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  • Summary: Not too far in the future, the global natural resources are on the brink of depletion. As our economies and our way of life tumble into chaos, the superpowers clash to gain control. Set in a fictional future based upon the headlines of today, F.O.W. brings players into the world's next greatNot too far in the future, the global natural resources are on the brink of depletion. As our economies and our way of life tumble into chaos, the superpowers clash to gain control. Set in a fictional future based upon the headlines of today, F.O.W. brings players into the world's next great war. As society succumbs to a worldwide energy crisis, a new global depression takes hold. Amidst this desperate backdrop, two superpower alliances emerge. Join the battle on the frontlines of tomorrow as the Western Coalition (U.S./E.U.) or the Red Star Alliance (Russia/China). Tomorrow's weapons, today: As depicted in F.O.W., the U.S./E.U. and Russia/China have combined their military research and budgets, and the result is over 60 next-gen vehicles and weapons inspired by military designs for the near future. This includes remote controlled drones, gun cams, and next-generation counter-measures systems, all of which are player-controllable. Use high-tech combat systems to collect and relay recon, targeting, and threat information between team mates. Target acquisition and sharing between vehicle occupants is just one example of F.O.W.'s focus on an advanced team play experience. The customization system allows players to grow their soldier to fit their play style by choosing a weapons loadout, as well as a technical specialization (role). As the game progresses each role will upgrade, providing advanced equipment and abilities. The system is a mix of RPG-like depth but with the accessibility of a fast-paced FPS. Frontline combat system: The main game mechanic featured in F.O.W. in both in single player and multiplayer, is the ability to join the forces on the front line. This front expands across large portions of a mission and will require a strategy to achieve the contextual objectives in order to move this front forward. Not only does this system keep the battle centric and players in the midst of the action, it gives a unique sense of advancement as your Division is rewarded with territory for their victories. Choose your path to victory: Within the front, players can take advantage of a sandbox of destructible elements and various weapons of war to create their own unique paths and strategies. Instead of failing and re-playing the same sequence of events, players can 'chip-away' with varied approaches, allowing diverse missions with high replay value. [THQ] Expand
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. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. There are a lot of good ideas contained in Frontlines: Fuel of War, but their execution just seems to make the game feel average.
  7. 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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 29
  2. Negative: 2 out of 29
  1. LarsK
    May 18, 2008
    10
    If the single player campaign is regarded a warm-up to the multiplayer part of the game, this is absolutely the gratest wargame ever
  2. Boaty_M
    Mar 17, 2008
    9
    Awesome game for a saturate market. Done very well, I like how they incorperate different little toys to make the game that much more fun. Awesome game for a saturate market. Done very well, I like how they incorperate different little toys to make the game that much more fun. Storyline is a great one, the developers spent ages getting it all together and its very well done. Expand
  3. RayK
    Mar 6, 2008
    9
    Amazing multiplayer experience online. Huge 50 person battles are intense and hectic.
  4. ToddH
    Mar 8, 2008
    8
    The best multiplayer on Xbox 360 period. Only reason it didn't get a higher a score is based upon the less than stellar campaign mode.
  5. JustinT
    Dec 25, 2009
    8
    This game is a great buy for bargain shoppers. Its only 10 bucks which is a steal. The graphics are pretty good and the gameplay is also This game is a great buy for bargain shoppers. Its only 10 bucks which is a steal. The graphics are pretty good and the gameplay is also good. The story is better than a lot of war games as well. There are a couple of problems. The missions are very long and can get boring towards the end. This isn't because the gameplay is boring, its because you can spend a while killing the enemy. There are a huge amount of enemies and they come at all angles. However, the AI isn't that good and enemies can run past you at times without even trying to kill you. I wouldve much rather dealt with amazingly hard enemies than deal with a ton of enemies that are stupid. I'm not a fan of long missions and like 8 objectives during each mission. I think its better to have a bunch of missions that are shorter than long missions. Really though, this game is still good and a great buy to waste some time away. Expand
  6. May 16, 2013
    7
    This review contains spoilers, click expand 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. Expand
  7. mattl
    Mar 5, 2008
    3
    I was really excited about this game as i was a huge fan of battlefield 2 before cod4 came out but it was disappointing at best. graphics 3/5 I was really excited about this game as i was a huge fan of battlefield 2 before cod4 came out but it was disappointing at best. graphics 3/5 the character models are lacking variety & cartoonish in comparison to other shooters on new gen consoles. even the overhauled model designs on the 360 version of battlefield 2 were much better. the maps are boring & generic & pop up issues come into play both on & offline on a regular basis. the gun effects & graphics are poor. sound 3/5 not much to say here. nothing that hasnt been done before as far as background sound & music & the gun sounds dont really sound too exhilarating either gameplay 3/5 the single player campaign is short & easy to complete & the vehicles & drones dont come into it as often as they could. each mission is more or less identical. multiplayer suffers from lag & vehicle controls are not easy to handle. this is no halo. all in all i was disappointed with this game & traded it in this morning for army of two. hopefully i can give this one a better review. fingers crossed that battlefield bad company lives up to its predecessor & doesnt fall short like frontlines: fuel of war. Expand

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