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COTW: Army Men
During the 1950′s Army Men were a great cheap toy for boys (or girls) of any age. Many times they can be found in with the cheap toys at super markets, toy stores and even the dollar store. Just made of plastic the toy is relatively cheap but very enjoyable to play with. Army Men continued to gain in popularity so much so that he branched outside of toys into movies and video game. Toy Story saw the plastic dudes taking on a new mission on the big screen. Video Games were the next front for the little soldiers to attack the battle was met with both good and bad results. Most of the games did not fair well in the battlefield of an ever changing retail market.
Army Men in Toy Story 3
The series began with Army Men (PC) in 1998, with a sequel, Army Men 2 (PC) released in 1999. Around that time, the first console game, Army Men 3D, was released for the PlayStation. The series continued with Army Men: Toys in Space (PC), before branching out with the Army Men: World War series for both PC and console. At around the same time period Army Men: Sarge’s Heroes was released, and a sequel was released the next year.
Army Men 1998 Windows, Game Boy Color The first game of the series, it was released for PC but was ported to Game Boy Color. Regarded as a classic by fans, this is one of the few games to actually display Sarge and his squad as merely pawns in a bigger battle. Two features that make this game almost unique in the series are its storytelling (Black and white spoofs of old-time, World War II-style newsreels), and the fact that it often depicts fighting that doesn’t involve the main characters. Many fans of the series as well as reviewers rate this game the highest. Army Men II 1999 Windows, Game Boy Color This game is a direct sequel to the first game. The enemies in this game are diverse, ranging from suicide bombers, to zombies, to cult members, to cockroaches. There is also a wide range of battlefields, such as kitchens in the “Real World”, and tank factories in the “Plastic World”. Army Men: Toys in Space 1999 Windows This game adds two new armies, the Space Troops, and the Aliens. This game introduced a science fiction element not present in any other Army Men games. It also reorganized the control of squads and introduced new weapons and units such as Alien Laser Troopers, Tina’s Freeze Ray and her Mini-gun Troopers as well as a small selection of new vehicles. Army Men: Air Attack 1999 PlayStation, Nintendo 64, Windows The main character in this game is a Green Air Cavalry pilot named Captain William Blade. This game has over 12 missions with three extra helicopters to unlock. The available helicopters are a Huey, Chinook, Super Stallion, and an Apache. There are also three co-pilots to unlock. They are “Woodstock”, “Rawhide”, “Hardcore”, and “Sgt. Hawk”. There is also a Mr. Yuk Spoof that can be seen in the fifth mission. This game was also known as “Air Combat” on the Nintendo 64. Army Men: Sarge’s Heroes 1999 Windows, PlayStation, Nintendo 64, Dreamcast, Game Boy Color gameboy color This is a console to PC port of the PlayStation game of the same name. This is the game in the series to appear on Nintendo 64 or Dreamcast. In this game, Sergeant Hawk must reassemble his squad of captured soldiers. General Plastro unveils his new “Super Weapons” (household items and toys) that were taken from the “Alternate World” through portals that connect to the “Plastic World”. Sergeant Hawk must use his “Bravo Company Commandos” to help him defeat General Plastro and the Tan Army. Army Men: Air Tactics 1999 Windows In this title, the player controlled character was Captain Blade of the Green Airborne Cavalry. This was a overhead view flight simulator that placed the player in a number of different helicopters. Captain Blade’s main responsibility is to act as aerial support for Sarge and his men. This game introduced abilities such as lifting heavy objects and transporting them to other locations, landing on the ground to load/unload soldiers and featuring unique airborne combat not seen in the other games. Army Men 3D 1999 PlayStation This installment is a 3-dimensional remake of the original “Army Men” game. The main character’s goal is to collect the tinker toy keys which lead him to a Portal to the Real World. Army Men: World War 2000 Windows, PlayStation The first of the World War titles. This game focuses solely on combat in the “Plastic World”, with most of the missions being based on World War II. The PC game starts with a D-Day style landing after which there are a number of missions that all have themes from World War II lore, such as “A Bridge Too Far”. This is the only game in the series where vehicles can not be controlled by enemy forces. This game is the only PC game in the series without an appearance by “Sarge”. This game also had an in depth system for organizing large numbers of soldiers under the player’s command. This game was also known as “Operation Meltdown” outside the US and Canada. Army Men: World War – Land, Sea and Air 2000 PlayStation This installment is a sequel to “Army Men: World War”. The game is made up of five operations with three missions in each one. Army Men: Sarge’s Heroes 2 2000 PlayStation, PlayStation 2, Game Boy Color, Nintendo 64 This is the sequel to Sarge’s Heroes. It introduces several new characters, and the concept of “Plastrification”. Plastrification, according to Dr. Madd, is a condition that occurs when a soldier from the “Plastic World” spends too much time in the “Real World” causing the hardening of the limbs and the forming of a plastic base. However, the character Bridgette Bleu has developed a serum that reverses the effects of plastrification. Army Men: Operation Green 2001 Game Boy Advance In this game, the player can take control of a generic Green soldier in a 3-D isometric world. This title is set almost exclusively in the Plastic World, and several vehicles are available to drive. Army Men: World War – Final Front sometimes referred to as ‘Lock N load’ 2001 PlayStation This game features four fronts with three missions in each one. The Tan Army once again launches an unprovoked attack upon the Green Army, so the Green retaliate by attacking the Tan capital. When they discover that the Tan have created weapons of mass destruction, they declare a full-scale war against the Tan and deploy their forces worldwide to destroy the revived Tan Army and its new weapons. This game introduces submarine warfare to the World War titles. Army Men: Green Rogue sometimes referred to as ‘Omega Soldier’ 2001 PlayStation, PlayStation 2 Set during the time of “Sarge’s Heroes”, the Green Army creates a super soldier composed of DNA spliced from all the members of Bravo Company. Plastro tries to capture the super soldier, but the crash-landing on the helicopter transporting it inadvertently awakens Omega Soldier, causing a one-man rampage against Tan forces. Unique to this game is the fact that all of Omega Soldier’s weapons are made of metal instead of plastic. Army Men: Advance 2001 Game Boy Advance The player can choose between Sarge, or Vikki, and will receive several objectives by radio, such as recruiting fellow squad members, escaping from prison, and breaking into enemy installations. Army Men: Air Attack 2 sometimes referred to as “Blade’s Revenge” 2001 PlayStation, PlayStation 2 The sequel to Army Men: Air Attack. It includes 2 new helicopters, the “King Cobra” and the “Osprey”, in addition to the Chinook and Apache. There is a new co-pilot named “Bombshell”. In this game each co-pilot has a special secondary weapon which can only be used by that co-pilot. Portal Runner 2001 PlayStation 2, Game Boy Color This spin-off of Sarge’s Heroes focused on Vikki Grimm and Bridgette Bleu. In this game, Bridgette Bleu, trapped Viki Grimm in another dimension through the use of a portal. In this game, Vikki and a lion named Leo, must find the right portal, to take them back to the “Plastic World”. Amy Men World War: Team Assault 2002 PlayStation The last game released in the World War series and the last released for the PlayStation. Army Men: Air Combat The Elite Missions 2003 Nintendo GameCube The Final game in the air combat series gave gamers the same experience from the N64 original with upgraded features, graphics, and new levels. Army Men: RTS 2002 Windows, PlayStation 2, Nintendo GameCube This game was one of the last Army Men titles released before The 3DO Company filed for bankruptcy. This Army Men game is a 3D Real Time Strategy game. It provided a brand new perspective on the Army Men game – base building, and a fully 3D camera. This game does provide some unique elements such as collecting the melted plastic after a battle and recycling it to create a fresh supply of troops. It is also unique (along with Army Men: Sarge’s War), in that all of the soldiers in these games are equipped with metal weapons, grenades and minesweepers as opposed to most other games in the series, which offer plastic weapons. Army Men: Turf Wars 2002 Game Boy Advance The Tan Army has struck once again and has taken over a Green Army base. Colonel Grimm has formed a two-man team: Sergeant Hawk and a blue spy to fight the Tan Army. Army Men: Sarge’s War 2004 Windows, PlayStation 2, Xbox, Nintendo GameCube The last game that follows the series. Lord Malice has formed a secret militia of Tans, who have attacked the Green and Tan nations at the Green-Tan peace ceremony. Everyone, including Colonel Grimm, Vikki, and General Plastro, have been killed, however, Sergeant Hawk and Malice’s militia have survived Sarge then seeks revenge on Lord Malice. This game was initially developed by The 3DO Company, but after 3DO filed for bankruptcy, the game was purchased, completed, and released by Crave Entertainment. The game is more realistic than its predecessors; for example, when Sarge is shot, holes will appear in his body. Army Men: Soldiers of Misfortune 2008 PlayStation 2, Wii, Nintendo DS Soldiers of Misfortune is the latest game of the series, published by Destination Software, Inc. The plot of Soldiers of Misfortune is a major departure from the rest of the series. No mention is made of the regular Army Men characters, or of any events that occurred in past games. The player assumes the role of a young boy named Timmy, who imagines himself as a toy soldier and use weapons such as a miniature dart. This game is not officially part of the series, and is not considered canonical. The game was a failure and received largely negative reviews similar to Major Malfunction, many fans consider Soldiers of Misfortune to be the worst game in the series. Army Men: Mobile Ops 2010 Mobile The newest mobile game brings back the war between the Green and Tan army.
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