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Designed, developed, and distributed directly by the United States Army, this game offers an insider's perspective on the real-life adventures of an American soldier. America's Army is broken into two modes of play, which follow the daily life of an American soldier and the fast-paced field action of trained operatives in do-or-die missions.
The Soldiers mode is a 2D role-playing game in which the player guides his character through an Army career by setting personal values, resources, and goals. By choosing the right motivations, the player steers his character toward success. Begin as any other recruit, in basic training, then move to through Airborne and Sniper School on the way to becoming an Army Ranger. The Soldiers portion of America's Army is designed to demonstrate the challenge, pleasure, and honor of life as a soldier.
The Operations mode of play is more action-oriented, as players take the first-person roles of skilled soldiers in the field to accomplish a variety of missions. Challenges are squad-based and the team must work together for success. The player character's particular role on the squad is determined by such factors as his leadership ability and MOS (Military Occupational Specialty). Operations is designed to deliver the excitement of a contemporary 3D shooter with the authenticity of the world's most powerful army.
America's Army was released as a free game. Interested players can order the CD-ROM or download the game directly from its official website, http://www.americasarmy.com. Though it was originally developed for IBM-compatible PCs, a July 2003 update allowed later versions of America's Army to also run on Macintosh computers that use the OS X operating system. ~ T.J. Deci, All Game Guide