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Army Men - Sarge's Heroes 2

by 3DO
Platform : Nintendo 64
Rated: Teen
28 customer reviews
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Plastic toy soldiers come to life in the sequel to the blockbuster Army Men: Sarge's Heroes. Team up with Sarge's green squad to battle the evil General Plastro's tan army, while being cautious of the diabolically treacherous blue spy, Brigitte Bleu. The player control and special effects are improved over the original, and there is more interaction with Sarge's key squad members, including control of his girlfriend Vikki in several missions.

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The first game in 3DO's Army Men series for the console systems, Army Men 3D for the PlayStation, lacked a great deal of spit and polish but had enough going deep down to make you hope for a sequel, albeit one that was much improved. The sequel, Army Men: Sarge's Heroes, has now arrived for the Nintendo 64, but not much, if anything, has been improved upon, and it contains a whole new batch of problems. You once again take the role of Sarge, a soldier on the Green side of a world full of plastic army men. The Green are in a war against the Tan forces, who have recently begun importing terrible weapons from our own world, such as magnifying glasses, which they use to melt your men down to plastic puddles. Your mission is to gather your troops, a la John Belushi in The Blues Brothers, to create a unit capable of stopping them. Your arsenal is made up of weapons from Army Men 3D, such as a machine gun, flamethrower, and grenades, with new additions like a sniper rifle and mines.

The game camera in Army Men 3D's single-player mode was near perfect because it stuck right behind your back, but in Sarge's Heroes, it seems to have loosened its grip a bit. The camera does float behind you, but when your character turns, it takes the view a few seconds to catch up. You might turn around the corner of a barracks and confront an enemy unit, who will fire upon you immediately, but he won't come into view for a few seconds. Or you could be in close quarters running around an opponent, trying to face him to get a shot off, and it might take three turns to get it just right.

You probably won't need to get close to too many troops, though, since the autotargeting is set so you can pick off enemies situated in towers simply by firing in their general direction. That was in place in Army Men 3D, but you weren't really able to get away with just running around blasting opposing forces because you'd get eaten up by machine-gun fire. Now, while enemies still fall with one shot, your character is a lot tougher, and health-restoring power-ups can be found all over the place. It's true the first title was harder than it needed to be, but the sequel is easy to the point where the main challenge lies in dealing with the camera.

Your character now has a nice plasticine look that wasn't in the PlayStation game, but otherwise, the graphics in Sarge's Heroes are pretty poor. The environments are sparsely populated and are painted in bland-looking textures that are reused often, and the enemy is hard to distinguish from other objects at a distance, even using the sniper sighting. If you use the RAM Pak and change the resolution to high and letterbox, the visuals are bumped up to average (although fog blankets the environment), but if you don't, expect sub-first-generation N64 graphics. The sound effects are also similarly bad. Explosions, weapon fire, and your character's Duke Nukem-esque chatter all sound muffled, the military-themed music is tinny, and the songs repeat too much. The multiplayer mode now allows for four players at once, and the levels are laid out better than before, but the camera problems are even more frustrating when you have an even smaller section of the screen, making it something you'll largely ignore.

In short, the sequel is not as good of a game as the original. What needed to be fixed from Army Men 3D has either been ignored or overcompensated for, and what was already fixed is now broken. Stop the franchise, I want to get off.--Joe Fielder--Copyright © 2000 GameSpot Inc. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part in any form or medium without express written permission of GameSpot is prohibited. -- GameSpot Review


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  • ASIN: B00004TUF1
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 4 x 10 inches ; 5 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,231 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Scott on October 11, 2000
If you have played the original Army Men: Sarge's Heroes, you will probably like this one. Although it is relatively the same, this one seemed somewhat easier than the original. The levels continue to get harder as they come along, but most don't seem to offer the same challenge. I have had it for less than a week and am three levels away from beating it. If you are an experienced player and are looking for a game that will take a long time to beat, this isn't the game for you.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 31, 2001
This was the best game for N64 I've ever played. The details are amazing, not that you'll notice while you're busy shooting down helecopters or blowing up a tank with a bazooka. Plus, since everything is plastic, you don't have to worry about your mom bugging you about blood, missing limbs, etc. Levels include a refrigerator, a pool table, and a pinball machine. Weapons include a flame thrower, bazooka, grenade launcher, mortar, M-16, sniper rifle, machine gun, and hand grenades. Since you can play with up to 4 players, if you beat the game, it'll still be one of your favorites.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 8, 2002
My son loves this game. He plays it quite often, and would play more if we would allow it. It is plastic army men so it doesn't get graphic like some of those crazy games do. He doesn't give it a thought because it is so fake. But he does love it and it was worth the money we spent on it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on June 10, 2002
This game is great because when I first played it I was with my friends and I thought wow!!! what a awsome game. My favorite levels are the Pinball Machine and the Refrigerator. After me and all of my friends tried it we all bought. I also think this game has some of the best graphics.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Hal Howell on November 9, 2001
An altruism is that sequels are usually second rate. Fortunately, this isn't true with this game. First of all, the cartridge is green (as in Army men green) which always adds a little something out of the ordinary much like the gold Zelda carts. The game play is relatively easy once you get used to the controls. The graphics are pretty good though not up to the standards of other games such as Super Mario or Pilot Wings but certainly not bad. The sound is very good. Finally, the game is just plain fun to play. It reminds me of all the times I used to play with plastic soldiers except these move and fire. Which is, of course, the whole idea. Great game, buy it! That's an order!!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By "iceecoolmunkee" on December 31, 2000
Sarge's Heroes 2 is an improvement over the original Army Men: Sarge's Heroes. The graphics are better and the 1 player game is better, at least I thought, than the original.
In the 1 player game, you play in missions and complete objectives in different environments ranging from a toy store, a pinball machine, a refrigerator, to a freezer and a train set. The missions have you switching between playing as Sarge or Vikki and along the way you are assisted by different members of the team as you battle your way up to Plastro!
The multiplaye is an improvement with new battlefields and more characters to play as ranging from Grimm to Brigette Bleeu.
If you enjoyed the original game, then you will love this. Rent it or buy it its up to you, and if you did enjoy the original, I strongly recommend that you buy it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Aaron Scholes on May 12, 2001
I have purchased Army Men: Sarges Heroes2 in the hopes that it would be as fun as its prequel. I noticed some big changes in the game such as: the enemies are a lot smarter so you can't sneak up behind them and shoot them... The story line is highly engaging and the new weapons are awesome. If you liked the other Army Men games then I highly recommend you add this one to your collection.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By jonathan hernandez on April 27, 2002
I love the smell of burnt TAN plastic in the morning. This game is the best. because I put in cheat codes it makes the game better. I just love the sound of all the weapons kicking TAN butt. This game is the best game ever.
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