Video game reviews: Military actionWritten by Michael Siebenaler | | firstname.lastname@example.org
The war is on with these visually strong PlayStation 3 military themes games.
Battlefield Bad Company 2 (Electronic Arts)
The grizzled ‘B Company’ character quartet sets this amazing action frenzy apart from other modern military video games. This tactical game offers visceral online, single player, and multiplayer (from 2 to 24 players) game modes. Destructible environments make precise skills, strategy and stealth very important as players engage in single player campaign and eight enormous multiplayer base maps. Enemy AI and coordination with your squad makes the experience very realistic. Players can choose among medic, engineer, recon, or assault character types who have more than 46 weapons customizable in over 200 ways.
Battles in all weather over land, sea, and air have sharp visuals with thundering sound – everything appealing about this action game genre. The game still has some clipping issues where characters moved unnaturally through objects and environments. The tracer set ups and other special interactions really involve the supporting military might, so players never feel alone in battle. The developed mission plots and character banter entertain, but the action-filled interaction, especially the destructible environments, puts this title over the top. Limited edition featuring multiplayer unlockables also available (***1/2, also available on PC and Xbox 360, rated M for blood, strong language, and violence).
Assault Heroes (Konami)
This wartime arcade adventure, originally Xbox Live Arcade, debuts on the PlayStation Network ($9.99) with a colorful blend of 3D and 2D layered environments. Experience full mobility and endless enemy waves in one or two player modes in several different environments. The familiar format lets players jump right into the gameplay while adjust the challenge with three difficulty levels and separate health bars for each target. Players can fight bosses, enter vehicles/cannons, and trigger bombs. Achievements include 12 trophies, online leader boards and rankings (***, rated T for animated blood and violence).
The Saboteur (Electronic Arts)
This one player World War II action adventure focuses on Sean Devlin, a racer who eventually finds himself in a very different role as the Nazis overtake Europe. The open world format works great as players choose offensive styles, escape routes, and movements within a German-occupied Paris set in the 1940s. The functional and stylish visuals really come into focus after some vibrant flashback sequences explaining Devlin’s background. The colors progressively change as Devlin works his underground magic against the Nazis. This recently priced reduced title, an outstanding value at $19.99, was one of the last game releases from Pandemic Studios. Add-on content available (***, also available on PC and Xbox360, rated M for blood, intense violence, nudity, sexual themes, and strong language).