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Tactics in Action - Full Spectrum Warrior Review

by: Aaron R. ; edited by: Eric Stallsworth ; updated: 4/17/2012 • Leave a comment

Full Spectrum Warrior is well known as a game that was once planned to be a training tool for the military. The gameplay mechanics were tweaked to make this tactical strategy game. If you are looking for a review of just what this title has to offer, then look inside.

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    Full Spectrum Warrior is a unique tactical game that has you leading two squads of soldiers through a series of battles in urban settings. The principal of the game involves careful monitoring of your soldiers as you have them move from cover to cover so that they can flank enemy positions and then take over. It's also free now, so keep that in mind.

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    The features are fairly simple for the most part. You issue commands to your soldiers to have the two squads of four men take up positions and engage other enemies. You will spend a good portion of your game looking at the in-game map and figuring out ways to use your men to effectively corner and eliminate any of the soldiers guarding your objectives. A standard mission has about a dozen encounters of this type while you work through narrow streets.

    The difficulty is not very forgiving either. Your men can be wounded quickly if they aren't behind cover. If one man is wounded, a fellow squadmate picks him up to carry him to a recovery center. You have a limited amount of time to get them to a first aid point. If two men are wounded in a squad, then you have to restart. This means that all of your moves need to be calculated, with one squad covering the other's movements. Running and gunning attempts will be met with quite failure.

    There is a story in place and each of the eight main soldiers has a “unique” personality that plays out like a bad war movie. It's not exactly annoying, but it doesn't add anything. They really fail to make it seem like you're working toward any set goal.

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    The graphics aren't that great. The models for your soldiers are fairly well done, but the enemy models and the environments just don't look that good. It's an older game, so that can be forgiven to a point, but the scenes just aren't that impressive. A number of areas also look quite similar too, so it will get boring.

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    System Requirements

    This game is pretty easy for system requirements. It requires 256 MB of RAM and a 64 MB video card. This should include most computers. Plus, it's free now. You're not losing any money if it doesn't work. I played this on a computer with 1 GB of RAM and a Nvidia MX 420 graphics card. I never had any problems.

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    I personally thought that this was a good strategy game. It's simple and it's got a good pace. There are also a few parts where you really feel like you accomplished something. I still remember the five minutes of positioning it took to pin down an armored truck and corner the gunner.

    I'll also point out that it is free. The army picked it up as an ad-supported game. If you can stand a few ads for the military during the loading screens, then you will be fine. It's a 1.62 gig download, so dial-up users might not be able to download it. Everyone else should definitely check it out though. I'll include a link to the file on Filefront.