Purple Haze

Format: PS2

5 026555 302661
Age Restrictions: 18+
22 October 2004

Experience the Vietnam war from the perspective of a soldier assigned to join a squad of U.S. Special Forces running reconnaissance missions deep into the jungles of Northern Vietnam. You must use any means necessary to achieve your objectives - patrolling various tactical regions gathering intelligence and calling in air strikes or ambushing enemy patrols...

Vietcong: Purple Haze is a narrative-based first-person shooter set during the Vietnam conflict. Players get the chance to fight in a 19-mission single player campaign, featuring 17 of the best levels from the PC version and 2 new missions unique to consoles.

Strike from the shadows choosing from more than 30 unlockable weapons including an M16, M79 grenade launcher, Mosin-Nagent, Sten MKII and the M60 - or you can throw a grenade or launch handheld attacks with a knife. Stay alert or your next step could trigger a trip wire, spring a Punji whip trap or send you down into a spiked pit.

You can start a quick fight and jump straight into the action, you can play as either a US or Vietcong soldier, choose a weapon, map, number of enemies and difficulty then battle the clock for the best time.

Sadly there are more negative elements to this game than positive. These include slow (and I mean slow!) load times, poor graphics, bugs in the game that mean it's easy to get stuck in the terrain and unable to get out without switching off your console, and in the story based game when you do finally meet any hostile fire you'll be dead before you know what's happening. Also your pointman has to be about the most useless person alive. He wanders around aimlessly, occasionally just walking backwards and forwards with no aim, and when he does go off in the right direction, he is so slow as to be laughable. In fact the only positive element is the 1960s soundtrack, including music from Iggy and the Stooges, Deep Purple and the Standells.

In short then, it's slow, ugly, and has poor A.I. Personally I wouldn't touch this! Probably about as close to the horror of real enemy combat as you could imagine - if you get my drift! A truly awful game.

Nick Smithson

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