent cursing throughout the Very nice tweaked add-on to Vietcong. Call me a purist or what have you, but I could have done without the consistent cursing throughout the gameplay, though I assume this all the more adds to the 'realism' of the Vietnam War setting. The environments seemed very much more real than the orig. game. Full Review »
  2. ChrisD.
    Feb 8, 2004
    7
    I thought Fist Alpha was too short and the developers could have added a few more missions than that.
  3. JanK.
    Feb 5, 2004
    10
    I love vietcong and this datadisc is great!!!! i had a lot of fun with game...go for it.