2 SIDES, 12 NATIONS, 750 UNITS: THE STRATEGY GAME REFERENCE IS BACK! Richer, more beautiful and more accessible, Wargame AirLand Battle is the sequel to the explosive real-time strategy game Wargame European Escalation! 1985.
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Release Date: May 29, 2013

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"If your a RTS Lover here is a game for you. It is not for the light hearted this game will test your mental fortitude. Great game if you love RTS's."

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“AirLand Battle is a deep, rewarding endeavor worthy of any strategy nut's time”
8,4/10 – http://uk.ign.com/articles/2013/06/05/wargame-airland-battle-review

“One of the year's best”
9,0/10 – http://www.rtsguru.com/game/492/article/5969/WarGame-AirLand-Battle-One-of-the-Years-Best.html

About This Game

2 SIDES, 12 NATIONS, 750 UNITS: THE STRATEGY GAME REFERENCE IS BACK!

Richer, more beautiful and more accessible, Wargame AirLand Battle is the sequel to the explosive real-time strategy game Wargame European Escalation!

1985. After several months of tension between NATO and the Warsaw Pact, an incident in the North Sea suddenly sets the world on fire, starting an all-out war.
Command the entire military resources of the period, and plunge into the heart of a new dynamic campaign! With the arrival of air forces, select from a phenomenal array of 750 units (including tanks, planes, helicopters, and infantry) to build your army. Engage in spectacular battles with unmatched strategic depth, on huge battlefields as large as 150km², powered by a new graphics engine.

Impressive in solo play, Wargame AirLand Battle is even more engaging online. The game features ultra-complete multiplayer modes, where up to 20 players do battle simultaneously!

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS:WINDOWS XP SP3/WINDOWS VISTA SP2/WINDOWS 7/WINDOWS 8
    • Processor:AMD/INTEL DUAL-CORE 2.5 GHZ
    • Memory:2048 MB RAM
    • Graphics:256 MB 100% DIRECTX 9 AND SHADERS 3.0 COMPATIBLE ATI RADEON X1800 GTO/NVIDIA GEFORCE 7600 GT/INTEL HD 3000 OR HIGHER
    • DirectX®:9.0
    • Hard Drive:15 GB HD space
    • Sound:DIRECTX 9 COMPATIBLE
    • Other Requirements:Broadband Internet connection
    • Additional:INTERNET CONNECTION REQUIRED FOR ACTIVATION AND ONLINE GAMING
    Recommended:
    • Additional:INTERNET CONNECTION REQUIRED FOR ACTIVATION AND ONLINE GAMING
    Minimum:
    • OS:MAC OS X 10.6.8
    • Processor:INTEL CORE 2 DUO 2.4 GHZ
    • Memory:2048 MB
    • Graphics:256 MB ATI RADEON HD 4670/NVIDIA GEFORCE GT120/320M OR HIGHER
    • Hard Drive:15 GB HD space
    • Other Requirements:Broadband Internet connection
    • Additional:INTERNET CONNECTION REQUIRED FOR ACTIVATION AND ONLINE GAMING
    Minimum:
    • OS:UBUNTU 12.04 LTS/UBUNTU 12.10
    • Processor:AMD/INTEL DUAL-CORE 2.5 GHZ
    • Memory:2048 MB
    • Graphics:256 MB SHADERS 3.0 COMPATIBLE. ATI RADEON X1800 GTO/NVIDIA GEFORCE 7600 GT/INTEL HD 3000 OR HIGHER
    • Hard Drive:15 GB HD space
    • Other Requirements:Broadband Internet connection
    • Additional:INTERNET CONNECTION REQUIRED FOR ACTIVATION AND ONLINE GAMING
Helpful customer reviews
53 of 56 people (95%) found this review helpful
25.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 16, 2014
Alright, let's get on with the fact that this game is AWESOME!!! This game is almost an exact replica of RUSE, except for a few mechanics that are overall different with the game. Wargame: Airland Battle is a sequel to the huge-hit of a strategy game called Wargame: European Escalation, which sets you on a collision course with the Warsaw Pact, an alliance of communist nations including Russia. You can play as either the PACT or NATO in an epic campaign to blow up your enemies before they destroy you. It has more units, WAY better graphics, and the new addition of jets. Anyway, let's get to the pros and the cons.

Pros:
- It is easy to run this game on any computer. You can even run this on a laptop with decent graphics.
- There is a HUGE unit variety. Each unit in every faction serves a purpose, and sometimes you will actually lose a battle because you don't have a specific unit.
- There are 12 countries, all spread out through 2 factions.
- There is a decent amount of gamemodes at your disposal.
- The graphics are BEAUTIFUL if you have a computer able to handle ultra-high graphics.
- There is no damage bar or health bar for your units. Instead, there is morale, which can be crushed by artillery and prolonged suppressive fire. And if your units are armored, like the M1A1 Abrams, it will be a tough time to even penetrate it's armor.
- The strategy and tactics in this game are absolutely CRUCIAL to even get far into this game. You need to maintain a stable economy of supplies while at the same time sending more units out to kick some more ♥♥♥.
- The sounds in this game are pretty good. The explosions sound like explosions, and the whistling of artillery shells and tank cannon shells wizzing by is extremely satisfying.
- There is an enormous amount of effort for the units, as they look really good.
- There is a suppressing mechanic, which if you fire artillery or something else at an enemy unit, they will be supressed, meaning they won't be able to move for a short time.
- The best mechanic is probably the fact that once you lose a unit, you can't get it back for the rest of the game, so tactics to minimize your losses and maximize your kills is crucial for survival.
- There is an actual fog of war mechanic, as every unit has a sight range. You will NEED scouts and recon units to scope out enemy units and to know what is happening most of the time.

Cons: (no game is without its defects)
- This game is brutal to new players, as even the AI can catch you off guard if you aren't paying attention.
- The Hud is a huge cluster♥♥♥♥ in large battles, you will be spending precious time trying to find your tank group in the middle of an apparently huge staging area for your allies while your forces get destroyed one by one.
- The fact that there is no way to get back your units after they are destroyed.
- The 'maintaining an economy' factor is more often than not overwhelming for noobs.
- The fact that a group of weaker tanks are almost no match for a stronger tank. Armor is a factor, but eventually the armor has to give, right?

Overall, this is a complex but very fun strategy game. it's like RUSE, but with better graphics and a WAY bigger unit variety. Not to mention the fact that each country has it's own strengths and weaknesses. For instance, America seems to be the most balanced between maneuverability and firepower while being expensive, whereas the Russians are cheap, but pack a big punch. This game is the perfect game if you are a fan of RUSE or any other strategy game like this one.

I will rate this a 9/10. Only missing 10 because of the HUD and some other factors that are in question.
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69 of 83 people (83%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
137.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 13
Like killing Commies?
Like being a Commie?
Like Freedom?
Like RTS?
Like large scale warfare?
Like Canada?

Get this game.
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30 of 37 people (81%) found this review helpful
16 people found this review funny
382.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 24
Learned how to say "Please help me, I'm on fire and I blame you, commander" in several European languages.

11/10 would accidentally napalm my own troops again.
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
162.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 26
Great RTS with modern military units and equipment. Game is similar to ruse but a lot different. This isnt just your average rts game where you buy units and go head on head with enemies, Doing this with make you lose. It takes a lot of ambushing the enemies and approching them from the front and side. You can have units from foot, ground, and air. The maps are really big. Dont forget your troops can run out of fuel, break engine parts, and run out of ammo. I highly recommend the series of wargame!
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
67.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 15
it feels like a massive upgrade from Ruse! Developers have done well with this game wiill be looking forward to what next they will bring out
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12 of 20 people (60%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 8
Sent 30 tanks, every one of them got annihilated by one apache.


10/10 would do again
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
9.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 9
Listed at $19.99, this Military RTS game might just be the best of its kind. The Wargame series is the best, RTS series out there. Wargame: Airland Battle is the best in the series, may not be as recent as Red Dragon, but still makes Red Dragon look like a game for 3 year olds.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
33.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 28
"Wargame: Airland Battle" is not one of it's kind only becouse it now has both - prequel and sequel. But in all other aspects I don't recall game like this. While on first sight it seems to be another Real Time Wargame it has something that makes it different. In ways that matters. It has genuine feel of actuall battlefield, putting weight on planning and executing strategy, right choice of troops, combined arms and maintaining your troops supplied instead of inhuman reflex and micro management. Really big list of available units equipped with things that matters (for example there is a difference between various types of guided missiles) gives players a lot of flexibility while constructing their own "deck". And the looks. Today a bit outdated, still has its appeal. I must confess that I constantly switch between zooms. Looking from far away I have a clear sight of what's going on, with nice icons marking location and troop type. And when looking at close it's hell of a fun to see how your tanks move along the road, escorted by choppers above them...
If I were to give one reason why niot to buy and play "Wargame: Airland Battle" I would say it's becouse you can buy and play "Wargame: Red Dragon".
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
80.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 14, 2014
Great game.....good for multi players with the right people....
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4 of 7 people (57%) found this review helpful
69.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 4
This game is way too fast for solid realistic tanctics. It looks like reailistic just on the skin ( with all detailed unit types ), but at the end it is just crazy run like C&C Generals or Starcraft. Very bad THERE IS NO PAUSE or no time control unlike in other serious strategy games. It is almost impossible to manage so many units with detailed micro management required ( puting them to bush ). At the end it is not about tactis, but just about clicking fast enought to keep paste with computer :(. There is also no save in tactical battles. I think European Escalation was much better.

From technical point of view there is also problem in Linux with nVidia GPUs, which cause the game to freeze. And technical support of developers does not respond to this issue.
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10 of 19 people (53%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
9.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 29, 2014
The game has too many details to control for a real time strategy, and in the end make very difficult to explore fully the different possibilities the game was supposed to offer... It is like entering a restaurant with hundred of options and then discover that they have only one ingredient available...
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 15
I really enjoyed this game, but it takes a whilte to get use to. If you're a slow learner then this game won't be very good for you. The online matchmaking could be better, the campaign could be better too, either I'm stupid or I sat on the campaign map for 20 minutes trying to figure it out. But over all the game is pretty fun when you know what you're doing, if you want a modern military strategy game, either for campaign or Multiplayer against other people then get this.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
21.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 18, 2014
well im not gunna lie i've played rts games sincei was a kid and after finally getting a decent pc i've got this. My god its like any rts i have ever played. Despite it being hard whn you first play it as i had no idea what the heck i was doing, after a few hours starting to get the jist.

Pro's: massive maps
4v4 games ( can be with or without ai)
a ♥♥♥♥ ton of vehcles which are all real units with real specs!
several game modes, ( destructin is a favourite)
highlty detailed
each game is completly different so it won't get dull
explosions everywhere!!

Cons:
the only main one is not having infite units which is good and bad. Good so you don't spam op units bad side is once there dead, they are dead and you may have a few spare.
needs more explosions!

I am still amazed at how this game is its just amazing and mind blowing. If you are wiling to learn how to play it decent then i highly recommend it!!

(9.0/10
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 15
Sole tutorial among all series
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432 of 465 people (93%) found this review helpful
490.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 25, 2013
Yes. Buy this is you like proper strategy games. Multiplayer centric, don't play this for the SP experience. Worth every penny, more if you have friends to play with.

Do not treat this like Star Craft or C&C - it is more like SupCom, minus base building and "super unit rush" - you need to think about what you are doing.

Graphics work on nearly any machine conceivable and cross platform.

10/10

For those going "How can it run on nearly any machine?" please check this screenshot of minimum settings.
http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=231506644
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281 of 306 people (92%) found this review helpful
1,110.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 25, 2013
Best GLORIOUS VICTORY simulator ever created.

This multiplayer real-time strategy game centers itself on the scenario of the cold war going hot. With authentic representation of units from NATO and Warsaw PACT.

Before going into a game you can build your own decks. In these you can put a variety of units to choose from a pool of 800+ ranging from infantry men to air superiority fighters. This deck has a limited amount of points for "cards" depending on the faction or nation you choose. Also it allows for specializations such armored or paratrooper decks
The game lacks base building and instead it is focused on the control of zones in the map with Command Vehicles, depending on the game type, these areas provide income to buy units or victory points.

The game has a pretty steep learning curve, but it is really adictive.
Highly recommended
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304 of 347 people (88%) found this review helpful
753.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 12, 2013
Im always in the search of realistc high end graphics modern military warfare Real Time Strategy (RTS) games and hybrids.Its one of those games.My rating 9.5/10
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364 of 454 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
58.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 22, 2013
Contact a doctor if this game has not given you an erection after 30 minutes of gameplay
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98 of 108 people (91%) found this review helpful
71.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 29, 2013
If you like modern day war games, commanding your own army and lots of fire power this is the game you are looking for, its got to be the best Strategy war fighting game out there to date its an amazing game.
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79 of 82 people (96%) found this review helpful
84.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 12, 2014
Wargame Airland Battle may quite possibly be the best RTS game I have ever played and I have played a lot of them. Airland Battle certainly goes to the top-3 anyway.

In 1970s and 80s Cold War gets hot and it's your job to command NATO or Warsaw Pact troops. There is an alright single player campaign with interesting innovations and relatively challenging AI. That however is mostly training for multiplayer, because that's where the most fun is going to be.

We Wargame players always like to remind people about the fact that Wargame is not Command & Conquer. In most cases you can't just send tons of tanks against enemy and expect the side with more units to win. Enemy is propably going to be hiding in cover in an innocent looking forest with ATGMs that may take out one third of your units and suppress the rest before you even spot the enemy.

No, you have to take into account all sort of things. I'm not sure how to explain clearly enough how many things, so I figured a bunch of examples could do the job.

You need to have command vehicles that can claim sectors and give you more points. You should also have at least something in reserve guarding these CVs (or artillery units for example) because many players like to send special forces in choppers to take out these expensive and vulnerable units. You have to keep your units supplied because your costly heavy tanks are going to be useless without fuel or ammunition. You need to have AA because there are propably a bunch of tank killer planes or choppers waiting for them. You need recon vehicles because most units (especially armored ones) have poor optics and they can't really shoot if you haven't spotted their targets for them.

The list just goes on and that's what makes Wargame cool.

In other words, Wargame series is more complex and way more realistic than standard RTS games. There are over 800 Cold War-era units from 12 nations. They all have their own stats like eg. armor (frontal/side/rear/top), weapons (type/range/precision/power/guidance system etc.), speed (in terrain and on road), size or experience. Sometimes the fight is won by the player who knows the technical data of the units better.

Of course you aren't going to use all these units at once when you play. Wargame Airland Battle has an innovative system called "decks" that define what limited amount of units you have available. Basically you can either make a standard deck in which you choose from all the NATO or Warsaw Pact units the ones you want. Often it is more interesting to choose some limitations for your deck and get some bonuses in return. You can choose to use one specific nationality, to specialize as an armored deck or marine deck for example, or to have only older units. Players can have tons of different decks that can specialize in specific roles and strategies.

Oh yes, the strategies. I love the way you can get enemy totally off balance with a successfully pulled cunning plans. Once we managed to attack an enemy reinforcement sector with choppers full of special forces and a command chopper. It was hilarious when we took the reinforcement point allowing me and my team mates to call in heavy armor right behind enemy lines. The poor enemy team got stuck between two fronts.

Still, you shouldn't be intimidated by the amount of stuff to learn even if these things weren't somewhat familiar from other games. Play some singleplayer campaigns against the kind of challenging AI. Go watch a couple of Wargame videos on Youtube because there are some guys who really know what they are doing. Lastly, you can play the campaigns of the previous game, Wargame European Escalation, because they actually teach a lot of basics in a humane pace. It's not the end of the world even if you happened to loose a multiplayer match.

TL;DR: What im trying to say is that Wargame doesn't really get old like many other games because every match is at least a bit different. Wargame is fun because there are so many strategies to use and anything can happen on the field. That's why it's also challenging always allowing players to get better at it. Wargame combines depth and realism with inventive strategies and kind of Starcraft-like need to react fast to changing situations. If that sounds good, I sincerely reccommend Wargame Airland Battle (as we wait for the sequel).
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