gamers (96%) found this review helpful
This game is extrememly addicting! If you like turn-base strategy games, this is for you. I love building up a little army and holding back until I have a formidable force, then just go on an all out charge. The animations for shooting, exploding and soldiers dieing are pretty good! I've yet to get bored of seeing a tank blow up a scout or an anti-aircraft launcher take out a chopper. I honestly wasn't sure how much I would like the game and was hesistant to buy, but now I'm glad I did! My first sitdown with the game lasted 3-4hrs! The campaigns are fun and the maps vary nicely. You can also create your own maps for yourself or online play! I highly recommend this game. It's my #1 PSP game as of now!
posted by UVEBENOWND (DOWNERS GROVE, IL) Aug 17, 2006
Member since Apr 2006
gamers (100%) found this review helpful
I have played a lot of games in my day. I think only the latest Metal Gear or Resident Evil lasted longer than this game in terms of time to beat it. That is pretty impressive for a PSP game. Granted, sometimes I had to stop a level in the middle and did not save it properly, so all of my progress for the level was lost; however, some levels took many hours uninterrupted. Others were easily beaten on the first try and within the span of an hour.
I really dig strategy games like this one. If you enjoy StarCraft or Command & Conquer, you will enjoy this one, too. The storyline was a little weak, but the occasional curve thrown kept me interested.
I did not play online against other players once I beat the storybased game, so I cannot really comment on that portion. I never really play online except for 1st person games like SOCOM: Fireteam Bravo and Unreal Tournament. I expect that if you do enjoy playing strategy games against other gamers, that ability will more than justify purchasing the game. From the little I did explore of the online features, it seems like you have a lot of ability to setting up online matches in the way of terrain, weather, etc.
Overall, one of the most solid PSP games I've played and definitely worth renting. At times, I forgot I was even playing on the PSP.
gamers (92%) found this review helpful
A lot of people have been making comparisons to Advanced Wars & Dual Strike. Calling this a shameless rip off. Though the general game play and concept of turn based warfare are granted very similar, this is not a rip off. This game is one of only a handful of PSP gems. Field Commander is handheld video narcotics. It reminds me also of games like Star Craft, albeit much smaller in scale, and not nearly as time consuming or demanding the constant gathering, protecting, and spending resources for, storage, units, soldiers, and whatnot. Field Commander, is a exceptionally fun game! You are a commander of a military organization, and set out to embark upon many varied missions to defeat well armed militias, or rogue mercenary armies. There is a ton of strategy involved in this game. Making choices of what types of units to order up ranging from Grunt-Tank-Gun ships & submarines to list only a few is critical to your survival ad each campaign mission has different demands that require you to make good choices. Make the wrong choices and you're done. The missions are creative, and down right fun. Movement flows well shocking considering the PSP design. Sending your units to parts of the map is very easy and intuitive. FC comes packed with goodies, On line play, map design to wage your own wars setting your own objectives. Tons of varied items to unlock as you progress. This game has few flaws, namely the enemy AI is a little stupid. But I didn't find it nearly as easy as some have suggested. The difficulty level is well designed and lends to a very entertaining time. You can save any time you want. The graphics are excellent especially when the camera zooms in to a close up of the turn based battles. Field Commander is too much fun, and man is it hard to stop playing. Once you start making your own maps to wage war, you'll find replay value to be very high. Great game. I enjoyed this game so much so fast that I logged on to Game fly and bought it an hour later.