reviews\ Oct 30, 2002 at 7:00 pm

America's Army - PC - Review

We have seen some great military FPS games in the last couple of years from many various developers.  Now the Government has stepped up to the plate and has hit a homerun.  AA is probably one of the most realistic army simulation/FPS on the market.  To top it off…it's free for the taking!

The game is designed to communicate information about the many opportunities that the Army has to offer; it is a 3D first person shooter that offers players to immerse himself or herself into the world of a US elite soldier

In Operations players progress through single player basic training missions in preparation for online multiplayer missions ranging from defense of the Alaskan Pipeline against terrorism as a member of the 172nd Infantry Brigade to training exercises as a member of the 10th Mountain Division (light Infantry).  Mirroring the progressive training available to soldiers, players proceed to more advanced training by attending a virtual representation of the Army's Marksmanship School, Airborne School and Ranger School.  Successful completion of each of these schools presents players with new assignment and adventure opportunities.

Team play is emphasized and important once you enter the online games.  Its not just about killing the enemy but also completing mission objectives and watching your team mates backs.  My advice is to play as a team and do not try and finish the level solo.  It really is supposed to be a team game, and there is no "I" in team.

The graphics were quite beautiful.  The maps are not really big, in fact they are quite small, but beautiful none the less.  Though your drill instructors mouths did not move when they were barking at you, the animations and the environments were top notch.  The sounds were realistic from the ringing in your ears from close fire to superb voiceovers that usually lack luster in other titles.  There is not a whole lot of key commands that you have to memorize, so even the novice game player should be able to be up and running in no time.

Overall this seems to be a solid game, and as the community grows and more missions become available this should be an outstanding title for years to come.  The best thing is it's free.  You can download it from or from what the press release boasts, you can pick up CD versions from your local Army recruiter.

Reviewer's Scoring Details

Gameplay: 8
Pretty easy interface to follow.  Great tutorial/Basic training will have you playing in no time.

Graphics: 9
sing the Unreal engine the graphics are great. 

Sound: 9
From sound effects, to great voiceovers; they have done fantastic jobs in the audio department

Difficulty: medium-hard
Getting started is pretty easy, but as you progress through the challenges, it can get increasingly difficult

Concept: 8 
Though we have all played military FPS, the idea behind this title to bring you closer to what the army is about, let alone having all the realistic weapons that the army uses is a really nice idea.

Multiplayer: 8

The majority of the game is played through Gamespy.  The new patch eliminates unwanted ads to make joining quick and easy.  There have been some reports of difficulty joining games. This reviewer only had one such incident.  Overall though no complaints here.

Overall: 8.9
A great game and you can't beat the price


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