Excerpt: Wargame: European Escalation boasts possibly the most obvious name for a game ever (it’s like calling Super Mario Jumpgame: Plumber Rising: Revengeance). It is, as you can no doubt surmise, about war. An alternative Cold War in fact.
Excerpt: What if the Cold War had erupted into a conventional war resulting with the democracies of the west fighting the Soviet Bloc of the east? This was a concern by both sides during the Cold War era, but the general consensus was that such a war would end up with nuclear fallout because both the USA and USSR harvested nuclear weapons.
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6 March 2012
Excerpt: As an erstwhile wargamer — Wait, don’t go! We’re going to talk about real time strategy games, I promise. As an erstwhile wargamer, I love statistics about armor thickness vs penetration values, visibility profiles, morale ratings, operational range, and so forth. One of my first computer games was a turgid turn-based affair called Mech Brigade, released at the height of the Cold War and detailing all those terrible toys that would come into play in any Red Dawn scenario...
Excerpt: Wargame: European Escalation does a very good job of simulating company to battalion-level tactical combat in a fictional conflict on the North German Plain. There is a wide array of vehicles and weapons systems for players to select from the time period. A points-based purchase system gives players the flexibility to build their formations one vehicle or squad at a time. Combat is easy to learn with a simplified list of order options and resolution is as expected.
Conclusion: Does the presentation match up to the gameplay? In a way. With the bird’s-eye view providing a satellite-style image of the battlefield, the presentation is realistic and enjoyable. When you zoom in, things get a bit more jagged around the edges, but the modelling and sounds of the battlefield are more than adequate for the game.
Pros: Excellent strategy title, with the right emphasis on tactics. Enjoyable and populated multiplayer.
Cons: Tough difficulty curve, not as graphical advanced as the likes of Shogun 2.
Summary: Как, в общем-то, и сама игра. Если принять очень жёсткие правила реализма и ни на секунду не выключать внутреннего военачальника, то вы получите очень глубокую и увлекательную стратегию в необычном сеттинге, с проработанным балансом и качественным мультиплеером, на которую не грех будет потратить неделю собственного времени.