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14 people found this helpful
on 8 July 2004
I only bought this game recently due to its low price, even though I hardly play on my PlayStation anymore. But Hogs of War is definitely an experience worth re-living.
It's basically a 3D version of Worms, with pigs. Which is probably why it is so addictive. Take control of an army and blow up your enemies in turns. As a World War II mockery, you must command an army of pigs and conquer "Saustralasia" in the "Pigcific". You can choose from a variety of armies, sterotyping the British, Americans, Russians, French, German and Japanese (eg Tommy's Trotters as the British). The game is absolutely hilarious. Just listening to the pigs adjusting to the sterotypes, such as the Sushi Swines saying, "The stars and planets are in their correct places, so it is a suitable time for this activity" or part of the Ride Of The Valkyries to theme the German Sow-A-Krauts every time they step up to attack, can be side-splitting.
Although Hogs of War is mainly multi-player based, the Single Player still rocks. You choose an army, and then get to edit and choose which pigs you want to fight. You undergo training to help you get a feel for the weapons, then you take on missions against the computer as you move over Saustralasia and attempt to conquer each region. One of the best things about Single Player is that depending on how well you do, you can earn medals. You start off with a team of grunts, the lowest rank of pig equipped with a bayonet, rifle, 3 grenades and 50 health. Once you earn enough medals, you can choose career paths for your pigs (gunner, espionage, engineer or medic). It's up to you to decide how you want to organize your army - but you may find, for example, that having an espionage is more helpful for a particular ranged situation than an engineer. Once you've chosen career paths and complete missions, you can promote your pigs, which allows them to earn more hit points and carry stronger weapons. Espionage begins as a rather weak class which allows the pig to hide as a weapons crate or a tree, but as the pig is promoted he becomes a sniper who can inflict 40 points of damage to any target (you can even blow up a tank with a sniper rifle, which is a little strange). Depending on how many of your pigs are defeated in battle, those that fight can become gone forever (ie you have to use replacement pigs, and you only have 9 pigs to use, and start over from a grunt), so you have to be as careful as you can. Multi-player is where the fun really lies. You have a variety of different arenas to battle in, and you can play against another human player with or without the computer.
Like Worms, you'll need to develop your skills if you want to become good. Practise throwing grenades and hitting targets with bazookas. Getting a feel for the weapons - which include rifles, bayonets, grenades, bazookas, machine guns and TNTs - is the key to winning battles. You can also utilise vehicles such as tanks or hop into shelters where your pigs can recover health from a MASH tent or just seek cover from a shelter. These can be destroyed though, so watch out! Mine fields are also aplenty in many parts of the game, so it helps to have an engineer on your side as he can spot the mines. Medics are also essential to any team, as casualties on your team are inevitable.
Ultimately Hogs of War brings a much more modern feel to the Worms style of gaming. It is brilliant fun, humourous, and will keep you entertained for hours on end. Nothing beats having Hogs of War to play with some friends on a rainy day. If you like Worms, Hogs of War is an absolute must. If you don't like Worms, Hogs of War is still a must! Buy it!!