Vietcong (video game)

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Developer(s) Pterodon
Illusion Softworks
Publisher(s) Gathering of Developers
Engine Ptero-Engine II
Platform(s) Microsoft Windows
Release date(s)
  • NA March 26, 2003
  • PAL April 17, 2003
Genre(s) Tactical first-person shooter
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer

Vietcong is a 2003 tactical first-person shooter video game developed by Pterodon and 2K Czech and published by Gathering of Developers for Microsoft Windows. It is set during the Vietnam War in 1967.

The expansion pack Vietcong: Fist Alpha was released in 2004 and was bundled with Vietcong as Vietcong: Purple Haze for the PC. Vietcong: Purple Haze was also released in 2004 for the PlayStation 2 and Xbox, ported by Coyote Games. An official add-on "Red Dawn" was released as a free downloadable content.[1] A sequel to the game, Vietcong 2, was released in 2005.


The player takes on the role of Sergeant First Class Steve R. Hawkins, assigned to the United States Special Forces ("Green Berets") camp at a strategic location of Nui Pek in South Vietnam, a few miles near the Cambodian border. Hawkins and his A-Team (an LLDB guide Le Duy Nhut, the medic Joe Crocker, the demolition specialist Thomas Bronson, the radioman C.J. Defort and the team's machine gunner Hornster) carry out a series of various missions against the Vietcong and North Vietnamese forces. The game ends in a massive North Vietnamese attack on the team's base camp.


The PC version of the game received generally favorable reviews, garnering a 77/100 score on the review aggregation site Metacritic.[2] GameSpot gave it the award of the Game of the Month for April 2003.[3]

The Xbox and PS2 versions of the game were not as well-received, with the Xbox port scoring 57/100 and the PS2 scoring a 48/100 on Metacritic.[4][5]

In the Czech Republic, the country where the game's developers come from, the game is very popular. Vietcong was even elected the 3rd best video game developed in the Czech Republic and Slovakia in a Survey by Czech server BonusWeb when it received 1393 votes out of 13,143 as every reader could choose for three games to vote for.[6]


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