• Publisher: THQ
  • Release Date: Feb 25, 2008
  • Also On: PC
Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 55 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 35 out of 55
  2. Negative: 1 out of 55
  1. The tasks themselves are familiar — secure blueprints and ammo dumps, defend towns from takeover, detonate collateral — but your freedom of movement creates an exciting illusion of tactical authority, even if you can’t order around your disposable steroid-brigade buddies.
  2. Overall this is a cracker of a game that certainly deserves a look by first person shooter fans. However, it does need to be viewed as primarily a multiplayer game -- the solo campaign is good but short, and is really just a precursor to the main event, when you head online.
  3. What makes this game a lot of fun are all of the little things and new innovative things.
  4. Fans of team-based online shooters will definitely want to spend some time on the frontlines.
  5. It may not be sophisticated but it does offer carnage on a satisfyingly huge scale. [Mar 2008, p.83]
  6. There are tons of military shooters out there, but where many offer a me-too experience, Frontlines differentiates itself by providing a fun-first approach. Let the other guys worry about dramatic storylines and realistic military maneuvers while we get our Rambo on in Frontlines: Fuel of War.
  7. Kaos brings the Battlefield experience to the console and delivers a solid single player experience to boot. It's not a perfect game but it's something that FPS fans should check out.
  8. Balance and a few physics issues aside, guns are really satisfying to shoot, and the vehicles – including tanks, helicopters and planes – are great to take a joyride in.
  9. So, if you are a gamer who loves FPS games, tactics and class-driven gameplay, or are just looking for the next bigger and better Battlefield, or if you’ve been looking for the ultimate Xbox Live online experience, then you’ll definitely want to enlist in Frontlines and help save America from the Red Star Alliance.
  10. Gamers who are tired of being one-man armies and want to play in a more team-based environment will find that Frontlines: Fuel of War is exactly what they've been seeking.
  11. But even with such strong, complex multiplayer support, we can’t give Frontlines: Fuel of War a complete nod without a single player experience somehow equaling modern, fifty man mayhem via Live.
  12. Frontlines: Fuel of War is not the best FPS on the Xbox 360, its just not in that league. However if your beginning to want a new experience, this is a game that would make a great choice to turn to.
  13. I'd expected its open nature to feel like a series of watered down multiplayer matches, but once you get into the heat of action it's a thrilling experience.
  14. The squad-based combat is effective and loads of fun, as you slowly turn the tides of war in your favor. If you're looking for fresh war action, gas up on these Frontlines.
  15. The king of the team-based multiplayer hill!
  16. The multiplayer is fun when you can connect, the Achievements are fun to get and you should definitely enjoy the single player story. You will only wish it was longer and had a little more to it.
  17. An engaging entry in the overcrowded shooter genre, Frontlines: Fuel of War does enough sufficiently differently to warrant interest from anybody looking for something a little complimentary to CoD and Halo. Little more than linking the traditional checkpoint structure, the frontline dynamic nonetheless instills a sense of originality throughout the game and certainly something we'd like to see further developed in a sequel - and it only gets better in multiplayer.
  18. While not compellingly original, Frontlines: Fuel of War is still a delightfully engaging shooter that is best enjoyed online where the action really thrives.
  19. Frontlines: Fuel of War was designed with multiplayer junkies in mind. The single player won't hold your attention for very long, but the online play is certainly the main attraction.
  20. If you enjoy (and have time for) hour-long tug-of-war matches with a huge array of vehicles and weapons, then it’s hard to go wrong with Frontlines: Fuel of War.
  21. 80
    On the whole, Frontlines is the game to get if you're into multiplayer online skirmishes that are completely squad based.
  22. As I’ve already mentioned, at best Frontlines will provide a game for clanners to play for months to come and at worst it’s a nice stopgap game while waiting for the next Battlefield game, Bad Company.
  23. 80
    Despite its flaws, Frontlines: Fuel of War has solid gameplay and an exciting multiplayer mode that stands out from the pack. While it may not be the most original game ever made, that doesn't change the fact that it's a whole lot of fun to play.
  24. Frontlines is an interesting proposal for multiplayer fans, a valid alternative for Battlefield. Action is solid and diverse, with interesting tactics. However, despite high production values, it doesn't add much to its genre.
  25. 80
    Could be one of the most under-rated games of the year.
  26. 80
    Those hoping for a strong single-player campaign should consider Frontlines a rental at best, as the entire experience is over within six hours. Yet if your Xbox Live itch hasn't been scratched by either Call of Duty 4 or Halo 3, consider moving Frontlines to the top of your soldier's shopping list.
  27. 80
    While the single-player game is worth playing through, you should play Frontlines: Fuel of War because it brings to bear the best of what made the Battlefield series so popular. Big maps, plenty of weaponry, and many different ways to approach combat make this a solid choice for multiplayer enthusiasts.
  28. 80
    But while the game's storyline is focused on a far-reaching conflict, Frontlines ultimately succeeds because of all the attention that the developers paid to the small stuff.
  29. Frontlines probably won't win any big awards and might even be forgotten by summer, but until then you can get in a lot of great matches with dozens of people together at once.
  30. Those hoping for an in-depth solo campaign should look elsewhere to satisfy their story-driven shooting, as what's included is short and largely forgettable. Yet, if you value large-scale battles, tactical combat, and team-oriented play, Fuel of War won't leave you running on empty.
  31. 76
    If you can forget about the fact that you’ve been playing this style game for years with the Battlefield franchise then Frontlines will hook you for some time with its gargantuan battles, but for most Fuel of War will likely be too generic to truly sink their teeth into.
  32. THQ’s Frontlines: Fuel of War effectively gets the job done providing a fun large open space for gamers to unleash virtual war on each other.
  33. In the end, this title will definitely entertain and stands are one of the better FPS on the system.
  34. This Battlefield-style shooter isn't very original, but it's still pretty fun.
  35. Overall, Frontlines has been one of the most enjoyable experiences I’ve had this year – particularly online. It’s too bad about the control, graphical draw in and short length of the single player game but the multiplayer portion saves it from the bargain bin of doom.
  36. Frontlines does enough to entertain on the multiplayer end to make up for the woeful single-player experience. It’s a shame Kaos didn’t scrap the single-player altogether to focus completely on honing the online experience.
  37. For now, though, Frontlines is just another average shooter with a political slant.
  38. A poor offline game tagged onto a very good online game.
  39. There are a lot of good ideas contained in Frontlines: Fuel of War, but their execution just seems to make the game feel average.
  40. Finally a lag-free online shooter! A shame it comes at the expense of the Campaign.
  41. The levels can sometimes feel artificial and depopulated, the game neither recreating sprawling, unrelenting conflict, nor managing to suggest a greater world through the controlled cinema of more linear shooters. [Mar 2008, p.94]
  42. Despite the single-player mode's inability to engage on a narrative level and the fact that you're supremely powerful for most of that side of it, Frontlines is a pleasant addition to the legion of shooters crowding the 360's line-up, largely thanks to its multiplayer.
  43. The single-player element is distinctly average, so play Frontlines: Fuel Of War for its online mode, as that’s what it will be remembered for. [Mar 2008, p.118]
  44. The sheer frustration of actually finding a match and then trying to communicate with all your buddies to win by using effective teamwork almost renders the multiplayer unplayable at this point.
  45. Frontlines feels like an unfinished testing ground for excellent ideas that would have shone in a superb FPS game. Unfortunately, as there's not enough game modes, not enough maps and a weak single-player campaign, this is not a superb FPS game. [Mar 2008, p.88]
  46. 70
    The game moves along at a decent clip, but there are no real high points--no really hard, gritty, challenging sections that burn into your memory cells.
  47. Frontlines: Fuel of War is a decent shooter in single player and an enjoyable game when it comes to multiplayer. On the other hand we can't take away the impression that both single and multiplayer didn't get enough attention, which makes it clear that this game didn't reach it's full potential.
  48. Even with all its problems, Frontlines is a game that can be still be fun to play if you give it a bit of time.
  49. I can't say that the single player game warrants a $60 purchase, but if you can find the right black magic to make multiplayer work well, then you've got a solid game on your hands.
  50. If Frontlines came out a year earlier, it would have easily been one of the more recommendable FPS titles on the 360. As it is, the flurry of awesome FPS offerings in the latter half of 2007 completely overshadow anything it has going for it.
  51. If you luck into a smooth, bug-free game, it can be a blast. But right now, that just doesn't happen very often. [May 2008, p.86]
  52. The idea of a world with a severe oil shortage is a terrifying notion that hits close to home, but the game surrounding that idea is much less engaging.
  53. Terribly average as a single-player campaign when compared with the high standards set recently by other, better games. [Apr 2008, p.82]
  54. 58
    So the single-player campaign is plenty entertaining. Unfortunately, it's also almost ridiculously short: If you're playing very carefully, you can spend a dozen hours in single-player, but you can almost definitely breeze through in six or so hours, maybe even less.
  55. The coolest part of Frontlines, the RC copters and mini-tanks, are legitimately neat and worth a look if a friend buys the game. But the extremely loose shooting, weak communication apparatus, and lone, quidditch-dumb, multiplayer game mode are points that recommend waiting.
User Score
7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 71 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 29
  2. Negative: 2 out of 29
  1. Aug 9, 2013
    8
    Frontlines: Fuel of War is a flawed game to be certain, but most definitely an entertaining and interesting experience as well. The single-player story is semi-forgettable, but the prospects of the single-player campaign itself are quite intriguing and promising. The multiplayer mode is pretty fast paced and has a decent following going even today, and has certainly done many things right, such as balancing gameplay and objectives. The game's graphics, at the time, were decently good, and the weapons realistically effective. The major drawback for the game is that the majority of vehicles control terribly to drive, and often experience glitches such as rapidly decelerating or randomly driving backwards and erratically while you are concentrating on firing. All in all, Frontlines: Fuel of War has been an enjoyable experience, and one that shows promise. It is only a shame that it's universe has not yet been revisited or expanded upon... Full Review »
  2. May 16, 2013
    7
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. If you can forget about the fact that you’ve been playing this style game for years with the Battlefield franchise then Frontlines will hook you for some time with its gargantuan battles, but for most Fuel of War will likely be too generic to truly sink their teeth into. Full Review »
  3. Apr 7, 2013
    8
    The game is old, and the dated graphics show its' age, but it is a fun game regardless. The weapons and useable items in the game (radio controlled combat vehicles) make it even better. Admittedly, it is a bit easy as ammunition crates are everywhere. The story is mediocre but the gameplay is definitely worth at least 1 play through. Full Review »