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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.

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Shellshock: Nam '67 Xbox Files and items dropped from dead V.C will earn you chits
Shellshock: Nam '67 Xbox You can also use your chits for other things!
Shellshock: Nam '67 Xbox Sometimes booby traps are unavoidable (as this guy found out!)
Shellshock: Nam '67 Windows These girls don't do dishes.

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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 (25475)

Critic Reviews

Gameplay (Benelux) Windows Sep, 2004 72 out of 100 72
TotalVideoGames (TVG) Windows Sep 13, 2004 7 out of 10 70
Kombo.com Xbox Sep 23, 2004 6.2 out of 10 62
Game industry News (GiN) Windows Nov 24, 2004 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Eurogamer.net (UK) PlayStation 2 Sep 08, 2004 6 out of 10 60
IGN Windows Sep 20, 2004 5.8 out of 10 58
Game Freaks 365 Xbox 2004 5.7 out of 10 57
ActionTrip Windows Sep 15, 2004 56 out of 100 56
GameStar (Germany) Windows Sep, 2004 46 out of 100 46
Withingames PlayStation 2 Oct 09, 2004 1 out of 5 20

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Trivia

Shellshock: Nam '67 was named #4 Worst Game of the Year in the 14th Annual Computer Game Awards issue of Computer Games Magazine (March 2005).

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