The Vietnam War, one of the most explosive and violent wars of all time. You are Joe Thompson, an intrepid and patriotic pilot fighting to uphold the values of his country. This war will be the ultimate test for Joe and will irrevocably change his relationship with his family.
User reviews: Mostly Negative (103 reviews)
Release Date: Oct 2, 2013
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About This Game

The Vietnam War, one of the most explosive and violent wars of all time. You are Joe Thompson, an intrepid and patriotic pilot fighting to uphold the values of his country. This war will be the ultimate test for Joe and will irrevocably change his relationship with his family.

Take a seat in the cockpit of fighter planes and helicopters and plunge right into daredevil aerial battles above the jungles of Vietnam!
Prepare for a mind-blowing flight simulation with exotic landscapes, detailed airplane models and challenging missions that will put your piloting skills to the ultimate test.

KEY FEATURES

  • Experience fast-paced and explosive aerial combat above exotic jungle landscapes!
  • Go on high-speed chases through the skies and complete special helicopter missions that will require you to use of every last piece of equipment you have aboard the chopper!
  • Let yourself be swept along by a captivating and emotional story and live through both heroic moments and the ugly side of war!
  • Individually customize your airplanes and helicopters and equip them with realistic weapons!
  • Accomplish the extra-long campaign on your own or prove your worth as a pilot in a variety of multiplayer modes!

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP/7/8/Vista
    • Processor: Intel Duo 2.0GHz or compatible
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX 9.0 compatible graphics card (Nvidia GeForce 8800GTX+ or compatible with Shader Model 3.0)
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 5 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX compatible soundcard
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows XP/7/8/Vista
    • Processor: Intel i5 2.5GHz or compatible
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX 9.0 compatible graphics card (Nvidia GeForce GTX 260+ or compatible with Shader Model 3.0)
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 5 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX compatible soundcard
    Minimum:
    • OS: OSX 10.8
    • Processor: Intel Core i5 1.3GHz or compatible
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 3.2+ compatible graphics card (with GLSL 1.5 support)
    • Hard Drive: 11 GB available space
    • Sound Card: PulseAudio supported soundcard
    Recommended:
    • OS: OSX 10.9
    • Processor: Intel Core i5 2.7GHz or compatible
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 3.2+ compatible graphics card (with GLSL 1.5 support)
    • Hard Drive: 11 GB available space
    • Sound Card: PulseAudio supported soundcard
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 13.04 or higher (or any similarly equipped distribution)
    • Processor: Intel Core2 @2.0GHz or compatible
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 3.2+ compatible graphics card (with GLSL 1.5 support)
    • Hard Drive: 11 GB available space
    • Sound Card: PulseAudio supported soundcard
    Recommended:
    • OS: Ubuntu 14.04 or higher (or any similarly equipped distribution)
    • Processor: Intel i5 @2.5GHz or compatible
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 3.2+ compatible graphics card (with GLSL 1.5 support)
    • Hard Drive: 11 GB available space
    • Sound Card: PulseAudio supported soundcard
Helpful customer reviews
1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 10
There are good and bad things about this game but I like it. Most people who have posted reviews have only played about one quarter of the game. it is a pure arcade game. And this game tells a good story about the Vietnam War.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 28
Game on Linux is not on par with the Windows version. Same water issues as their older game.
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0.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 26
nice achievements
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11 of 13 people (85%) found this review helpful
9.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 15
There are good and bad things about this game but I like it. Most people who have posted reviews have only played about one quarter of the game. What they say is not 100% true and you can’t take it as a good representation of the game. This game, though I do love it, is not worth the £22.99 price tag. If you like the look of this game, wait until it is on sale! I have completed the game, so I can give you a more complete review.

I will start off by saying that this is not a simulator, it is a pure arcade game. I normally prefer sims but I find this one really fun. Plus there is not much choice for Vietnam War games, so we can’t be picky. It is however very authentic while not being entirely realistic and I think this is one of its greatest strengths.

In addition to all the good and bad points I will make about this game. I would like to mention a few cool little things, which maybe over looked first. I have posted them separately here as I feel they are especially noteworthy;

• As a nod to their Second World War games, in game you can find the wrecks of an F4U Corsair and an A6M Zero. If you collect them and complete the mission they will then be added to your inventory and you can fly them in custom battles.
• Air to air missiles were still unreliable in Vietnam and were not that reliable. To show this, the game gives you the option to change between five different accuracy settings. So you can make it realistic or just have a good time.
• Every plane and helo has its own realistic cockpit which is modelled well and you can look around it in full using the direction view controls while in the cockpit view.
• All missions require you to use more than one aircraft. You could be ferrying troops around in your Huey. Switch to an AH-1 Cobra gunship, lay waste to the NVA at the LZ. Then switch back to the Huey and drop the troops.

The following points will be positive and specifically what I like about the game, from my stand point (liking more realistic games);

Damage models of aircraft, authentically represent the amount of punishment those aircraft would take in real life. With the exception of the helos, which are like flying tanks but if they weren’t it would make the missions impossible. For example the F-100 is well represented compared to say the F-105 which is capable of sustaining a lot more damage. The visual model also reflects damage taken.

Though the flight models are arcady, there is an hair of realism here also with the speeds and manoeuvrability which planes can achieve.

The weaponry the aircraft carry is true to the era and well depicted in game. The armament of aircraft, is very accurate to their real life counter parts. Like the four auto cannons of the F-8 Crusader. You can use many types of munitions in game; unguided/guided bombs, rockets, Agent Orange, Napalm and many more! All with accurate and limited ammo counts. Though the lack of an AIM-7 Sparrow leaves you just the AIM-9 Sidewinders and your gun for air to air combat.

There are a lot of ground units and planes which are all very well modelled in game. You will most likely get acquainted with these fairly quickly, as there is a lot of ground attack in this game. Just like the real war in Vietnam, this game heavily features ground attack and support missions. And sometimes you will go missions without seeing a Mig of any kind to kill. I feel that this realistically represents the air war in Vietnam but it may be a thing to keep in mind, if you just want to kill planes. Though there is an instant action game mode where you can just fight AI.

The missions are very varied and the terrain looks good. The campaign contains about 8-9hrs of missions and it takes you from the very start of the war, right to the end. You see a wide array of famous battles including the Tet Offensive and Hamburger Hill. Missions are plentiful in number and type here. These missions are interesting and show a side to the Vietnam War which is not often seen.

To address some of the common complaints about this game. The controls are a little strange but after a little while you get used to it and it is perfectly playable with mouse and keyboard. Controller support is also available. The map areas are small only in some missions. Keep playing though and you will see that is far from the norm. In a lot of missions I never saw the edges of the map.

This doesn’t mean the game is without flaws though. There are also a lot of other strange things the devs did, which could be considered as flews that I will address here also;

• The AI is not that great. They only serve to be annoying to you when they are either in great numbers or are attacking other aircraft you have to protect. This is not so much of a big deal as I have mentioned. Killing Migs is not the main portion of this game. In the custom battles against them you can ramp up the number to make it more challenging but even then. It is still not that great.

• The missions sometimes start you facing the opposite way to the direction you are meant to be heading.

• They obviously used a lot of assets from their previous Second World War titles and this ends up with some odd experiences. There are a few different ships in the game for the US but apart from the USS Enterprise, they are all Second World War destroyers and submarines. The US also use Sherman tanks but they took the time to make T-55s, PT-76s and ZSUs for the NVA. Even then, for some strange reason, the NVA sometimes use Second World War Japanese tanks.

• There is also a part in the game where an NVA soldier is talking but his is clearly speaking Japanese and not Vietnamese.

• The description for the F4U Corsair on the carrier, is actually for the F4F Wildcat.

• When in the gunner view in helos, you can throw grenades out of the helo to kill tanks in one hit (though your MG will kill them eventually) and your MG is a Browning M2 50.cal and not the iconic M60 ‘Pig’ so synonymous with the Vietnam War and the UH-1 Huey.

• When you pass other planes and helos at close range, it sounds to me a bit like you are passing a prop plane. Not a jet or anything else.

• The voice acting and overall plot is pretty bad. Though what they were going for is a true story and highlights many aspects of the US’s feelings during the Vietnam War. It was ultimately executed poorly and could have been much better.

• You play the role of a navy pilot but like the story it is more of filler than anything else, just to get you in the war. In reality you fly a multitude of aircraft from all branches of the US military at the time. As you are in the navy, you operate off a carrier and it is a little weird seeing planes like the F-105 and F-100 on their sometimes.

• You don’t get to pick your planes for the missions (not even when you go bad and play it again). This is not a terrible thing though, as you are given the planes you need with the payloads you need to do the missions you are set. Though it is strange sometimes when they chose to give you an aircraft. For example one mission starts off bombing and you are in an F-4 Phantom. Some Migs roll in and you are now flying A-4 Skyhawks. The bad AI makes this doable but it just struck me as very strange.

• Multiplayer does not work unless you are in the beta version. This Beta also adds more features not in the standard version.

• The cut scene graphics are worse than the in-game ones (not saying those are bad) and they often look out of focus and as if they have motion blur on them.

• With all of these problems, I just found it hilarious that there is a wide array of sea life in the Gulf of Tonkin, which is only seen in one mission. Whales, dolphins…it just makes me think why they didn’t make an M48 Patton instead.

I hope this review helped you. Take into consideration everything I have said, before you decide to make the purchase but remember. Do not buy this game at full price!
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 22
Love it :)
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 3
Summary: Good in concept, poor in execution.

The game is Air Conflicts: Vietnam and it is exactly what it claims to be. It's an arcade flying game where you use various aircraft types and styles to partake in the Vietnam war. Your initial and very quick "tutorial" is based on checking out your flight controls to ensure they function properly. It's a good way to "hide" a tutorial, but one problem exists that plagues every single mission in this game. Let's talk about it...

Most modern military games like those of the Battlefield series are limited by the size of map it's possible to have, and Air Conflicts: Vietnam is no different. To keep players on the map they institute map edge boundries that will warn you first and then proceed to "kill" you if you remain off the map. In most games this is kept tactfully in the map display as to not ruin the immersion of the player. In this game, however, that map limit is visibly gridded in the sky and even changes to red when you get close to it. I constantly felt like I was performing air combat inside a box rather than fighting in Vietnam, and a small box to be sure. That's my next complaint. For a game where FLIGHT is the main form of travel, the map areas are EXTREMELY small. I found myself having to climb and then dive at bombing targets because there really was no way to setup a decent bombing run.

The graphics, sounds, and other things in the game are really nicely done. I really liked how the ground was laid out, with trees, camps, and proper texturing of the foliage. It was very well done in that respect. Sadly you rarely got to see any of it because you were constantly avoiding running into the walls in the sky. If I could say one thing to the developers it would be to enlarge the maps. Everything else is beautiful, but the small map size turned me away from this game in under 15 minutes of playing (4 missions completed).

Because of that, I'm sorry to say, this is one game I can't recommend and am glad I got it as part of a bundle.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 9
I would like to recommend this game. It does have potential for the casual combat flight game. It is NOT a sim by any definition I would use. However it can be fun. That being said, I have found that many people are in the same situation that I find myself. Operation Gamewarden is a two part mission. The first part you are flying a F-4 Phantom. Not bad. The second part you are flying a Chinook low to drop seals and must remain undetected. The helicopter controls are a bit clunky but with some work you can get the hang of them. After spending more time than I care to admit trying to complete this mission, I have given up. It seems rediculous that this game is ruined by one impossible mission. One mission that you can't just skip. I really would have liked to seen what else this game held, but I think the "Cong" made this game so only they can win.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 16
Reports of this game's flaws are largely exaggerated.

In the case of Air Conflicts: Vietnam while many of the complaints are valid they are also blown way out of proportion. The game's controls are a tad on the sensitive side and take some adjusting to, but they are simple and easy to learn. I have yet to run into a mission I could not complete, although the allied AI is certainly useless 99% of the time, but this does not stop the game from being enjoyable. The soundtrack is great, if not a little repetative. This is definitely not Ace Combat, but it also doesn't need to be to do what it does well.

Pros:
-Good Soundtrack
-Good mix of fighter, bomber, attack helo, and support helo
-Simple Controls for easy access to non-simulator flying fans

Cons:
-Brainless ally AI

Needs Work:
-Voice Acting
-Script Writing(generally we call it anti-air and not double A)

Overall, if you want a period game that you can quickly pick up play for a bit and then put down without a hastle, this is it. Though I suggest grabbing it when it's on sale, like I did, it's fun just not full price game fun.
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 2
Very poor functionality, terrible controls, almsot impossible to accurately bomb anything to get ast first mission, a complete WASTE. S much more could have been done with this game.
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 18
If you want a flight rim, DO NOT BUY! Worst controls of any game I've ever played, and no option for a proper simulation mode with real aircraft controls. Waste of money no matter how cheap it is.
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1 of 4 people (25%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 11
Should be removed from Steam.
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1 of 4 people (25%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 23
You can not call this a flight simulation. The control is arcade.
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1 of 4 people (25%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 3
Glad I picked this game up on sale, bad controls, very dated gfx, extreamly tiny maps, bad ai and whoever desined the control scheme for the helis needs to be fired and never work on another game again.
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1 of 4 people (25%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 25
Graphics are awful, even maxed out. Controls are awful, it's like flying a brick. Music is annoying and not very Nam-ish. Glad I didn't pay full price for it. :(
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1 of 4 people (25%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 7
this game is TERRIBLE! it looked good , cool planes from vietnam war era...but u cant fly them due HORRIBLE controls! u spend more time !@^%@^& spinning around upside-down and all over the place and by the time u straiten out u have flown out of the 50 square meter map! terrible game even for a quik arcade shooter.
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1 of 5 people (20%) found this review helpful
151.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 1
Best Game I ever Played
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0 of 3 people (0%) found this review helpful
7.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 19
Reduce the price to 10 Euros ,add bigger Maps ,a multiplayer with Russian and American Jets/Helicopters work on the helicopters handling and you would have saved the game completly!
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1 of 6 people (17%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 2
Insanely difficult
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5 of 15 people (33%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 11
this game suck donkys bum this the second worst game i have played. how ever i do believe than nothing will beat velvet assassin as the worst game EVER
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1 of 8 people (13%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 6
i spend only 9,9euros (from shop) for this ♥♥♥♥!!
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