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Gameplay 7.0
Graphics 8.5
Sound 6.9
Value 6.8
Distributor: Red Ant
Classification:
M15+
Review Date:
June 2005
Reviewer:
Andrew B

6.9


Söldner: Secret War

Söldner: Secret Wars is set in the year 2010 where the United States and Russia have abandoned their role as the “world police,” due to the instability it caused within the countries to which their troops were deployed. Since some can’t seem to keep themselves out of trouble, however, offensive operations are now carried out by Söldner, the German and much cooler sounding word for mercenaries. As one of these Söldner, it is your responsibility to keep the world safe from harm. Armed to the teeth with an explosive arsenal of high tech weapons and a gargantuan list of over seventy available vehicles, you step onto the battlefield ready to unleash a world of pain on your opponents. Does the game deliver everything that it promises? Read on and find out.

Söldner features both single and multiplayer modes, but before you do anything, you have to dress your söldner for battle. You can choose from a variety of faces, hats, jackets, pants, boots, pads, backpacks, camo types, and insignias to try making your söldner look like a killing machine. Most of your options result in a modern looking soldier, although you can also make a pretty convincing cowboy as well as five or six different types of Nazis, complete with trench coats and Nazi helmets.

In the single-player campaign, you appear in an abandoned base with some training equipment and a house. There is no tutorial and no one to tell you what to do. Eventually, you’ll discover a little panel that takes you to a ‘Mission Select’ screen. From here, you can select a mission such as ‘Blow up a gas tank in China.’ You select the mission and boom! you’re on an abandoned base in China. Right down the street there’s an enemy gas tank, so you cruise down there and blow it up.

Graphically the player models and graphics are on par with other war games, such as Battlefield: Vietnam, however it is a sad day when one sees brilliant design fall victim to poor coding. Not only is the game plagued by a variety of different graphical errors and bugs, the game itself takes an excruitiating couple of minutes to load and is also plagued by various frame rate issues that sometimes make the title virtually unplayable. With that said, there are some nice lighting effects that do enhance the gameplay of the title but unfortunately it came a little late.

While the game manages to produce all of the sound effects common to war games, like explosions, whizzing bullets, and the screams of enemy soldiers as they fall victim to an air strike, nothing memorable comes out of the affair, making the presentation average at best. With that said, the voice acting of the title is also over the top, especially the sounds of the Germans which really sounded forced and contrived.

In conclusion, Encore’s Söldner: Secret Wars has the potential of becoming one of the greatest war FPS’ of all time, the poor execution destroys any great idea contained therein. Great gameplay ideas, such as being a commander to your troops and radioing in support, and being able to hinder enemy movement by destroying the environment are overshadowed by buggy gameplay that makes the title seem rushed and unfinished. Though many patches have already been released to help solve its many problems, in it’s current state, Encore's latest offering appears to be nothing more than a beta. Hopefully next time the developers will wait until all is fixed before rushing it into the market blindly.  






 
 



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