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Description

Shellshock takes you back to the years of the Vietnam war. You take on the role of a rookie soldier on his first tour of duty. Using a third-person perspective, you experience napalm bombardments of civilian villages, sneaky night missions along the river banks, claustrophobic tunnel systems and huge battles in temples and open fields. Most missions are played as a team, but your team members cannot die and do no influence the mission objectives. You will have to assassinate enemy generals, take out crucial boats and guide your team through unknown territory.

The game does not have drivable vehicles, multiplayer options or extensive environmental interaction, but it features a particular system of dismantling the many bombs and traps: in a race against time, you have to perform a long key sequence in the correct order to clear the path. The atrocities on both sides are clearly shown in the cutscenes, filmed as through a shaky hand-camera. Either side is not afraid to abuse civilians for their cause and this sense of realism gives the game a rather raw edge. You can even purchase the services of hookers in the base camp.

Screenshots

Shellshock: Nam '67 Xbox You can view your objectives at this screen
Shellshock: Nam '67 Windows The interrogations are rather brutal.
Shellshock: Nam '67 Windows Dead bodies
Shellshock: Nam '67 Windows Some innocent villagers have been slaughtered.

Alternate Titles

  • "弹震症:越南1967" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "SSN67" -- Common abbreviation
  • "Shellshock: Вьетнам’ 67" -- Russian spelling

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User Reviews

An alright game, but has too many shortcomings. Xbox bobthewookiee (59)
The closest to a Full Metal Jacket game. PlayStation 2 Big John WV (25480)

Critic Reviews

Worth Playing Xbox Oct 10, 2004 7.4 out of 10 74
GameSpot (Belgium/Netherlands) Windows Sep 21, 2004 62 out of 100 62
Game Informer Magazine Xbox Oct, 2004 6 out of 10 60
Game Informer Magazine PlayStation 2 Oct, 2004 6 out of 10 60
X-Power Xbox Oct 12, 2004 6 out of 10 60
GameSpot PlayStation 2 Sep 16, 2004 5.4 out of 10 54
PC Zone Windows Sep 10, 2004 5.3 out of 10 53
Jeuxvideo.com Windows Sep 03, 2004 10 out of 20 50
Gamezine PlayStation 2 Aug 21, 2004 10 out of 20 50
Absolute Games (AG.ru) Windows Sep 18, 2004 30 out of 100 30

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Trivia

On September 18, 2004, Shellshock: Nam '67 (Windows) was put on the infamous German index by the BPjM. The PS2 version followed November 30, 2004 (in addition on that day, the indexing of the Windows version was confirmed). And since June 30, 2005, with the addition of the Xbox version, all three platforms are on the index.

For more information about what this means and to see a list of games sharing the same fate, take a look here: BPjS/BPjM indexed games.

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