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History Channel's Civil War: The Game - Great Battles

Platform : Windows 98, Windows Me, Windows XP
1.9 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews

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  • Determine the destiny of a country in this historical action-adventure
  • Use your skills as a strategic thinker and a tactical commander
  • Calvary, musketeers, riflemen, cannons, 3D battlefields, and more
  • Civil War timeline; historical documents; 100s of real photographs
  • Preserve the Union or win independence for Dixie; for 1 or 2 players
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Product Details

  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • ASIN: B000098XKG
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: April 28, 2004
  • Average Customer Review: 1.9 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,645 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)
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  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes
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I am an avid Civil War buff and I watch the History Channel regularly. I located this game at a retail outlet store and was persuaded by the fact that it was advertised as Windows XP compatible and bore the prominently displayed and obvious endorsing labels of the History Channel and HAP (Don Troiani, well known art historian). The game is produced and marketed by Activision Value Publishing.

The game would not load beyond the install screen. The Activision web page had only 3 somewhat related FAQ for online technical assistance, which were not helpful. Further, Activision has not replied to my email requests for technical assistance or even generated an automatic electronic reply.

If you can't get the game loaded and the company won't respond at all to inquiries, how does that bode for the quality, authenticity and entertainment value of the product if you ever succeed at installation.

With a little research I have discovered there are other Civil War computer games available that gamers recommend frequently. It doesn't appear that this is one of them.
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Run don't walk from this game. After reading Michael Shaara's "Killer Angels" I was in the mood for a Civil War computer game and came across this one by chance. It installed easily enough, but everything took forever to load and a few times the game locked up my computer. I can't figure out why the game would lock so often. The graphics and game engine are very remedial. The game plays like a North vs. South game of checkers. Moving your "symbols" from State to State instead of square to square. When you land on an occupied State, a battle screen is loaded (very slowly I might add). Without describing these battles in detail, they play like a late 80's Nintendo game. You try to move your troop symbols into place on the battle map. You can simply win a "victory" by outnumbering or outpositioning the competition (and again, things move very slowly).
So to try to fix some of the bugs in the game, I logged onto the Activision website to see if there was a patch/update for the game. There was so I tried to install it, it never would install correctly. Tech support was non-existent. After 3 lock ups and extremely, extremely slow game play, "The Civil War Game" will be up for sale on eBay soon. Shame on the History Channel for putting there name on this.
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A Kid's Review on December 15, 2005
I am an avid Civil War buff and saw this at Comp USA one day. I decided to buy it, and I went home and installed it. The game worked fine, but it is incredibly bad! The graphics are terrible, you command like 5 people, you barely ever win, and it's turn-based! If you are looking for a GOOD Civil War game from The History Channel, I suggest Take Command 1861: The Battle of Bull Run
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I have had this game for a number of years now. I originally used it on my old computer which had XP - it loaded and played fine - and then I reloaded it onto my current computer which uses Windows 7. No - the graphics aren't great and yes it is a "move piece" style of game - but what do you want for the price. There are different skill levels and if you are smart you can learn where to find "the sweet spots" on the battlefields so as to maximize destroying the enemy units while incurring less damage. The key to this game is to remember that the computer is designed to always attack - so use that against it. Mass your forces out of range and wait for them to attack you so you can destroy them in detail. Also - the computer will "give up" after a time (different for each level) where the enemy will no longer pursue you so that you can "run the clock down" and survive if badly outnumbered. This allows you to move reinforcements into the area in time. The key is to mass your forces and buy as much seige artillery as possible as this allows you to destroy the enemy forces before they come into range. Remember - destroy their artillery first and then their sharpshooters as these inflict the most damage against you - then take out their infantry units as they come into range. On Hard level you want to cut off portions of their armies and then buy a new general and army to hold those forces down while you move a second large army and general with siege artillery to consolidate the rest of the map - then move on the final capital otherwise capture all 4 capitals and win. Final note - this is NOT a "shoot them up POV" game. This is a game of STRATEGY - not unlike chess. The object of this game is to think strategically and deploy your forces to win - not simply shoot at something. If that's what you want - get Call of Duty.
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I got this game preplayed for a low price. I think it would be fun but I can not play it past 14 turns before it freezes. I was able to install the patch, but the problem persists. As stated in the other reviews, tech support is lacking. It seems that Activision was out to make a quick buck with the History channels logo.
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This game lives up to the standards of the Hysterical Channel. Like most of their productions, it's a simplistic piece trash designed for the moronic masses who don't know any better. I paid $9.99 for it in Comp USA. They should have paid me to take it off their hands.
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