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"America's Army" now on Xbox, PCs.


WHEN the Xbox 360 version of "America's Army: True Soldiers" hit the streets in mid-November, recruiters across the country held launch events at local stores. Now the game's creators are hoping to stir up excitement in the PC gaming world.

"Both the PC and Xbox 360 versions allow us to foster a large America's Army community where players can use teamwork and Army values to achieve success in their gameplay missions," said Maj. Mike Marty, operations officer for the America's Army Project. "These online communities extend beyond mere gameplay as players join in teams and use online forums to discuss their strategies, and even the military in general."

The PC version was demonstrated on three laptops at the 2007 Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference in Orlando, Fla., in late November. "Soldier response has been tremendous," Marty said. "They are very impressed with how authentic the game is, from the way the weapons work and sound to the realistic training missions."

New features include a Blue Force Tracker that improves recognition of targets and players' "battlefield awareness." Additional intelligence can now be gathered by the Raven unmanned aerial vehicle and displayed on the portable Blue Force Tracker PDA. Teammates can also share intel via in-game voice-over chat.

The America's Army team is constantly developing updates for the game, Marty said, adding that development has begun on the entirely new America's Army 3.0.

The next update to the America's Army: Special Forces (Overmatch) game will be released in the coming months. Version 3.0 is slated for release in late 2008.

The PC game can be found at and is also available through recruiters and at Army events. The console game is available at all major retailers.
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Title Annotation:Army News: From the Army News Service and Other Sources
Author:Thompson, Edric
Publication:Soldiers Magazine
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Feb 1, 2008
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