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Army Men 3D Review

By:
Monster
03/01/99
PRINTER FRIENDLY VERSION
EMAIL TO A FRIEND
GENRE Action 
PLAYERS 1- 2 
PUBLISHER 3DO 
DEVELOPER  
RELEASE DATE Out Now
T Contains Animated Violence

What do these ratings mean?

War... Huh. Good god, y'all. What Is It Good For?

I'm sorry parents, friends, and major religious figures, but I'm about to advocate war. There are far too many boring games that suck in this world, and I am actually grateful when I am given the chance to blow the head off an enemy. I'm happy that Army Men 3D gives me that chance to kill someone, even if they are made of plastic.

The Tans have waged war against the Greens again and they're attacking in force. You play Sarge, the Green army sergeant, and you are fighting back, Rambo-style. HQ needs you for various missions ranging from saving captured Green troops, recovering secret information, sabotaging Tan equipment and generally just kicking Tan tail.

To aid you in your missions, you are armed with an arsenal of weapons, including bazookas, grenades, flame-throwers and a bunch more. Also, there are several vehicles that you can use to run over people or blow up things. Groovy.

Creeping around and evading enemies proves that war can be fun and easy. Okay, maybe not easy, but not super difficult either. You'll find, however, that even after you get the hang of the controls, you'll still feel a bit limited in movement. I spent a lot of time sitting behind rocks wishing I was able to strafe, a move that has become common in most other games. Also, the vehicles are very difficult to control and often hinder, rather than help the missions.

Creeping around Tan territory gave me the eerie feeling of being alone in a real war, a feeling aided by the best bits of the 'spooky' music in the game. Unfortunately, the music mix could not always produce that sense of impending doom. While the military-style music was good, some of the "smurfy" kids tunes were irritating.

Let me just say this: I got hooked on Army Men 3D. I liked the feeling of taking on an entire army of Tan bastards. Even when I died and had to start the mission over, I eagerly tried again. I'm not saying I did not get frustrated (believe me, brother, I did), but I had fun. It's too bad that the game is so short (about 18 levels), because I really wanted more.

And it took me a while to get hooked because of the worst part of the game: the graphics. I was able to become accustomed to the lousy graphics because I enjoyed the game concept, but I'm sure others will not be as forgiving.

The graphics are murky at best. It is often difficult to determine whether or not the object in the distance is in fact a stationary Tan soldier or just an innocent cactus.

The game camera also poses some problems. The camera follows Sarge, but sometimes canyon walls, high brush or trees get in the way and cover the screen. I enjoyed the perspective, but sometimes had to wiggle around until I could see again. Often this would result in my getting shot. And getting shot is never cool.

I feel that this is one of those cases where one should not judge a book by its cover. There is so much good stuff hiding under those sketchy graphics and awkward movements. But graphics and control are also key to a good game. So despite the fact that there is no other game like Army Men 3D out there, in the end I can't give it a strong recommendation.

The best we can hope for is a sequel with better graphics. Until then, I can only reenact war in my mind. Oh well, I guess you can't have your war and fight in it too. Go War!

B- Revolution report card
  • Fun and Challenging
  • Get to crawl around in the dirt, Commando style
  • Poor graphics.
  • Vehicle movements are sketchy.
  • Too short.
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