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Top it all off with a mission editor and Vietcong: Purple Haze’s combination of fierce small-unit tactics, riveting firefights, immersive environments, capable A.I., and fluid nonstop action, and you’ve got enough to commend it for a medal.
Overall this is a very solid FPS that evokes the Vietnam War like no other game has to date. If you are after a single player gaming experience that has a great story and a solid multiplayer experience you will not go wrong by having this game in your collection.
Vietcong: Purple Haze offers a glimpse at what American soldiers went through in Vietnam 40 years ago. But unfortunately it doesn't meet the normal expectations of a successful FPS and will quickly become another game in the crowd.
Armchair Empire, The
Forget everything you know from award winning Vietnam films such as Platoon, Apocalypse Now, and The Thin Red Line. Sure those movies portrayed a roughly accurate rendition of the 60s and 70s, but what I never got out of those movies was a genuine feeling as if I was actually there. With video game companies striking gold on WWII and modern warfare games, the Vietnam era has received little attention. Rarely does a game come from that period that truly captures the authentic feel and action of Vietnam. With Vietcong: Purple Haze, the Vietnam genre of videogames is finally taking steps in the right direction.