Men of War: Assault Squad Review (PC)


Game Review: Men of War: Assault Squad
Release: February 24, 2011
Genre: Strategy
Developer: 1C Publishing
Available Platforms: PC
Players: Single/Multi-player
MSRP: $34.99
ESRB Rating: 18+ (Blood, Mild Language, Violence)
Website: Men Of War

Men of War: Assault Squad features a completely new cooperative skirmish game mode with access to five different nations (Russia, Germany, USA, Commonwealth and, for the first time ever in the Men of War series, Japan) as well as increased realism and accessibility.

Players can get behind the controls of a tank to smash through obstacles, crush soldiers under their tracks and fire high-explosive shells at enemy emplacements, they can even take control of individual soldiers as they fight. As in previous games in the series, Men of War: Assault Squad includes the unique “direct control” feature which enables players to be in command of any unit using the WASD controls, rather than pointing and clicking.

Men Of War gives you control over a squad of soldiers it is your duty to take them into battle. Whether you run in guns blazing or use stealth is up to you but choose wisely it could change the battles outcome. Control is at your hand as you wage war play through battles using Russia, Germany, USA, Commonwealth and – for the first time ever in the Men of War series – Japan.

Controlling your squad can be done in two different ways depending on your style. If you are used to the normal RTS style you will feel right at home with the point & click method. Want to try a new way of control? Men Of War: Assault Squad offers up the WSAD keys as a way to take over the battle. Sending your squad out objectives do change but your main goal is to wage wars on enemy soldiers. During this time you will find yourself first beating minor objectives. Every minor objective like capturing key points of battle, then helps complete a major objective.

Graphically the game is stunning from the detailed environments right down to character detail. Right from the opening scene you can tell that the artists did not forget to give detail to every little piece. Sound was captivating it drew you into the action on screen you felt like you needed to take cover behind something. Being an RTS it offered much more then most I have played plus the feel of a first run through was exhilarating. Overall the game had a lot of things going for it that made it fun.

One improvement that would be nice is when you do want to use point & click controls the clicking would be more fluent. I felt at times as if I was trying to move a tank not a solider it did get frustrating. Also some units were not selectable it would be nice to have some sort of indication of these troops. Not so much on the games end but I had to shut down almost everything on the computer for it to run smoothly.

Men Of War: Assault Squad was a nice step away from the FPS war genre it was a welcome change. If you are looking for a great Real time strategy game then look no further then this title. Men Of War offered a great game and I think the price was fair for what you get. Sad that I didn’t get to play more into it for this review but will continue to play.

What you can look forward to:

– Beautiful Graphics
-Crisp sounds feels like you are there
-New features were great
-Enjoyable objectives

Over all the game deserves a 9 out of 10

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