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Battlefield Vietnam (PC)

Platform : Windows 2000, Windows 98, Windows NT, Windows Me, Windows XP
4.2 out of 5 stars 70 customer reviews

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  • Team-based first person shooter set in the Vietnam war
  • Command powerful Vietnam-era vehicle -- F-4 Phantoms, transport helicopters, and more
  • Master the weapons of jungle warfare including pongee sticks and booby traps
  • Wage war online from dark jungles to villages on the Ho Chi Minh Trail
  • For 1 or more players over LAN or Internet
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  • Platform:   Windows 2000 / 98 / NT / Me / XP
  • PEGI Rating: Ages 16 and Over Suitable for 16 years and over. Not for sale to persons under age 16. By placing an order for this product, you declare that you are 16 years of age or over.
  • Media: Video Game
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  • ASIN: B0000A5B8B
  • Release Date: 19 Mar. 2004
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,806 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

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The Battlefield franchise is entering a new era with more firepower and ferocious new combat settings. Staying true to the over-the-top, action-packed multi-player style, Battlefield Vietnam will drop players into some of the Vietnam War's fiercest battles. Fighting in theatres from jungles surrounding the Ho Chi Minh Trail to the city streets of Hue, players will choose from two well-equipped forces, the United States or the North Vietnamese Army (NVA) and Vietcong.

Offering an arsenal of weapons and vehicles authentic to the Vietnam conflict, players will battle in first-person perspective. The workhorse vehicle for the US during the conflict was the helicopter and it will serve the same purpose in Battlefield Vietnam.

The NVA will be outfitted with many Russian-made vehicles including the T-54 tank and Mig-21 jet. Taking a step forward from its franchise predecessors, Battlefield Vietnam will allow passengers to fire from moving vehicles and players will have the ability to airlift other vehicles via helicopter. The game will also deploy new rendering and sound engines that will help take players deeper into the 1960s mindset. Battlefield Vietnam, like its brethren Battlefield games, allows players to join forces on teams in games up to 64 players over the Internet, or jump into single-player action.

Amazon.co.uk Review

After a series of highly popular expansion packs Battlefield Vietnam represents the first proper sequel to the blockbusting Battlefield 1942. The set-up is pretty much the same as before in that you're cast as a basic infantryman, using standard first-person shoot-'em-up controls, but have the chance to commandeer and pilot any vehicle in the game. Since this new game is set in the Vietnam War that means 24 authentic-looking vehicles, including helicopters, jet fighters, patrol boats and tanks.

Battlefield Vietnam is largely an online game. There is a single-player mode but the computer AI is so appalling it's really not worth bothering with, except as a means to learn the controls of the various vehicles. When played online things really come alive as you cooperate as a part of a team to storm the enemy control points. Although the graphics are little changed from its predecessor there are significant differences in the way the basic gameplay works in Battlefield Vietnam. This is most obvious in the differences between the two sides with the Viet Cong having access to a range of special weapons such as pungi sticks and other booby traps, compared to the hi-tech American jets and helicopters. It's a pity the graphics and control interface weren't improved more but despite it sometimes still feeling like a mission disk rather than a true sequel, Battlefield Vietnam is certainly one of the best online games currently available. --David Jenkins


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This game is without a doubt the best of the battlefield series and challenges for one of the most fun PC games I have played. The sheer depth of it makes for an enthralling experience and while it requires a high spec machine to run in it's full graphical entirety the lag problems that plagued BF1942 seem to have been almost totally removed.
On writing this I have an AMD Athlon with 512meg of RAM and a GeForce 2. I can run this game (admittedly with low graphics settings) without getting any lag whatsoever so if you have a better machine then you are in luck.
The number of bots available has been reduced to 64 but you hardly notice this as you egt caught up in the atmosphere of the war. I cannot explain how exciting it is when you crawl through the brush, undetected and suddenly you hear the thud of Vietnamese rotors.
Tactics play a big part in this game and stealth is very important if you wish to live. It's not like BF1942 where you can blast your way through the japanese army, even on the easiest settings if you don't take cover when you're under fire you will die VERY quickly.
I really cannot praise this game enough and I advise anyone who enjoyed the first installments of BF to purchase it. I myself am buying a new graphics card just to run this game and PES3 and if your computer can't run this game then I would suggest that you upgrade too.
Your country needs YOU to buy this game.............wait......wrong war
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I waited several months before getting this game on account of the mixed reviews it received, but now I wish I hadnt waited so long! I got it at Christmas along with HL2 and Joint Ops:Escalation and to give you an idea of how it fares I play this virtually every night and the others have barely had a look in.
I'll admit I was a big fan of BF1942 and this is basically a revamp of that game set in a different context. The graphics are more detailed and richer but its not a massive leap forward. The gamplay however is fantastic... if you're a fan of Apocalypse Now / Platoon and the like then you'll appreciate the opportunity to skim over a hot LZ in a huey, blasting away out of the doorway to the sounds of "Fortunate Son".
The maps are well thought out without plenty of room to hide if your a sniper, without there being the huge expanses you get in Joint Ops. The base designs, vehicle placement etc lead to some great to-and-fro battles, and with the orginal 60s soundtrack pouring out of the tanks and helis as they go past, it really is immersive.
Some of the early reviews mentioned unbalanced weapons, but that seems to have been evened out with later patches. The US forces still have the best weapons combos IMHO, but the NVA has a few tricks too - a decent SAM and boobytraps come to mind, and it doesnt seem too one sided to me. Nevertheless the one gripe I have is the helis, which carry too much ammo and seem virtually immune to small arms fire - they can often be seen endlessly flying round-and-round the spawn points blasting everyone as they spawn. As a result the top scorers are ALWAYS the heli pilots who ALWAYS have at least 5 times the kill rates of everyone else. It can get frustrating, but there it is.. ;-)
Overall a great, great multiplayer game, well worth the money.
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Out of all the Battlefield products made, Battlefield Vietnam stands out as the best of them.
BFV is simply awesome. All the things which were begged for mods like Desert Combat which weren't possible on the game's engine, have been implemented into BFV's brand new, graphically polished engine. Features like shooting personal weapons out of vehicles. In-game music. Timers for flag capture. It's all in there.
GRAPHICS
The graphics are a huge improvement to BF1942. BF1942's never were bad, but BFV's graphics are just incredible. Even on low settings, the presentation of the game is brilliant: the dense foliage (which you can now use for cover); the details on the helos and jets; cockpits; and the weapon animation is just outstanding. Watching yourself reload an M-16 or M60 is a pleasure. Unlike the problems BF and DC faced, you can actually see yourself pull back the clip and place a fresh magazine inside your weapon. Amazing.
SOUND
The sound, which I've always regarded as one of BF's best departments, has soared to new levels. Anyone to criticise the addition of a new radio for vehicles - listening to Creedence Clearwater Revival's Fortunate Son whilst screaming over a beach in an F4 Phantom, or blasting Ride Of the Valkyries to everyone below whilst piloting a Huey as part of the air cavalry - is just not worth taking the time to listen to. Jefferson Airplane, Bobby Fuller Four's "I Fought The Law", Deep Purple, The Kinks, and everyone's favourite, "War (What Is It Good For?)". Not to mention you can customize and choose your own radio tracks by placing MP3s in the "My Music" folder.
"Stars and Bars Radio" blasts out of the speakers at your airbase, and on street maps you get Vietnamese propaganda ("Your pilots have abandoned you GI." God that gets on your nerves.
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It is an absolutely fantastic game, known for its amazing gameplay and is by far the best multiplayer game ever!!! However, i recommend that you have broadband before buying this game as it could be quite laggy without. Since i bought this game i have never got bored of it, and that is quite an achievement as i get bored of games quite easily and quite quickly. To sum it up in one word: outstanding!!!
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