Army Men: Air Attack Review
It seems as if 3DO is taking a new gameplay approach in their Army Men series. But is it good enough to save their Army Men franchise? Being the first Army Men for PSX, Army Men 3D was considered to be an average title with an average gameplay. Army Men: Sarge's Heroes (currently out for the N64, later for PSX in January) also lacked gameplay variety as well as having bland graphics. Army Men: Air Attack is no exception, its graphics raise the standards of the game, but there is no fun factor that keeps you playing.
Unlike the other Army Men titles, this one features crisp looking visuals, nicely detailed environments, and good looking explosions. Basically everything the others of its kind didn't have. What drew my attention about the graphics was the detail, for a top down view game the graphics are quite clear, all the army men can be seen without a problem. Although a few times you will encounter some very minor slowdown, but that's a rare event. Army Men: Air Attack has nice graphics for it's own kind, but compared to any other game they may not seem nice at all.
This time we have another similarity between all the other Army Men games: their lack of good gameplay. Army Men 3D was okay, Sarge's Heroes bored the hell out of me, and Air Attack amused me a little, but the simple and short missions just made me put the controller down in five minutes. The overall feel to the game is quite good, but the length may not be the best. If you are a diehard PSX fan who enjoys longer games, then Air Attack is not for you. Although if you don't care about length and want a game that will take you about a week to finish, then spend $40 and buy Army Men: Air Attack. Another annoying factor I found in Air Attack is that at times you have no clue who is shooting you and who isn't. I would find myself spinning 360s and getting my self dizzy, definitely something to consider before buying this game.
The game does feature a 2 player mode both co-op and head to head, but they really don't offer anything interesting. The head to head mode is to dull and boring, the travel can be tedious and annoying due to the split screen, while the co-op mode is much the same. Although somewhat better than it's predecessors Army Men 3D and Sarge's Heroes, Army Men: Air Attack is a lackluster title in the gameplay department, which makes me wonder if I'll ever purchase another Army Men title.
As the sound goes I really don't have much to say about that. The sound is almost as boring as the gameplay. It's bad as it is the gameplay stinks, the the sound is very repetitive. The background music is weak and the sound effects are poor, but the voices in the CG sequence is not bad.
The exploration in the game as I said before can get pretty monotonous, especially if you are playing a 2 player game. Since the game uses a top-down view, viewing distance is not available. Which results into enemies popping out of nowhere and shooting you. As for the control layout it's self it's fairly easy, the analog/dual shock has pretty good support but the cameras at times can make you dizzy.
In the end Army Men: Air Attack seemed like a good game but it fails in my opinion. It doesn't feature enough variety to keep me or the average gamer going. Although it features nice graphics and the overall game doesn't deliver what I hoped it would. Maybe only worth a rental if you will