Battlefield Vietnam
Written by Daniel Westerstal   
Friday, 02 November 2007

Uziana tests Battlefield Vietnam, is it as fun as it was three years ago? Read our review to find out.

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Every week there is a new online shooter trying its best to resemble the Battlefield-series. In 2004 Swedish developer Digital Illusions CE AB released the long awaited sequel to Battlefield 1942. This time it was time to fight it out in the deep jungles during the Vietnam War.

If you played Battlefield 1942 you will instantly recognize the way this game is played. It’s a matter of capturing enemy outposts before your team run out of tickets. A team with no outposts quickly loose tickets, the game ends when zero is reached.

Battlefield Vietnam has two game-modes, single player and multiplayer. The single player part of the game is as weak and boring as in the original Battlefield 1942 games. If you crank up the AI-level and the number of bots it can get more intense and at times kind of fun.  Before you start playing let me warn you, your bots will not give you any air-support since they don’t know how to fly correctly. Make no mistake though; Battlefield Vietnam is best played online.

The Vietnam War introduced helicopter warfare with the AH-1 attack helicopter and the Huey. In Battlefield Vietnam they also play an important role, there are maps where you simply can’t be without them. For the US there are also patrol boats, a mobile heavy artillery piece and the F4 Phantom fighter jet. The Vietcong also has some interesting weaponry, for example the ZSU 57/2 AA-gun, which isn’t that fun to be on the wrong side of.  The U.S helicopters can for example play Wagner in loud-speakers while roaming the Vietnamese country side. Apart from the helicopters the using the weapons are roughly the same as in Battlefield 1942. There are really no surprises.

Battlefield Vietnam is more detailed than its predecessor, there is now ground vegetation to hide in, forests, roads, small huts, fences and rice fields. This plays an important role in the game since it’s possible to hide and do ambushes easily. It also makes you feel like you just entered Apocalypse Now, which I guess is a good thing.

Also the graphics is a huge improvement since Battlefield 1942, the sky and surroundings simply look sharper and less clumsy.  Also the shadowing looks much better and can actually play to your advantage when ambushing.

Communicating in the game is done using F1-F12, giving different commands. I personally hate this way of giving team-members info because you have to take your hands of the game keys. If you played Battlefield 2 before this game you will definitely miss the smoothness of giving commands and information.

Battlefield Vietnam features some really nice music from the 60 and 70s. Bands like Creedence Clearwater Revival, Edwin Starr among others. The music makes the loading times seem much shorter and you almost wish it would take the game just a little bit longer to load.

The Battlefield-series has really changed the way we play multiplayer online games. Battlefield Vietnam is a well needed upgrade from Battlefield 1942, there were not that many bugs when this game was released. The game is a solid play but I can’t help finding myself bored at times, maybe I’ve just played Battlefield 2 too much.

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Related: Battlefield 1942, Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory, Warrock
Developer: Dice
Website for Game: http://www.ea.com/official/battlefield/vietnam/us/home.jsp
Publisher: EA Games
O/S: Windows 98/ME/2000/XP/Vista
Cost of Full Game: N/A
Year of Release: 2004

Requirements:
933 MHz processor, 256 MB RAM, 64 MB VRAM
Tested on:
Intel Core2Duo 1,86 GHz, 2 GB RAM, Windows Vista

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