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Close Combat: First to Fight

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93
MacintoshGames4Mac
Close Combat - First To Fight überzeugt in allen Bereichen. Sehr realistisch, beeindruckende künstliche Intelligenz, klasse Grafik, detailreiche Tonkulisse und mehrere Schwierigkeitsgrade. Einfach Straßen-Nahkampf par excellence, den man sich hätte kaum besser vorstellen können. Dieses Spiel ist ein Muss für jeden Fan von taktischen "First-Person-Shootern" und ich persönlich kann es nur empfehlen.
90
MacintoshMacworld
Close Combat: First to Fight is an evolutionary jump in squad-based first-person shooters. It hits all the right notes. Even if this genre hasn’t appealed to you before, First to Fight is worth a look.
90
XboxGame industry News (GiN)
Just keep watching each others back, and rely on your training, which apparently is quite good. You really can't ask for a more appropriate game at this time in our history, or a more realistic simulation that is actually easy to play.
90
WindowsGame industry News (GiN)
Just keep watching each others back, and rely on your training, which apparently is quite good. You really can't ask for a more appropriate game at this time in our history, or a more realistic simulation that is actually easy to play.
83
XboxLawrence
Close Combat: First to Fight is a surprise. I honestly didn’t think I could take a developer’s freshman effort on a new label that seriously. Although it has some kinks to work out, the foundation is solid and Destineer should be very proud.
83
XboxTeamXbox
Close Combat: First to Fight is a classic example of not being the best looking or sounding game around but still delivers what gamers are really after, fun factor both on and offline. The Xbox Live component performs very nicely and is taken up to a new level if you can find the right crowd to play with. The game gives gamers nearly everything that they want from a tactical title, supporting nearly everything that the Xbox has to offer.
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MacintoshInside Mac Games (IMG)
First to Fight is a flat out cool tactical shooter. It is urban combat at its finest. With its unique A.I., realistic combat, MAGTF assets, solid multiplayer support, cutting edge visuals, detailed audio effects and multiple difficulty levels, First to Fight is all one could want in a tactical first-person shooter. So, buy it -- that's an order!
80
XboxConsole Obsession
Close Combat is all about realistic squad-based warfare, and on these counts the game is successful, without being overly harsh on the player. It may feel a little sluggish at times, but it's certainly no run and gun FPS, so it's not a major point to be argued. No serious flaws then, therefore it's definitely up there with the cream of the crop of realistic FPS's.
80
XboxCheat Code Central
Despite some shortcomings that don't actually interfere with the gameplay First to Fight is a solid shooter that will definitely scratch your itchy trigger finger.
80
XboxIGN
In many regards, Close Combat: First to Fight is a solid, likeable squad-based first-person shooter. It's a respectable title from a first-time development team, and it's remarkable how in all ways this FPS handles strict military tactics and protocol.
78
XboxGamingTrend
Close Combat: First to Fight is one of many realistic military shooters to come out in recent months, and unfortunately a few nagging issues keep it from being the best there is. If you do intend to spend some time with it though, make sure you have a few friends who also are willing to join in on the fun.
77
XboxIC-Games
If you are in the market for a decent tactical shooter Close Combat: First to Fight should quench the thirst but it’s certainly not the best of the current crop of titles available. It does have its good points; it contains a pretty decent co-operative mode complete with the clan building functions we have all come to expect from Xbox Live. The single player mode is short but does offer up an interesting challenge for anyone wanting a little more tactics from their FPS.
76
WindowsGameSpot (Belgium/Netherlands)
Close Combat: First to Fight is een tactische shooter die door zijn verschillende moeilijkheidsgraden een gameplay biedt die kan variëren van een vrij traditionele shooter tot een eerder realistische tactische militaire ervaring.
76
XboxMAN!AC
Als Erstlingswerk nicht schlecht: Mit ihrem Konsolendebüt liefern Destineer einen respektablen Taktik-Shooter ab, der vor allem mit einer unkomplizierten Teamsteuerung und spannenden Einsätzen glänzt. Um sich jedoch mit der Genre-Konkurrenz messen zu können, fehlt's in allen Wertungskategorien am nötigen Feinschliff. Besonders die wankelmütige KI Eurer Kumpel sorgt für Kopfschütteln: Zwar wissen die Soldaten einen Raum zu stürmen, nur um im nächsten Moment einen Feind unbehelligt durch die eigenen Reihen spazieren zu lassen. Zwiespältig auch die Grafik: Einerseits gefallen die optisch schick, aber monoton gestalteten Levels. Andererseits ärgert die ungenaue Kollisionsabfrage. Fans von Taktik-Shootern sei der Titel dennoch ans Herz gelegt.
76
WindowsPC Gameplay (Benelux)
Een onderhoudende tactische 3D Shooter die, mits een betere afwerking, hogere toppen had kunnen scheren.
75
XboxDarkZero
All in all FTF was very close to being a welcome and respectable addition to the squad based genre but the game has so many flaws; each of them chipping away at what could have been something special and thus leaving it feeling barren and as a result extremely underwhelming. At times there is lots of fun to be had most of which is available in its trio of multiplayer mode but it could have been so much more. There is the potential for something special in this series but it did not materialise this time.
75
XboxGameSpot
How much you end up enjoying Close Combat: First to Fight will hinge a lot on what your expectations are going in. If you were looking for the squad-based military shooter to end all shooters, this isn't it. While the game has enjoyable co-op play and some moments of great intensity, it feels rough around the edges, lacking the necessary refinement in both gameplay and presentation to make it easily recommendable. If you're just looking for a no-frills military shooter that you can play together with some buddies, then Close Combat: First to Fight will probably deliver what you're looking for.
73
WindowsGamers' Temple, The
In spite of its issues I did find First to Fight enjoyable for the most part. The game’s setting and atmosphere made for some intense gaming sessions to the point where I caught myself feeling a mix of pride and joy whenever the attack choppers flew overhead and obliterated an enemy position. I just wish that the AI in the game was more consistent and that the campaign was longer. At six missions divided into a number of sub-missions, they game is just too short. If you start playing it on Monday and have a gaming session each night you can probably be through with it by the weekend.
73
WindowsGameSpot
How much you end up enjoying Close Combat: First to Fight will hinge a lot on what your expectations are going in. If you were looking for the squad-based military shooter to end all shooters, this isn't it. While the game has enjoyable co-op play and some moments of great intensity, it feels rough around the edges, lacking the necessary refinement in both gameplay and presentation to make it easily recommendable. If you're just looking for a no-frills military shooter that you can play together with some buddies, then Close Combat: First to Fight will probably deliver what you're looking for.
72
XboxGame Chronicles
Sometimes it’s best to walk into a review with low expectations. That way you can’t claim much disappointment if a title doesn’t turn out to be all that you hoped for. Close Combat: First to First fits into this category. With a little more work, this game could have been exceptional, but unfortunately, it stops its ascent to greatness with simply average.
72
XboxGame Over Online
When the credits start to roll, it's not as if Close Combat: First to Fight does anything terribly wrong, it just doesn't do anything new and exciting. What it offers in terms of gameplay has been done before, and done better by the likes of Rainbow Six, Ghost Recon and, to a lesser extent, Full Spectrum Warrior. To put it simply, Close Combat is a little rough around the edges. With that said, if you're eager to enlist in a new tactical squad-based shooter, one with co-op support in particular, First to Fight may be worth a look.
72
WindowsGameZone
In this great big world that we live in finding enjoyment in something is a difficult decision. Do you go to the movies, how about playing disc golf at a local park or maybe stay at home and play a videogame? Most of you reading this review will probably pick the later option, which is why you are here. If you are looking for the greatest FPS ever made then you will need to keep looking. But if you want an entertaining military FPS game, that can be a frustrating and aggravating at times, then First to Fight might be your game.
70
XboxThunderbolt Games
Close Combat: First to Fight gets some things right, but if the poor AI and numerous glitches were ironed out then it could have been one of the finest tours of duty around. As it stands, it’s an excellent multiplayer game that just can’t compete with some of its rivals. If modern combat and multiplayer are your bag then check Close Combat. Otherwise, Brothers in Arms is much more worthy of your attention.
70
WindowsGame Chronicles
single player does not intrigue you, perhaps multiplayer will help some. With the deluge of FPS games on the market though, and online focused ones like Unreal Tournament and BF 1942, the games that employ the “afterthought MP” really get trounced, and First to Fight is a prime example. You have your choice of death match and Co-op modes. The former is your standard elimination style game, while the latter has some merits worth mentioning. One player assumes team leader command and together you can play through all of the single player missions or campaign, a nice addition but sadly not enough to really save it. A mediocre multiplayer experience at best.
70
WindowsArmchair Empire, The
The production values of the game were perfectly acceptable but not on the same level of flashiness of the current cream of the crop. The cut scenes are all done in-engine but at very low resolutions. Also, the audio is a little bit plain, and the Arabic chatter is a little repetitive. The graphics though I found to be quite crisp and clean. The environmental textures and variety leave something to be desired, but the character models and detail were very good. Overall the production values don't really add much to the experience, but nor do they take away anything from the gameplay. Multiplayer is included, and the co-operative mode is perfect for actually playing with others and trying to play as if your life depended on it by taking care of your assignment. Save for the promise of what could have been, First to Fight is quite entertaining. It's only too bad that some of the elements that were only loosely introduced could not have been made more of a focus or an option in the game.
70
WindowsThunderbolt Games
Close Combat: First to Fight gets some things right, but if the poor AI and numerous glitches were ironed out then it could have been one of the finest tours of duty around. As it stands, it’s an excellent multiplayer game that just can’t compete with some of its rivals. If modern combat and multiplayer are your bag then check Close Combat. Otherwise, Brothers in Arms is much more worthy of your attention.
70
XboxMS Xbox World
Close Combat is a great sounding game on paper but its delivery is not so good; as it is plagued with plenty of issues that could hamper your enjoyment of the game, depending on your disposition. I found it to be quite rewarding once I ignored the issues and inconsistencies but was left with the overall feeling of a rush job title. With a little more spit and polish this game could in fact rival games like Rainbow Six 3 or Ghost Recon, but as it stands will not in its current form. I suggest players should rent this first before a purchase to see if they can stand the errors or not.
70
XboxJolt (UK)
There’s nothing specifically wrong with First to Fight, it’s just that the single-player simply doesn’t do anything more than provide you with terrorists to shoot. With games like Brothers in Arms, SWAT 4 and the Rainbow Six series doing the tactical shooter job without devolving into humdrum, Close Combat: First to Fight can’t even begin to challenge for genre domination.
70
XboxDarkstation
Being a huge fan of the Close Combat series I must say that although I was looking forward to this game, I was rather disappointed with its final results. The game is not a bad outing by any standards, but it also just doesn't have the depth nor the sure fire power to hang with the other big boys that are already on the Xbox. It is worthwhile? Yes, but only if you are a fan of the series or in dire need of a decent squad-based shooter. Otherwise it makes for a solid rental.
70
XboxGameCell UK
Best filed towards the front of the “good but not great, playable but flawed” section, Close Combat: First to Fight is an accomplished title that has some serious annoyances that hamper the enjoyment factor. It could have used the sort of attention and polish at the testing stage that Marines give their dress uniforms – if that had been the case we might have been talking about a new team shooter Xbox Live classic.
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XboxVideo Game Talk
As far as squad based shooters go, I found First to Fight to be an enjoyable one that was much easier to pick up and play than more tactical ones like Ghost Recon, yet offered a much better gameplay than things like Brute Force. Nothing about this game will wow you, but the single player campaign is enjoyable for the most part, thanks to the surprisingly intelligent AI on behalf of your team of Marines.
70
WindowsActionTrip
Would I recommend this game to you? If you're a hardcore military buff, I might recommend it to you for the fun firefights. Other than that, I think you're better off getting SWAT 4. That one flows much better and has a much nicer feel to it. Two very important qualities that are crucial to the art of making love to a woman. Or so people tell me. (Or as a safety net, a credit card with a very high limit -Ed.)
68
WindowsGamersMark
Oddly, I found the shooting of endless hordes of zombies in Deadhunt much more fun than playing this game. While First to Fight has a few good points about it, it does not live up to what it claims it is, and is "realistically" only a less than average FPS. Possibly the greatest fault of the game is the price tag it totes: an MSRP of $39.99. If the game were priced for a budget release, maybe half of what it is currently, this game could be worth a look to the FPS enthusiast.
68
XboxWorth Playing
Close Combat: First to Fight is one of myriad military-themed, team-based first person shooters to come out in the last year. What makes it stand out from the others? Well, nothing really. Observe.
67
XboxGaming Age
When it comes right down to it, First to Fight will have a tough time competing for your time and money when compared to other, flashier games. But it's got a strong identity and satisfying gameplay. It's certainly no glitchier or disappointing than a host of other games that get a lot more attention. If you enjoyed Counterstrike, Rainbow Six or Full Spectrum Warrior, you'll probably have a lot of fun with First to Fight.
65
WindowsGame Vortex
While not the most polished title around, Close Combat: First to Fight should give you wannabe-jarheads out there enough of a fight for a while, especially in the decent Co-op mode. Too bad the lackluster A.I., graphics, and sound ultimately hold this game back in the second-rate level of gaming. Do your country and yourself more honor by checking out those acclaimed games mentioned in this review.
65
WindowsWorth Playing
All in all, First to Fight is a rough outing. While I would not label First to Fight as a bad game, I would say that First to Fight is a good concept and core set of design ideas that have been poorly implemented. Personally, I would have rather not seen the Close Combat franchise go this route, and I hope that Destineer and 2K Games return to the game's original concept because as it is, Close Combat was the only game of its kind. What we are left with now is a tactical FPS that fails to distinguish itself from other games in the genre. Sure, the game looks beautiful and with some patches, the gameplay issues, glitches and sound bugs can be fixed to make First to Fight into a decent game.
65
XboxXbox World Australia (XWA)
Close Combat: First to Fight had the potential to distance itself from the increasingly more common military shooters on the market. Unfortunately, it falls short in almost all areas ultimately slotting into the middle to lower end of the bunch. Good level design and multiplayer options raise CCFTF to a higher standard but it is not enough to make up for abysmal AI, rough graphics and questionable realism.
65
XboxExtreme Gamer
So the game doesn't innovate, its story isn't anything special, the graphics are only average and it isn't the most exciting game around but does that mean it's bad? Not really, you aren't going to be in pain playing it, but you're also not going to get sucked in like the game should do. It's just another average first person shooter, not too much to complain about, and not too much to rave about.
62
XboxGame Informer Magazine
Sadly, it's gonna take more than a dusty thrift-store version of Rainbow Six 3 to turn my little Minneapolis suburb into a game development Mecca.
61
XboxTalkXbox
This game does not meet expectations. Close Combat: First to Fight was an enormous let down in most regards. Many well done elements and innovative features are present in this title, but they just aren’t executed well. If this game had been fine tuned and further tested I think that we could have had a big hit on our hands. Unfortunately, the AI really takes a lot out of the game and the glitches ruin everything. I would have much rather waited a few more months before seeing this game on shelves and played a more polished title.
60
XboxGame Informer Magazine
In case you've ever wondered what would happen if you took Rainbow Six 3, downgraded the graphics, and surgically removed all the fun, First to Fight offers a pretty good answer. I appreciate the realism and effort to include bona fide U.S. Marine Corps tactics and equipment, but this simply plays like a buggy military training application, and forgets to deliver the entertainment that you'd expect to find in a video game.
60
XboxJustPressPlay
If your in the mood for an FPS, go ahead and rent this game, It dosn't take long to beat and parts of it are kind of fun, but I would really stay away from buying it.Semper FI
60
WindowsG4 TV: X-Play
Close Combat: First to Fight is an agreeable kind of game so long as you lower your expectations a bit. Even though the game is base on tools used by the military, it’s really fairly shallow in how military tactics are used. First to Fight is a tactical shooter for the beer and pretzels crowd.
60
XboxGameplanet
The game is capable of one to eight players for single-screen play or two to eight through system link LAN gaming, so you and your mates can play four-man co-op or play head to head in First to Fight's Fire Team Arena. There is no custom soundtrack option in the game but is Xbox Live enabled. Overall the game is not a bad attempt at the FPS genre, but just lacks the action of a truly absorbing war game.
60
WindowsGameSpy
Close Combat: First to Fight's flawed A.I. and abbreviated single-player game certainly don't advance the FPS genre in a significant way, but its entertaining multiplayer component scores a welcome bull's-eye. And, as any Marine will tell you, it's all about the men beside you.
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WindowsJeuxVideoPC.com
Close Combat ne semblait pas être un mauvais jeu, mais certaines lacunes lui font vraiment défaut. On reprochera donc aux développeurs d’avoir voulu faire un jeu beaucoup trop grand public pour être crédible. Si vous êtes un amateur de FPS tactique, tournez vous en ce moment vers Swat 4 ou Rainbow Six 3. Si par contre vous êtes simplement en quête d’un nouveau jeu de tir qui vous changerait un peu de FarCry ou de HL², alors vous pourrez peut-être vous rabattre sur CCFTF, quand celui-ci sera sorti en occasion, ce qui ne devrait pas tarder.
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XboxJeuxvideo.com
Close Combat : First to Fight est l'archétype même du jeu moyen. S'il fait preuve à certains égards de bonnes idées (possibilité de faire appel à de l'aide extérieure, interface pratique), la linéarité de l'ensemble, son IA calamiteuse et l'aspect répétitif des parties sont des défauts que l'on ne peut pas ignorer.
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WindowsJeuxvideo.com
Close Combat : First To Fight a beau avoir les outils et le potentiel d'un jeu tactique, son IA, la taille de ses cartes, sa linéarité et son manque de profondeur l'écartent de cette voie. On pourrait alors se croire face à un jeu d'action teinté de tactique, mais même pas, puisque dans ce domaine, il se montre trop poussif. Finalement, Close Combat est un jeu bâtard qui laisse froid. On est loin de son prestige dans le domaine de la STR/tactique.
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Xboxvideogamer.com
Close Combat: First to Fight is a game that could have been a real contender. Given the strong competition in this genre from games like Rainbow Six and Ghost Recon, First to Fight really had to offer something at least as competent as those games, but, unfortunately, it doesn't. The campaign becomes a chore to play through and the online cooperative mode is tarnished by the same flaws that hurt the single-player game. With similar and better games to choose from, First to Fight will have a hard time gaining many fans.
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WindowsComputer Gaming World (CGW)
In the end, it’s all just tedious. You’ll shoot hundreds of enemies by the time you finish, picking them out with your handy radar. You’ll have to reload through some cheap ambushes, which include things like enemies spawning behind you or forcing you to crawl out of a manhole into the middle of a street surrounded by snipers, machine gunners, and armored vehicles. Which, to be fair, is something Marines should be taught not to do. So if it’s ever used as a training tool, at least this tasteless bauble has that going for it.
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Windows1UP
Close Combat: First to Fight isn't awful. As first-person shooters go, it's passable, saddled with the typical problems you'd find in a cheap game. It has horrible A.I. and ridiculous, mincing animation. The engine looks pretty good most of the time, but then shadows bleed through a wall or someone's gun pokes noticeably through a door. It's obviously an Xbox port, with its small levels and too tight field of view.