Army men rts review

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a game by 3DO
Platforms: GameCube, PC, Playstation 2
Editor Rating: 6/10, based on 2 đánh giá
User Rating: 8.0/10 - 8 votes
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Overview

Plastic soldiers. Many of us know & love sầu these cherished icons of childhood, but beyond mock combat and the occasional magnifying glass laser experiment, they weren"t useful for all that much. Until now. 3DO, purveyors of small time plastic warfare, has finally released a RTS for the console market. Originally starting with PC games và later moving khổng lồ more specialized console titles like Green Rogue, the fine developers at 3DO have produced a quiông chồng, fun, & easy RTS that anyone can play on their PS2.


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Centered on our heroes, the Green Army, & Sarge, the toughest soldier in said Green Army, Army Men is a stirring story of betrayal, mix in the backdrop of the most important war ever. Not really, but melodrama suits this sort of title. In a very Coppola-esque beginning, we learn that Colonel Blintz, a valorous green soldier, has turned traitor. In Sarge"s words, "He"s gone Tan." Colonel Blintz, after being wounded in a battle that left hlặng missing several square inches of his skull, retreated inlớn the safety of the house, to lớn build a small Tan empire, all while styling himself a strange Apocalypse Now style villain.

Naturally, it"s up khổng lồ Sarge và his Boys, along with most of the Green Army, to lớn engage Blintz, & giảm giá with hyên ổn with any means necessary. This means war! After establishing your beachhead on the outside of the Fence, you"ll need to lớn fight your way behind enemy lines và wage war against an enemy beyond compare. In other words, it"s time to lớn melt some plastic.


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game Play, Controls, Interface

The screen controls are accomplished with the analog sticks, và thankfully, each control is easy khổng lồ learn and use. Holding down the shoulder buttons will let you open & select new construction items, confirming things with the X button. You can select multiple units at once, and they"ll stay grouped as one giant unit, which can be selected later at the press of a button. Adding & removing units is similarly easy. Play around with the basic controls in the game tutorial, và you"ll see that 3DO took the complexity of a RTS & put it into an easily controllable package.

Like all RTS games, this centers on base building, resource collection, and unit-to-unit warfare. After learning how to lớn create simple things lượt thích a Barracks or a Garage, you"ll get access khổng lồ bigger & badder buildings & units later on in the game. Barracks, like you may have sầu guessed, let you mint new troopers, with the Garage manufacturing your vehicles. Tanks, Half-Tracks, Helicopters, Flamethrowers, Grenadiers, and even Machine gunners will all be yours later on in the game. All part and parcel for a RTS, but I was very happy to see that they put it all into a PS2 title, something I previously thought improbable.

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The action is pretty quick, a big bonus in my opinion. Proper balance between intense warfare & quiông chồng combat is critical, as demonstrated by the poorly executed Comm& & Conquer: Tiberian Sun, & the excellent Comm& & Conquer: Red Alert 2. In the case of Westwood, they found that "balancing high" and giving every trooper a lot of kill potential helped the game, và I think they"ve sầu discovered the same thing at 3DO. If you"ve got a good mass of troopers, you"ll generally be able to lớn wipe out the enemy pretty quickly, as even with as tough as the toy soldiers are, they"re just plastic.

Beat each mission in the single player mode, and you"ll start to lớn earn new intelligence files, which you can access from the main thực đơn. Displaying information and units from the game, these files are a neat little extra. Even better, each mission has a series of objectives, which allow you khổng lồ unlock more intelligence files, and even other missions to play in your meantime between campaign missions. Some are unusual, others very difficult, but each of these extra missions is meant to lớn be a nice little bonus.

Graphics

The appearance of all of the characters has really been cleaned up as compared to lớn the previous Army Men titles, & the graphic power of the PS2 goes far in making the everyday household environments appear convincingly realistic. Details were abundant, like the pencils that go inkhổng lồ creating a fenced barricade. Still, Army Men looked lượt thích it hadn"t progressed that far, with relatively small viewing distances, occasionally clippy units, and cutscene animations that showed off how un-dynamic some of their animations were. In particular, the only time you see a transport helicopter is usually when it passes by, after which the camera switches lớn a ground angle where you see Sarge land in-scene.


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Audio

I loved the audio in this title about as much as I lượt thích the score to any war film, which is to say, a lot. Little sweeping pieces of composition matched perfectly with the battle cries & screams of small plastic warfare. If 3DO offered an editor, you"d definitely see me constructing my own little snapshots of Apocalypse Now, complete with that same bizarre voiceover by Martin Sheen.

Bottom Line

All in all, if this was an experiment by 3DO, I"d say it was a relatively successful one. In my opinion, it doesn"t suchồng. It"s got a few issues, especially given that the game is 3 chiều, and you can"t rotate your camera angle. The graphics, as good as they are, occasionally look low-res, but those are really trivial matters when you consider the rest of the game as a whole. With the few extras, & entertaining single player campaign, I was very happy with Army Men: RTS. It might not stiông xã out as absolutely superb, but it"s definitely sharing space on my shelf.