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90
PSX Extreme (May 24, 2006)
As a total package, Field Commander is easily one of the best turn-based strategy games ever produced. That's no surprise, since it's basically a knock-off of Nintendo's Advance Wars. For anyone of a logical bent that hasn't yet played a game like this, the purchase is a no-brainer (do it). Someone that has already played the hell out of Advance Wars, Advance Wars 2, and Advance Wars: Dual Strike may develop a palpable "been there, done that" feeling with Field Commander, especially with regards to solo play against the CPU, but the online modes offer a fresh way to experience the genre that Nintendo's subsequent sequels have failed to provide.
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GameDaily (Jun 01, 2006)
Remember Advance Wars? You know, the incredibly addictive, not to mention highly acclaimed, strategy series that's consumed countless hours across its GBA and DS iterations? Now, imagine if the series had a grittier look, a few gameplay tweaks, online multiplayer and the ability to download user-created missions. Ladies and gentleman, enter Field Commander on the PSP.
87
Some are going to see Field Commander as an Advance Wars clone which is a little unfair. Even though the game does have many similarities to Advance Wars, it's a very good game in its own right. The game doesn't have the personality of the Advance Wars games and the AI isn't as challenging but in every other respect Field Commander impresses and it immediately becomes the strategy game of choice on the PSP for travelling virtual generals.
85
games xtreme (Aug 21, 2006)
I thought the game was great to be honest. It’s nice to see one of these types of games on the PSP and with all that Field Commander has to offer it is a game that can keep you busy for ages, especially when you want to play it online. Having the PBEM style option should allow friends and enemies to play together at any time to suit them and there are no problems with lag or bad game servers. It is a must buy title for the PSP and is the best turn-based strategy game on a handheld – I prefer this game to both Advance Wars and Battle Isle.
85
Fragland.net (Sep 14, 2006)
It doesn't give the same feeling as when you hear the EVA say "Welcome back, Commander" but still Field Commander offers quite a lot of hours of gaming fun, stronger even, it's one of the few top titles that have been released on Sony's handheld. That other game of course being Syphon Filter: Dark Mirror.
84
Game Chronicles (Jun 12, 2006)
If you love strategy games, especially turn-based strategy, then Field Commander is going to rock your world. This game takes all of the best elements from pen & paper war gaming and combines it with fun and exciting graphics and sound and even gives you old school options like PBM. Truly, this game has it all and if you are looking to take your strategy gaming to the next level and take it on the road, Field Commander is a great PSP game and a must-own title for anyone who loves strategy war gaming with a futuristic twist.
84
IGN (May 19, 2006)
For those who want to know a little more about the story, keeping reading for a brief recap: Field Commander takes place in the future, at a time when well-funded criminal organizations have declared war on the world's governments. You've been recruited by the Advanced Tactical Legion for Allied Security (ATLAS) to safeguard the world from terrorism, black market trading and, of course, global domination. As a new field commander for ATLAS, you'll score technology and vehicles from 50 nations, not to mention legions of highly-trained operatives; they're all yours to do with as you will. Of course, the governments who fund your activities won't admit it, and they distance themselves from ATLAS through the media and press.
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GameSpot (May 26, 2006)
Unlike many other games for PSP, Field Commander seems like it was designed specifically to take advantage of this system's portable form factor. The fact that Field Commander is a turn-based military strategy game lends a lot to that fit, but it's also a game that easily stands on its own merits. Its fully 3D units and maps lend some amount of flash to the proceedings, but you'll find that the visuals are actually the weakest component of this well-balanced strategy game, which offers awesome value even outside of its engaging single-player campaign.
81
4Players.de (Aug 14, 2006)
Ein variabler Schwierigkeitsgrad steht nach stärkeren Gegnern deshalb ganz oben auf meiner Wunschliste – eine packende Handlung, sinnvolle Vorab-Planung der Einsätze sowie ein verzweigter Missionsbaum ebenfalls. Weil Sony Online eine fast identische Blaupause des starken DS-Vorbilds liefert, konnte mich Field Commander lange begeistern. Weil ausgerechnet die wichtige KI aber wirklich packende Schlachten verhindert, schmeckt die Kopie auch stets ein bisschen bitter.
81
Field Commander ist ein rundenbasiertes Strategiespiel à la "Der Herr der Ringe: Taktiken" für die PSP. Wer jedoch mit Elfen, Orks und Trollen wenig anfangen kann, für den sind Panzer, Transporthelikopter und Kriegsschiffe vielleicht eher geeignet.
80
Still, with plenty of campaign missions and multiplayer options, this is a solid purchase for PSP owners who've never played Advance Wars.
80
GamingExcellence (May 29, 2006)
At the end of the day, it’s still easy to recommend Field Commander to any strategy nut who’ve never had the pleasure of playing the Advance Wars series, those who just want more of the same and finally to any gamer who enjoys the threat and challenge of great multiplayer gaming (with forethought). Field Commander may imitate a lot, but its little differences are enough to separate it and show where its heart truly lies. A good (and lengthy) single player experience with an amazing multiplayer mode. For the PSP, a welcomed title.
80
Outside of the fair and warranted comparison to Nintendo's popular franchise, Field Commander should have no problem finding an audience. Online gaming fans will cherish this one, and it's the key advantage Sony Online's product has over Nintendo's. The only thing missing is the charm, style, and faster paced single player gameplay of Advance Wars.
80
G4 TV: X-Play (Jun 13, 2006)
The graphics are good overall, although the units aren’t particularly detailed, and even the audio is solidly done. The tactical gameplay is refined and intelligent, yet easy to grasp, and the mix of a fun single player modes, and exceptionally in-depth multiplayer makes Field Commander not simply the best strategy game on the PSP, but one of the best on any system.
80
GameSpy (May 30, 2006)
This is a very similar experience to Advance Wars: Dual Strike on the Nintendo DS, albeit without the stylus support. There are aesthetic differences to make things look fresh, and one can argue that an excellent established formula for handheld gaming is worth stealing in the dog-eat-dog world of video game development. PSP owners are finally getting a strategy game worth playing on their dusty handheld, and it should keep them riveted for months to come.
80
Boomtown (Aug 09, 2006)
I've been getting rather fed up of PSP releases of late. The platform seems awash with complete junk and poorly thought out PS2 ports. Then there are the seemingly good games hampered by the awful analog control on the handheld. It's rather refreshing then to a play a worthwhile game on the PSP and one that doesn't have you screaming in frustration at the analog nubbin.
80
Gamer.nl (Jul 20, 2006)
Turn-based strategiespellen lenen zich uitstekend voor een handheld platform. Doordat je alle tijd kunt nemen om je beslissingen te maken, is het geen ramp wanneer de conducteur weer eens om je kaartje komt zeuren, je even geen zicht hebt door de binnenvallende zon op het scherm of wanneer een oud vrouwtje in de coupé je gebiedt het volume zachter te zetten. De Nintendo-handhelds kunnen al een tijdje rekenen op de succesformule Advance Wars, maar vooralsnog had de PSP nog geen turn-based spelletje in het portfolio. Daar komt met Field Commander verandering in.
75
Multiplayer, either over the 'Net or against a friend across the room, will doubtless be enough for some gamers to purchase this title regardless of its failings. However, the overall roughness in every aspect of the game and the mediocre single-player element make this a niche title in an already-niche genre.
75
Jeuxvideo.com (Jul 27, 2006)
Le terrain du wargame sur Playstation Portable est désormais occupé par un Field Commander qui a savamment réussi à mélanger conventions et nouveautés. Ce qui est certainement le pilote d'une série en devenir est finalement un jeu qui réussit à s'extirper des comparaisons les plus évidentes, et surtout celles avec son illustre cousin de Nintendo. Cela ne se fait pas sans mal, certains manques grossiers sont à déplorer et la technique n'est pas tout à fait maîtrisée. Mais qu'importe, en vraie bonne surprise qu'on n'attendait pas forcément, Field Commander est à saluer avec tous les honneurs !
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GamePro (US) (May 23, 2006)
The first thing to notice about Field Commander is that it's a hefty game. It offers all the hallmarks of a typical strategy game, including a campaign, quick battle, and versus (both through ad hoc and infrastructure) mode, while also including a fairly robust mission creator. The same can be said about the number of units available. There's a handful of different "divisions" each with their own strengths and weaknesses, and the over 36 different units range from the usual tanks and grunt soldiers to stealth bombers and submarines.
60
Eurogamer.net (UK) (Oct 12, 2006)
Although Field Commander has plenty of options, it's doubtful hardcore strategy heads will find enough to get lost in. It's a cute enough PSP strategy game, but it's not going to be long lasting for a crowd that has been spoilt with the genre. If you're not that familiar with the genre and you're looking for an alternative to all those PSP racing games, ports and ports of racing games, Field Commander is distracting enough. But with a lack of distinctive character and only functional technology, with all the good will in the world it's never going to become a favourite. And there's no good will on a battlefield. There's only winners and the dead.
60
FHM Magazine (Aug 10, 2006)
Some people (mainly evil geniuses and nerds) think chess is a fantastic way to pass the time. It's those sorts of folk who will love Field Commander on the PSP. You play as commander of the ATLAS Alliance army, fighting in an ongoing war.
60
Yahoo! Games (May 31, 2006)
You cannot sneeze with your eyes open. Go ahead and try. It's impossible. You also can't talk about Field Commander without mentioning Advance Wars. Go ahead and try. It's impossible. Watch this: Field Commander is Sony's answer to Advance Wars (see!), the Nintendo series that brought slick and easy turn-based strategy gaming to handheld systems. Unfortunately, the only real reason to play Field Commander is because you don't have a Game Boy or Nintendo DS on which to play Advance Wars.


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