We Just Played Men of War: Vietnam

We get our butts handed to us on both sides of the Vietnam conflict in Men of War: Vietnam.

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Men of War: Vietnam is taking the brutal Men of War series to the equally brutal battlegrounds of the Vietnam War. New weapons, new maps, and an era-appropriate rock-and-roll soundtrack are all coming together in this real-time strategy game. For the uninitiated, the Men of War games resemble a hyper-lethal version of THQ's Company of Heroes games. And from what we played of Vietnam, this one is no exception.

Outlines of your soldiers will appear around highlighted pieces of cover to let you know where they will stand.

While some games set during the Vietnam War are content to tell their tale from the eyes of US soldiers exclusively, Men of War: Vietnam widens its scope with two single-player campaigns covering both the Americans and the Vietcong. Of the four missions we had available, the first dropped us into a convoy of allied Soviet and Vietcong troops on approach to an American base. The convoy's trip was cut short by a surprise attack from an American helicopter, but we got the chance to turn the tables on our attackers by hiding in the jungle and conducting some guerrilla warfare.

Like in previous Men of War games, if we wanted to be successful we couldn't just order our men to move and shoot. Depending on their loadout, each solider brought a different flavor of pain to the fight, be it a satchel of grenades or a deadly sniper rifle. Micromanagement of our troops was key, and if we found one we really liked, there was always the direct-control option. This let us control an individual unit using some simplified third-person shooter controls. However, our aim wasn't all that great, so we decided to let the AI handle the marksmanship.

Once the dust had settled, we made sure to scavenge the dead for extra supplies. Ammo was abundant but not limitless, and finding some extra bandages to patch up our wounded was always a plus. Our next task was to flank an American-occupied antiair installation. During the assault, we decided to be a little sneaky by breaking our light machine gunner away from the group to have him flank around to the right. This was a bad call. While messing with that unit we missed the grenade the Americans had tossed at our other troops. When we turned our attention back to them, it was just in time to see the trio get blasted into the air.

A later mission switched sides and put us in control of some American GIs assigned to investigate some civilian villages. Early on we encountered a group of civilians digging up an empty field. When we approached, they promptly dropped their shovels and took up assault rifles, though it didn't do them much good. Further down the same path we got the chance to ambush a Vietcong ambush party, leading to a lethal jungle firefight. Once again we split a specialist from the group, a sniper, and perched him on a tall cliff side. Using his special ability, we sniped a few key targets and took the pressure off our men.

Helicopters can provide air support in the form of a special attack similar to an artillery strike.

Based on what we played, Men of War: Vietnam is certainly upholding the steep difficulty curve of its predecessors. Quick wits will be a requirement for survival, but if you need a helping hand you can invite up to three of your friends to help you out in four-player cooperative play. Men of War: Vietnam will be released on the PC later this year.

Discussion

12 comments
commander1122
commander1122

previous men of wars is way better....the new mow story sxck and boring

tahashaikh15
tahashaikh15

the last men of war was great and hope This one is too.But they should make it less difficult I am not complaining but it was very hard to complete the game.

russian_takeout
russian_takeout

oh well, this game kind of took a few steps back. i loved managing 30-40 soldiers, tanks and etc at ones. in MOW Vietnam, you are managing up to 8 soldiers against a huge resistance. for me, its a huge minus. other than that, this game worth every penny.

grove12345
grove12345

I like MOW games. I think its cool you can manage 1 soldier amongst 100s of units. But one thing that does suck is it doesnt make using actions easy. Like you have the option to use barbwire and land mines and tank traps. But to select a unit, have him look in the supply truck, pick up 1-4 tank traps or mines or wire. Then set each one in each spot takes a good amount of time. All the while you have about 100 other troops you should be messing with.

GabSte1989
GabSte1989

I guess the only hope I have is that in larger battles I don't have to manage EVERY SINGLE UNIT. Maybe I have a more Commandos or Hidden & Dangerous-centric view towards this game, but I think having to micromanage every unit, especially in those very large battles is overkill.

wave_hun
wave_hun

I think We need a rts game where we can build, and upgrade units. Where the AI thinking , not only go and shot .. and die :) What is your opinion for this game : on youtube "sword of justice rts" pre alpha i think.

navair2
navair2

I've played the first Men Of War and got very frustrated with both the enemy A.I. and pathfinding abilities in general. Also, both prior Men Of War games GUI and overall gameplay are almost exactly like Codemasters Soldiers: Heroes of World War II, which I liked . I hope they've improved some of what I thought were shortcomings in this title.

oflow
oflow

If you like CoH Men of War is a good game. It does have a lot more micro management because you actually have to worry about soldiers inventory and ammo types for tanks for example. I started playing this when CoH Tales of Valor came out and kinda ruined CoH. But its actually cool because tanks actually function like tanks where tracks get disabled etc. I enjoyed playing the original MoW the only down side is since its a russian game the translation is kinda wonky which makes understanding the interface a task at times.

pidow
pidow

We shall see if this game is a buy or not.

s8man888
s8man888

@squidbilly22 There will be flame throwers, look at the pictures in the image section.

squidbilly22
squidbilly22

love the smell of Napalm in the morning...hope theirs flame throwers and an NC17 rating.