Excerpt: Battalion Wars offered a lot on the GameCube but didn't quite fulfil its potential as a multi-fronted war-time action game. With the sequel improvements have certainly been made, an online multiplayer mode added and tight Wii controls implemented, but sadly it still falls short of being a classic. Still, with a heavy dose of political commentary and some impressive presentation, it's one of the Wii's most entertaining action titles.
Excerpt: I have to admit that I have a soft spot for turn based strategy games and I can spend huge amounts of time just watching my opponent squirm under my wrath. Games like Military Madness (Turbographx) and Iron Storm (Sega Saturn) are some of my favorites. When the Battalion Wars series debuted on Nintendo’s handheld hardware as Advance Wars the game quickly became one of my top 10 titles.
Conclusion: However, the action itself is pretty darn good. Here players control their various units, taking direct control of a single unit, while ordering commands to all of the others. By going this route, Battalion Wars II does a good job of mixing action with a bit of strategy. There's plenty of opportunity to run around and shoot at stuff, while at the same time managing one's forces, attacking incoming enemy units, while keeping in mind that certain units do a better job of...
Excerpt: A few years back, Kuju Entertainment released Battalion Wars on the GameCube. In it, players took control of the Frontier army, plagued by a teetering relationship with a neighboring force, the Tundran army. The game introduced a clever blend of gameplay that could only be described as having an Action/Real-Time Strategy foundation.
Conclusion: After the first Battalion Wars I was a little skeptical regarding whether or not the series would see another release. Fortunately the sequel is just as good, if not slightly better than, the original game. It finds a home on the Wii and fans of the strategy genre should definitely give a spin to see how Kuju Entertainment developed it. There are some unique elements here blended with a decent backdrop and some interesting controls.
Conclusion: THE VERDICT: It's fun, it's fast and it'll keep most of you plebs occupied for a while. Thing is, it doesn't do enough to really warrant a place in most collections, and the sometimes-dodgy controls can be a pisser. It's a good enough distraction though, and surely worth picking up for a cheap-o price, if only to pad out the Wii collection with something that isn't a minigame encrusted abortion.