Good morning vietnam!!!
I've played around 4 hours of Vietnam 65 and I will say that this is one of those war games a person should own just because the developers behind it have seen actual combat and know what we and they themselves want us to see and experience.
A little back story of the lead developer behind this interesting game...
Johan Nagel, a South African Infantry Lieutenant in the counter-insurgency Angolan Bush War, originally cut his teeth as a young lad in the early 80s on table top war gaming. Over the years, he has played every war game on every platform available.
Playing WWII games, Johan became particularly fascinated with the Vietnam War, especially the air mobility and counter-insurgency aspects. His commitment to and interest in this war grew and eventually Johan managed to personally visit all of the major battle-sites of the conflict.
The same guy is behind Afghanistan 11 and Carrier Deck. Checkout the game-play footage below of Vietnam 65.
It is 1965 and the US ground war in Vietnam is in full swing. As a US Army commander, wage a counter-insurgency (COIN) war to secure the Ia Drang valley, on the border with Cambodia.
In order to win the Hearts and Minds of the local population you will need to search for and destroy the Vietcong (VC) insurgents, who infiltrate from the Ho Chi Minh trail and destabilize the province by intimidating the locals, laying mines and ambushing your forces.
The insurgents also have a bigger brother, the North Vietnamese Army (NVA). This well trained, conventional army have much wider ambitions than the VC, they want to take total control of the valley, a stepping stone to unifying North Vietnam with the South under communist rule.
The NVA conducts operations from across the border, primarily aimed at supporting the insurgency and launching offensives when the time is right.
To carry out your COIN mission, co-ordination of ground troops, special forces, artillery, mechanized units, training of local forces (ARVN) and air-mobile assets is essential, but of greater consequence is winning the support of the local population. With greater co-operation from the local inhabitants comes the reward of intelligence, a key factor in COIN warfare.
The war is not fought in isolation, so as the commander of the US forces, you will have the added complexity of managing the support for the war back home, should you the lose the Hearts and Minds of the American people, the war will also be surely lost.
This is a game that captures the true essence of the Vietnam War, where air-mobile operations are paramount, fire support bases play a critical role and air strikes can save the day.
Rise through the ranks and watch your personalized uniform transform from a junior Lieutenant to General as you relive the Vietnam War.