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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Rising Storm 2: Vietnam is a downloadable, tactical, first person shooter based on the event of the Vietnam War. Players use realistic weapons based on those used during the war to kill members of opposing teams in graphic ways. The game's realism adds an extra level of difficulty and complexity, due to the fact that the weapons behave as they would in the real world. It can also be difficult to coordinate with teammates, not just due to the number of players in a given match, but also because many players online tend to chat in an aggressive manner, with plenty of profanity and offensive language tossed around.
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What's it about?
RISING STORM 2: VIETNAM pits up to 64 players against each other in the harsh jungles, vast rice fields, and bustling cities of Vietnam at the height of the conflict between the US and the North Vietnamese. Players create and customize their soldier from a variety of roles, forming squads to target the opposition in combat. With each side of the war utilizing its own unique abilities and arsenal of authentic weapons, players recreate the brutality of the Vietnam War in Territories, Supremacy, and Skirmish matches. Will superior firepower be the key to victory, or will guerrilla tactics turn the tide of battle? Either way, there's a high cost to be paid in war and neither side will ever be the same.
Is it any good?
This online game brings a sense of brutal realism and mayhem to an incredibly violent war, which should appeal to many shooter fans. Not every shooter is based in wild fantasy or science fiction. In fact, nearly every war fought throughout history has been recreated for gaming audiences, and the Vietnam War is no exception. Rising Storm 2: Vietnam is the latest game to drop players into the thick of the conflict between the US and North Vietnamese. What makes it stand out, though, is a painstaking attention to the harsh realism of the fight. The game gives players access to more than thirty accurately reproduced weapons authentic to the time, all of which behave like their real world counterparts in terms of things like range and damage. Don't expect to pull off headshots with a pistol from across the map here. In fact, players used to more lenient shooter games are likely to get a bit frustrated early on as they adjust to the game's steep learning curve. You'll likely spend a lot of time tweaking settings, trying out new tactics, and learning the ins and outs of the weapons available to both sides of the battle.
It's not just the weapons that take getting used to in Rising Storm 2: Vietnam. There's a heavy focus on working as a part of a unit. Whether you're part of a small Skirmish battle or a player in an epic scale Supremacy match, you've got a role to play if you hope to win. You might be a Grunt on the frontlines, a Sniper picking off foes from a distance, a Radioman keeping the higher ups appraised of the action, or even a Commander calling in airstrikes and gunships, but you're still a cog in the machine with a real sense of responsibility to your objective and your teammates. Unfortunately, that need for communication and teamwork also means you'll have to deal with the occasional lone wolf who puts himself above the team, the armchair general who wants to scream out orders, or worst of all, the foul-mouthed trolls who relish in making things as uncomfortable and offensive as possible. It's hard to fault the game for this toxic environment, but it's something that seems to happen in most matches and there's very little in the way of in-game options to get rid of these troublemakers.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about violence in video games. How does the game's realistic reproduction of violence affect the player? Does the historic setting and accuracy make a bigger impact than violence of a more cartoonish or fantasy nature?
Talk about the Vietnam War. What are some good ways to research the actual events? What are some things we learned from it?
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