Army Men: Sarge's Heroes 2 Preview

Sarge and company are back for more small-time polygonal mayhem against the evil Plastro and his forces.

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Army Men just keeps on trucking. What was once a simple strategy game on personal computers is now a sprawling franchise that covers every profitable video game platform. The Army Men line has been extended into a number of new genres, and Sarge's Heroes fits into the third-person action category. Now 3DO is bringing us the sequel, predictably titled Army Men: Sarge's Heroes 2.

Sarge's Heroes 2 basically picks up where the original left off. General Plastro has rebounded from his last defeat and has since enlisted the help of supersmall superspy Brigitte Bleu to finally destroy the forces of Green. Of course, it's the duty of Sarge, Vikki, and Bravo Company to stop Plastro and the Tan Army, and that's where you come in.

Getting into Sarge's Heroes 2 will be easy for anyone who played the first one. The action is viewed from a behind-the-character third-person perspective as seen in games like Tomb Raider. You control Sarge (and now Vikki) through some overblown environments, including such unlikely locales as a graveyard and the innards of a pinball machine. Several weapons are available to dispatch the Tan forces, including machine guns, bazookas, and TNT. In addition, Sarge can now call in an air strike for extra firepower.

Missions are set up in typical fashion. After a short briefing, Sarge and company set off to accomplish objectives like "secure the bridge" or "find your lost teammates." Added to the story-driven single-player game is a standard multiplayer mode that supports up to four players. Fans of the original will find more of what they like in Sarge's Heroes 2. Look for the game to hit store shelves in the fall of 2000.

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