(Observer (UK) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) As a fan of maritime shooter Navy Field, making the switch to dry land with this free Xbox conversion of the already hugely popular PC title made for a pleasing change of scenery. Although the premise of both is similar, here, rather than warships, one drives second world war-era tanks in a shoot-out that bears more than a passing resemblance to the PS One classic Panzer Front
Currently, only German, American and British tanks are playable, and the lack of any Russian machines is a little disappointing, although they are set to be included in a forthcoming expansion. Still, there's plenty of variety to keep players interested, with everything from light scout vehicles to heavy self-propelled artillery included. Graphically solid, without being spectacular, the conversion shows no obvious glitches.
The fighting, all live online, is generally fast, furious and terrific fun, and while some of the early vehicles available represent clunky first world war relics, after levelling up, better models become available for purchase. And therein lies how this free game works commercially, with holders of the premium (paid-for) account receiving greater rewards for their performance at the end of a round, and the ability to unlock improved equipment more quickly. The good stuff isn't cheap - the high-velocity premium game is pounds 70 for 12 months, on top of the expense of Xbox Live - but those who are prepared to be patient can reap the benefits without the added expense.