Most military shooters are not what anyone
would call realistic. While it is highly entertaining to be sliding backwards down the side of a
building while shooting enemies in helicopters, I don’t imagine that is a normal occurrence
in military life. So how would a military shooter that is more focused on realism play?
Well one of the ways is probably much like Full Spectrum Warrior. At a first glance, Full Spectrum Warrior seems
like just another military shooter, a dime a dozen. But when you understand the gameplay
and setting, it become much more than that. The story feels incredibly realistic. After
terrorist attacks, the United States deploys troops in Iraq and Afghanistan to track the
leaders of the terrorist factions. The story develops in a ripped from the headlines style,
and can sometimes feel more like a news broadcast than an actual game. But this is a game, so obviously there has
to be gameplay. And that is where the game really sets itself apart from others. You
take control of the 159th Light Infantry as they accomplish tasks in the war-torn land.
The interesting thing is you control the division, not an individual member. You have two separate
squads marked Alpha and Bravo and it is your job to keep them alive. The game is much more
of a real time strategy game than it is a shooter. You will tell the separate squads
when to move, where to move, who to target, and when to take cover. The command system
does take some getting used to but is intuitive and complete when you do. The missions are objective based, having you
moving from one side of the map to the other, all the while using real military tactics
to advance. Expect having to leapfrog every time you want to move a squad, having one
squad lay down suppressing fire while the other books it to cover. Sometimes it can
become very frustrating when engaged in combat, because you can’t actually shoot the enemies.
You tell your squad who to fire upon, then they do it, leaving you to just watch. But
what all this does is give you an actual feeling of connection to your soldiers. When you make
a mistake and lose a squad member, you will actually feel like you lost a friend. You
will feel each mistake, which will have you spending extra time thinking out your movement.
Every action has a consequence, and every mistake leads to a death. Plan wisely. If you crave high paced military action, then
look elsewhere. But what Full Spectrum Warrior does deliver is gritty, intense, and stressful
combat that you think it through.