Army Men

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Army Men
Developers The 3DO Company (1998–2003)
Global Star Software (2003–2007)
Twistbox Games (2008) (Mobile Ops)
Néotl Empire (2013)
(Army Men III)
Publishers The 3DO Company (1998–2003)
Global Star Software (2003–2007)
Connect2Media (2008) (Mobile Ops)
Néotl Empire (2013)
(Army Men III)
Composers Jason Tai (Army Men: Sarge's Heroes 2)
Barry Blum (Army Men 2, Sarge's Heroes, Toys in Space, Army Men 3D)
Brian Min (Army Men: Air Tactics)
Platforms Microsoft Windows
Game Boy Color
PlayStation
Nintendo 64
PlayStation 2
Dreamcast
Game Boy Advance
GameCube
Xbox
Wii
Nintendo DS
Mobile
OS X
Platform of origin Microsoft Windows
Year of inception 1998
First release Army Men
1998
Latest release Army Men III
2013
Spin-offs Portal Runner

Army Men is a series of video games developed by 3DO[1] and Global Star Software. It is based on various conflicts between four kinds of plastic army men, distinguished by their color: the Green, the Tan, the Blue, and the Grey. Two other factions, the Red and the Orange, as well as a much smaller army, the Black, also contribute to the story. Two additional factions, the Galactic Army and the Alien Army, were introduced in Army Men: Toys in Space.

History[edit]

Studio 3DO era[edit]

The idea of a strategy game using plastic army men arose from the developers' desire to avoid censorship issues when publishing the game in Germany. Chris Wilson, producer of the original Army Men, explained:

The Germans are extremely uptight about realistic violence, so Command & Conquer, for instance, changed all its units into robots and changed some of the cut scenes. But we didn't want to have to do two versions, and very early on in the design process we'd been planning things out with little plastic army men, so we suddenly realized that this was what everyone always likens a game like this to anyway![2]

Army Men used cutscenes done in the style of Movietone News clips.[2]

Global Star era[edit]

Army Men: RTS was the last Army Men game to be released by The 3DO Company before they filed for chapter eleven bankruptcy. The major franchises were auctioned off, and Army Men was purchased by Global Star Software (now known as 2K Play).

In 2004, Global Star published Sarge's War. The PlayStation 2 and Xbox versions were completed by some members of the original Sarge's War development team from 3DO. Global Star then released Army Men: Major Malfunction for the Xbox and PlayStation 2, and planned a Nintendo DS version, which was not released. Both Major Malfunction and Soldiers of Misfortune were unfavorably received by critics.[3][4] Army Men: Mobile Ops is the latest game in the series.

Games[edit]

Title Release date Platforms Genre Notes
Army Men 1998 Windows, Game Boy Color Real-time tactics
Army Men II 1999 Windows, Game Boy Color Real-time tactics
Army Men: Toys in Space 1999 Windows Real-time tactics
Army Men: Air Attack 1999 PlayStation, Nintendo 64, Windows, Game Boy Color Third-person shooter Nintendo 64 and Game Boy Color versions are re-titled Army Men: Air Combat.
Army Men: Sarge's Heroes 1999 Windows, PlayStation, Nintendo 64, Dreamcast Third-person shooter The first installment in the Sarge's Heroes subseries.
Army Men: Air Tactics 1999 Windows Real-time tactics
Army Men 3D 1999 PlayStation Third-person shooter A remake of the original Army Men.
Army Men: World War 2000 Windows, PlayStation Real-time tactics (WIN)
Third-person shooter (PS)
In PAL regions the PlayStation version is titled Army Men: Operation Meltdown.
Army Men: World War - Land, Sea, Air 2000 PlayStation Third-person shooter Titled Army Men: Land, Sea, Air in PAL regions.
Army Men: Sarge's Heroes 2 2000 PlayStation, PlayStation 2, Game Boy Color, Nintendo 64 Third-person shooter
Army Men: Operation Green 2001 Game Boy Advance Isometric shooter
Army Men: World War - Final Front 2001 PlayStation Third-person shooter The third installment in the World War subseries. Titled Army Men: Lock 'N' Load in PAL regions.
Army Men: Green Rogue 2001 PlayStation, PlayStation 2 Shoot 'em up Titled Army Men: Omega Soldier in PAL regions.
Army Men: Advance 2001 Game Boy Advance Top-down shooter
Army Men: Air Attack 2 2001 PlayStation, PlayStation 2 Third-person shooter Titled Army Men: Air Attack - Blade's Revenge in PAL regions.
Portal Runner 2001 PlayStation 2, Game Boy Color Platform Spin-off of Sarge's Heroes subseries.
Army Men: World War - Team Assault 2001 PlayStation Third-person shooter The fourth and last installment in the World War series. Titled Army Men: Team Assault in PAL regions.
Army Men: RTS 2002 Windows, PlayStation 2, Nintendo GameCube Real-time strategy A 3D real time strategy game.
Army Men: Turf Wars 2002 Game Boy Advance Isometric shooter
Army Men: Air Combat - The Elite Missions 2003 Nintendo GameCube Third-person shooter
Army Men: Sarge's War 2004 Windows, PlayStation 2, Xbox, Nintendo GameCube Third-person shooter The third and last installment in the Sarge's Heroes subseries.
Army Men: Major Malfunction 2006 PlayStation 2, Xbox Third-person shooter
Army Men: Soldiers of Misfortune 2008 PlayStation 2, Wii, Nintendo DS Platform
Army Men: Mobile Ops 2010 Mobile Isometric shooter

Reception[edit]

During its later years the Army Men series was criticized by X-Play[5] and Seanbaby of EGM,[6] for the frequency and declining quality of each new title. The Official UK PlayStation Magazine awarded six games in the series a score of 3/10 or less.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.gamespot.com/army-men/reviews/2538043/army-men-review/platform/pc/[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ a b "NG Alphas: Army Men". Next Generation. No. 23. Imagine Media. November 1996. pp. 161–2. 
  3. ^ "Army Men: Major Malfunction for Xbox Reviews - Metacritic". metacritic.com. Retrieved 2016-11-12. 
  4. ^ "Army Men: Soldiers of Misfortune for DS Reviews - Metacritic". metacritic.com. Retrieved 2016-11-12. 
  5. ^ Uzuki, Heero (2012-10-07). "Video Game Feature". G4tv.com. Retrieved 2012-10-23. 
  6. ^ "EGM's Uncensored Greatest Hits". Seanbaby.com. Archived from the original on 2012-03-19. Retrieved 2012-10-23. 
  7. ^ A-Z ratings, Official UK PlayStation Magazine, Future Publishing issue 108, March 2004

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