Elements of War – is a modern RTS set in the post-apocalyptic world suffering from a global technological disaster. The failed tests of experimental climate weaponry completely destroyed Washington, D.C., burying the government of the United States under ruins. In a sequence of ecological disasters all over the world, the European Expeditionary Corps was sent to the war-torn USA where different factions battle for control.
The story of Elements of War will unfold gradually over the 12 missions of the single-player campaign, in which you will command the joint forces of Russia, Germany, France and USA. You will engage in thrilling battles enriched by highly detailed gameplay animations, realistic particle physics and dynamic weather that will affect gameplay directly. A variety of contemporary and modern military hardware aid you in restoring peace throughout the world. Use highly advanced weaponry to influence weather and climate to your advantage on the battlefield.
The beginning of the story sounds interesting - weather weapon research went wrong, but then it goes very boring way... You and your allies must piece the country back together while discovering the secrets behind the disaster. And of course in your way stands an enemy who wants to rule the world. As you play, you will be completing objectives. For each completed objective, you will receive points that you can spend on a diverse range of units which becomes available more and more as you progress trough the missions. Many of them will be standard units, like infantry for example. Others will be dubbed "elementals", which will allow you to have a bit more fun - kill your enemies using the forces of nature. There is a very strict population cap, and you will be outnumbered most of the time, so the game is quite hard. I like that, it gives you the challenge, something to sweat for. The graphics, sounds and physics are well made, and they really satisfied my needs. Everything is very detailed, I especially liked the details on tanks. Even some latter titles I've played haven't had such details on the machinery as this game did... There also are a few downsides of this game: the multiplayer mode isn't something you will be doing. Unit distinction - it's really hard to know which units you just selected, that can be very annoying at times. Path finding is programmed poorly - you'll find your units taking the longest route possible sometimes. So I would say that this game is worth around 20€, at least that's what I would pay for it if I would have to buy it one more time. I suggest waiting for a discount, if you want to buy it, discounts aren't rare on this site - they are very common!
I advise anyone looking to buy this to NOT buy this. The game is currently on the way to free play as it seems. http://elementsofwar.gamigo.com/ I've played it and it is not worth thirty dollars. Animations for troops is terrible. Game play is mundane. It feels like the developers tried to mix a lot of ideas but failed miserably. Factions do not feel unique at all. You cannot play as anyone other than the United States which leads to a very dull game. The ai is beyond dumb. When you play against the ai, you can tell how scripted it is. It captures the points and doesn't attack you if your not in it's way. However, you can simply avoid it and win. It is obvious as to why the game would be free to play. Did I mention the choppy animations? Units don't look like they're running or shooting, they look like they're robots.
When I first bought this, I enjoyed it so much that I told all my friends to get it; none did. However after I showed the game to a few of them, they began to come round and decided that they wanted this odd Real Time Strategy. You can choose to play as USA, Russia or Germany and the story is actually quite original; the world has suffered a nuclear disaster and four countries have come together to fight rebel factions who are slowly seizing control around the world. Great fun, and although I have had the game for a while I still dig it out sometimes.
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