Since I figured out how to use the cheat codes in the "Vietnam 2 Special Assignment" game, I've come to think that the VC characters are able to reason within the game. Is this true?
Example: When I type in the "ghost" code, I disappear. Prior to that I was being chased and shot at by the charging VC. Then in the ghost mode the characters seemed to be puzzled as to where I went. They mill around searching for me in the spot that I took my leave. They actually look puzzled in the expressions on their faces. Then, when I reappear (usually to their rear) I toss a grenade over their heads and they scurry for safety and of course start a new firefight to take me out.
And one last thing: I've traveled through all 12 levels in the ghost mode just to see what is going on inside the game without making contact. To my amazement, the characters are actively walking guard and doing other things related to their duties. Which might explain why they are not always in the same exact spots, and the numbers vary during the replay of the levels. In fact, I've altered the games firefights by appearing in places (up on high peaks with enemy lookouts and other seemingly forbidden areas for the normal run of the game)that I shouldn't have normal access to. However, the characters adapt to whatever the situation calls for. Although they seem surprised that I'm in a particular location I shouldn't be.
Oh yes, if you ever play that game, to get out of a cheat mode, you just type the T and then retype the name of the cheat code you want back to normal. You can go in and out constantly, and you can cross the blocked barriers (open space where you see another area of the game, but I guess the originators want blocked off so that you follow a correct route, because eventually you end up in that area)by using the "ghost" mode.
Any input would be appreciated. Thanks in advance! ---Jack