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 (105 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
13 of 15 people (87%) 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 full game. I have completed the game and so I can give you a more complete review. 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 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 games set in this war, 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. I have posted them separately here as I feel they are especially noteworthy;

• As a nod to their Second World War games, in two missions 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. To illustrate this, the game gives you the option to change between five different accuracy settings. So you can make it realistic or just play it easy with 100% accuracy.
• Every plane and helo has its own realistic cockpit which is modelled well. You can also look around them in full using the directional view controls.
• All missions require you to use more than one aircraft. You could be ferrying troops around in a Huey, then switch to an AH-1 Cobra gunship and lay waste to the NVA at the LZ. After, 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 are authentic in the amount of punishment 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 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 true to their real life counterparts, 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 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. Sometimes you will go missions without seeing a Mig of any kind. 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 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. It is perfectly playable with mouse and keyboard. Controller support is also available. The map areas are small only in some missions, keep playing 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 the devs 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 he is clearly speaking Japanese and not Vietnamese.

• The description for the F4U Corsair on the carrier is actually for a 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). Also 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 helo.

• 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 toward 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 a reason to put you in the war. In reality you fly a multitude of USN and USAF arcraft from 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.

• 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. Though the timing is strange when they chose to give you an aircraft sometimes. For example one mission starts off bombing in an F-4 Phantom, some Migs roll in and you are now flying A-4 Skyhawks. The bad AI makes this playable 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). 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 model a 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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4 of 6 people (67%) 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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2 of 3 people (67%) 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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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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127 of 161 people (79%) found this review helpful
15.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 26, 2013
The bad:
* Boring repetitive gameplay.
* Bad AI.
* Tiny maps.
* Awful quality of maps (ground textures are ugly, lack of objects).
* Graphics are not good (it may looks good on screenshots, but it ugly in motion) - trees and clouds are just plane sprites (reminds me of 2000th).
* Lack of achievements.
* No replay value.
* No simulator control scheme for gamepad.
* Dead and pointless multiplayer.
* Story. Your alter ego is muted. Why Thompson fight for so long? For what? There is no answer.

The good:
* Soundtrack.
* Relatively long campaign.
* About 20 authentic planes and copters.
* You can control up to 6 various aircraft at single mission and switch them freely.
* Random rescure MIA pilots from your squad are interesting for first 1-2 times.

Some additional thoughts:
This game has somekind of historical accuracy: Americans are bad - bombing civilians, spreading agent orange, napalming villages. But if you don't like to be bad, you don't like to play this game. Well, if you American - you may like such "patriotism".
It is the worst game of the Air Conflicts series.
If you want to get flight arcade game look at HAWX1-2 (better graphics, better gameplay, better replay value) or Ace Combat (fun gameplay).

I think it is very mediocre - this game is surely not my best buy.
Metacritics score: ~44 (http://www.metacritic.com/game/pc/air-conflicts-vietnam)
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67 of 79 people (85%) found this review helpful
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 29, 2013
This game could be the single reason I may never pre-purchase anything again. While this developer has put out some VERY nice work in the past Air Conflicts: Vietnam isn't one of them. There are two huge flaws that are pretty much impossible to overlook. The first one that really hits you in the face are the small maps. Imagine trying to fly a jet inside the airspace of a tennis court. Then imagine trying to fight a battle in that same cramped space. its not very practical. So you spend much of the game flying out of bounds which is no fun and I would say makes the game unplayable. Second are the graphics. They didn't look that stellar in the trailers but I will normally ignore minor graphic issues in exchange for good game play. Unfortunately the graphics are far worse than in the trailers. Jaggy beyond redemption is probably the best term to describe it and no GPU or tweaking is going to fix it. Air Conflicts: Vietnam would need a complete overhaul of its graphics and maps to be reasonably playable. Hopefully the developer will eventually roll out some patches to make this a more enjoyable game. It could happen, I guess, but right now the game isn't ready for prime time.
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46 of 54 people (85%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 11, 2013
I can't recommend this game. Graphically it's very messy for something this recent. Controls wise it is likewise messed up, without much functionality for changing the axis of various manuevers. In the jets, C-123 etc, there isn't even an independent rudder/aileron control that I've found-so if you pull up then want to roll, it ends up sending you in some crazy direction of its own devising. (I've played it with mouse/keyboard and 360 controller; it's possible that it's better/more adjustable with a joystick but the game turned me off so much I didn't go to the trouble of plugging in my stick)

The maps are tiny (so tiny that in a jet, I went from out of bounds to out of bounds in less than 10 seconds while trying to kill a MiG) and the voice acting is corny at best.

I hoped that the helicopter mode would be better, but no. Clunky controls, no way to change rudder/attitude controls, massively sluggish yaw. No challenge in attack chopper so far-you sit back in your AH-1 and lob in rockets from way outside the range of the enemy.

This game would have been good ten or fifteen years ago. As a 2013 title, noooo way.

Definitely not worth $30; I would probably still regret this purchase if it was $10. Very disappointed.
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41 of 53 people (77%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 20, 2013
Story line is not good, could of been overlooked if Flight physics were more realistic. I would love to see more Vietnam war games because I am a Huey Fan but this one is just no good, If I could get a refund and return I would...
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35 of 46 people (76%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 24, 2013
it is terrable
DO NOT BUY IT
waste of money for a new game, bad interface,graphics actually everthing is bad about it
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17 of 20 people (85%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 20
This is an incredibly awful, horrible, terrible, no good, very bad game. I am mad as hell that I spent thirty bucks on this grognard of a game and can't get a refund. Don't be like me -- I hope you read the reviews first before buying.
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16 of 19 people (84%) found this review helpful
5.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 20
Worst arcade flight sim I ever play!!! Absolutely horrible. Outdated graphics even with max setting, poor voice acting, control schemas and gameplay mechanism. Controls are so bad that you can hardly play the game right, especially on helicopter missions. DON"T WASTE YOU MONEY ON THIS!!!
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8 of 11 people (73%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 9
Air Conflicts: Vietnam is disappointing to me seeing as I really liked the previous Air Conflicts games. The previous games were all about fast arcade-style air-to-air and air-to-ground combat in large open arenas, and Vietnam basically gets all of those points wrong. The maps are very small and often obscured by low fog, so you're constantly going past the map's walls. The controls are fiddly and strange, nothing at all like the fluidity of Air Conflicts: Pacific Carriers (which I think is the high point of the franchise).

By far the worst thing about the game is that it interrupts gameplay to deliver cutscenes after the completion of each goal, and these interruptions are frequent. Your goal might be to take out three AA emplacements — which you'll get done within 1-3 minutes since the maps are so small — and then you'll sit through a 20 or 30 second cutscene with hammy voice acting. This will happen about five times per mission.

Give this a miss and try out Pacific Carriers instead. Secret Wars is okay too. I regret buying this game.
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8 of 11 people (73%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 19
Pro: Nice graphics

Cons: very small playing areas. stupid controls (this is NOT a flight simulator). aircraft present in campaigns that did not exist in RL .And my favorite: The Vietnamese are SPEAKING JAPANESE! Aparently, the makers didn't think we might know the difference.

what a waste of money..
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8 of 14 people (57%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 26, 2013
map is to small and hard to control the plane
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 22
The game is OK, but there's this one mission to where you fail it automatically. though. Tried redoing the mission multiple times, but still cannot get past it, it's a glitch that killed this game for me.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 11
This game is an insult to the great and classic jet of the vietnam war
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 20
Terrible graphics, poor voice acting, uncontrollable aircraft, tiny maps, and you can't set your own control scheme. If you're looking for a flying game then go elsewhere, because there is nothing good here
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
22.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 20
This is possibly the worst game of 2013.

the history is wrong (F-105 on an aircraft carrier? NVA with fleets of helicopters? and on and on and on), the graphics are tat least 5 yeras out of date, the maps are TINY, and the gamplay is horrible.

AVOID AT ALL COSTS.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 12
Crude, clumsy control system, arcade-y gameplay without even an interesting storyline or the fun pace of arcade play to hold it up. Brainless, helpless "opponents" that sit there waiting to be shot.

Massively over-sensitive controls even on lowest sensitivity - and no physics model to speak of.

Jet flight without a rudder control. Helicopter flight where direction, pitch and elevation are totally independent.

Your biggest opponent in this game is the teeny tiny cramped geo-fence it forces you to operate a supersonic jet within.
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