Digital Review

Full Spectrum Warrior

Like a line of faceless soldiers on parade, military-combat games are tough to tell apart these days. ''FSW'' has given the increasingly stale genre a fresh spin: Instead of assuming control of an individual soldier, you're in the more passive role of a squad leader, moving two teams of infantrymen across urban settings full of ''tangoes'' (soldier-speak for targets). And if the pacing seems deliberate -- you give orders to fire but never actually shoot a gun yourself; squads spend a lot of time tiptoeing behind corners -- the action is still very much in-your-face. Watching one of your GIs fall to a single bullet provides a harrowing exclamation point to ''FSW'''s immersive thrills.

Originally posted Jun 18, 2004 Published in issue #770 Jun 18, 2004 Order article reprints