0 to Z of Playstation 1 Games is a blog looking at the various titles released on the console, looking at what the games are, the gameplay and story, as well as how the game was critically received and the current availability of the game. As well as other projects such as Modern Game Weekly and Gone But not Forgotten.
0 to Z of Playstation 1 Games - Army Men World War Final Front
Army Men World War Final Front is a 3rd
person shooter and is the follow up to the 2000 released Army Men World War Land,
Sea, Air , as usual the game was developed and published by The 3DO Company,
unlike the previous game it would be a Playstation exclusive release.
The game released in the North American region
on the 27th of February 2001 and the following month in Europe, like
the first entry in the World War sub series it would be retitled for its
European release going by the name Army Men: Lock 'n' Load.
Two new gameplay elements are introduced for
the first time in an Army Men game and those are underwater and underground
combat these form part of the 15 mission main campaign in the game. In addition to the single player part of the
game a much more extensive multiplayer mode has been added to the game, with 16
multiplayer maps, additional weapons to the gamers arsenal including
submarines, motorbikes and assault rafts.
The multiplayer mode also includes a map
editor, plus an all new game mode called Grudge Match as well as a mode called
steal the bacon also included is the usual co-op mode. Boot Camp also makes a
return with a firing range and integrated training where you can practice a
series of battle exercises.
The player plays as a grizzled veteran of the
previous two Green Tan wars, twice you have stood against the tan aggressors
and twice you and your fellow Green soldiers have driven the Tan from the Green
lands. Once again you have been called upon to do your duty and stand against
the Tan aggressors.
Intel suggests that the Tan are putting all of
their nations resources into creating a massive stockpile of powerful weapons the
most massive stockpile of weapons ever seen even by Tan standards, the
production levels can not be maintained by the Tan for long and all out war is
Orders are received, your battalion is to
engage the tan in several theatres of war and for the first time underground
and underwater you have also been given command of your own vehicles to assist
you in your missions against the Tan.
You question is this really the final war
against the tan (if only) you know deep down that you have never let down your
Green nation, nor are you about to, you also question if the Tan know this is
the final battle in a war that has ravaged both nations for three long and
Another Army Men game and another round of
dismal review scores, I think the worst set of review scores for an Army Man
game so far, with World War Final Front receiving a humiliating 0/100 for one
of its reviews, but as usual we will start with the best.
Which comes from GameSpot who scored the game
at an above average 60/100 who compared the game to an annual sports game and
the annual face lift they receive with players looking a little different, an
extra mode or two but for the most part it is the same game.
They concluded with some mild positives,
stating under the layers of poor visuals and rough controls there is an
engaging and playable game. Super Play from Sweden were the next highest review
for the game with a very average 50 score they concluded their review with. Do
not buy this if you are not set to an extremely regular game without real
highlights. With green plastic goblets.
IGN scored the game at a below average 45/100 comparing
the game to the upcoming Metal Slug X release which features running, shooting
and a dash of vehicular combat, unlike World War Final Front however it has not
deficiencies of control whatsoever they recommend playing that instead.
The penultimate review comes come All Game
Guide who scored Army Men World War Final Front at a poor 30/100 they were
critical of the games poor controls, lacklustre graphics and general feeling of
malaise and haphazard design. Concluding with there is nothing really to say to
justify the Army Men series, the only hope is people stop buying them.
On to the final review and the humiliating
0/100 from Game Revolution, calling the graphics so bad they are almost worth
seeing, throw in whack a mole style pop ups, grainy textures and pixels the
size of small children. Concluding with the PSX never looked so old.
This is the part of 0
to Z where is visit four online retailers and see what the availability of the
title is, and what price you would be looking at if you wanted to pick this
title up, the sites that I will be using for this are Amazon.com,
eStarland.com, retrogames.co.uk and Gamedude.com I know the last one is very
location specific, but from a podcast I listen to, I’ve heard they have a huge
stock of older games, Ebay has now been dropped unless the game is unavailable
at other retailers.
So lets get down to
business with Gamedude who will give you $4 if you are looking to trade in your
copy of Army Men World War Final Front, if on the other hand you are looking to
buy a copy of the game you will be looking at a $9 outlay for a copy form
currently have two copies of the game available, both a complete used copies of
the game with discs in excellent condition with an 8/10 disc quality rating, they
are priced up at £4 each, please note these are PAL region copies so won’t work
on North American or Japanese consoles.
Next up is
eStarland.com who have one used copy of the game available, it is an incomplete
copy of the game which comes with the disc only and is priced up at $7.12. If
you are looking to trade in your copy of Army Men World War Final Front then
eStarland offer a trade in and will pay $6 for a copy of the game, with a 35% reduction
if there is no manual and a 30% reduction if there is no case.
Only a small supply
of copies of Army Men World War Final Front available on Amazon.com, a couple
of cheap copies in good condition priced between $5.40 and $6.50 but no
conformation these are complete copies though. For a guaranteed complete used
copy you are looking at a minimum of $15.30 for a Amazon fulfilled copy, which
comes with free shipping but you have to spend $25.
Another good quality
copy which comes complete with disc, manual, covers and case can be picked up
for a few cents over $17 which is the better offer if you don’t have Amazon
Prime or are no spending over $25. If you are looking for a like new copy you
will have to stump up a significant amount of money, with the two like new
copies currently on the market priced at $35.99 and $47.98 once you have added
in the shipping costs. For new copies at the time of writing there is just the
one copy on the market which will set you back $50.58.