Remember the days when Army games consisted of little plastic men that littered trenches and bunkers scooped out of the backyard dirt? Or teams of kids playing good guys and bad guys with rubber band guns, cap guns and wearing their dad’s World War II Army boots?
Well, those days are long gone and Army video games have taken their place. Today, DVDs, Xboxes, and Play Stations have replaced the backyard dirt and much of the imagination that kept kids busily and happily occupied for days on end. However, children, teens, and adults still enjoy playing Army video games in the 21st century. Instead of dirt and tree forts, they play with Game Boys, Nintendo’s, PlayStations and Xboxes. New game titles and scenarios appear on an almost yearly basis. By the time you grow efficient enough to get through a game, a new one comes along.
Some of the most popular Army games to play in recent years have included titles such as The Medal of Honor series includes such versions as Frontline, Pacific Assault, and Airborne. The Medal of Honor series continues to be one of the most popular combat Army game sales items to date. World War II real-time strategy games, a.k.a. RTS games, provide plenty of action and game scenarios to keep kids and adults occupied for hours. The visuals keep getting better, the scenarios more complicated, the graphics more real. Whether you want to play against the computer or in an online multiplayer environment, today’s Army combat games to play are as popular as ever.
One of the most popular games ever created, called America’s Army: Rise of a Soldier has registered over 6 million users to date. The first-person action game can be played online in small teams and is available on PlayStation 2 and Xbox.
Colonel Casey Wardynski, director of the America’s Army game project, told National Defense, "We’ll be more available to kids in terms of reference about what it is to be a soldier."
Stephen Matulac, producer for Ubisoft, said, "We wanted to provide a single player experience for the user, to experience what it would be like to have a career in the Army."
While there may be plenty of real life Army soldiers and veterans who disagree with the statement that anyone who is not in the Army can experience what it is like, the game requires players to go through a virtual basic training period, acquire various career skills, complete training and combat missions and become proficient in everything from marksmanship to survival.
Whether playing on a desktop screen or a PSP or Xbox, there is no shortage of Army combat real-time strategy games, first-person and third person shooter games on the market today. Dozens of gaming magazines dedicate their content to providing cheats and tips on how to advance through various levels of increasingly complex scenarios and missions.
Of course, not everyone likes to play Army games in front of a computer console. There are still kids, and adults, who like to get outdoors, get dirty, and play and engage in multihour or multi-day army games and battle scenarios. Battle reenactment groups from around the world gather together to don period clothing, fire antique weapons, and congregate to replay and reenact famous skirmishes and battles.
No matter what style: interactive media, real life, or real-time strategy, Army games to play are, and will continue to be, some of the most popular to engage in. You can count on a new version or new game to be just around the corner, and you can just about guarantee that it’s going to be faster and more exciting than ever.