Reviews for Wargame: Airland Battle
Strategy very well madeblofeld | Nov. 28, 2013 | See all blofeld's reviews »
First of, this game is hard. But very rewarding, once you understand how the game works, and that it is not a standard RTS game.
I read a newbie guide that stated that you need to un-learn all you know about RTS games in order to be able to win at Wargame: Airland battle. This is very true and after 29 hours of game time I can say this with certainty.
What is needed is a military interest beyond the normal "tanks are cool". You need to know almost all NATO and PACT units because when the game starts there is no room for guessing.
If you are familiar with a board game called Tac-Air, and you liked that then this is the game for you.
Some things they could have done better is implementing a save feature when you are running a battle. Not being able to save is sometimes annoying, especially with little kids :) Also, a larger single player campaign would be fun.
There is currently one DLC, offered for free which is nice. Another one is in the making to be released anytime now. This second DLC will also be free. Something that is very nice considering how other companies make us pay for content that should already be in the game.
If you are a serious strategy buff, and like RTS then get this game. If you are unsure, watch some videos on youtube first.
Great strategy gameDemilisz | Nov. 11, 2013 | See all Demilisz's reviews »
Wargame: European Escalation was very good. Airland Battle is even better - it has a more enjoyable campaign and war are now also on the sky with fighters engaged in dogfights. And this time ruling over the skies gives a huge advantage. As previously, game is constantly supported by patches and free content. All fans of previous game must buy it and the new gamers may give it a try - there is no better modern real time war game on the market now - huge maps, unit with many different statistics that really matter, very good army building system: you choose a side, NATO or Warsaw Pact, and build a deck from available units. If you want a strategy game where thinking and making right decision is more important than your APM ratio: this is for you.
Really cool and complex gameOxymore | Oct. 1, 2013 | See all Oxymore's reviews »
This is mainly a multiplayer game, you'll have to get acquainted with the "rough" community, the "rough" UI, but after all that, the game is just pure pleasure. Technically clean, on the simulation side of things, everything is right, ammunition simulation, vehicle speed, vehicle mechanical problems etc.
What's new in comparison with the original Wargame is that you can use the Air Force of each faction to perform raids on the enemies positions, the plane are coming from off map airfields, doing their bombarding/air supperiotity stuff, then back to the airfield. If one of your jet is destroyed it's not automagically regenerated, so even if they are relatively safe because of the off map component, you better not send them to suicide!
This is war !Bebop182 | Sept. 3, 2013 | See all Bebop182's reviews »
We are back in 1989, and this time its gonna hurt. No more Cold War here. This is an open conflict, where every civilised country bring in their top advanced technologies of war. You build yourself a deck of troops from a dozen of country, this represent over 800 different units, from the recon squad to the A10 thunderbolt, then you fight on maps up to 10 vs 10 players. This is World War III, and here you have to control hundred of units on the battlefield. Battlefields that are far more detailed than in the previous title european escalation. No more flat terrain, you go mountain and cliff as well as big cities and deep forests. The campaign mode is Total War like and is really fun to play and can now be enjoyed coop or pvp with the latest FREE DLC.
But beware ! this is not an easy game to play and you will learn through defeat.
Best Modern Combat Strategy game yetforgot2shave | Aug. 14, 2013 | See all forgot2shave's reviews »
This game is an extremely well designed game. The combat system and UI are straightforward and put emphasis on gameplay. It can be extremely challenging at times but that keeps me playing personally. The hideable UI options make it so the UI doesn't stay cluttered at all. The logistics mechanic is unique and coupled with the resupplying you have to do during battle makes for some very dynamic gameplay. On top of that, it's just really awesome to call in jets to rain hellfire on tanks you've spotted. This game offers hours of entertainment.
More Fluid, More Refined, Far More EnjoyableROKET | June 18, 2013 | See all ROKET's reviews »
Im sure many people will agree in saying the first game Wargame European Escalation was a good but very limited and tedious game at times. The command star system tortured noobs and the game took some serious getting used to overall.
The Story: Wargame is about a hypothetical war that occurs between NATO and PACT forces. This war is what the devs imagine would happen if the Cold War had not ended. In Airland Battle the story is fairly bare bones. You dont really get much narration aside from text and images and this differs from Wargame EEs rather involved voice work and animated portrayal of the wars progression.
Gameplay: This is where Airland Battle really shines. The sequel is far more fluid than the first game. Units respond more immediately, battle is more realisitic and there is far less spam and more tactics than before. Units also feel more valuable and effective. As the game will tell you - there are 750+ units in the game and it shows. Its spectacular and jaw dropping to say the least.
The game is also more forgiving. You still have to capture sectors of a map, you still have the ability to call in units from off map, and you still have a recharging pool of points to dedicate towards summoning units but its all faster. Overall the game is more fast paced and you are encouraged to use different tactics to destroy your enemies.
You still have to scout, you still have to use you units wisely but now you have more options too. The most apparent addition to the Wargame series is JETS. Jets are essential and a joy to use. You call them in from off map as well and can also be directed while flying around. Its really nice and a welcome surprise.
Last on the gameplay is the multiplayer. I didnt touch the multiplayer in Wargame EE because it was so insanely difficult to unlock units. In Airland Battle they take away that problem entirely and unlock everything from the beginning. Its great. Now, dont get me wrong, that doesnt mean theres no challenge to the game, no, there most certainly is but the focus now is more on tactics and smart unit selection. This is another reason why the game is so much better and more fluid.
You also cant beat the fact that there is virtually NO LAG during the massive 10v10 multiplayer matches. It still blows my mind. You just connect and play and lord is it a wonderful thing to see.
Presentation: This game is ridiculous for an RTS. The amount of detail almost doesnt make sense. You can zoom all the way out to view the entire map and beyond or zoom all the way down to a single tank as if you're in a third person shooter. Its nuts. The models are extremely good and they also did a great job with the special effects. Explosions are great and all units have a distinct weight to them. Jets feel like they are tearing through the sky and tanks and APCs feel heavy as they run down and jump over obstacles. I love seeing a vehicles suspension heave as it rounds a corner or goes over a bump. Its seriously a good looking game and looks even better with SweetFX in play.
Conclusion: All in all its a freaking great game. I owned the first and Im glad I bought the second. I know some may be jaded by what seems like a small addition of content but in reality it completely changes the game and its better now. Dont forget that this dev is one of the few that still give out free DLC. They gave out 4 last time around and one of them was another campaign. You cant beat that and they need your support.
Greatly Refreshing!DanielZo0 | June 10, 2013 | See all DanielZo0's reviews »
Great tactical strategy game with a really nice scale.
Wargame Airland Battle is an awesome strategy game because it features something that not many games like this have but which, in my opinion, greatly increases the fun a really good scale!
In WAB you fight on really large maps and thus, the units have a somehwat realistic shooting and viewing range. In this game, a normale tank shoots at about 500m range and not like 30m compared to other strategy games.
This allows for much more and deeper strategies because flanking and movement becme much more important and more fun and rewarding! Overall the game just feels better and more realistic just because of this gameplay element.
The next thing is, the units have a good damage output and armor/health. In this game, your heavy battle tank can shoot down a light tank with one hit instantly while getting nothing themselves. That means, that there is no more spamming of little units that are able to kill any foe, just if you bring enough of them. You have to be very careful what you are attacking. Again, this leads to the player needing to develop more and deeper tactics in the battle and makes the game feel more realstic and more rewarding.
The last thing that is really nice about WAB is the huge (and i mean HUGE) amount of different units that are in the game. You have not only many different categories of units but in each of them you have a wide selection of them. And they all differ in the many nice features and stats that each unit has, making them useful and giving them the right to be there and not being just for the numbers...
Fantastic game that puts the "strategy" in RTSWinTurkey | June 8, 2013 | See all WinTurkey's reviews »
Nowadays when people think RTS they think Starcraft or Company of Heroes, games which rely heavily on APM (actions per minute) and rote-learning build orders for maximum efficiency. Wargame doesn't do that, it doesn't demand fast reflexes or min-maxing construction, it requires you to understand unit synergy, positioning and cooperation with your team.
At the same time this isn't a simulator, concessions have been made to make gameplay more fun. Like the name suggests, Wargame is best described as a virtual miniature war game, giving you the best of tabletop hills and painted tank models without the high price or extremely slow paced.
The developers themselves are a dedicated bunch, releasing patches on a near-daily basis and listening to community feedback. The previous game, European Escalation, received several packs of free DLC, I expect the same to be with Airland Battle.
The only letdown is the singleplayer component. While the AI is competent enough it cannot rival a human player, the campaign while fun against another person isn't entertaining enough solo.
This is a multiplayer game first and foremost, if the idea of fighting 10v10 battles across the sweeping hills of Scandinavia using authentic ColD War weaponry appeals to you then jump right in without hesitation.
Great gamebritishlad | June 3, 2013 | See all britishlad's reviews »
This is a fantastic game however be warned this game is not for the people seeking a game similar to World In Conflict or Command and Conquer, but more of the serious armchair general who wants to play a strategic rts. The game relies heavily on knowledge of unit capabilities and weaknesses. If you are the type of gamer who simply wants to tankrush your way into victory, you will lose 80% of the time and find it frustating
I would recommend this game to anyone who seeks a challenge and is willing to learn the nuances of the game and has patience. A game like this will have a heavy following of initial newcomers who are expecting a quick/easy game and simply rage-quit when things do not go their way. This gets annoying quickly, but is not so much the game's fault as the players'. On the other end of the stick you have the hardcore followers who spend every waking minute playing the game and know every nook and cranny of it.
The game reenacts large scale battles that requires strategic use of limited resources (fuel, ammo, ect), big-picture thinking, and lots of micro-managing. Sure, there are areas that could have been improved upon in terms of gameplay and controls, but for the most part, this game is what a lot of modern/cold-war rts players have been waiting for. Highly recommended
A great strategic gameCavalieroscuro | June 1, 2013 | See all Cavalieroscuro's reviews »
Wargame AirLand Battle is a solid strategic game, where you must control the entire military resources to win the war. So you will not only use planes, but also infantry, tanks and a lot of units. The campaign is very good, around ten hours long, and there is also the multiplayer mode where you must compete with other 19 players. The graphic is very good and full of details.