Battlefield Vietnam

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Battlefield Vietnam
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Developer(s)DICE Canada
Publisher(s)EA Games
Designer(s)Armando Marini
SeriesBattlefield
Platform(s)Microsoft Windows
Release
  • NA: 14 March 2004
  • EU: 19 March 2004
  • NA: 15 March 2005 (Redux)
Genre(s)First-person shooter
Mode(s)Single-player, multiplayer

Battlefield Vietnam is a first-person shooter video game. It is the second installment in the Battlefield franchise after Battlefield 1942. The game was developed by a Canadian company DICE Canada and published by Electronic Arts. Battlefield Vietnam takes place during the Vietnam War and features a large variety of maps based on historical settings, such as the Ho Chi Minh Trail, Battle of Hue, Ia Drang Valley, Operation Flaming Dart, the Battle of Khe Sanh and Fall of Saigon. On 15 March 2005, EA re-released the game as Battlefield Vietnam: Redux, which includes new vehicles, maps and an EA-produced World War II mod, based on the previous Battlefield 1942.

Gameplay[edit]

Battlefield Vietnam has the same point-by-point objectives of Battlefield 1942. In most playable maps, the objective is to occupy Control Points around the map to enable allies and controllable vehicles to spawn. Similar to other Battlefield games, spawn tickets play a vital role in defeating the opposing team. Battlefield Vietnam features a form of asymmetrical warfare gameplay. The two teams (U.S. and North Vietnam) are given different equipment and vehicles, making the U.S. rely more on heavy vehicles and the Vietnamese rely more on infantry tactics. The U.S., for instance, can employ heavy tanks, helicopters, and bombers, whereas the Vietnamese are forced to rely on anti-tank/anti-aircraft weapons in order to stop the U.S. side. The gameplay was intended to reflect the actual conditions of the war. A "Sipi Hole" feature for the Vietnamese, effectively a mobile spawn point, representative of the vast tunnel networks the Vietnamese used in the actual war, was implemented in order to balance the gameplay.[1]

Battlefield Vietnam features the United States with Marines, Army and the Navy; South Vietnam with Army of the Republic of Vietnam; and North Vietnam with People's Army of Vietnam and the Viet Cong.

Built on a modified version of the Battlefield 1942 engine, Battlefield Vietnam has new and improved features compared to its predecessor.[2] The game gives the player a variety of weapons based on the war. Various contemporary weapons and concepts are featured such as the AK47 assault rifle and punji stick traps. It also introduced several vehicle improvements over the prequel, such as air-lifting vehicles and playing vehicles' radios, which feature 1960s music as well as custom tracks the player can add by importing audio files into a designated directory. Players are also able to fire their weapons from vehicles if they are in a passenger seat, as opposed to being completely defenseless like in the prequel. The game is the first in the Battlefield series to utilize a 3D map, allowing players to see icons that represent the position of control points or friendly units, giving the player an increased situational awareness.

Reception[edit]

In June 2004, Battlefield Vietnam received a "Gold" certification from the Verband der Unterhaltungssoftware Deutschland, indicating sales of at least 100,000 units across Germany, Switzerland and Austria.[17] Overall sales of Battlefield Vietnam reached 990,000 copies by that November, by which time the Battlefield series had sold 4.4 million copies.[18]

The game received "generally favorable reviews" according to the review aggregation website Metacritic.[3]

Battlefield Vietnam was a runner-up for Computer Games Magazine's list of the 10 best computer games of 2004. It won the magazine's special award for "Best Soundtrack".[19] It also won GameSpot's 2004 "Best Licensed Music" award.[20]

References[edit]

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  5. ^ Edge staff (April 2004). "Battlefield Vietnam". Edge. No. 135. p. 103.
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  9. ^ Ocampo, Jason (16 March 2004). "Battlefield Vietnam Review". GameSpot. Retrieved 11 August 2017.
  10. ^ Kosak, Dave (15 March 2004). "GameSpy: Battlefield Vietnam". GameSpy. Retrieved 11 August 2017.
  11. ^ Watkins, Rob (27 March 2004). "Battlefield Vietnam - PC - Review". GameZone. Archived from the original on 4 October 2008. Retrieved 11 August 2017.
  12. ^ Giacobbi, Kevin "BIFF" (10 April 2005). "Battlefield: Vietnam Redux [sic] - PC - Review". GameZone. Archived from the original on 2 October 2008. Retrieved 11 August 2017.
  13. ^ Adams, Dan (16 March 2004). "Battlefield Vietnam Review". IGN. Retrieved 11 August 2017.
  14. ^ "Battlefield Vietnam". PC Gamer. June 2004. p. 64.
  15. ^ Porter, Alex (15 March 2004). "Battlefield Vietnam". Maxim. Archived from the original on 3 June 2004. Retrieved 11 August 2017.
  16. ^ "Battlefield Vietnam". Playboy. March 2004. p. 39.
  17. ^ "Awards Juni 2004" (Press release). Verband der Unterhaltungssoftware Deutschland. 7 July 2004. Archived from the original on 5 September 2004. Retrieved 4 June 2019.
  18. ^ Fahey, Rob (10 November 2004). "DICE results reveal Battlefield sales figures, next-gen plans". Gamesindustry.biz. Archived from the original on 2 September 2012.
  19. ^ Staff (March 2005). "The Best of 2004; The 14th Annual Computer Games Awards". Computer Games Magazine (172): 48–56.
  20. ^ The GameSpot Editors (5 January 2005). "Best and Worst of 2004". GameSpot. Archived from the original on 7 March 2005. {{cite web}}: |author= has generic name (help)

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