Enemy Territory Review

Introduction

Can it be? A great game for free? This is a rare opportunity folks! Enemy Territory is a stand-alone expansion to Return to Castle Wolfenstein, if you love multiplayer games then this is the whole package.

Unfortunately, this game has no single player mode, apart from that its all good with some brilliant features included in the game. It is free to download, and you don't even need RTCW installed to play.

Believe me, this game will keep you hunched in front of your monitor for countless hours of fragging.

The Basics

Enemy Territory is based in the WWII period, where the allies and axis were raging to control Europe. You will play either an allied, or an axis soldier, fighting to capture certain points, enemy items, defend bunkers, and my personal favorite, blow stuff up!

There are six main maps to the game, plus countless custom maps running on the servers. In these maps you will wage warfare with 21 different weapons, and with five different classes (the classes are reviewed in the gameplay section).

There are four different game modes, which is nice so if you get bored of one, you can take the challenge of the next mode.

Campaign is anywhere from three to ten maps consecutively so you do not lose experience throughout them. The objective is to take one map from campaign, so you only get to keep experience in that map.

Last man standing is self explanatory. The stopwatch mode is very clever, where a team is given a certain amount of time to finish an objective, when the objective is complete, the teams are swapped then the other team is given the amount of time to complete the objective. Whoever does it fastest is the winner.

Gameplay

Enemy Territory has a great gameplay style. There are so many different things to do that you will discover something new every time you play. There are such things as running, and sprinting. Holding down sprint will make you run very fast, but if you hold it for too long your stamina will run out and you will have to rest for a little or just run at a slower pace.

The voice chat is very good for those of you who do not use teamspeak. You can simply press “V” and then choose a category of commands, statements, etc. This will help you call for some health, request backup, call for ammo, and even thank that medic who just risked his butt to revive you.

Other great features that makes Enemy Territory’s gameplay great are the little things such as the ammo flying out of your gun and hitting the dirt, or the satisfying noise your knife makes when it slices through your opponents back.

The producers SplashDamage have also made the game hard by making you have to hit your opponent a large number of times before they get wounded, also you have to shoot them some more until they cant be revived (so I suggest aiming for the head). This moves away from the more realistic two hit kill but gives you a lot better firefights to engage in. Good news for all of you trigger happy freaks out there!

Another cool little feature is the stats at the end of the game and rewards. Rewards consist of best medic, best engineer, highest accuracy, etc. Some of these will earn you medals.

There is one bad thing about the game, the spawn timer, which is usually 30 seconds and sometimes 20 seconds. So if you were to die and not request for a medic, you would have to wait anywhere from 1-30 seconds before you can actually play again. So if you are not patient you might not like this game.

Ranks and Classes

The soldier handles the big guns. He’s the Rambo that runs around with a flamethrower, blasts tanks and incoming reinforcements with a panzerfaust, lays down support fire with his mobile mg42, then pounds the base with mortar fire before the squad moves in.

When you play the medic you will constantly see a syringe sign on your radar. Your job is to find wounded or hurt people, revive them with a needle or give them a few health packs. You will constantly hear “I need a Medic!” So look on that radar. Medic is a must-have on the team.

The most important out of all of the characters is the engineer. The engineer can plant mines to keep enemies out of the base and they can also difuse a mine if they happen to step on one. They can also plant and defuse dynamite. It isn't possible to win the game without an engineer.

The field ops supply fellow soldiers with ammo. When they are not resupplying buddies they are either calling in artillery on enemy positions or calling an airstrike for a quick takeout.

The last class is the covert ops. They can throw a smoke grenade to impair the vision of friend and foe alike. They can also steal enemy suits which is a cool feature that enables you to look like an enemy, so they will not harm you unless they recognize you. Covert Ops can also blow things up with satchel charges.

Another great feature of Enemy Territory is the ranking system. When you get a certain amount of experience points in a class, you get a star, and the more stars you get, the higher the rank you get starting at private and rising to to general.

When you get more stars and ranks you get rewards like more ammo, improved life, etc. These aspects of the game make you want to keep going to see how far you can get.

System Requirements

  • Microsoft® Windows® 98/ME/2000/XP OS (Windows NT 4.0 not recommended for clients)
  • 100% Windows® 98/ME/2000/XP compatible system (including all 32bit drivers)
  • Intel® Pentium® III 600Mhz processor or AMD equivalent
  • 128 MB RAM
  • 32 MB 100% fully OpenGL® compliant 3-D video card
  • Microsoft® DirectX® 8.1 or higher (not included)
  • 271 MB free hard disk space for game files
  • 500 MB free hard disk space for swap files
  • 100% Microsoft® Windows® compatible keyboard
  • 100% Microsoft® Windows® compatible mouse
  • 100% Microsoft® Windows® compatible sound card
  • For Internet play, 100% Windows® 98/ME/2000/XP compatible 56.6k modem or better Internet connection. 56.6k modem play is not recommended for games with more than 8 players total; broadband players should be able to handle up to 32 depending on their connection.

    Please note that if you do not have DirectX8.1 or above before the game is installed the console will come up with a opengl error and you will most likely have to reinstall. I have tested this on 3 different computers and didn't have to reinstall on 2 of the 3, so I would recommend installing DirectX before you install ET.

    Conclusion

    I would say this is one of the best multiplayer games of all time. The gametypes, classes, rewards, ranks, medals and weapons are overwhelming. You will spend hours and hours before you have finally tried everything possible and you will want to go back and do it again. SplashDamage has truly made a great game and given it to us for free. I couldn't ask for more.

    For all of you gamers who love First-Person Shooters give this WWII game a try. I guarantee you will love it after you get to use the different style of gameplay. I mean, you can't lose! It's free!

    SLRating: 8/10



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