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Is it enjoyable? You bet. Could it be better? Oh, you bet. With Nam, I was so surprised that a game this graphically dated was actually entertaining that I forgot its primitivism. With WWII G.I., I'm more surprised the game is pretty much like the last one. (Fool me twice, shame on me.) I can't help but wonder what WWII G.I. would be like with a 3D game engine, real enemy AI, more command and coordination--"corporal, take two men and clear this building"--and more colors at higher resolutions. It could have been more than a surprise. It could have been great.
WWII GI is strictly an average game that can be fun and challenging, but it can also be annoying and frustrating. It's worth the suggested retail price of $20, but not much more.
So WWII GI is a truly mixed bag. The graphics are not even as good as the classic Castle Wolfenstein 3D, but the opening D-Day scene and good sound help bring it up a few points. Also, those who can't play Half-Life or Unreal because of slow connections or low-end computers might find WWII GI an adequate substitute till a new computer can be purchased. This game however gets a measly 2 GiN Gems out of five, because anyone who plays shooters is going to expect a lot more.
This review is probably pointless. I still have good bit of faith in the opinions and decision making abilities of my fellow gamers and I just can't believe that anyone in their right mind would actually pick up GT Interactive's latest, WWII GI and really believe that it was a good game. Even so, just in case anyone looked at the box and didn't notice the circa '95 Build Engine graphics or actually believed the quote on the back of the box from an ex-Marine stating that the game, "captures all the tactical military challenges of the real Allied Invasion," I'm going to go ahead and make sure that everyone understands that this is a game for making fun of, not buying.
This game was released about 2 years behind its time. This would be really great for a Doom2 or Duke Nukem wad but not a stand-alone game on its own. I could only recommend this game to WW2 enthusiasts and perhaps gamers who have really low end PCs that are looking for something new(?) to play. If you remember a game called Xtreme Paintball, you would recall it being marked as "Dead On Arrival". Old graphics, boring and repetitive gameplay and brain numbing sounds like Paintball, blow this game out of the water.