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  • Summary: Vietcong: Purple Haze is a narrative-based First Person Shooter set during the Vietnam conflict. Players of Vietcong experience the war from the perspective of a soldier assigned to join a squad of U.S. Special Forces running reconnaissance missions deep into the jungles of Northern Vietnam.
    Utilizing any means necessary, players of Vietcong patrol various tactical regions – setting traps, gathering intelligence, calling in air strikes or ambushing enemy patrols. Over 18 dramatic missions featured in a cinematic single player campaign. Choose Quick Fight mode to fight as either a US or Vietcong soldier! Fight for honor and freedom in a 19 mission single player campaign, featuring 17 of the best from the PC version and 2 new missions unique to consoles! Start a quick fight and jump straight into the action! Play either as a US or Vietcong soldier, choose a weapon, map, number of enemies and difficulty then battle the clock for the best time. Strike from the shadows choosing from more than 30 unlockable weapons including an M16, M79 grenade launcher, Mosin-Nagent, Sten MKII and the M60. [Gathering]
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  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. If you like the look of this, you're much better off getting it on PC or Xbox, where you can take it online.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. The game looks okay, but combat is dull and it doesn't compare to its PC counterpart. [Dec 2004, p.168]
  6. 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.
  7. 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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 3 out of 5