Gaming Today Reviews ‘America’s Army: True Soldiers’
As a United States Army combat veteran, I thought that I might find ‘America’s Army: True Soldiers’ for the Xbox 360 to be an enjoyable experience. I thought wrong. Every once in a while I play a game that is so bad that I wish I could just throw it out the window and pretend like I never played it. If we were permitted to drop expletives in our articles, I’d break out some old Army terms to describe how terrible this game was. Reviewing games is typically an extremely fun job, but this time around it felt like work.
There’s really not much that can be said about this game other than the fact that it’s a lousy …(insert 50 f-bombs and other random curse words here) game! I’ll start with a few positive aspects of the game, but the positive section will be a quick read.
The only real interesting aspect of the game is how you train your soldier up. You start out with a soldier who knows nothing and use attribute points that you earn to boost your stats in five categories that include marksmanship, physical training, fortitude, medic and valor. If you have the fortitude to actually complete this game and work your way up, you certainly deserve some credit. My patience ran very thin with this game from the beginning. The only other aspect of the game that I could possibly think of in a positive way would be the ability to switch into a non-lethal rounds mode for the kiddies. At least they were thinking about someone when they made this game.
And now, for the bad stuff…
After playing the game for about an hour, the only thought that came to mind is that I wish I was playing Ghost Recon. It’s sad that we can expect a more realistic war game from Tom Clancy over the United States Army, but that’s definitely the case here. You have 3 game modes to choose from including basic training, war games and multiplayer. For this review, I completed basic training and most of war games. I didn’t bother checking out multiplayer. By the time I got past basic training, I realized that this game was simply a cheap copy of Ghost Recon.
Basic Training is fairly basic and boring. You will spend more time hopping in and out of menus than actually doing anything fun. The weapon aiming is a little on the sloppy side and not very realistic. I have personally used each of the weapons used in the game and can say that there’s not much realism to the firing in game. There’s not much I can say about this mode other than the fact I was bored out of my mind. A game of Candy Land would have been far more exciting for me.
War Games is basically just playing a crude paintball game with your squad versus the opposition force. There’s very little strategy required for any of this. You basically go from way point to way point and shoot the enemy when they appear and you have the orders to do so. Again, a complete waste of my time. Don’t even bother trying to take cover or even think with this game. The cover system is completely useless.
How I rate this game (1-10 scale):
There’s really nothing here worth talking about. It’s basically a poorly done version of GRAW. There’s no real story worth mentioning. I love the United States Army, but this game is terrible.
Characters are poorly textured and designed. This title was a clear step backwards for war games. Some major flaws I noticed while playing was that the battlefield and ranges were poorly lit. While trying to qualify with weapons, you may find it hard to see some of the targets. Don’t bother adjusting the brightness. That really doesn’t help.
The voice acting is horrible. With the United States Army backing the game, I assumed they could have found some real soldier’s to do voice over. They obviously hired some goofy actors who have no idea how to talk like real soldiers. The weapon and explosion sounds in the game weren’t bad at all. That was one nice thing about the game. The most annoying “sound” aspect of the game was the creepy and heavy breathing your character does whenever you move. I’d like to think that it takes a lot more than walking a couple feet for most soldiers to breathe heavy.
The game is simply boring. If you already have GRAW or GRAW 2, just stick with those. There’s nothing new here and other games simply do everything better. Movement is choppy at times and not fluid at all.
There are multiple modes here and if you can stomach the boredom, you could potentially put in many hours to completely finish out the game.
Unfortunately, this is the absolute worst game I have ever played on the Xbox 360. That’s saying a lot considering how many games I have for the system. I will never play it again and actually plan to trade it in for something else this evening. This game was a complete bolo. For those of you who don’t know Army terms, ‘bolo’ is used to describe a soldier who fails marksmanship.