on November 5, 2010
If you have ever wanted to know what it was like to command troops during the 19th century, this game is probably as close as anyone is going to get. Scourge of War - Gettysburg is a re-creation of that epic 3 day battle and more. The battlefield is divided into four separate maps which are incredibly detailed stunningly beautiful. It's almost like being inside a painting. The soldiers though, are 2D and look a bit dated. It reminds me of the early Total War games, but they blend very well with the background and do not really detract from the atmosphere of the game.
Troops under the player's command can be moved by the usual point and click method, or by writing orders, (a series of pick lists), and sent to your subordinates via mounted couriers. This last method re-creates the delay that historically occurred when troops were ordered around. The game has a number of difficulty settings that allow the player to float and move about the battlefield like the GoodYear blimp to being glued to the saddle of a horse and fight the battle just as the generals of that era did. Since this game runs in real time, don't spend too much of it enjoying the scenery.
My first try at this game was as a brigade commander in one of the tutorial scenarios. I decided to use the historic setting, not knowing, because I didn't bother to read the manual, that I would be glued to the saddle and forced to use the courier system to move my men. Not being able to see clearly due to the smoke and terrain I got into trouble very quickly. The AI found my flanks and proceeded to turn them. Firmly in its grasp, the AI called up reinforcements and a tidal wave of grey-clad soldiers swept over my command. Soon my men fled, not wanting to fight under such incompetent leadership. At this moment, I knew the game was a winner.
The historic portion of the game consists of 20 scenarios which highlight different pieces of the battle, from the opening shots to the climax of Pickett's Charge. When you tire of re-fighting history, there is also a sandbox mode where the game sets up a random battle where the player can be required to attack or defend a strong point or hunt down the unseen enemy. This AI is very, very good, so extreme caution is advised. And when it's not advised, extreme recklessness will be required to survive.
Eventually, you will weary of being humbled by the AI. The good news is that this is also a multi-player game. It has a built in lobby so you can get online and grab a game with one or more other humans opponents and allies. They're hopefully not quite as good as the computer. And if there aren't enough human commanders to go around, well, the AI is there to handle the rest.
Scourge of War is a very immersive game. The hours will fly by and your better half will become impatient, but that's to be expected. It's a little on the expensive side, but given the quality of the AI and the re-playability, it's a steal.
on February 17, 2013
I live within driving distance of Gettysburg. I have studied the battle for quite a while, but I've never "experienced" it until I played this game... Well, it's more than a "game" as you slowly begin to get beyond the "should haves" and deal in the actual confusion and haste of a battlefield encounter. Let's put it this way... It's more than a "game" but, thankfully not the bloody reality itself.
on February 14, 2013
Scourge of War: Gettysburg is an outstanding tactical game. I've played a good number of other Civil War tactical games, including "Take Command" but the game system, graphics and overall quality of play is vastly superior in Scourge of War. The game is very accurate historically; units, terrain, etc., are excellent. This is the best game of the type I've ever played. If you like Civil War tactical games, this is it.
Another reviewer talked about the game freezing, crashing, etc., but I've had no problems whatsoever. It runs flawlessly for me (my operating system is Windows 7.)
on January 14, 2013
For anyone who has an historic interest in the American Civil War and PC Gaming, this is a must have title. It does however require a powerful PC if you want to get the most from the game. Any system with less than an Intel i5 Processor, 8G RAM, and a good memory card will not allow fluid game play and the use of the best graphic settings.