Conclusion: Jutland is aimed with precise accuracy at naval enthusiasts. That audience can be hard to please but should embrace this product with joy. Version 1.006 still raises questions about the game’s AI and gunnery accuracy. Storm Eagle Studios will address these issues as they have with their earlier product. Given its graphics, scale and accuracy, Jutland is the pinnacle of real-time tactical naval gaming.
Pros: Superb graphics; interesting scenarios and campaigns; fine replay value; accurate and detailed ships; improved interface; robust editor
Cons: Mediocre terrain graphics; restrictive copy protection; questionable AI
Excerpt: DEFCON is a war game from British developer Introverson Software, the guys who created Uplink and Darwinia. In DEFCON, you have a dehumanized 1980s vector graphics computer-themed world map, a varied arsenal of nuclear weapons, and one objective: to kill as many foreign citizens as possible! Yeah, DEFCON is all about one thing; nuking your human or AI opponents until they glow!! DEFCON is a top-down real time strategy game.
Conclusion: It's no bad thing that Defcon has managed to skirt around that potential minefield however, as otherwise we'd be missing out on one of the best independently developed titles to reach any desktop in years. As a casual strategist or a hardcore simulation fan, Defcon contains enough elements to involve anybody in the fight for global thermonuclear dominance, and you won't want to leave any time soon.
Excerpt: DEFCON was always going to be an easy sell for Introversion. You just can't beat 'Global Thermonuclear War' as a concept, particularly when it's a multiplayer game. I mean, who doesn't want to launch a few nukes at their mates? But it's more than that, and it's clear Introversion don't want us to treat the concept of nuclear war lightly.
Excerpt: Defcon is a brutal yet simple strategy game that asks you to kill more civilians than your competiton.
Pros: Addictive gameplay that is simple to understand yet surprisingly hard to master. A perfect title for strategy gamers who crave tactics and planning over the latest graphical achievements. A simple multiplayer lobby gets games going fast. Fast-paced multiplayer action ensures that Defcon is one of the better start-and-play strategy games around, not requiring hours of your attention.
Cons: The interface isn’t perfect and can be cumbersome when it comes time to select units, especially when several are grouped near one another. No current leaderboards or way to organize compeititions, though Introversion promises some kind of system is forthcoming.
Conclusion: DEFCON is clearly on its way to becoming a classic title. Not only does it tackle a thorny geopolitical issue with deft seriousness, but does so in a way that makes the game as enjoyable as it is shocking. Best of all, DEFCON contains much potential---I can easily think of many new features that could be added through official supplements or unofficial modding, thereby ever improving its already intelligent gameplay.
Pros: Riveting gameplay; clever use of audio; good replay value; plenty of set-up options.
Excerpt: Unless you spent last couple weeks hidden in your nuclear war bunker, chances are you already heard about Defcon. This game hit the strategy and wargaming forums like a storm. As one poster here on The Wargamer's forums said (quoting from memory) – "one day I didn't know anything about Defcon, next day I was playing the game like crazy; if only more gaming experiences would be like that!