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Full Spectrum Warrior !!HOT!!

After the Airport is successfully captured, Charlie 90 is tasked with infiltrating Al-Afad's palace and eliminating him. They trek through the city and make it to the palace. While they manage to capture one of Afad's top lieutenants, Afad escapes. The members of Charlie 90 also witness one of the Joint STARS planes crashing into the city. The squad is then ordered to rescue the crew of the downed plane before they can be captured by Afad's men.

Full Spectrum Warrior


Full Spectrum Warrior itself, however, is used by the US Army to this day. Rather than as a combat-training aid, a heavily modified version of the game is used as a tool to help determine, in troops returning from war, the presence and severity of post-traumatic stress disorder. The game that depicted military life more faithfully, and tried to illustrate and explain it for the public, is now helping soldiers to better understand themselves.

Full Spectrum Warrior started out as a military training simulation commissioned by the US Army, and only later did publisher THQ and developer Pandemic Studios decide to turn it into a video game about modern squad tactics--but you'd never know that from playing the game. Full Spectrum Warrior features an innovative design and an effective control scheme, and it convincingly delivers the sights and sounds of modern squad combat in the war-torn Middle East. It may look like a shooter, but it isn't one, since you never actively aim or fire weapons in the game (except for grenades). The thing is, Full Spectrum Warrior isn't a fully featured strategy game, either, and it relies on a fairly simple, surprisingly abstract gameplay model that has trouble sustaining a rather short campaign (which can be played alone or cooperatively on Xbox Live). Indeed, the game often ends up feeling like a string of puzzles whose solutions are pretty obvious. Nevertheless, Full Spectrum Warrior is very good overall, and deserves credit for being something other than just another military-themed shooter or strategy game. It's just too bad that it isn't more involving.

  • A-Team Firing: Small arms from anyone can't hit targets behind cover, or anyone just coming out of cover. Subverted with targets out in the open, who'll get mowed own almost instantly... but once an insurgent gets into cover, one can tear one's hair watching the entire fire team hitting anything but the insurgent as he pokes his head out to return fire (never mind, this should serve to pin him down...). One can actually see the SAW machine gun painting a nice halo of bullet impacts on the wall behind the insurgents head, but sparing the head itself.

  • Black-and-White Morality: In the black corner, you have a mass-murdering, death camp running and propaganda-chewing dictator from a Middle Eastern backwash as well as a slew of fanatical terrorists who have been butchering innocent civilians worldwide. In the white corner you have a Ragtag Bunch Of... Americans.

  • Bottomless Magazines: Averted for your soldiers, who have to reload their weapons after firing a certain number of rounds, and will ultimately run out of ammo wholesale, forcing them to backtrack all the way back to the last checkpoint to refill their magazines.

  • Played straight for the militants, even the ones with an RPG-launcher, and for the Bradley you get in the second game.

  • Conspicuously Light Patch: In Chapter 3 - the final objective requires you to cover exits to a building while Rangers enter from the roof. One part of the building is notably darker than others, and that's the segment that gets blasted open by an explosion from inside.

  • Countrystan: The game takes place in Zekistan. It's somewhere between Iraq, Iran and Afghanistan, and takes quite some cues from from those places too.

  • Downloadable Content: The Xbox version had 2 downloadable "Epilogue" Missions, these are included in the other versions by default.

  • Elites Are More Glamorous: The original game has this downplayed, with an SAS team introduced first (with one man needing a CASEVAC for his teammate) and Rangers later (storming a building full of hostiles). The last chapters even have a fireteam of Rangers with their rifles modified with laser sights, allowing them to shoot enemies with precise aiming through cover with one shot for every enemy.

  • Fake Difficulty: It's near impossible to kill an enemy in cover with rifle fire alone unless you can flank them, forcing you to resort to precious grenades, whom they may shrug off just as much. However, if anyone in your team is in cover that's only slighty tilted towards the enemy, he will immediately get shot. It can be very frustrating to watch eight well-trained and highly-equipped US Light Infantrymen wasting their entire ammo on some militant with a cranky AK-47 or carbine rifle, only for the latter to effortlessly pick off two of the former at a time... See also Nintendo Hard. Enemies can throw grenades far further than you can, well over double the range, so while the enemies rarely throw greandes, for you, they're occasionally useful for taking out a specific enemy but not something to rely on, while the enemy can use them to kill you from way further than you can and the game's interface makes running from thrown grenades clunky at best.

  • Plus, the enemy may not even get suppressed by your consistent firing, even though it actually involves a machine gun.

  • Healing Checkpoint: Certain checkpoints have a medic or resupply close by.

  • Idiosyncratic Difficulty Levels: Sergeant, Sergeant Major, and Authentic.

  • Improbable Aiming Skills: The insurgents, who will most definitely hit any soldier only ever-so-slightly out of cover. Though seeing how the general combat range is almost always at point blank range, it's somewhat justified. Then again, so is the A-Team Firing.

  • Infinite Supplies: If you run out of ammo, you can return to the ammo box for a re-fill an endless amount of times but only for bullets. Opponents simply have infinite ammo from where they stand.

  • Mauve Shirt: Your soldiers all have their own name, character, voice and one-sentence background (for example, one's a Cultured Warrior, another is a practicing Jew, another is an ex-New York Cop, etc). However, the significance of that is mostly restricted to the intro (which introduces them) and cutscenes, as you command them in groups of four.

  • Multinational Team: The coalition force is made up of American and British-led forces into Zekistan, similar to the Coaltion makeups of multinational forces in Afghanistan and Iraq.

  • Nintendo Hard: As mentioned in the description, it is ridiculously easy for the soldiers to die, and for you to fail the mission. It's made even more egregious due to the habit of savegame slots to malfunction and ignore your progress, and the fact that certain mission start out without medic or ammo box (which means that losing a squaddie or running out of ammo makes the level Unwinnable). See also Fake Difficulty.

  • No Sidepaths, No Exploration, No Freedom: The game is pretty linear, and you advance along roads and courtyards due to wreckages, barricades and gun emplacements blocking your path.

  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: The rangers appear twice to clear out an enemy building. While you hear gunfire and screaming, the most you'll see is a body flying out of the building.

  • One-Hit-Point Wonder: Your guys, realistically enough, who go down after one or two shots, and will die not long after if not taken care of immediately.

  • Real Is Brown: Justified, as you're fighting in a city in the middle of a mountaneous desert region prone to sand storms, and averted in some cases, when you come across some rather beautiful and incredibly motley mosques and palaces.

  • Regenerating Health: Surprisingly, while your guys can go down in one shot, it's possible for them to sometimes take a hit or two and keep fighting, these "second-chance" hits can kick in again if enough time has passed, though it's still luck if a soldier will only get lightly wounded or get taken down.

  • Save Point: The game designates certain locations to provide a Sitrep, which saves the game if both teams approach.

  • Scripted Battle: The movements of the militiamen are all scripted and contain no variation. As such, it is impossible to ambush patrols and the such as they only spawn after you have reached a certain point with no concrete cover.

  • Take Cover!: The bread and the butter of this game, as both the solders and enemies can't be injured by small arms fire. If it had any decipherable moral, it'll be "Take Cover!, dammit!"

  • The Medic: Waits next to the ammo box at your last checkpoint for any casualties you may drag back to him. He'll have them fixed up in a matter of seconds.

  • Token Minority: Each team member has a perk, ethnicity or background that no one else shares, in order to make them more unique.

  • Urban Warfare: The game never leaves the urban part of Zekistan.

  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: In the original game, Al-Afad shot his lieutenant in the chest and then escapes from the area, leaving the lieutenant to be casevaced by Alpha and Bravo.

In their defense, Sony Pictures Imageworks and its partners in Full Spectrum Warrior said they fully complied with their contract with the Army and gave the Army exactly what it called for, and now have the right to make as much profit as they can. 041b061a72


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