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August 11, 2004
Vietcong: Purple Haze - Preview
Release Date Publisher Developer Anticipation Players Price
22/10/2004Take TwoIllusion Softworks /
Coyote Developments
1$99.95

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Sitting around with the squad.
A couple of years ago it seemed that all the war themed games were based around World War II, then we hit the Middle East, and now Vietnam seems to be the flavour of the month. Indeed Sci's Conflict: Vietnam is shaping up quite well while Eidos' Shellshock Nam 67 has not only received some less the stellar early reviews and a delay until September due to "market conditions", but the Australian Film and Literature Classification Board has given the game a "Refused Classification" meaning it can't be sold here without editing or a successful appeal from Atari. While those games have received plenty of hype, Vietcong: Purple Haze has slipped right under the radar with first screens and info appearing less then a month prior to its September release.

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Graphics really are impressive.
Vietcong: Purple Haze is described as a cinematic narrative-based First Person Shooter set during the Vietnam conflict. Players will experience the war from the perspective of a soldier assigned to join a squad of U.S. Special Forces running reconnaissance missions deep into the jungles of Northern Vietnam. Of course the Vietnam War was one of the most gruesome ever and to convey this the developers have invlude all the horrific enemy traps including trip wires, Punji whip traps and spiked pits. Deadly stuff.

Vietcong: Purple Haze requires players to perform a variety of tasks from gathering intelligence to calling in air strikes or ambushing enemy patrols. With 19 missions in total (17 from the PC game and 2 new console exclusive levels) this game will have you playing for days - unfortunately unlike the XBox version, the PS2 game will not include any online gameplay. The weapons are numerous, with developers including over 30 such as the all important M16, M79 grenade launcher, Mosin-Nagent, Sten MKII and the M60. Of course grenades will be available, as will a knife for close in hand to hand combat.

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Check out the lush visuals.
What the PC game did excel in was the AI of enemies. Throw a grenade and they will scatter. Clear out a bunker and investigate and any nearby enemies will try to sneak up behind and surprise you. Hopefully this great AI won't be compromised in the PS2 version.

Graphics and audio are also certain to impress in this game. The jungles are lush, and the enemies numerous. As with real life it's hard to see them until you are almost on top of the enemies. The levels are very open and not the restricted disappointments of games such as Medal of Honor: Rising Sun. Vietcong: Purple Haze includes authentic 1960s soundtrack including music from Iggy and the Stooges, Deep Purple, the Standells and more...

The PC version of Vietcong: Purple Haze has been available since early this year and received very positive reviews and while little has been seen of this PS2 port to date, the three screenshots released show a game that is up to the task graphically. Here's hoping this game shapes up as a winner.