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Worth Playing (Oct 18, 2004)
I have had the chance or misfortune to play several Vietnam-based shooter games in the past month, and Viet Cong: Purple Haze is the latest in this trend of games to come out for the Xbox this year. Vietnam is not a new subject matter for the gaming industry, but I have never seen anyone go for the harsh realities of the conflict before this recent batch.
Console Obsession (May 31, 2010)
Stay well clear if you want another fast-paced, gorgeous and action packed FPS, as this is pedestrian and looks like a pigs foot in comparison to many. We found Vietcong to be a good and tense shooter that may be slow, but the atmosphere of the jungles and the team-based play keeps things lively as well as believable. To hear the sounds of the jungle later become drowned out by gunfire and cursing is a wake up call to tell you that this is no Vietnam expedition as remember this is hell on earth…but fun.
X-Power (Oct 29, 2004)
De ultieme Vietnamgame is Vietcong: Purple Haze dus zeker niet geworden. Een te korte en te makkelijke singleplayer en grafisch ondermaats. Gameplay en geluid zijn van beter makelij. De Live! functie is leuk voor even, maar zal geen weken blijven boeien. Hopelijk kan Men Of Valor binnenkort eindelijk wel voor een degelijke Vietnamshooter zorgen.
70 (Sep 29, 2004)
Overall the game is decent, it’s not the best Vietnam first person shooter, but its not the worst. If you want a good Vietnamese shooter, I recommend waiting for Men of Valor, If you can deal with the annoying people online and just want a decent first person shooter, than yeah I can recommend this game. Its not for everyone though.
Next Level Gaming (Sep 28, 2004)
Some levels have a slight bit of fog in them, making me have flashbacks of Turok for the Nintendo 64. But it is not that bad. The fog is only where it needs to be. Giving the level atmosphere. Another thing I did not like about the levels were the blurry and jaggy looks to some things. This is the Xbox for crying out loud this baby can pull of some of the most amazing graphics seen on a home console.
Game Chronicles (Oct 10, 2004)
While this game isn’t going to win any awards and will probably be forgotten in a matter of months, it wasn’t a totally horrible experience, just not a memorable one either. I had fun with it at times – and I’d be lying if I didn’t admit that. Sure, the single player campaign can be whistled through in a matter of hours, but thankfully Xbox Live adds a little replay value and life to this otherwise generic game.
Extreme Gamer (Sep 30, 2004)
Vietcong: Purple Haze is nice switch up from other war games, and it's a realistic as you can get. The graphics run a little below par, but if you can handle the gritty look and sometimes doggy AI you'll be rewarded with a great experience. I would recommend checking Vietcong: Purple Haze out, but rent before you buy.
GameSpy (Sep 27, 2004)
Recently, it seems that there's been a flood of video games using the Vietnam War as a backdrop. This time around it's the guys at The Gathering taking a crack at things with its new squad-based shooter. Vietcong: Purple Haze is a port of the popular Vietcong game which was released for the PC last year, as well as the Vietcong: Fist Alpha expansion pack. For those of you out there concerned with just how well the game would translate to the console world, worry no more. This is pretty solid shooter and a fun multiplayer experience.
IGN (Sep 17, 2004)
As the Vietnam shooter "wars" finally crystallize game by game, our worries have proven true: So far, none of them are worth your hard-earned money. VietCong: Purple Haze proves to be an under-par, run of the mill first-person shooter providing gamers with the vantage points of a semi-functional squad, online capabilities for the Xbox Live, and a few excellent hand-picked tunes from the era. But every weapon in this game's arsenal is, unfortunately, just as likely to malfunction as it is to work. If you want a Vietnam shooter, just restrain yourself a little longer.
GameSpot (Sep 20, 2004)
On the PC, where it was released in March, Vietcong: Purple Haze was simply the original Vietcong packaged with the Fist Alpha expansion. You might expect, then, that the console version of Purple Haze would be a more or less straight conversion of the PC original. Instead, Pteredon's seminal Vietnam-War-themed first-person shooter has been thoroughly retooled by a different design team. Though a few of the changes are constructive, the new developer, Coyote, has generally made a mess of what used to be a good game.
50 (UK) (Jul 10, 2004)
Despite all these valid complaints, we still have a lot of affection for what Vietcong's trying to achieve, but the sorry truth is the console version just doesn't deliver on the promise of the PC original. More troubling is that in the last 18 months since VC first appeared, the technical benchmark has gone up several notches, rendering much of what's on show in this fairly shoddy conversion hideously outdated. Believe it or not (largely thanks to the online play), it's still not a bad game, and for the right price could still find a few determined fans. At full price, though, you'd be better off looking elsewhere - preferably to the PC version, which, while flawed, has plenty to admire about it.
45 (Oct 04, 2004)
Alors qu'on tenait un jeu fort sympathique, le portage console de Vietcong est un pur ratage. L'IA ne vaut pas tripettes, la restructuration des missions n'a fait que les rendre ennuyeuses et les deux éléments combinés ont fait disparaître toute l'intensité et l'immersion du jeu. Je m'en vais soigner mon dégoût en m'écoutant Axis Bold As Love moi, na !
Xbox Gazette (Oct 14, 2004)
Vietcong : Purple Haze se présente comme un des nombreux jeux basés sur la guerre du Vietnam. Il n’atteint même pas le rôle d’outsider. En y jouant, on a rapidement l’impression que ceux qui nous le vendent cherchent à profiter du joueur « console » en lui refourguant un vieux titre PC, sans y avoir apporté de réelles améliorations (la boîte du jeu annonce deux missions inédites, youpie…) et en ne l’ayant pas remis au niveau technique de la concurrence. A moins de collectionner les jeux sur la guerre vietnamienne (et encore...), il ne mérite pas d’être acheté. C’est d’autant plus dommage qu’il possédait quelques bonnes idées, un semblant d’ambiance et qu’il ne tombait pas dans le patriotisme facile ou un quelconque manichéisme, propres à bien des jeux du genre.
Gamekult (Oct 19, 2004)
Pour autant, le titre dispose de quelques atouts, hélas vite noyés dans l'ennui : l'ambiance reste malgré ces défauts plutôt correcte, notamment grâce aux musiques d'époque rythmant les menus et les cinématiques (venues du PC), les missions affichent une certaine variété et le multijoueur en coopératif peut être amusant avec un ami sous la main. Les parties à plusieurs sont cependant réservées à la version Xbox, qui s'en tire également mieux côté réalisation : assez laid dans les deux cas, le titre a en effet tendance à multiplier les saccades sur PS2.