• Publisher: VU Games
  • Release Date: Oct 19, 2004
  • Also On: PC
Metascore
73

Mixed or average reviews - based on 47 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 47
  2. Negative: 0 out of 47
  1. A sublime creation as a whole. It is a solid FPS which pays homage to Vietnam with a pixel perfect depiction of the horrors of war. And that, in our eyes, entitles it to be crowned King of Nam.
  2. And don't listen to talk about the games hidden agenda. Who cares if its pro American, this is gaming, not art-house political cinema, we're here to kick ass and chew bubble gum, and we had a hell of a lot of fun doing it!
  3. Men of Valor tells the best story and delivers the best action of any of the Vietnam games currently available.
  4. Solidly good without quite crossing over into great. It's an odd combination of high polish and rough edges.
  5. 78
    A mixed bag. It's an amazingly intense and visceral experience, but it's also a game that, for the most part, you've played many times before.
  6. There's not a whole lot of innovation here, but the storyline is very cool and the authenticity is stellar.
  7. 52
    Plagued by long load times, non-descript graphics and frustrating level design, and is hampered further by the fact that checkpoints can be few and far between.
  8. The poor loading times make the player wish he was stuck in a jungle, at least then he would have a machete to take out his frustrations with.
  9. A nice execution of admittedly old ideas, Men of Valor features exhilirating action, storytelling that takes risks, and convincing team AI.
  10. An Oliver-Stone-directed theme-park ride. [Dec 2004, p.102]
  11. An enjoyable enough experience, but is perhaps too reminiscent of the "Medal Of Honor series."
  12. The question remains as to whether any Vietnam based game can be actually highly entertaining and satisfying as a game, while keeping true to the spirit of conflict. Men Of Valor provides us with a little food for thought in this regard, at least.
  13. The development team have gone all out in the tension stakes and made the game into one of the most palm-moistening titles available for the Xbox today, but the lack of AI and some incredibly shoddy graphical work takes off a considerable amount of sheen.
  14. Players limited to offline play most likely won't get a lot out of this game once they beat it, if they can motivate themselves to do so.
  15. But even when the game's action gets all John J. Rambo, the A.I. remains more like Gomer Pyle. [Dec 2004, p.95]
  16. It may well be widely-regarded as being up there with the best Vietnam-based FPSs (and we're thinking Vietcong on PC specifically, which shades this), but stood next to the likes of Call Of Duty its bothersome AI leaves the game hamstrung in one of the most crucial areas.
  17. Really good storytelling woven into a solid gameplay engine and some good graphics and sound make this a game that I would happily recommend.
  18. 84
    A great game, the game play is full of trepidation, well crafted and engaging. What makes MoV different from your standard FPS is the brilliant use of the scripted sequences to build up a story between Dean and his squad.
  19. The pace and AI can, occasionally, feel erratic and it isn't the most original game in the world, but if you can forgive the dubious politics, and simply lose yourself in the action, then Men Of Valor is the Medal Of Honor game many of us have been waiting for.
  20. As far as it goes, Men of Valor hasn't really exceeded expectations, but nor has it failed to live up to them, assuming your expectations were a Medal of Honor clone set in Vietnam.
  21. Easily the best of the Nam titles this year, and quite probably the best war FPS title since 2015's "Allied Assault," MoV manages to create a sense of guerrilla warfare to a level unrivalled by its peers.
  22. A decent story, coupled with impressive graphics and extremely solid voice acting combine to deliver the best Vietnam game yet.
  23. Scripted events will literally explode around you as enemies ambush you in all directions. The resulting chaos really gets your adrenaline pumping.
  24. It may not offer the best view of the war in terms of realism, but the action flows thick and fast in this hybrid World War II/Vietnam shooter.
  25. Aside from sub par graphics and some AI issues, Men of Valor still remains a very solid interpretation of the Vietnam War.
  26. Certainly the best of the current crop of "Vietnam" era shooters, and for the record it easily beats Vietcong and Shellshock's attempts. It tells a decent enough story using the tried and tested "diary and letters" formula which forwards the plot quite nicely.
  27. Although Men of Valor's single player experience isn't really anything we haven't already seen, it does offer a fair challenge and plenty of action.
  28. The game combines the moral questions of Vietnam the best it can, but I don't think that kids who have played shooters for most of their lives are going to be doing any soul searching about whether to shoot something or not - innocent villager or otherwise. [Nov 2004, p.162]
  29. Easily the best Vietnam game to date – 2015 has done a great job of capturing the atmosphere of the war.
  30. The loading times, framerate drops and lack of a "draw-in" factor with the story really hurts this game from being all it could have been.
  31. Men of Valor presents the war as misinterpreted and how the soldiers went through so many struggles to make it out of Vietnam.
  32. The single-player aspect is decent but it gets much better if you have a friend around. That's because the developers wisely decided to include single-system co-op for the entire game. You and a friend can play through the entire campaign, split-screen style.
  33. Enemies blend into the jungle so well that by the time you see them, they've probably started shooting at you. This took my normal "run into the middle of the area and fire like a madman" battle plan and changed it to "tip-toe through Vietnam, through the hostiles, very quietly" (so I wimped out, so what).
  34. Tense, exciting and inordinately better than "Shellshock" and "Conflict Vietnam" - though the experience can become repetitive at times. [Xbox World]
  35. 70
    If you're looking for a good Vietnam War game that goes out of its way to offer more than just a run 'n' gun adventure, look no further than Men of Valor. You'll find yourself cheering for Dean to make it through OK, even as you're cursing your teammates for walking right past an enemy.
  36. 70
    A notch better on the PC than Xbox, thanks to significantly better visuals, but that's still not enough to push these valorous men past the paces of the best military games of this season.
  37. 70
    The soundtrack, featuring James Brown and Strawberry Alarm Clock, keeps you going long after the Agent Orange has taken away your ability to feel.
  38. The thing is, these niggles and annoyances really add up throughout the game, making the last few levels a chore to play through.
  39. 70
    If not for the AI issues and the few other glitches, I would shout GO GO GO! FIRE IN THE HOLE! However, those stick out like a sore thumb.
  40. The phrase "style over substance" comes to mind, which is a shame...Men of Valor adds up to not much more than a run-of-the-mill police action. [Dec 2004, p.68]
  41. Lacking in difficulty and overall polish.
  42. Multiplayer matches blow it all to hell in the best way. [Dec 2004, p.162]
  43. 70
    The battlefield is stained with annoying blemishes, but the game still performs courageously. [Dec 2004, p.104]
  44. It's flawed, but Men of Valor is a quality first person shooter that features intense combat situations and superb visuals that shine through the game's linearity.
  45. 60
    A reliable, if unremarkable shooter. If only the story had been better reflected in actual gameplay we'd be getting somewhere.
  46. Available on both PC and Xbox, the PC version is markedly superior. The main problem with the Xbox version is that it's very difficult to make out enemies amongst the tall grass, due to the low resolution of the platform.
  47. Generally disappointing. It's a decent game, but just nowhere near as enjoyable or impressive as the many new FPS recruits who have recently landed on the retail battlefield.

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