U.S. Army Announces FPS Game

[[America's Army]]

The U.S. Army unveiled America's Army, an innovative, realistic computer game providing civilians with an inside perspective and a virtual role in today's premiere land force, the U.S. Army. America's Army players will experience soldiering in a state-of-the-art new manner.
The America's Army game blends two vivid simulations: Soldiers, a role-playing portion in which players navigate life's challenges to achieve goals, and a first-person action game, called Operations.

Developed by the U.S. Army and a world-class team of Department of Defense experts in simulations and virtual environments, America's Army will be available in August. The Army will distribute America's Army for free in response to requests at America's Army and GoArmy.com, through distribution partners that include leading computer game magazines, at Army events, at recruiting stations, and through internet download. The game is rated T for Teen by the Entertainment Software Ratings Board.

Anticipating large-scale distribution this summer, the Army unveiled the game at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), the computer and video games industry's major convention in Los Angeles.

[[Soldiers]]

In the Soldiers role-playing portion, players undergo Army training and adventures while encountering tactical, technical and physical challenges - similar to issues soldiers might face in their first tour of duty while on and off duty. Importantly, players manage their character's goals, values and resources. Each player chooses specific soldier attributes, career, and personal goals to achieve. As each goal is met, another is set. Values are integral to how the player guides a character while they coordinate six resources to determine how fast their character reaches a goal.

Each time a soldier-character encounters a new challenge or life choice, the game uses a revolutionary real-time story engine to generate new screenplays, dialogue, scenes, sounds and actions to carry the character through a personalized story. This link between player's actions and choices results in nearly infinite story possibilities. The game features text-to-voice technology allowing for personalized simulations while combining animation with photo realistic background images.

[[Operations]]

The action-packed Operations portion allows up to 32 players to enter into virtual service with the U.S. Army on the same unit mission. Players begin their virtual Army experience as a recruit with an anonymous user name to experience challenging Army missions from a first-person perspective. Developed using the latest version of Epic Games' Unreal Engine and optimized for NVIDIA GeForce2 graphics processors, Operations features 20 single and multiplayer missions.
Training missions build player capabilites -- from navigating Fort Benning's obstacle course to parachute drops in preparation for assignment to the 82nd Airborne Division. Multiplayer missions are played free on a virtual playing field online with web servers hosted by HomeLAN.

Multiplayer missions are organized into assignment tours, such as being part of the 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry) or the 75th Ranger Regiment. To join a multiplayer game, the players must complete the appropriate training. Gamers use realistic equipment and authentic military hardware. Teamwork, leadership and the benefits of training are emphasized. As in any team effort, communication is key: gamers use different speech, whispers, shouts, radio messages and -- in a game industry first -- genuine military hand and arm signals. Borrowing a page from Army force-on-force training methods, players always perceive they always are on the U.S. team.

The two games are interlaced, with experiences and attributes accumulated during gameplay in one game shaping adventures and opportunities in the other. Players can jump from one game to another to find out additional mission and career information and learn hints to help them advance.

America's Army is an amazing product and hats off to the US Army for being bold enough to make this project happen, said Jay Wilbur, strategic advisor to Epic Games, a leading game development company. This game will deliver the public an immersive, realistic, behind-the-scenes Army experience wrapped into a cutting-edge game that raises the bar for computer entertainment products.

The Assistant Secretary of the Army for Manpower and Reserve Affairs is the proponent for America's Army. Game development was directed and managed by the U.S. Military Academy's Office of Economic & Manpower Analysis at West Point. The staff of the Modeling, Virtual Environment and Simulation Institute, masters and doctoral students at the military's post-graduate education facility in Monterey, Calif., developed the game's highly realistic simulations and situations. The development team worked with leading firms such as Epic Games, NVIDIA, THX Division of Lucasfilm Ltd., Dolby Laboratories, Lucasfilm Skywalker Sound, HomeLAN, and GameSpy Industries.

Through the efforts of the more than 1.2 million soldiers in the active Army, Army National Guard and Army Reserve the U.S. Army is the world's premiere land force. Today, more than 210,000 soldiers stand guard in defense of freedom in over 120 foreign countries. Army soldiers are on the frontline in the ongoing war on terrorism and joint-service missions for the Department of Defense. The Army will be 227 years old on June 14 and is major part of a Transformation revolution for America's future national defense needs. For more information on the Army, go to GoArmy.com.

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U.S. Army Announces FPS Game

Like coins have 2 sides so this question of pro-americans vs anti-americans has.In my humble opinion americans, or at least and solely their politians, are a bunch of leeches!Yes americans came helping in vanishing Nazi threat. But yes they also managed to create a war in the Balcans, just when Euro was raising up and surpassing dollar!I'm not saying America is bad and the others are good. Far from it.Everyone has it's secrets, but who has them in great number usually dont holds them all.Back to game review, well hasn't seen it yet. But it looks promising. And yet, FREE! Nice for gamers, to bad for those who will get influenced by the game and join the army.-----------------//----------------Wanna fight? Go get Trivial Pursuit!-----------------//----------------

U.S. Army Announces FPS Game

Why is that, almost every Pro-American voice here, is as ARROGANT, SELF-RIGHTEOUS and CONCIETED, as the world thinks Americans are? Hmmm... shut the f**k up and don't give the rest of us decent Americans a bad image, will ya!

U.S. Army Announces FPS Game

this game looks sw33t but I am just expecting a typical computer war games and I bet it will be just like delta force land warrior.the "fr33" part is real good but to give it away for free they musn't be puting too much effort into it. Unless they are fealing generous for taking so much tax money haha.being rated T for teen will mean no disembembment (or whatever it called. (flying limbs in otherwords)) so there will definately be no realism.

U.S. Army Announces FPS Game

Yo, I don't know exactly how bad it could be if it is free, I'd love to just get a free cd and screw around with it, see if I can pop the training guys in the face, ya know, ne way, I am looking forward to getting a free game once it comes out. P.S., no offense to anyone, but is it that you can't spell, or that you just type crappy or don't give a shit, cuz some posts I can't even understand.

U.S. Army Announces FPS Game

I guess we know now what right wing militias and terrorist groups will be using for training. Its bad enough after events like columbine that people should blame video games for violent behavior but using video games as a propoganda tool is unwise. I think they should stick to making bombers and jar head soldiers while the gaming companies stick to making the good games we all love.

U.S. Army Announces FPS Game

If this is supposed to be realistic it'll be as boring as hell. By the time the player gets to go on a mission the target will have been blown to crap by weeks of airstrikes. And the enemy will have f*cked off when he gets there anyway.No wonder it's gonna be free...

U.S. Army Announces FPS Game

i agree with spikeif it is rated T there wont be dead ppl everywhere without arms and shite.so there fore it cant be realisticthe army has shitloads of money...so putting a few privates on "game making duty" wouldnt cost f**k all...hence the free part...but i bet its a lame"ish" attempt to get a few people to join the army!!sheep out!

U.S. Army Announces FPS Game

cant believe so many people are flaming the game without even playing itits free!and YES it is a promotion for the army, so it's wrong for them to get people to server our country? to make something of themselves? without a army wed all be communists by now

U.S. Army Announces FPS Game

it'll almost definately have stupid things in it put there by the government like subliminal messages that try to get us to love america. But if you could ignore the cheese then it sounds like a fun game. After playing a computer game i would never join the army so i don't know why they would bother but it's free so that's their bad.

U.S. Army Announces FPS Game

The funny thing is that the people who are going to be playing this game are happily content with keeping their fat ass in front of the computer or on the couch. Just because I play counterstrike, does that make me want to become a counter-terrorist?

U.S. Army Announces FPS Game

ITS SAD FERY SAD ODEAR GOD WHAT AS THIS WORLD COME TO...SHIT LIKE THIS, MAKE ME WHANT TO BECOME AN AMERICAN AND KILL MY SELF NO BETTER YET ILL GO POSTALL KILL SOME PEOPLE WELL KILL LIKE OLD AND SMALL WHITE KIDS THEN BLAME IT ON THIS GAME....ONLY IN AMERICAWHANT TO KNOW SOMETHING FUNNY U CAN JOIN THE ARMY AT AGE 18 GET A GUN GO OUT AND BOM PEOPLE KILL KILL BUT I HAVE TO BE 21 TO DRINK A BEER HA!!! I FIND THAT FUNNY...BUT YEA I CANT WAIT TO PLAY THIS GAME THEN JOIN THE ARMY AND KILL AND DIE FOR SOME ONE I NEVER MEET.. OR FOR AN AREA OF LAND THAT THAT I HAVE TO PAY FOR ...OR MABY A NAME OR A FLAG...TILL ONE DAY WHEN WE AL REALIZE THE ONLY ONES WERE ACULY FIGHTING IS HOER SELVES NOT SOME EVIL BIN BUT A VERY GREATLY TRAINED CIA MEMBER AND ITS NOT THE FIGHT ON TERISOM BUT MORE REVENG JUST LIKE THEY HAVE THERES AND NOW WE HAVE HOERS AND SO FOR ON AND ON AND ON ...FORI AM COSMOCOSMO I AMI LIKE GREENEGS AND HAMTHANK U......

U.S. Army Announces FPS Game

"without a army wed all be communists by now " thats about the most f**kt up thing i ever heard anyhow ..What has the army done for the average american ... nothing realy , oh yea they wage war in other country's how great is that . Go to another country blow it to pieces then make an excuse that you are fighting communism .. The same thing is tru for fighting terrorism , its just for recreating the illusion of safety the american's have lostOh well in general its f**kt up to start using games for propaghanda ,it will just give peeple wrong impresions about the army, they well be good at it in game. Think the army is all great and so , while forgetting one valuable lessen that the game gives ,U will die lots of times in the game before u become good at it , and theoretically that would be the same thing in rl not ? except that there's no return after death

U.S. Army Announces FPS Game

I think this will be a very nice game, but the usa army is only making propaghanda. I totally agree with GOES. When someone play the game you think it's very good to be in the army, but they don't realize that in real life you can only die once............

U.S. Army Announces FPS Game

ha ha ha, no wonder the US marines are crappy!"I think i gone and got one of ours again pa." - 1st Marine commander.This is why the US army seems so intent on killing as many of their own side as possible, they think its a camputer game!"ha ha, u lame ass PK'er" - 2nd Marine commanderRule Britannia i say! UK armed forces may not be biggest but we are the best. US gets into trouble with the towel heads (no offence to non-fundamentalist islamics, i am one too) they send in SAS.p.s. Hip hip hurray for 50 years of her royal highness, QEII. Happy anniversary ma'am.

U.S. Army Announces FPS Game

I honeslty find it funny how much the british seem to scorn americans. maybe ur jealous maybe ur bored i dunno, but whatever the reason its pretty worthless. I love England its a pretty cool country, yet people run around talkng crap they dotn even know about. So are you tellng me you've been in the marines? and uve seen marines shooting each other ok what are you 12?

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