Windows - 2003
Description of Vietcong
It'd be damn near impossible to address a game like Vietcong without considering whether it should ever have been made in the first place. Pretty much everyone agrees that the Vietnam war was in principle, a Bad Thing (tm), where lots of people did lots of things that frankly, they shouldn't have. Y'know, butchery, pillage and the like, stuff you're definitely not getting a Care Bear hug for. So as with the movie industry, perhaps a digital recreation of the conflict should either take a political stance, try to teach us something, or perhaps represent both sides of the war as fairly as possible?
Or alternatively, not. This, after all is the videogames industry, the world of Who Frags Wins, and deep thought was never much of a raison d'etre for best selling titles. Pterodon has attempted to avoid any politically oriented criticism by not reproducing any of the grunt ground-troop conflicts of the war, instead concentrating on the role of the US special forces, who wouldn't have done anything naughty. Honest. Probably. This would be fine, if the enemy weren't painted unambiguously as the bad guys, and if your comrades didn't go through the game screaming racist obscenities at the enemy whilst gunning them down and whooping a lot.
But lo and verily, this is, after all a game, so perhaps it's best to consider it just as that. The game is labelled as a tactical shooter, but that's a bit of a misnomer, as there's not really all that much in it worthy of the label "tactical". You go through each level with your squad of team-mates, each with their own speciality, but your control over them is limited to hold and attack commands - there's really very little you can do to affect their progress. And you don't necessarily need to, since each and every one of them seems almost totally invulnerable to damage. They can't complete the mission without you - at least that much is left to you - but they can take withering amounts of gunfire from the enemy with nothing more than a witty comeback and a sneer.
The missions themselves are pleasantly varied, from base defence and attacks, to taking out snipers, tunnel combat, helicopter gun-operation missions, and all-out jungle firefights. These are the most exciting missions the game has to offer, with a frenetic pace, and excellent use of the jungle cover. Ducking under logs as horrendous amounts of bullets fly to and fro, popping up and laying down covering fire is about as much fun as you can have in an FPS. This contrasts horrendously with the tunnel missions, which are dull beyond belief, pitch-black, and deeply unfulfilling. Why are we paying money to stare at a black screen with a crosshairs on it? Dramatic tension? If only.
What the game does do well is make you feel like a hero, although the voiceovers make you want to slit your own throat. You have to lead your team into missions, because no-one else will, and generally success is down to your single-handed ingenuity and skill in combat. If you can stomach the over-enthusiastic flag-waving, you can get a real thrill at your successes, although there's always the realisation in the back of your mind that there's not much point in rejoicing that much, because no matter what happens, you lose in the end (not that the game would admit it).
The graphics aren't helping much, unfortunately. The engine seems a little tired, with blocky characters, and a uniform mixture of khaki, khaki, and, er, brown for the environments. For Vietnam movie enthusiasts used to the rainforest palette of jungle warfare, the monotonous undergrowth in shades of green and dark beige is a poor second best. Weaponry however, is well represented, and seemingly accurate for the time (er, we guess. Not having been alive then, or having any great involvement with military hardware.). You'll certainly notice some touches of realism, as grenades ring in your ears when they detonate close-by, and nice kickback from the firearms.
Despite decidedly average visuals, it's also a fairly atmospheric ride - your camp, which you can explore between missions, is fully decked out with interactive characters, and there's a decent selection of recognisable 60s music playing in the background to get you in the mood. There's also the A-Team thrill of seeing those helicopters flying in formation overhead.
Online, the game performs pretty well. One team can play the VCs, and the variety of gameplay strategies merged with some clever environments, should make some enticing gameplay. The ins and outs of dodging under logs, through trees, and behind cover can be tense stuff. Take 2 is already reporting good numbers participating online.
Vietcong is a game that struggles with itself. While being by and large a straight-forward action shooter, it's really aching to be a tactical shooter, and in that vein it's a pity there's not more control over your team members. The missions themselves are varied, both in content and in quality, although the standard difficulty level is really far too easy, with the next one up being furiously tricky. If atmospheric shooters are your thing, it could be worth a look, but if accurate historical depictions are your bag, you'll be hard pushed to get excited.
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Comments and reviews
Pilgrimm 2022-08-17 0 point
Relatively easy install just mount in iso's in the same drive as needed during install as needed. Then I installed the patch's then replaced the original Vietcong application with the NO CD. Didn't bother with the optional VC starter. Have played through the training missions and it works perfectly. Haven't played the campaign yet but we'll see.
stukahb 2022-04-28 1 point
Oh and btw, I've downloaded all the patches in order too, so the problem is maybe in the NoCD thing
stukahb 2022-04-28 2 points
Hey, so i've installed the game and just needed the NoCD crack thing, i've downloaded the NoCD from this site, pasted it into the Vietcong file alongside the CD 1 & CD2. It keeps saying "wrong disk inserted". Anyone got solutions?
This is the only game I've ever wanted since 2009, any help would be very much appreciated!
[RED] Varandas 2022-02-06 -1 point
I made so many friends in this game, so nostalgic! Installation went fine, had to download all the patches so the new launcher would work!
Erik Pedersen 2022-01-26 2 points
For those that are having FPS issues, I did the following and the FPS became a lot more stable:
Go to http://www.vietcong.info/portal/forum/viewthread.php?thread_id=899 and download the new VCStarter, replace the .dll in your vietcong folder with the one from this website.
Also, when starting Vietcong, make sure to load textures in video memory (its the option next to "prefer 16-bit textures."
Much better for me now :)
Esdol 2021-12-29 0 point
Thank you so much for the fixed launcher, works fine on Windows 10 !
CZ: Pro ty, kterým to nejde, musíte stáhnout poslední položku s launcherem pro nové windowsy.
LeRigodin 2021-05-29 3 points
Hey thanks for the game, but i run it with very low fps, unless I look straight at the ground or the sky, anyone has solutions ? I already tried running it with compatibility mode with older windows version
Gregory 2021-05-09 1 point
To Fix No Disk Inserted: Select Extract to Temporary Folder when you're installing for both disks, be sure to unmount disk one when complete and mount disk 2, extract to temporary folder again. Have fun.
no mod 2021-02-28 1 point
how am i supposed to play it? just downloaded it and it just said "no disk inserted" everytime i click the .exe file.
Balrog 2021-02-12 0 point
For those having trouble running the game, you need to install Vietcong Starter. Link is below. It's basically a cracked exe with a bunch of bug fixes for the game that allows you to play it without needing the disk. I use it for my physical copy, so it might work for you too.
inkkari 2021-02-08 -1 point
got the whole thing installe, but now it just reads "no disc inserted" or "wrong disc" with both discs, what am i missing?
ech0 2021-01-26 1 point
heres a fix just change the drive name to the same as the first cd https://www.youtube.com/watch?reload=9&v=nBDjHidZLLY&ab_channel=LeszekBurda
Guy 2020-11-25 1 point
Says the wrong disc is inserted when I try to start up the game. Have tried mounting both CD 1 and CD 2, same result. Shizen
southvol 2020-08-20 0 point
I cannot get the game to install on Windows 10. Any help is much appreciated. I played this game back in the day and it is one of my all time favs!
Oldgameslover 2020-05-30 2 points
The starter is only giving me the option to run on direct3d8 even though I hv direct3d9 installed. Changing the graphics card wouldn't solve it either. The game works, but it's laggy. Is there a way to fix this?
ltdray 2020-03-27 1 point
Works good! You have to eject disc1 to make it work.
To play online just follow this : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oUpHI8JlWpE&feature=share
Still some people playing online mostly in east-Europe so a little bit of lag for me
Marty McFarty 2020-03-15 15 points
I found the solution for the setup not recognizing disk 2. Here are the complete installation steps using Windows 10:
1. Unzip both disk #1 and disk #2 in a folder somewhere on your harddrive.
2. Open the disk #1 folder and mount the ISO file.
3. Start the setup.
4. When installing, the setup will stop to ask for disk #2. From Windows Explorer, unmount disk #1.
5. Now go to the disk #2 folder, and mount that ISO file.
6. Go back to Vietcong installer and press ok, it should recognize disk #2 and continue installing.
The reason why so many people are having trouble with this, is that when you forget to unmount disk #1, Windows will mount disk #2 on a new drive. So disk #1 will remain on D:/ while disk #2 will sit on E:/ That's why the installer can't find disk #2 as it's on a different drive. Hope this helps!
bruh moment 2019-12-08 4 points
It won't seem to run with a smooth frame rate anyone know how to fix please help
Tommes 2019-09-09 2 points
Das beste spiel Online das es damals gab.. immernoch echt der hammer..
vermisse alle die ich online damals peer Teamspeak kennen lernen durfte
tommes heute 44 jahre alt
Kaotl 2019-09-04 -2 points
EVERYTHING WORKS FINE!
all the other commentators that have problems must have done something wrong
andreac. 2019-08-18 -1 point
CD 2 doesn't work. The installation process doesn't recognize it even if it's mounted
PuLs3G 2019-05-26 1 point
Doesn't seem to install as disc 2 seems to be missing files and the installer doesn't recognize it when it's mounted.
Flocka 2019-04-28 0 point
Hey my friends ! I miss Vietcong so much I tried downloading it few years ago but it never worked for the mission 3 it always crashed at a certain moment of the game unfortunately. Does it work now ? I am on Windows 10.
NAMBIA 2018-12-30 0 point
To solve the crashes and various errors, you need to patch the game and apply the appropriate no-cd crack.
v1.30-patch works just fine.
chris 2018-12-19 0 point
Hab hier: Sports Car GT, Colin McRae Rally 2.0, Rally Championship Xtreme, Rally Trophy auf Deutsch, Richard Burns Rally, MotoGP und Redneck Off Road Racing. Das läuft alles ohne Probleme und mit Gamepad. Desktopauflösung 1280x1024. mit Nv inspector kenne ich mich bestens aus. Alles original isos win7 und Standard, so schön kann Gaming sein. nix Digitale Plattformen.
Jameel 2018-10-10 0 point
Sir this game is closing in the 3rd mission unfortunately
And showimg uncommon eror and crash
Billy 2018-08-30 1 point
Thanks for this game I have it laying around the house somewhere. Love playing this game!
itx 2018-07-13 0 point
Once i got through all of first undergrounds without flashligh. After all that a friend told me i have flashlight under "F"! :)
#VCG_freddy 2018-06-14 0 point
Great Game! To find out how to play online check http://vietcong.tk/download-play-vietcong.php !
Thanks for upload! :)
Chris 2018-06-14 0 point
The athmosphere is great! True Vietnam conflict feeling, may the best of this genre!
Pvt. Pirate 2018-06-13 0 point
Thanks for uploading. I spent some of the best years playing this having the best roleplay-evenings with friends from all over the world.
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