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- Take command of the two super coalitions, the Axis and the Allies, and re-fight WWII in Europe!
- Play on a top-down hex based map where each hex covers 20 miles that includes all the key cities, railroads, logistical centers and maritime trade routes.
- Play with a choice of 3-D unit graphics or NATO counters if you prefer a more traditional wargaming experience
- Research and upgrade your units with a unique level of choices! Infantry Weapons, Rockets, Anti-Submarine Warfare, Amphibious Warfare, and more!
- Use Diplomacy to win over new allies and use your intelligence to undermine the enemy!
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Take control over either the Axis or the Allies, while directing the efforts of each nation belonging to your alliance. From this unique perspective, you will be the supreme mastermind behind the entire conduct of operations, deciding the priorities, the strategies, and coordinating your global efforts to win the war! Each nation in your coalition will have their own strengths and weaknesses, levels of technology, troops, equipment, and industrial capacity, and it will be up to you to make the best use of all of them! Wage war across land, sea and air, employing a wide range of historical units combined with multiple avenues of technological upgrades. With research and development, the demands of combat and limited resources, balancing the day to day requirements of the war against your long term strategy will all be critical to ultimate success and victory. Diplomacy and espionage will also be key tools to employ against your enemy as a war like this cannot be fought solely with military forces. Manage your relationships with neutral powers – encourage or pressure them to join your alliance, support your war effort or deny their resources to the enemy! Through careful management of your resources, judicious research choices, wise strategic choices and brilliant deployment of your military plan, you can shape the outcome of this terrible conflict whilst continually competing against one of the most advanced AIs ever made. In Strategic Command the enemy will counter attack you every time, taking advantage of your weak points, setting traps for your forces, while waging a brutally efficient campaign on every front. Fury Software's aim with the Strategic Command series has always been to recreate World War II in a deep yet very accessible manner. Experienced wargamers will find much to love in it!
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But looks are not everything, and this game delivers on multiple levels. Earlier Fury games were not so pleasing, but you can see the designers have learned important lessons from their earlier efforts.
The game system is quite streamlined: move and shoot. Add to that air units and HQs and supply and zones of control and you've got yourself a wargame. On top of this are historical events requiring the player's attention - whether to initiate the "Winter War" vs. Finland, to send allied troops to Finland, to send the Afrika Corps to Libya, not to mention R&D, construction of new units, diplomacy, and U-Boats. It's all there.
It is a fun, engaging game. The turns do not take an extremely long time to process, unlike some other strategy games, and the graphics are beautiful. it is a joy to play, and it is highly recommended you buy the version with the manual (this one) because it is a nice, thick, hard-bound book with a wealth of information, not only about game mechanics, but how to actually play the game.
AI very difficult to beat at it's higher levels, a goal that has eluded me actually, AND there are a number of ways to either beef your side up or strengthening to AI. I dare you to win at medium level, intermediate, equality, and AND no experience bonus for AI
I contacted Slitherine and they were no help at all. They told me to contact Amazon. Amazon says it's now past the date at which they can do anything because the game was purchased in December. True, it was, but I only got around to trying to install it yesterday and found that I could not.
So that's $60 ($55 for the game and $5 for the giftwrap) completely wasted. Granted, that was someone else's money but what difference should that make?
Thanks, Slitherine, thanks Amazon! Someone should have a nice meal with the money the gifters spent. Free money to you, because we didn't get what we paid for.