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Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 11
  2. Negative: 3 out of 11
  1. It’s not bad at all, but it doesn’t offer anything too different. If you are looking for a boundary pushing title, then this isn’t it.
  2. The A.I. problem is magnified with the previously mentioned broad orders, there are too many times when you need that precision control expected of commanding soldiers.
  3. If you like the look of this, you're much better off getting it on PC or Xbox, where you can take it online.
  4. 50
    From every angle, Vietcong: Purple Haze barely cuts the mustard. It's not a great shooter, it's not terribly pretty, it's slow and has average to poor AI, the squad mechanic is meh, and so it's just very, very difficult to like. To love it, you'd have to be desperate or suicidal.
  5. The horrid loading times, surprisingly linear levels and mindless enemies hold back any ambitions this title ever had for greatness. [Holiday 2004, p.82]
  6. The game looks okay, but combat is dull and it doesn't compare to its PC counterpart. [Dec 2004, p.168]
  7. Purple Haze, at best, is a rental. It's short and lacks any replay value. There are no multi-player modes and the entire experience is about as realistic as a Disney theme ride guided by Andrew Dice Clay.
  8. Purple Haze adds nothing of note. In all the game is a bit of a mystery: it’s clearly aging and clearly inferior to the PC version and really doesn’t benefit from being on consoles in any way.
  9. Pteredon's seminal Vietnam War-themed first-person shooter has been thoroughly retooled by a different design team. Though a few of the changes are constructive, the new developer, Coyote, has generally made a mess of what used to be a good game.
  10. I can't help but grimace every time I think about someone dropping 40 bucks on this thing. [Jan 2005, p.118]
  11. Vietcong could suck the sheet metal from a Sherman tank at 500 yards. This is by far the worst game on the PlayStation 2 and the dumb bastard that pays forty dollars for this lackluster frisbee deserves every second of the torment that it spits out.

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