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Best Vietnam War Video Games of All Time

Updated on April 27, 2017

War Within The Game!

Platoon the video game was based on the film of the same title about the Vietnam War. It is fought in the jungles of Laos and Cambodia.
Platoon the video game was based on the film of the same title about the Vietnam War. It is fought in the jungles of Laos and Cambodia. | Source
Battlefield: Vietnam is a great war game that features combat on ground, water and land. The tanks, ships and helicopters are very cool.
Battlefield: Vietnam is a great war game that features combat on ground, water and land. The tanks, ships and helicopters are very cool. | Source
Call of Duty: Black Ops is a first person shooter battled during the Vietnam war. It is rated M for extreme violence.
Call of Duty: Black Ops is a first person shooter battled during the Vietnam war. It is rated M for extreme violence. | Source
Tunnel Rats was published in 1998 for home computers. The game is based on events from the Vietnam war.
Tunnel Rats was published in 1998 for home computers. The game is based on events from the Vietnam war. | Source

Which is the Best?

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Ten Great Vietnam Era Video Games

1. Call of Duty: Black Ops (2010) This Vietnam based first person shooter was produced for the Xbox 360, PS3 and the Wii. Other than fighting in Germany against the S.S. or playing the zombie mode, one thing is for sure. This game has an amazing assortment of weaponry and artillery. This game even without multi- player and expansion packs is a true classic. Online play on this game is second to none and the explosions shake the PS3 controllers at every turn.

2. Battlefield Vietnam (2004) This game was made for Microsoft Windows and it was a first person shooter. This game has a story line that is as real as it gets. Tanks, bombers from the sky and foot soldiers are at every turn. This game allows you to play as an American and later as a South Vietnamese soldier. The sound and game play in comparable to Black Ops. The battle scenes are very bloody and very realistic by any standards.

3. Elite Warriors: Vietnam (2005) This game takes place in first and third person modes at various times during battle. This game came out for home computers only and it was similar in many ways to Black Ops. Helicopters, planes and fires are abound in this real life war story that is real as it possibly can be. Land mines are at every step so be very careful. The weapons and ammo are awesome and the cut scenes are pretty realistic looking.

4. Tunnel Rats (2009) This was a single player first person shooter that was made for Microsoft Windows only. In this game you must disarm bombs and also collect dog tags from dead soldiers. The game focuses on the player as he tries to escape certain death after his helicopter is shot down. I will not spoil the ending but it is one of the best endings to a war game ever produced and it is a relatively long ending at that.

5. Nam (1998) This Vietnam war game was made exclusively for DOS and Windows. This game is often compared to Duke Nukem 3D with subtle changes of course. Your character is a decorated Marine Corps Sergeant. who is stranded in between Laos and Vietnam by yourself with only three weapons. You must rescue prisoners of war while eliminating the enemy and escaping the camps. This game is actually a classic and the most addicting of all these games but it's only available on PC as opposed to video game systems.

6. Conflict: Vietnam (2004) This video game came out for the Xbox and the PS2. It is a third person shooter and it opens right before the Tet Offensive in Vietnam. In the deep jungles with no communication or help from anyone. The game has a great story line with realistic cut scenes. Also, It is a strategy game so it is important to make the correct decisions in order to win the war at hand.

7. Lost Patrol (1990) This Vietnam role playing game was made for the Amiga and the Dos. Your helicopter crashes over Saigon and now it is survival of the fittest. The game has many up close action scenes like: fire fights, fist fights and mine fields to traverse. In order to beat this game you must assume the roles of all the troops in order to judge their moral and keep it high. You must navigate the jungles as quite as possible until gunfire comes.

8. Men of Valor (2004) This first person shooter is made exclusively for the Xbox and it was a single player Vietnam war game. This game has 16 total missions and your character and your platoon are Marines. This game is rated M and it holds nothing back. The game has exact wartime replicas of the guns used back then.

\9. Shellshock: Nam 67 (2004) This third person shooter was made for the PS2, XBox and Windows. The squad is supposed to perform an air raid but when thing's go wrong you end up lost on foot in the jungle. Your jobs include saving hostages, taking bombs apart and burning villages that housed guns. This war time game also is very factual with it's story line but watch it closely because you will get clues on what to do next.

10. Platoon (2002) This game was based solely on the movie of the same name and it was for the PC. It has actual cut scenes directly from the film and the sounds and playing fun factor are aces. The game does not have great sound effects or even graphics for that matter but the game play will keep you entertained for hours.

* Please be sure and tell me what your favorite Vietnam video game is by leaving comments in the box located at the bottom of this page.

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Elite Warriors: Vietnam

Elite Warriors: Vietnam was released to great acclaim in 2005. The sounds and graphics are excellent in this game and it makes you feel like you are really in the jungle.
Elite Warriors: Vietnam was released to great acclaim in 2005. The sounds and graphics are excellent in this game and it makes you feel like you are really in the jungle. | Source

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      Goth 8 weeks ago

      Vietcong, hands down

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      Buster Johnson 10 months ago from Alabama

      True enough, it was hard not to name it but it is always hard on a top 10.

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      Blah 10 months ago

      How can this list of best Vietnam games not include Battlefield Bad Company 2 Vietnam? Ugh. So sad.

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      spikemtz 2 years ago

      Men of Valor is also available for Windows! I played it on the PC!

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      VC4EVA 2 years ago

      Another vote for Vietcong.

      It's getting a little old now...but still excellent replay value.

      Best atmosphere of any game I have played.

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      Buster Johnson 3 years ago from Alabama

      Sorry I haven't played that one. I'll have to try it.

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      Will 3 years ago

      You forgot vietcong. It is hands down one of the best Vietnam games ever made.