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Trying to stay alive in the jungles of Vietnam doesn't exactly sound like a laugh-a-minute riot, but Men of Valor nonetheless entertains. The control is about as tight as console first-person shooting gets, and I deeply appreciate the fact that developer 2015 has made good use of their M rating.
Vietnam-Shooter gibts es mittlerweile wie Sand am Meer, mit Men of Valor findet der Trend allerdings erst einmal sein Ende. In unserem Test erfahrt ihr, ob und wie sich Men of Valor von anderen Vietnam-Shootern abhebt und ob es lohnenswert ist, den Titel in seinem Regal stehen zu haben.
Men of Valor is a top quality shooter with big budget like set pieces. This is only derided by the fact that the genre has been done better elsewhere, perhaps Halo has just spoiled us. In spite of this Men of Valor can quite easily coexist as an enjoyable and authentic experience with a touch of humanity. Well worth a look for any shooter fan.
In a time where World War II games are a dime a dozen, developers are just recently beginning to tap into the Vietnam War as a venue for war games. Titles like Battlefield: Vietnam, Conflict: Vietnam, Shellshock: Nam ’67 and more are hitting the market hoping to gain the same success that the WWII genre has enjoyed over the past few years. Now, from Vivendi Universal comes Men of Valor, a Vietnam FPS with a bit more of a personal tone and storyline.
Men of Valor is a first-person shooter set in the Vietnam War. And it's good! Whaddya know? After the US lost the Vietnam War to the North Vietnamese, after the favorable public opinion was lost back home, and then developers lost it a bunch more times to whatever mysterious force stood between them and making a decent game, somebody has finally licked the Vietnam curse. Men of Valor is a first-person shooter set in the Vietnam War. And it's good! Those of you keeping score at home through the recent, seemingly unending torrent of disappointing Vietnam War games, can dust off the unused "win" column, take the pencil out from behind your ear, and write "1, USA!"
'Tis the season to be a Vietnam shooter, and Developer 2015, known for its work with Electronic Arts on Medal of Honor: Allied Assault, is assuredly providing the best chance of re-creating the most authentic semblance of Vietnam in a videogame. Not surprisingly, Men of Valor, for both Xbox and PC, feels remarkably like Medal of Honor (not to mention sounding a little like it too), only instead of the historically noble and valiant days of World War II, we're in the psychedelic, ethically challenged days of Vietnam in the nation-torn 1960s.
There are all sorts of gray areas when talking about Men of Valor, beyond whether it's good or bad. The question is: Is being good good enough? I think we all know what to expect of Vietnam games. Ambushes and booby traps in the jungle deep, the sometimes ambiguous moral tone of soldiers, and some pretty f'ed-up situations are all common devices. At each turn, Men of Valor did just enough (and sometimes more than that) to take on these core elements and make them worthy playing.
Men of Valor portrays Vietnam differently then the others on the same war. Its main competition, Shellshock Nam 67', paints a picture of violence and gore that will creep out players about the horror that took place there. Men of Valor presents the war as misinterpreted and how the soldiers went through so many struggles to make it out of Vietnam. And you know what; it works fine as Xbox Live is what holds this game above the others that were recently released.
This is game that deserves a sensible review, since I feel that taking a historic war scenario and making a game could be considered by some, insulting to those who fought. But I feel that Men of Valor takes the topic seriously, with good results.
Na Shellshock Nam ’67 en Vietcong: Purple Haze is Men Of Valor het 3de Vietnamgame dat we op vrij korte termijn op de XP-redactie te slikken kregen. Een beetje teveel van het goede als je ’t mij vraagt en alsof deze 3 nog niet voldoende zijn, krijgen we eerstdaags ook nog Conflict Vietnam te verwerken. Misschien is dus nog net iets te vroeg om een definitieve beslissing te nemen welke van deze 4 games als beste uit de bus komt. Men Of Valor kan schermen met een degelijke gameplay, behoorlijke graphics, leuke Xbox Live! features en een schitterende sfeer en geluid. Downsides zijn de gebrekkige AI en het lineaire spelverloop en de lange laadtijden. Of dat voldoende is om als beste Vietnamgame van 2004 door het leven te gaan is een moeilijke vraag en hangt waarschijnlijk eerder van je persoonlijke smaak af. Ik hou er alvast goede herinneringen aan over.
After Call of Duty, the de facto standard in a military game these days is group combat. No man fights alone, unless you happen to be Rambo. Men of Valor appropriately follows the design trend, but injects a little more life into your squad-mates. Set in the midst of the Vietnam War, Men of Valor doesn't quite get all the action right, but there's more of character driven drama herein. You will steadily get to know your team through in-game cut scenes and character enriched sound bites.
When it comes to first person shooters on the Xbox, you can definitely do better than this one (Halo 2 anyone?). However, if you're looking for a good Vietnam War game that goes out of its way to offer more than just a run 'n' gun adventure, look no further than Men of Valor. You'll find yourself cheering for Dean to make it through OK, even as you're cursing your teammates for walking right past an enemy.
The net result for the makers of Medal Of Honor is a game that's a pleasantly unpleasant diversion from old WW2 glories, yet evidently not the triple A game Vivendi Universal would have been hoping for. Still, Men Of Valor is a solid, enjoyable and challenging Vietnam take on the sort of scripted cinematic shooters that the public evidently love to death. It may well be widely-regarded as being up there with the best Vietnam-based FPSs (and we're thinking Vietcong on PC specifically, which shades this), but stood next to the likes of Call Of Duty its bothersome AI leaves the game hamstrung in one of the most crucial areas. But with some memorable moments, some great tech behind it and a plethora of online modes to get to grips with Men Of Valor still has enough going for it to warrant further investigation - but perhaps only once the price is right.
All in all, Men of Valor is a pretty average game. The generally uninspiring visuals and formulaic missions do little to keep you enthralled, but the entertaining multiplayer modes give you a reason to come back to the game. Probably the best Vietnam game released so far, but that isn't saying much.
There's certainly enough merit to Men of Valor to make it worth playing. It seems to be constrained by the usual video game pitfalls, and while that works against it, it manages to pull off more than a typical Hollywood production ever could. There are those moments you truly feel involved, as tension mounts before you're spotted and you only have one chance to make the shot count. This is what the entire game should be, and sadly, it's not.
With games like Vietcong and Battlefield: Vietnam tearing down the proverbial walls of Jericho, the largely untouched Vietnam War has become a viable digital staging ground and many developers are rushing to cash in on the latest craze. If gaming is any indication, Vietnam is the new World War II.
Men Of Valor traîne bien des casseroles derrière lui, pas la peine de s'acharner sur sa dépouille, on va pas donner dans la méchanceté gratuite. Dans un esprit certes bien différent, les joueurs Xbox ont mieux à faire avec Halo 2 en matière de shooter.
Men of Valor är helt enkelt ett dussinspel och varför någon skulle plåga sig igenom de första timmarna för att spela resten av uppdragen som ändå är mediokra begriper jag inte. Vi har sett det förr och vi har sett det bättre.