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Review

7554 Review

  • Game release: July 20, 2012
  • Reviewed:
  • PC
Aaron Sampson on Google+

7554 is a modern curiosity that plays like a shabby relic.

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In the crowded first-person shooter genre, there's something to be said for novelty. Set during the First Indochina War and fully voiced in Vietnamese, 7554 pits you and your Viet Minh comrades against the French colonial forces. Unfortunately, this novel setting is where 7554's appeal begins and ends. The game imitates many modern shooter tropes, but fails to measure up to even not-so-modern standards. Almost every element of the game is flawed, outdated, or both.

The problems start with the setting. The campaign takes you through a number of different covert missions, jungle raids, and all-out battles, but the poorly translated subtitles make it hard to get a grasp of the situation, and they often cycle too quickly for you to read them through. You come away with only the vaguest sense of who is fighting this war and why.

As you jump into the action, the visuals make a decent first impression. There are some nice environments and some crisp details that help create a solid sense of place when you're prowling through the jungle or running through the trenches. Once your enemies or allies come into the frame, however, things go sour. Animation is choppy, faces are stretched and repeated often, and no one seems like a fellow soldier so much as an awkward robot.

Your allies blunder around, shoving you out of cover or just standing in full view of enemy fire. Your foes don't fare much better as they stream in from obvious spawn points and run to different parts of the map without any apparent tactics or self-preservation instincts. In many situations, they just keep coming until you reach some arbitrary body count threshold. This forced repetition, along with the tinny sound effects, makes you feel like you're in a cheap shooting gallery.

This particular gun sounds like staccato snare drum beats when fired.

It's not always an easy shooting gallery, as your enemies can be quite deadly if you don't duck your head from time to time. You may also end up in dangerous situations by running into invisible walls as you try to flank or take cover, or by reaching for a weapon that, while clearly visible on the battlefield, isn't available for you to use yet. Many scripted sequences go off without a hitch, putting you behind mounted guns, antiair batteries, and bazookas. Others result in your abrupt death, and continue to do so until you figure out what unknown conditions you are not satisfying.

If many of these gripes sound familiar, it's because 7554 checks a lot of boxes on the modern shooter list, even going so far as to include a survival mode that pits you against increasingly difficult waves of enemies, some of whom are zombies. But 7554 struggles to simply execute each element properly, let alone pull them all together into a cohesive whole. By falling short across the board, 7554 serves as a striking reminder of the impressive level of technical and artistic quality that have become the modern-day standard. But unless you're looking for a reminder of just how good we shooter fans have it these days, it's not worth playing.

The Good
N/A
The Bad
Poor AI
Weak pacing
Badly conveyed story
Feeble sound effects
3.5
Bad
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Discussion

70 comments
hitterbrehm
hitterbrehm

VN game industry's just begun. Thank you for review it, GS, thank you.

icefox2016
icefox2016

Only with 1 million dollar. This game was so cool!. 

phat_sir_cod
phat_sir_cod

Well, I'm a Vietnamese and software piracy is a serious problem in my country. Almost everyone I know (except for major companies and corporations) use pirated software. That is simply a sad truth.

As a result, people in general do not want to risk their money into making offline games, as they know they will get very little back. (I mentioned offline games because things are a little bit different with online games, maybe just a little bit).

These guys from the studio that made 7554 had the guts to make the first Vietnamese offline game ever. But they had to deal with many difficulties, due to the reason I mentioned above. One of those was (very) limited budget, cause people simply don't want to waste their money.

Therefore, the quality of 7554 is not very good, as everyone can see. (Of course there are other reasons as well, such as lack of experience etc. ) However, as a Vietnamese, I have full support for these guys and are looking forward to their next project.

Just some of my thoughts. And FYI, I bought this game, hahaha.

[for those guys who were arguing about the Vietnam War, this is not the case! This war in the game happened before that!]

FPS_Rambo
FPS_Rambo

Hey there,im a FPS gamer for many years, and i have honestly never played such a terrible, horrible, human-mind-torturing game, i put the game on hard mode, and i have no chance to move a musle, once you get in enemy sight you are immidiatly downed by them, the AI only targets you amongst many comrades that fight, you have the comrades moving you out of cover and yes once your dead after a tough fight you start all new again, such a horrifying game.... horrible.. the only good thign about this game could be the history about china in this case..

nightmarec1
nightmarec1

high system requirement, bad game quality

nightmarec1
nightmarec1

high system requirement, less game quality

sickenough
sickenough

Men, that's strange, I haven't met a Vietnamese who don't proud about their victorious battles in history. That guy Cosmo Devil is some kind of... masochist, I think. He talked like that was not his country victory, but the others's. 

 

VinhNguyen
VinhNguyen

As a Vietnamese gamer, i don't value this game as much as many other shooters, simply because it is... bad. Nevertheless, the story is something new for audience to experience history. Not everything you are told about Communism and Viet Cong are true. Everything had a good side before it turned bad, and that fact applies everywhere. Western "civilized and developed" world is also not the same as it used to be.

CosmoDevil
CosmoDevil

I think you are too strong about the "it's not worth playing."

I had a 10 on history after I played 7554 =))

CosmoDevil
CosmoDevil

China is going to destroy our country soon :))

Sadly that I can't live long enough to see their game about this war.

I'm going to die with my country soon.

 

theCCyberDDemon
theCCyberDDemon

Go against general mind condition from the mass and you get a 3.5 score.

tojumikie
tojumikie

for the budget, the graphics are actually not that bad...

 

the system requirements are higher than crysis

Spinnerweb
Spinnerweb

Well, every country's game industry has to start somewhere :)

hadlee73
hadlee73

Found a copy online (a legit one, lol), and it was actually rather fun (and interesting, because it made me want to know more about this particular war). Its not great, and many of Chris' comments are correct, especially the annoying tendancy your comrades have of pushing you out of cover. But at its low price, its still worth a go especially as it is one of the few games that portrays trench warfare.

gashoe13
gashoe13

Oh well. At least they tried.

BTW, there are only staccato snare drum beats. There cannot be legato snare drum beats. Or slurred snare drum beats. Only staccato. Because it's percussion. There might be snare rolls; but they're really just fast staccato.

hadlee73
hadlee73

Despite Chris' review I'm actually interested in this game. So I Google it looking for places to buy it, and instead get multiple pages of results from warez and keygen sites. *sigh*

KuRi_tYt
KuRi_tYt

Well, this is the 1st Vietnamese Offline game. Normally, a game has to have a big group of people to make it perfect. But Vietnamese people havent had any experience of making a good offline game and this game was made by a group of about 20 young people with high passion. I know this game is crap if we compare this with others modern FPS. But i think u guys must respect their affords to make this game playable. I know this game is crap, but it has a good story though. This's a historical game about how vietnamese people defeated american in the old day, and it's kind of epic when a poor country like vietnam somehow, can defeat a really rich country like america. I dont say u guys have to play this "crap", but i think u guys should check it out.

blackace
blackace

Another crappy PC game. Sheesh, Gamestop isn't even selling it.

hordicus
hordicus

sorry for the typo in my last comment, in terms of marketting activision or ea games should learn from these guys lol

they dont need pay dozen millions dollars to get their game talked off^^.

hordicus
hordicus

achieve to deloppe a game for a tiny fraction of the mineral water budget of a secretary of activision of ea or activision deserve the respect. i did began to play on a sinclair zx81 with 1ko memory, nuff said.

badbi
badbi

Are there any of you guys who are not Vietnamese buying this game. It is really cheap. Anyway, I bought it because Im vietnamese.

GalaxyAurora
GalaxyAurora

No doubt this is a bad game. I can't play it for more than 4-5 hours. The graphics is nowhere near the modern-day standard, the sound is also nowhere near the modern-day standard, even the gameplay is not, also 7554 had copied a lot from COD or MW.

 

But that is when you compared it to "the modern-day standard". I still think this is a decent game with such an old engine (COD 3 used it). Not to mention this game is from a small country company and it is their first game. Do you know how much money COD or BF need? To make the game is already 50 millions, to release them out is 200 millions. How much did 7554 need? They had less than 1 million ( I googled it). Even in this situation, they still managed to make an FPS is already incredible. I think they have made a good work.

 

I respected what they tried to do with this game. However, a bad game is still a bad game and they need to go a long way before entering the gaming industry

CosmoDevil
CosmoDevil

 @theCCyberDDemon Dude, If I were the one give 7554 points, I'll give them 3.2.

First of all, they were too lazy on drawing the main detail of the character.

Second, they're suck

theCCyberDDemon
theCCyberDDemon

 @tojumikie exactly. there are a some c.o.d. nowadays from infinity ward who are unfair, unbalanced and pretty weird in the graphics and they dont say anything against that.

sulik1112
sulik1112

 @Suikogaiden This is ignorant man. We've learnt that Capitalism is not all bad (well as of now, probably the correct sentence is "Capitalism is not all good"). Well, learnt in the hard way. Probably you should do some researches before trying to appeared as being knowledgeable.

FdaVietcong
FdaVietcong

 @KuRi_tYt 

First of all...... no, it's not "epic" about how the Vietcong caused a stalemate in the Vietnam War.

 

The North Vietnamese had the support of Communist China and the U.S.S.R. The Soviets provided the Vietcong with explosives, ammunition, and weapons. Their objective was to destroy the democratic government in South Vietnam and then "re-educate" the populace through torture, mass murder, rape, pillaging, etc. 

 

The NVA or "Vietcong" forced farmers and other civvies to fight for them by threatening to kill their families or their children. For the better part of the war, they strapped explosives and primitive IED's to children and detonated them next to American soldiers. Spike traps covered with human feces and similar devices were placed throughout the jungle, causing debilitating diseases or injuries. 

 

The Vietcong did not "win" the Vietnam War, the fact that you think they did shows the amount of Communist propaganda that you've absorbed. The war did not have the support of the U.S. populace because 99% of them didn't know what they were fighting about due to the lack of information, thus it was extremely unpopular. Vietnam was also the first jungle climate (aside from Japan) that the U.S fought in; no one knew what they were doing. M16A1's were ridiculously unreliable, especially in the jungle climate and would jam....frequently.

 

Despite it's criticisms and mystery, the U.S.  actually did something decent when they went into 'Nam. If you think that the NVA winning and "re-educating" the populace of South Vietnam is cool, then the Communist Propaganda has worked on you. 

kienhan
kienhan

 @KuRi_tYt We defeated French in this game, not american. Anyway, thanks for your comment =D

 

mastergundam
mastergundam

 @blackacetried before saying, it's not that bad nuff said. For once in a life time, you see different perspective about the war from other side not from your ameican propaganda

mastergundam
mastergundam

 @GalaxyAurora

 the gaming industry there is also not encouraged by the government. They managed entirely from their budget as well as their own passion for it

omnimodis78
omnimodis78

 @sulik1112  @Suikogaiden He said "most communist ideas", and he didn't even bring up the subjects of political and economic theories.  His comment was far from "ignorant".

Clovergirl227
Clovergirl227

 @sulik1112

 

He makes no issue of Capitalism, nor of anything you're talking about for that mater.

sulik1112
sulik1112

 @FdaVietcong Man, you know that the world is wrong when history is written by the winner, not the truth seekers. And by focusing on accusing the past, you're deviating from the purpose of this website as well.

jmc88888
jmc88888

 @FdaVietcong 

 

Actually we DID lose the Vietnam War.  We won every battle, but lost the war.  People didn't like the war, because, um we should never have been there.  It was a civil war between two sides, and we picked one because of our backing of imperial powers and corporations.  The guise was the dreaded and incorrect 'Domino Theory'.   That if Vietnam went, the country next to it would, then the next, so on and so forth, until eventually only America remained.

 

You couldn't write something crazier in the freaking National Enquirer.

 

People didn't understand and didn't like the war?  Yeah, because it was unjust, pointless, and downright stupid.  Nothing changes that 40-50 years later.  But oh we still make the same stupid mistakes today.

 

The VC weren't saints, of course not.  But it was THEIR country.  It was the VC versus the imperialist (note imperialism isn't American by nature) corporatist puppet regime.  Neither side was worth fighting for.  But since it wasn't America, it wasn't our choice to make which side won. Both side committed atrocities and tortured (no we didn't start torturing after idiotic 9/11)

 

Other than a few simple nice acts that in the grand scheme didn't matter, the U.S. didn't do go in Vietnam.  Afterall it was used by the powers that be to bankrupt America, and it worked.  Because of Vietnam, we left the gold standard, which ushered in floating currencies, fiat currency backed by nothing, and opened the door for the weakening and repeal of Glass-Steagall which ushered in the use of derivatives, the time bomb that really started 2008, and will detonate again leaving the world economy in the dust. 

 

Yeah, Vietnam was worth it! 

 

How about realizing it was a con-job setup based on mythical wicker boats that would attack America after every country would adopt a failed ideology in communism, and in the process allowed the worldwide banks and their interests to take over our country.

 

No Glass-Steagall, no economic recovery.  Expect collapse, and it could come at any time, and the time appears rather close.

gashoe13
gashoe13

 @the_bi99man Hm. You're on the internet and you're complaining about spelling and grammar?! Don't do that pl0x!

GalaxyAurora
GalaxyAurora

@the_bi99man

Right, you can go around the internet and complain to all other bad grammar and wrong spelling posts.

Not everyone speaks English, you know.

 

FdaVietcong
FdaVietcong

 @mastergundam 

American Propaganda? First off.... the game is about the Vietnamese fighting French Imperialists, not about the Vietnam War.

 

Secondly, there is a 99.99999% chance that you are a descendent of the NVA or a civvie from the North. After the Vietcong caused a stalemate, the U.S. pulled out and abandoned the South Vietnamese. The NVA then proceeded to create "re-education camps" to destroy the spirit of the South Vietnamese. Anyone who survived those camps (very few) are long dead or rotting somewhere. 

 

Before spouting your communist trash on gamespot, go think about how your ancestors murdered hundreds of thousands of South Vietnamese after the U.S. pulled out.

mechmaster525
mechmaster525

 @jmc88888 How dare you call 9/11 idiotic! I wish I could get you banned from gamespot and the internet in general.

 

First off you all are simply missing the point that this is about the video game. The original poster should have kept his mouth shut because this game isn't even about the Vietnam War it's about the Indochina War that France fought prior to the Vietnam War. So all your points are moot anyway.

 

Finally, yes I am American and patriotic but even if I wasn't your little comment about 9/11 would still sicken me. Many people died on that day because a bunch of radical terrorists who hate America for absolutely no reason other than religious stupidity had to go act on their animalistic tendencies. If it happened to your country or any other country I would feel sympothy and wouldn't dare make a comment like that about the event EVER! You should be ashamed of yourself for making that comment or even entertaining the thought!

 

jmc88888
jmc88888

 @FdaVietcong ...and all of it was fraudulent.  It can be stopped, but only if you take on the fraud on every levels.

 

The collapse, just like the vietnam war was a fraudulent con job.  Don't lose everything due to being defrauded.

 

Demand a return to Glass-Steagall so you won't wake up one day an HFT sneezed in the European markets and since the gambling and deposits are linked, every bank account in America is zeroed with no money at the FDIC to backstop everyone's, and congress not in the mood to add 6-8 trillion to the debt to pay you back for the banksters fraud.

 

Once again thanks Vietnam!

MGS3_SNAKE
MGS3_SNAKE

 Geez, are you guys politicians?

parrot_of_adun
parrot_of_adun

 @mastergundam  I think you need to do a little learning on the nature of propaganda (among other things). Learning, you know, a thing we can do freely here, 'cause we don't have the VC policing information and stamping out critical thinking.

mastergundam
mastergundam

@FdaVietcong "north vnmese,born in the north" my ass, i'm none of these. Trash like your kind shouldn't carry your **** to this 4rum because it just stinks. Now put ear higher and listen more clearly before starting to barking nonsense : Did i say either US propaganda or vn's was right? I only said : playing this to see different view persoective, different propaganda. Remember nothing in this world is true. I don't expect your kind to comprehense since you showed that you have so much less IQ to begin with. Btw i don't live in Vn, ****.

7554 More Info

First Release on Jul 20, 2012
  • PC
7554 is a first-person shooter in which you fight as a member of the Vietnam People's Army struggling for colonial independence.
5.4
Average User RatingOut of 110 User Ratings
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Developed by:
Emobi Games
Published by:
Tradewest, Emobi Games
Genres:
Shooter, 3D, Action, Team-Based, First-Person