by Just Flight
Developed by Interactive Vision
Platform: PC CD-ROM
Released - Out Now
Price : £19.99
based on the Vietnam war have certainly been popular of late. Platoon
and Vietcong are just two of the Vietnam themed titles that are
in the shops. Vietnam Med+Evac places you in the role of a UH-1
Huey pilot in 1964. Interactive Vision, the developers of Med+Evac,
are also the developers of the Search & Rescue series and once
again the theme of this simulation is search and rescue albeit during
the Vietnam War.
isn't much you can say in the description of Med+Evac. Basically
the idea is to rescue and evacuate the weak and wounded. The simulation
throws up a plethora of scenarios where you must rescue the injured.
Rescue baskets, slings and litters are all used. During the 100
missions and extensive campaign you'll have a co-pilot, flight mechanic
and rescue swimmer as part of your team. Some missions even have
a machine gunner on board the Huey to give you covering fire. At
times those you have to rescue are quite a distance away but to
avoid becoming bogged down with hours of travel the simulation uses
a time jump, which takes you from one area to another but still
calculates the time it would have taken and the fuel that has been
consumed during the 'instant' travel.
is rather difficult to assess in graphical terms. The Huey model
is impressive and the weather effects (missions can be in one of
six different weather conditions ranging from sunny to storm) also
look very good. I also like the water ripple effects, which were
very impressive. The character models only look average though and
they animate in a rather wooden fashion. The terrain textures also
look dated too. However simulations aren't about looking stunning
and overall the graphics get the job done and are about average
for the genre.
Med+Evac is fine for deaf gamers. All verbal comments appear in
bright green text in the top left hand corner of the screen, which
is fairly easy to read. All the objectives are given in text only
so there is no problem here either. The manual has been very well
done and explains many of the basics that you'll need to know. The
game could have done with an extensive and descriptive tutorial
to fully explain the basics but the quality of the manual makes
up for this omission somewhat.
can't stress enough that this is a hardcore helicopter simulation.
If you're hoping to take it easy and get away with easy to learn
arcade controls then you're in for a massive disappointment. A good
joystick, throttle stick and pedals set up is highly recommended.
Let's get one thing straight though we don't see this as a problem
and it's definitely not a criticism, there's plenty of arcade interpretations
out there to satisfy those who don't want to go the trouble of learning
to enjoy a simulation. There are certain realism and physics settings
that can be adjusted for a more artificial feel but it won't reduce
the game to an arcade experience. Enthusiasts looking to fly an
accurate UH-1 Huey will be well pleased with this seemingly accurate
Game Rating: 8.4/10
is a rather impressive simulation that makes you feel like you are
part of a rescue team in a war situation. A comprehensive tutorial
wouldn't have gone amiss though.
No problems for deaf gamers.