developer: EA DICE / Digital Illusions CE
publisher: Electronic Arts Inc.
Game mode: single / multiplayer
Multiplayer mode: local network / Internet, players: 1 - 64
game language: English
game release date for PC:
A sequel to Battlefield 1942, an action game created with the aim of multiplayer competition over the Internet. You assume the role of a direct participant in the Vietnam War in the years 1964-1975. The developers let us side with the armed forces of the United States or join the ranks of the communists (Democratic Republic of Vietnam). The military theaters available include, among others, numerous locations in the subtropical jungle (famous supply route of Ho Chi Minh) and the streets of cities (e.g. Hue).
Just as like Battlefield 1942, the essence of the game is online gameplay (support for up to 64 people), but the creators also developed a single-player mode. In addition, there is a wide range of authentic combat equipment available, such as M-16 rifles, T-54 tanks, MiG-21 aircraft, etc. It is also worth noting that there is an option of transporting military equipment using helicopters. The passengers of the flying vehicles can also fire its weapons.
The creators do not hide the fact that that game, unlike many of its kind, has not been prepared to be realistic, but rather focused on impressiveness and playability.
Battlefield Vietnam has a really impressive graphics, much better than Battlefield 1942. The game uses a new rendering engine, making all soldiers models very detailed. The same goes for vehicles, and the whole area, grass, and so on. Moreover, especially in the case of grass and woodland, it allows the players to approach the target very closely (crawling) while staying unnoticed.
The game also features a radio (radio stations with music from the 60's), so that sometimes we feel like we participate in some of the famous scenes from films such as Platoon. Entering a vehicle, whether it is a jeep or a tank, you can turn on the radio and, to the accompaniment of songs like Ride of the Valkyries by Richard Wagner and All Day and All Night by The Kinks, move into battle.
Area control system was also altered (flags). In Battlefield 1942, regardless of how many soldiers were near the flag, they had to stay for the same predetermined amount of time to change its status and take over the area. In Battlefield Vietnam, to change the flag status, one soldier must stand near it for 60 seconds, two for 30 seconds, four 15 seconds, and so on.
In Battlefield 1942, both parties of the conflict, although differed in nationality and type of weapon used, were roughly corresponding to each other. In Battlefield Vietnam, both nations, i.e. Americans and Vietnamese, are significantly different from each other, just as it was in reality. Army of the United States has plenty of heavy equipment and a strong air support (mainly Huey helicopters, but also the F-4 Phantoms dropping napalm bombs). Vietnamese deficiencies in aviation isd made up with different special abilities and gadgets like deadly traps and piles of logs that can be dropped from a hill on the Americans. North Vietnamese engineers also have the opportunity to use the tunnels so they can quietly get into the enemy base. Democratic Republic of Vietnam also has a special class of soldiers – the famous Vietcong.
Game score 8.325 / 10 calculated out of 1104 players' votes.
PC / Windows
Recommended: Processor Pentium 4 1.4GHz, 512MB RAM, graphic card 64MB (GeForce 3 or better), 2GB HDD