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Full Spectrum Warrior (PS2)

by THQ
PlayStation2
 Ages 16 and Over
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
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  • Based on a game commissioned by the U.S. Army to train light Infantry troops
  • You command a dismounted light infantry squad
  • Use the field manual and hands-on training to get started
  • You are Squad Leader and command the Team Leader, Automatic Rifleman, Grenadier, Rifleman, and more
  • For 1 to 2 players
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Game Information

  • Platform:   PlayStation2
  • Media: Video Game

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  • ASIN: B0007DFRPI
  • Release Date: 1 April 2005
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,567 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

Product Description

Product Description

Full Spectrum Warrior is based on a light infantry training simulator designed by Pandemic Studios for the US Army as a tool to reinforce Army doctrine and squad tactics among troops. Full Spectrum Warrior is a squad-based, tactical-action game that delivers the experience of squad-level command in the heat of battle. The product was developed with expertise from the University of Southern California's Institute for Creative Technologies, which worked with Pandemic to bring state-of-the-art technology to the game. Designed to simulate today's challenges of urban combat missions, Full Spectrum Warrior delivers a level of realism and accuracy that has never been seen in a military-based game. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Amazon.co.uk Review

Designing video games is not normally the sort of thing you'd expect the US Army to get up to, but in actual fact Full Spectrum Warrior was created specifically for use as training tool for US soldiers; it's only now that we civvies are getting a chance to have a go too. The full story is that the US Army had become a little upset that recruits to the Air Force already understood a lot of the basic mechanics and tactics of flying from playing flight sims but yet army recruits were learning nothing of use from ordinary video games.

In order to rectify this, Full Spectrum Warrior tasks you with control of a four-man squad of soldiers who are normally armed with nothing more than a machine gun and grenades. The first thing to realise is that you don't directly control any of the soldiers and are therefore not responsible for aiming or shooting, or even moving. Instead the game plays more like a real-time strategy, where you must indicate where to move and who to shoot at and let your grunts get on with the actual business of aiming. This makes for a uniquely engrossing experience and you do genuinely feel you're being taught something about real-world tactics.

The incredibly realistic graphics also help to completely immerse you in the game--whether they’ll make you more or less likely to eye up those TA ads is debatable, once you realise what a hard life soldiers really have. --David Jenkins --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More for the 'thinkers'! 16 April 2005
By flutter
Format:Video Game
This game is truly for for people who like to think and shoot in games. It has great graphics, ok AI, good sound and great effects. Its only let downs are the repetetive nature of the game, and the Allied AI can be slow. People who are moaning about his game need to think about why they bought the game. It says on the back of the package, 'Based on U.S military training software'. This undoubtably means that it is going to realistic, not farfetched and stupid. Buy this game if you want to know what a REAL strategic shooter is about!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Short but sweet 19 May 2006
By James
Format:Video Game
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Commanding units to shoot and not shooting yourself is different to most games, but I think it works. It's easy to get the hang of the control system and how the game works.

The levels are pretty good, and there's lots of action in them, but they are also quite linear. There's alley ways and side streets to go down to flank enemy's, but where you can go in the level is quite restricted, forced down certain streets, so how much you can use your imagination to complete the missions is limited.

However saying that, it is alot of fun and you can use a couple of different tactics each time you play a level.

The story is realistic but maybe too realistic, as you know what happens next as it's just like Iraq. The story and levels dont last that long either as once you get a hang of it you can breeze through the levels with relative ease as you know how the enemys will react in almost every encounter. Once finnished, it is quite fun to go back and try a level again, but not that often.

Overall i'd say it's worth buying as its alot of fun and different from other games, but it wont last you as long as others.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Feel the action very close 10 Dec. 2004
By A Customer
Format:Video Game
Well, before start, let me give you some info about me so you don't waste your time reading my review. I am above the typical gamer's age (27) and I really like war movies, books, games, etc. I am not very good in actions games or games that require very fast response. If you Identify yourself with this, go ahead.
The game: The best war game I've played so far. Very realistic, it makes you feel inside the Black Hawk Down movie. It is not an action game (like medal of honour, halo, etc) which is great(specially for those ones, like me, that have a bit of slow reflexes) but makes you feel inside the battle.
You might be asking, if it is not an action game, what it is then? You control 2 separate teams of 4 soldiers and you give orders to them (move there, shot in that direction, etc). They then follow your orders and try their best. This makes the game much more strategy than action, but the strenght of the bullets, the sounds and the camera makes you feel like you are there, with the team.
Really a great game.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great presentation, no variety 9 Dec. 2004
By Nigel Collier VINE VOICE
Format:Video Game
Full Spectrum Warrior has a huge 'wow' factor by virtue of the great 'shakey embedded cameraman' style footage during play. The graphics manage to really capture and replicate typical coverage you might see of Fallujah on CNN. Behind this the game is very, very weak indeed, but the shallow wow factor is so great, that it almost makes up for any other lack of depth the game has.
The premise of the game is that you are acting as section commander directing the progress of 2 and sometimes 3 teams of soldiers as they move through the streets of Zekistan - a fictional middle eastern member of the axis of evil. The game is allegedly derived from software used by the US Army for training section commanders. It's an interesting and refreshing idea, which I suspect will launch similar though superior games in the same genre.
So you're not actually taking control of individuals or looking down sights and pulling triggers yourself - rather you are commending groups of 4 men to do all this for you. The range of commands are very, very limited: run here, go there whilst covering each other, throw smoke, lay down covering fire, or observed fire really covers it - sometimes you can call in artillery and air strikes but only as set-pieces, you are not free to do this just anytime. The soldiers themselves do the rest. In that sense it's a little like someone playing the game on your behalf and you just directing some of the action. The result is a rather detached feel, with little to do and lots of repetition. But it's still enjoyable.
The campaign missions are very unvaried and very linear, the stories unimaginitive. The streets of Zekistan are rendered nicely, the cut scenes are good.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Yeaaaahhhhh-Haaaaaa, <shudder> 5 Oct. 2004
By A Customer
Format:Video Game
Well, where to begin......
I`ve been waiting a while for this title to come out. I`d seen it running on the console and was hoping that it would be at least as good.
Graphics
I must say that for the most part the graphics and effects are outstanding. The squad members look good and the terrain is well done. They`ve done a good job with combining an atmospheric setting with appropriate music to give the game a great feel. There are some lovely effects when one of your team gets injured and the action slows down to see blood spilling from an entry wound as he gets blown off his feet. Sometimes you even get a blood splash as if onto the screen to make you feel even more involved. Now and again something strange will happen such as one of your men being hit in the leg by small-arms fire and flipping 30ft (I`m not exaggerating) into the air! Generally though it`s all well done. The many cut scenes are exceptional.
Gameplay
Well thought out and put together. The AI for your squads and the bots are pretty much spot on. It does have a console feel about the game which is a shame in my book as on occasion it can make things look a bit too `arcadey`. The missions do differ a fair bit, although you get the distinct feeling of being led around by the hand. Basically you just follow the waypoint markers with little choice in doing anything else. This can be quite a downer as having more freedom to choose the routes you took etc would add to the replayability aspect of the game.
Audio
As previously mentioned the sound is good. The music is fitting and the sound effects are well done. There`s a fair amount of chatter between your squad members which will let you know how they`re feeling about the present situation.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
fun game
Published 3 months ago by smartgamesdotcom
4.0 out of 5 stars Realistic and intense
Full Spectrum Warrior is truly a one of a kind game.

I bought it expecting something different and maybe not quite as intense, but I was pleasantly surprised. Read more
Published on 11 Aug. 2010 by Fergus E. Kelly
4.0 out of 5 stars Full Spectrum Warrior
This game is so much fun! You are in command of two squads of elite military soldiers and you command them to move, shoot and cover through relistic war zones throughout the game. Read more
Published on 6 Jan. 2007 by Ruthe Allen
5.0 out of 5 stars This is as real as it gets
Ive read people's reviews and im thinking, "what do they all have in common?" They thought FSW was going to be an FPS!? What's that all about? Read more
Published on 7 Dec. 2006 by HereToReview
5.0 out of 5 stars Full Spectrum Warrior
Full Spectrum Warrior is based on a light infantry-training simulator designed by Pandemic Studios for the U.S. Read more
Published on 3 Oct. 2005 by "stars-direct"
5.0 out of 5 stars Da best games in the world
When i first bought this game i thought what harm can it do to try it. and guess what, i was right. I became addicted to this game almost imeadiatly, and i havent stopped playin it... Read more
Published on 25 Sept. 2005
1.0 out of 5 stars Poor Game
I bought this game as I am a fan of Shoot Em Up Games. The game was on the cheap side so I bought it, and when it arrived I was dissapointed, as you do NOT do any shooting, and I... Read more
Published on 16 Aug. 2005 by Stephen P. Collins
1.0 out of 5 stars No wonder it's £2.99
I'm sure it's been mentioned here a thousand times already but this game doesn't work. Search for FSW2. Read more
Published on 3 Aug. 2005 by Brains
2.0 out of 5 stars Uterly Boring
I bought this game thinking it would be the ultimate army experience. I'm the type of person who actually like to shoot things, not all that strategy stuff where you don't really... Read more
Published on 25 July 2005 by J. G. Gorecki
4.0 out of 5 stars "Full or Dull" Spectrum Warrior.....?
I bought this game not so long ago. My first impressions of the game was it was life like, both in sounds and the game levels. Read more
Published on 8 May 2005 by Mr. A. H. Spence
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