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  • Summary: Full Spectrum Warrior is based on a game commissioned by the US Army to train light infantry troops in urban combat situations. The game places soldiers in a tense, hostile, and claustrophobic environment where they must complete a variety of military objectives. As the squad leader, you are in charge of providing direction to Alpha and Bravo fire teams. The successful Squad Leader effectively uses cover in the environment and moves his fire teams in a coordinated fashion so they can protect themselves from possible attacks that could come from any direction. Collapse
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  1. Positive: 61 out of 67
  2. Negative: 0 out of 67
  1. Full Spectrum Warrior contains more polish than your average shoe store. Top notch stuff, and for once, I can't think of any way to improve things.
  2. The game is extensively authentic and requires a lot of thought to successfully complete it.
  3. As you get to the later levels of the game the strategy becomes even more complex and the game starts going at its full potential.
  4. The AI in the game I think could've been much improved. They do run for cover and they do engage you before you engage them. However sometimes they jump out right in front of you.
  5. Whatever you conclude about the bigger picture, this is special stuff. The claustrophobic buzz of flies, the distant muezzin drone, the desperation as you crouch uncertain in the dust whilst your men call frantically for orders will lodge in your mind long after you've walked away from the game. [July 2004, p.98]
  6. THQ and Pandemic do deserve commendation for stepping away from the tried and tested styles of military simulations and trying something different.
  7. While the graphics and overall presentation rock, the gameplay is hampered by a lack of depth, length and intricate strategy, leaving this warrior a few medals shy of the full spectrum.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. JoaquinDaS.
    Jul 27, 2004
    You gotta use urban tactics in this one. Cool! Beautiful graphics, clever gameplay, nice sound. Overall: Awesome.
  2. Stanik
    Mar 1, 2004
    Exellent game.
  3. DustinW.
    Jun 7, 2004
    Most so called realistic military games have you controlling one character while doing everything yourself or letting everyone else do everything. Not here! All of you who says this game isn't damn near perfect obviously don't know anything about real combat. Real combat means using all your assets together to keep each other alive. This game shows you this the only way you could see it without having bullets grazing your ass. As far as the A.I. goes, moving the soldiers aroung would have taken a hit on graphics and friendly A.I. and you already know you don't like those things. It's why you got an xbox. If you are looking for a true military simulation, this is the only true one. If you think it's not good enough, go to Iraq to see enemies move around. Expand
  4. BenjD.
    Jun 6, 2004
    This is a MUST buy game for the Xbox.
  5. RazaB.
    Jun 10, 2004
    I've played this game so much I dream of peering around corners in my dreams. I play a lot of Ghost Recon, and have a long-ago background in this sort of activity. The game (or simulator) does an outstanding job of making you think about urban warfare tactics, and reinforces the lessons with success when you follow the principles and disaster if you don't. On the one hand, it seems ludicrous that you can clearly see the enemy 30 feet away but your soldiers can't hit him because he is technically behind cover (he has the shield icon). But this methodology simply reinforces the lessons being taught, and works just the opposite as well (your soldiers can't get hit if they are behind cover, even though they are peeking over/around their cover and are exposed). The praise for this game have already been covered well (no pun intended) by others; the game is superb at what it intends to do. My complaints are two: the interface gets cumbersome over time - there is no "join other team" shortcut, and moving a team around a set of boxes and rumble takes a lot of clicking and listening to now-obnoxiously-repetitive chatter. The other complaint is that the game does not go far enough: it doesn't allow you crawl to a point, and doesn't allow you to take the high-ground advantage - two techniques that are pretty basic. One last nit-pick: some missions will be failed if you don't complete them within a certain time frame, but you are not told that up-front. Expand
  6. Mr.blanks
    Jun 17, 2004
    I got this game and riddick the same day. so in some sense, this game waited on my shelf when i saw and played riddick and finished that game, which by the way is amazing. so, when it was time to play "fsw"...i was already gun happy and blood seeking maniac from my moments with riddick; and i guess i expected that much action with "fsw". i am sad to say, i was not very pleased from the get go. some other folks also mentioned the lack of control, such as picking a single soldier and have him be controlled by the left stick and using the right trigger to fire...i desperatelly want this to happen but the game does not let me. since the whole package is very good, great atmosphere and war situations excel over other war sims, it just would have been better to give it a more kick by applying fps elements into it. you get very close to doing this in the game when you select granades and rpg's...you CAN actually aim and shoot whereever you like, which is not bad at all...but walking and rifle shooting is done by moving teams "command and conquer" style. other thing that makes me stick another game into my xbox is that "fsw" is too slow paced and repetitive. when i reach a new level in "fsw", instead of being happy about it i find myself saying "oh darn, here we go again...geeez"...which cannot be a good thing. what i DO like about this game however is that, it delivers what it advertises. i cannot play this game for hours at a time but every once in a while i take it for a ride...well, because i watch CNN and this game is sort of a "breaking news from bla-blaistan, enemy has did bla bla go boom boom" kind of thing...did you get all that?...well, look; dont get me wrong this game is very good-it just needs more BOOM than BLA-BLA....capish? Expand
  7. SilentRogue
    May 27, 2004
    You've got to be kidding me this game. Spec ops on the PS1 blows this game away. Don't purchase!!Buy yourself all the spec ops games on the PS1 as it's a much better buy as they're only $10 per game Expand

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