Men of Valor Review (PC)
Men of Valor takes place during the controversial and lately popular Vietnam War. It seems like we’ve been getting a new Vietnam shooter every couple of weeks, and yet none of them have been good. Shellshock Nam ’67, Vietcong, and Conflict: Vietnam all came out recently, and were all overwhelming sub par. It seems like developers have been using this “new” war as an excuse for not creating a decent game. The Men of Valor developers actually put some effort into making a decent game, and it shows. Although it’s not the greatest game shooter ever, it certainly does a decent job of throwing you into the turbulent Vietnam War.
Graphics in the game look spectacular. As would be expected from the developers of Medal of Honor, explosions look fantastic. In addition to the rich red and orange colors, there is a perfect amount of blur on your screen. Fires look just as good as explosions. Environments are rich and filled with plenty of objects, although they are a bit claustrophobic at times. That can be expected from a jungle setting, though. We’ve been seeing increasingly impressive water effects, but the water in this game is pathetic looking. It’s just like one really low-res texture.
Sound is spectacular, as would be expected from a game that puts such emphasis on the intensity of the play experience. Ambient sounds are all extremely well done, and the sound of gunfire is devastating. Intensity of battles is further revved up by appropriate music that changes depending on the action. To fully enjoy the spectacular sound effects, you’ll want to get a nice 5.1 surround sound system, though. Voice acting is average, and filled with plenty of cursing and overall crude language.
The major problem with the gameplay is that the AI is incredibly stupid. You can literally flank them, and they’ll shoot in another direction while you blast away at them. They don’t even seem to react to being attacked, either. It’s not that surprising with the heavily scripted gameplay that the AI does not adapt to somewhat “surprising” confrontations. However, the upside of the scripted gameplay is that you’ll be taking part in plenty of spectacular moments. One such moment is when you’re defenending a hillside as hordes of Vietnamese come at you, and planes overhead drop napalm on the unsuspecting Charlies.
There is 24 player multiplayer, but it pales in comparison to such offerings as Call of Duty, Counterstrike: Source, and the Battlefield series. You have the expected Deathmatch and Team Deathmatch modes, along with some objective based modes. Overall, its rather underwhelming compared to the aforementioned games, but it does play decently enough. It’s not especially flawed, and will provide some playtime after the singleplayer campaign is completed. There are some good times to be had, but it’s not worth a purchase if the multiplayer is your only interest.
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