The U.S. Army is the most powerful ground force in the entire world. The backbone of a ground invasion is the U.S. Army Infantry, and in the midst of combat, their skills, courage, and teamwork are put to the test. While readiness continues to be the U.S. Army's top priority, how it goes about its business is changing.
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Release Date: Sep 21, 2004

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The U.S. Army is the most powerful ground force in the entire world. The backbone of a ground invasion is the U.S. Army Infantry, and in the midst of combat, their skills, courage, and teamwork are put to the test.
While readiness continues to be the U.S. Army's top priority, how it goes about its business is changing. Full Spectrum Warrior began as a training aid for the U.S. Army to reinforce Army doctrine and team effort within the troops. It is the most realistic portrayal of Infantry-level urban warfare via unique tactical action gameplay. Players become the Squad Leader, commanding Alpha and Bravo squads. There is potential for danger down every alley, behind every window. Watch those angles folks, we've got a job to do here. Hooah!
  • Unique combination of tactical and action gameplay.
  • Authentic implementation of U.S. Army Infantry doctrine.
  • Simple control scheme lets you command eight soldiers in real time.
  • Squad equipment reflects real weaponry and equipment currently in use by the U.S. Army.
  • Immersive urban environments with danger around every corner.
  • 2-player co-op, each player controls one fire team.
  • Includes 2 exclusive bonus levels not available on Xbox.

System Requirements

    Minimum: Windows 2000/XP (only), AMD Athlon 1 GHz or Pentium III 1 GHz, 256 MB RAM, DirectX 9.0b-compatible graphics card from NVIDIA or ATI, GeForce 3 and higher, ATI Radeon 8500 and higher, DirectX 9.0b-compatible sound card, 1.5 GB Free Hard Drive Space, Broadband Internet Connection (for multiplayer)

    Recommended: Windows XP, AMD Athlon XP 2000+ and above OR Pentium 4 2GHz and above, 512 MB RAM or greater, GeForce 4 Ti and higher or ATI Radeon 9500 and higher, DirectX 9.0b-compatible sound card, SoundBlaster Audigy preferred
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 9
Full Spectrum Warrior is a great game, though it is old, and it clearly shows. I remember playing this game on the origianl Xbox, and I enjoyed it so much that I remember that I ended up writing a report on it, as well as doing some research on it as well. Originally an Army idea to train soldiers, the game gave also saw the rise of another training aid that replaced the game, and created a bit of a controversy.

The game uses the typical Army scenario of a conflict in a made up country, using information from real world areas to make up things like demographics. You end up taking command of a squad, composed of two fireteams that mirror eachother in layout but have some different characters that attempt to give you a connection to the men; sort of giving them life. Going through various missions, you will occasionally pick up a Charlie team to help complete objectives, and utilize the sitrep system to save your progress.

The game can be tough, as it requires you to be a mix of cautious but aggressive. You need to use both teams to effectively move around the mission area, and to obviously complete your objective; this idea will get hammered into your brain fairly often and early on. Teammembers can get wounded, though I do believe the limit is one per team, and anymore then that will cause the mission to fail. If a teammember is wounded you only have so long to get to them before they bleed out, at that point one of your other soldiers must firemen carry, and you need to drop him back off at a CASEVAC/Resupply point; this eliminates another soldier from being combat effective. Though once you pick him up you can take your sweet time.

The game is not an FPS, not a TPS, if you haven't guessed already. Instead it is a real time squad tactics game, with some somewhat lackluster camera angles. However its a good buy that will keep you busy for several hours to say the least, and it has sequal out that adds some cool new features as well; like buddyteams. A fun game, and perhaps it connects more to me since I played it when it came out, and it harks back to those military days. Embrace the suck without actually embracing the suck.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 26
Sadly i am unable to play this fantastic game. The game just refuses to start up after multiple downloads. I think it has something to do with Windows 10. This, and this reason alone, is why i am leaving a negative reveiw. The game was fantastic and is one of my favorite childhood memories :( wish i could play it on the PC
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64 of 77 people (83%) found this review helpful
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 26, 2013
This is a very tentative recommendation. I really want to love this game to bits. It creates a really interesting small scale tactical experience that I've never seen in another game. It is not a shooter. Don't expect something like Conflict Desert Storm.

The problem is this game is fairly broken. There's horrendous performance issues and the sound is bugged to hell.

The performance issues are largely caused by the game constantly trying to contact a server that no longer exists. To find this you can add the following line to your hosts file: ""

If you don't know what a hosts file is you probably shouldn't try to attempt this. It's a system file and that means it's serious business.

The sound problems have no simple fix. You'll just have to live with constantly glitched sound if you want to experience this game.
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44 of 48 people (92%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
12.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 30, 2013
A perennial favorite, FSW has always been dogged by being a game that is difficult to pigeonhole. Is it a third-person cover-based shooter? Is it a strategy game? Is it a puzzle game? It is a unique combination of all three that combined forms a whole greater than its parts. Unfortunately, gamers expecting a single genre tended to be discouraged by this unusual mix and the game never got the recognition it deserved.

Despite its age - and all the technical difficulties that entails running it on a modern PC - the game's visuals remain surprisingly attractive, and it is not difficult to lose oneself in the fantasy of a fighting through the streets of the war-torn Middle East. There numerous incidental animations - be it a civilian scurrying for shelter, birds scattering as you approach or the laundry flapping in the wind - make the game's world seem alive and keep you on your toes at the same time.

But it's the gameplay that is the real star; leading my two squads through the dangerous, twisting streets of fictional Zekistan felt more realistic and true-to-life than all the Calls of Duty - or even Arma - games combined. Your crew's limited toolset - a handful of movement and attack options - are more than sufficient to engage and defeat the enemy if combined with a bit of cunning. It is almost puzzle like; "If I move fireteam Alpha /here/ and then toss smoke like this, the enemy will react like /that/, allowing me to maneuver fireteam Bravo into position /there/!" Figuring out the optimal method to not only kill the enemies but also do so in a way that minimizes casualties and ammunition use is amazingly satisfying (fortunately, for those less talented, you can often "brute-force" your way through most challenges). The game's difficulty curve is gradual and never overwhelming.

The AI is not particularly skilled but can at times be gratingly tenacious, and failing to keep your team in cover will often result in the quick loss of several soldiers. Fortunately, the tangos' skill set is even less complex than that of your troops - mostly they just hunker down behind some cover and take potshots at you, although a few do use grenades - but they make up for this deficit with numbers and being well placed. Attempt to maneuver around them and they often - but not always - will seek new shelter, requiring you to trap them between your two teams coming at them from different directions. The occasional heavy weapon (rocket launcher or machine gun), tank or technical adds to the challenge and variety. Unfortunately - and this is the greatest fault of the game - the initial locations of the enemies is hard-coded into each level, which greatly reduces the replayability of the game. Best of all, once the mission is over, you can watch a replay to relive your successes (or failures), and even - should you chose - jump into the action at any point. Would that other games offered this feature!

Released in 2004, Full Spectrum Warrior can be difficult to get working on modern computers; in my case, I had to edit my HOSTS file, tinker with the soundcard settings and muck around in a configuration file before I got acceptable performance from the game. Even then, the dialogue was filled with pops and crackles. Nonetheless, the quality of the game was well worth the effort.

Full Spectrum Warrior remains one of the forgotten classics of gaming and those willing to go into the experience with an open mind will be well rewarded with a challenging and exciting game.
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33 of 37 people (89%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
6.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 29, 2014
I love this game, but it just plain doesn't run on Windows 8 or Windows 7. I really wish they would patch it so it would run on the newer OS' or better yet create some sequels.
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42 of 60 people (70%) found this review helpful
235.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 22, 2014
One of the best damn military games out there.
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15 of 18 people (83%) found this review helpful
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 20, 2014
The original pulisher use to be THQ but it was mostly sold off towards the new owners Nordic Games. So far there has not been any attempt to provide an official forum sticky of contacting for support regarding games they now own the best way to contact them is to reach them via the store page and look under info. I' am operating with Win 7 Home edition. The game works alright but just a warning this is an older title so this will not be the "best" in sound or video by todays standards. There are common reports of audio "clicking" or the game completely unable to start. So please make sure to check with Nordic Games about issues with graphics, OS, or any other problem. This game is ONLY compatible with Windows XP, 2000. So even if you run this program in compatibility mode it still might not work. I use to play this game on the original Xbox back in 2005 I believe.

I had alot of fun when I played this before and for me this game had alot of replay factor. I still have not played the 2nd one yet but I do own both. I found that using a controller was easier for this game's mechanics involving orders and camera movment. It is not so bad using the keyboard and mouse, just have to get use to it.

As this title is around 10 years old, I would recommend you look elsewhere for a newer game. Your time (and money) will be better spent.

In the end the choice is all up to you. Thanks for reading!

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13 of 15 people (87%) found this review helpful
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 2, 2015
For anyone worried it works fine on my windows 8 so dont see why it wouldnt on others and its a sick game even if you never did play it back in the day!
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18 of 25 people (72%) found this review helpful
13.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 14, 2015
great game from my childhood
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 19, 2015
An old game that still stands the test of time.I had a disk of this game but after a while I could not play it anymore.The game can be hard but what fun.The scenario is almost like being ripped from the news.The graphics are dated but that does not stop this from being good.
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1.8 hrs
Posted: October 22
Love this game! So glad, I get to play this game again. And, relive my childhood!
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15.1 hrs
Posted: July 24
FSW is a difficult game to rate. It is a SIMULATION of infantry tactics, not strictly a game. Careful deployment of soldiers and proper use of cover and overwatch is what will win the day and bring them back alive at the end of the day, not heroic charge. Despite the look, this is NOT a FPS, but a third-person game where you give commands to your four man team or split the team into two halves and have them coordinate in pausable real-time.

The problem with this game is the commands are clunky, and the campaign is... difficult. The autosave don't seem to kick in at the right time. Being a 2004 game graphics are subpar but good for its days, and each "level" had to be approached like a tactical puzzle. Do you setup watch in this corner? Flank? Do you have enough ammo? Where is the CASEVAC point? Failure to use good infantry tactics will result in massive casualties, and sometimes, even if you did use tactics, sometimes, Murphy's Law applies and you will lose nonetheless.

So should you get this game? IMHO, no. THQ is no more and its assets had been sold off to various bidders who don't really have any more support for it. And I personally think the FPS: Close Combat: First to Fight is a better sim for infantry tactics as its a true FPS with squad ordering, more visceral that way.
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0.5 hrs
Posted: July 10
Unfortunately this doesn't seem to open after installation, and hangs my laptop requiring a reset. I am running windows 10. Reccomendation, do not purchase on steam.

But the game was great when I played it back in the day on Xbox.
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15.2 hrs
Posted: July 2
It's like going back to Iraq for the 3rd time. Oh wait.
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19.8 hrs
Posted: June 15
really good game that not many people remember from back in the day, it is sad the devs went under and sold to a company that will do nothing with the IP. alot of people dont like the game due to not being able to labe it as a genre. for me the worst part was the voice acting was far from desirable IMO. top game play you wont find in many other games however fun gameplay that makes you think some what and curse at monitor.
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5.1 hrs
Posted: March 27
very good game
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0.8 hrs
Posted: February 29
It's kind of like dust II but everyone plays very very slot for picks.
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13.6 hrs
Posted: February 25
games not half bad, the combat enviroment isnt allways the same like it is in conflict desert storm the enemy typiclly does something diffrent then the last so be causious.
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