has disappointing graphics but the weapons make up for
can still shock
Flt-Lt Nick Hogan
– NAM ’67 XBox
is a graphic, first-person shooter with an attitude-pounding,
ripping ’60s soundtrack.
This is a violent game that makes no attempt to hide the darker
side of war. The action is brutal at times. The soldiers have
plenty of colourful language with some shocking scenes on
Guerrilla Games and Eidos have combined to bring some quality
Vietnam action. The game puts you squarely in the role of
a new US Army GI starting his tour of duty in the Vietnam
Things get started quickly with a patrol in the Vietnam jungle
turning into a huge fi refi ght and your squad having to engage
scores of VCs wielding AK-47s, mounted machine guns and more.
The rest of the game deals with our player character’s tour
of duty in 1967 with a number of different missions, some
by himself and some with CPU controlled teammates.
Machetes, machine guns, sniper rifl es, fl amethrowers (you
have to try this at least once), RPGs, grenades and explosives
are some of the weapons you can use to level the playing fi
eld. One of the more colourful portions of Shellshock is how
you spend some of your mission downtime.
At your base, you can communicate with soldiers and others
and even earn “chits” to gain access to other weapons and
other “services” that the local Vietnamese ladies want to
Listening to the disk jockey that’s playing tunes inside the
base all adds to the adventure. Graphically, it is a little
disappointing, but I hardly noticed as I spent most of my
time trying various methods of taking down enemy and trying
out the time downtown.
The AI of your squad is quite good and the enemy is reasonably
The biggest thing lacking in Shellshock is multiplayer, again
missing the best quality of Xbox live enabled play. Overall,
amusing to the point of shocking.
Gamesman competition winners
to the following competition winners:
Gaiden (XBox) – FLTLT Dion Wright;
Star Trek (XBox) – Kirsten Davis;
True Crime – Streets of LA (PC) – LAC Michael Paine.