Wargame is back, this time better than ever in the new installment : Wargame AirLand Battle. Anyone who may remember the earlier review I did on the first game in the series will remember I gave it tonnes of praise, which in my opinion it deserved. AirLand Battle vastly improves on the foundations that the previous title, European Escalation, built.
So for those who don’t know, what is the Wargame series? Well, the games are Real Time Strategy games based around a World War 3 scenario. With AirLand Battle, there is over 800 units from 12 different nations so you are certainly spoiled for choice when it comes to picking the way you want to play, from jet fighters to mobile infantry, this game has it all.
Many of the mechanics in the game remain mostly identical to those of the previous title with many small improvements across the board. The game has also received a new lick of paint and now comes across as a much more accessible game. The Deck system, where you decide what units you would like to go into battle with, has been streamlined and is now easier to navigate as well as the HUD during battles, offline and online. One big upgrade is the campaign mode as it has been completely redone. There is now another layer to the campaign as now not only must you control what goes on during battles but tactically place your battle groups on a map of Scandinavia.
There have also been some huge additions to the gameplay with the main one being the inclusion of jet fighters. These new units add another dynamic to the battlefield as teams must now also fight for air supremacy as well as manage their ground forces. I find this addition makes a great game even better.
While on the topic of the inclusion of more units, Wargame has a great reputation for continually adding more and more. With the release of the game’s first DLC, ‘Vox Populi’, 24 new units have been added to the game along with new maps and game modes. Oh did I mention that the DLC is free too?
Now on the the more tech spec side of things. While you do not need a €1000 computer rig to play this game, it is still somewhat demanding. But in fairness, the game only becomes demanding when you want to run everything on High settings with good frames per second. I use quite a low standard Intel integrated graphics card on a laptop and on Low settings the game runs perfectly.
Overall, Wargame Airland Battle is another fantastic installment of a great strategy game series and I can not recommend it enough to anyone who might even have a slight interest in this genre of game. There is very little negative I can say about it!
So what are you waiting for? Pick your side and wage war!