Army Men: Sarge's Heroes

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Army Men: Sarge's Heroes
Army Men Sarge’s Heroes Cover.jpg
North American PlayStation cover art
Developer(s) 3DO
Publisher(s) 3DO
Series Army Men
Platform(s) Nintendo 64
PlayStation
Dreamcast
Microsoft Windows
Release date(s) Nintendo 64
  • NA September 30, 1999
  • EU April 14, 2000
PlayStation
Dreamcast
  • NA October 30, 2000
  • EU November 17, 2000
Windows
  • EU December 15, 2000
Genre(s) Action Shooter
Mode(s) Single-player
Multiplayer

Army Men: Sarge's Heroes is an action-shooter video game that was released for Nintendo 64, PlayStation, Dreamcast, and Microsoft Windows. It is part of the Army Men series of video games based on the plastic toy soldiers. It was preceded by Army Men 3D and succeeded by Army Men: Sarge's Heroes 2. The player normally controls Sarge, a Sergeant in the Green Army and fights evil General Plastro and the members of the Tan Army. Both armies are named after the usual colors of toy army men. The game's storyline is somewhat dark, partly because of General Plastro's killings.

Gameplay[edit]

Single Player[edit]

There are two modes for single player: Campaign and Boot Camp.

Campaign[edit]

Campaign is the main mode of Sarge's Heroes. The player plays as Sarge, the protagonist for many of the Army Men games. The player travels through several missions, completing objectives, killing enemies, destroying vehicles, and rescuing people. The plot starts out as the Tan Army is invading the Green Army base. Sarge rescues Colonel Grimm and they evacuate the base in a helicopter. In the game, Sarge discovers portals that lead from the "plastic world" to the "real world". The Tan Army is getting "Weapons of Mass Destruction" from the "real world" (toys and ordinary objects, i.e. magnifying glass). Throughout the game, Sarge rescues commandos of his own unit, Bravo Company. Sometimes they are in Tan bases, and other times he has to go through portals and save them from the "real world". To avoid the destruction of the Green Army, Sarge must destroy the portals and stop Plastro.

Boot Camp[edit]

Boot Camp is a training level in which the player learns the controls. Boot Camp consists of training areas for all weapons, an obstacle course, and a "live fire course" in which Sarge is shot at. This feature however, is only available on the N64 and Dreamcast editions.

Dreamcast Version[edit]

The Dreamcast version contains differences from the PlayStation, Nintendo 64 (the Dreamcast version is actually the N64 version with enhanced graphics and music) and Windows versions. It was developed instead by Saffire and published by Midway. By entering the cheat "SFFRMV" in the Dreamcast version you can view a short "Making Of" film. It also contains a plethora of extra characters such as a fluffy pink bunny, a little girl, a skeleton as well as the faces of many of the games developers.

Multiplayer[edit]

In 2-4 player multiplayer (only 2 players in the PlayStation and PC), players choose their character, faction, and difficulty. Players then select a map. The players fight each other until the number of preset required kills to win is reached.

Reception[edit]

Reception
Aggregate scores
Aggregator Score
GameRankings (N64) 61.76%[2]
(DC) 55.50%[3]
(PS) 49.22%[4]
Metacritic (DC) 60/100[5]
Review scores
Publication Score
AllGame 2.5/5 stars[6][7]
Eurogamer 5/10[8]
GameFan 75%[9]
Game Informer (N64) 7/10[10]
(PS) 5.5/10[11]
GamePro 4/5 stars[12]
Game Revolution D[13]
GameSpot (DC) 6.5/10[14]
(N64) 4.2/10[15]
(PS) 3.9/10[16]
IGN (N64) 6/10[17]
(DC) 5.3/10[18]
(PS) 3.5/10[1]
Nintendo Power 7.4/10[19]
OPM (US) 2/5 stars[20]

The game was met with mixed to negative reception. GameRankings and Metacritic gave it a score of 61.76% for the Nintendo 64 version;[2] 55.50% and 60 out of 100 for the Dreamcast version;[3][5] and 49.22% for the PlayStation version.[4]

Sequel[edit]

In 2000, the sequel Army Men: Sarge's Heroes 2 was released for the Game Boy Color, Nintendo 64, PlayStation and PlayStation 2.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Perry, Douglass C. (March 8, 2000). "Army Men: Sarge's Heroes (PS)". IGN. Retrieved May 11, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "Army Men: Sarge's Heroes for Nintendo 64". GameRankings. Retrieved May 11, 2015. 
  3. ^ a b "Army Men: Sarge's Heroes for Dreamcast". GameRankings. Retrieved May 11, 2015. 
  4. ^ a b "Army Men: Sarge's Heroes for PlayStation". GameRankings. Retrieved May 11, 2015. 
  5. ^ a b "Army Men: Sarge's Heroes for Dreamcast Reviews". Metacritic. 
  6. ^ Sackenheim, Shawn. "Army Men: Sarge's Heroes (N64) - Review". AllGame. Archived from the original on November 15, 2014. Retrieved May 11, 2015. 
  7. ^ Thompson, Jon. "Army Men: Sarge's Heroes (DC) - Review". AllGame. Archived from the original on November 15, 2014. Retrieved May 11, 2015. 
  8. ^ Goldsmith, Tom "Tosh" (July 19, 2000). "Army Men: Sarge's Heroes (PSOne)". Eurogamer. Archived from the original on March 29, 2001. Retrieved May 11, 2015. 
  9. ^ "REVIEW for Army Men: Sarge's Heroes (N64)". GameFan. October 13, 1999. 
  10. ^ McNamara, Andy; Fitzloff, Jay; Reiner, Andrew (January 3, 2000). "Army Men Sarge's Heroes (N64)". Game Informer. Archived from the original on May 27, 2000. Retrieved May 11, 2015. 
  11. ^ "Army Men: Sarge's Heroes (PS)". Game Informer (86). June 2000. 
  12. ^ Scary Larry (October 5, 1999). "Army Men: Sarge's Heroes Review for N64 on GamePro.com". GamePro. Archived from the original on March 19, 2005. Retrieved May 11, 2015. 
  13. ^ Ferris, Duke (December 1999). "Army Men: Sarge's Heroes Review (N64)". Game Revolution. Retrieved May 11, 2015. 
  14. ^ Provo, Frank (November 20, 2000). "Army Men: Sarge's Heroes Review (DC)". GameSpot. Retrieved May 11, 2015. 
  15. ^ Fielder, Joe (October 13, 1999). "Army Men: Sarge's Heroes Review (N64)". GameSpot. Retrieved May 11, 2015. 
  16. ^ Fielder, Joe (March 13, 2000). "Army Men: Sarge's Heroes Review (PS)". GameSpot. Retrieved May 11, 2015. 
  17. ^ Austin, Dean (October 15, 1999). "Army Men: Sarge's Heroes (N64)". IGN. Retrieved May 11, 2015. 
  18. ^ Chau, Anthony (November 14, 2000). "Army Men: Sarge's Heroes (DC)". IGN. Retrieved May 11, 2015. 
  19. ^ "Army Men: Sarge's Heroes". Nintendo Power 125: 124. October 1999. 
  20. ^ "Army Men: Sarge's Heroes". Official U.S. PlayStation Magazine. 2000. 

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