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: Computer-room four star generals should be pleased with the latest real time offerings on hand for PC players. Company of Heroes , Supreme Commander , and the continuing adventures and re-releases in the Command and Conquer series all provide hope for the waning innovation in PC strategy. Does Defcon ? Let us find out together, you and I. Let me start by saying that I'd like to ignore the hype surrounding Defcon .
Excerpt: Introversion scored big with Darwinia, a game well-known for its unorthodox graphics and approach. Now, the indy developers from Britain have released the next big thing: Defcon. Defcon puts players in control of a huge nuclear arsenal to duke out doomsday using an interface that looks straight out of the classic game/nuke movie, War Games. Would you like to play a game? How about Global Thermonuclear War? Get the full story from our intrepid strategist Chris G.
Pros: ups: Vast strategic depth coupled with simple gameplay, atmospheric graphics and sound, inexpensive
Cons: downs: Awkward unit selection, server selection, Steam
Conclusion: DEFCON is fine testament to an independent developer willing to take a risk by creating games that tackle unsual ideas in thought-provoking, engaging and ultimately entertaining ways. Admittedly, DEFCON's concept isn't original in the traditional sense – the Cold War idea is ‘borrowed’ from the 1983 movie WarGames.
Excerpt: Shall we play a game? These days computer games and movies go pretty much hand in hand, whether it is a movie of a game or a game of a movie. But back in the 80’s that wasn’t so much the case. Sure there were movie tie in games, but not to the same scale we get now. In 1983 a film came out that had a unique premise. A young hacker finds his way into what he thinks is a computer game system.
Pros: Amazing strategy. Great music. Sweat inducing tension.