By Kieran Webber
Imagine the fear one would feel when being told that they were to be drafted and thrown into combat in a strange land, against an enemy you knew very little about but what you had heard was one of terror, death and cunning. The next thing you know you’re on a chopper hovering over some rice fields and as the pilot gives you green light to jump an RPG flies past the cockpit missing by inches, as you hit the floor bullets start cracking over your head and as you dive for cover you can’t stop thinking to yourself, how the hell did I get here?
Well that pretty much sums up my Rising Storm 2: Vietnam experience, the game captures the intensity and brutality of the Vietnam war in a way that is incredibly scary.
The best way to explain RS2:V is that it has the intensity and realism of Squad but has the quick pace of games like Battlefield 1. It is a real delight and a fantastic halfway house of the aforementioned games.
As you hit the main menu the sounds of Creedence Clearwater Revival throw you into the 60’s, and it isn’t just the soundtrack to this game that makes it so special, the developers have managed to capture the sounds and atmosphere with near historic accuracy. This is more than a game this a recreation of the scenes that happened during the 60’s and 70’s in Vietnam. The character customization is perfect, with the VC and Unites States forces having a huge array of outfits to play around with (providing you’re the right level), creating a very authentic vibe with the game.
The gameplay itself is intense, fast paced and exciting, at times you can feel like Rambo slaying down VC after VC whilst you defend your objective. Other times you feel like a yellow bellied rookie, hiding for cover at any instance, shaking in your boots too scared to push the point, knowing what awaits you. Death. That death is inevitable as you stand up and get to push an ear crushing ‘DINK’ riots through your eardrums as the screen goes black, you know your push was unsuccessful and your squaddies have probably come to their unfortunate end also.
This game has a fairly steep learning curve and for the first 30 minutes of gameplay you are going to spending a lot of your time wondering how the fuck did that guy get me and where the fuck is he!? And the other half sweating as you slowly crawl through the jungle or carefully sweep through buildings only to lay a whole clip into one enemy. It is a thrilling experiance that will have you a clammy yet satisfied mess. This game really does not disappoint and I cannot recommend it enough, especially for those looking for a teamwork specific shooter with intense realism. Also the amount of Full Metal Jacket, Apocalypse Now and Platoon quotes via the chat is worth the price alone!