The new reference in RTS at its best! The Wargame series returns to duty, larger, richer and more spectacular than ever before. In Wargame Red Dragon, you are engaged in a large-scale conflict where Western forces clash against the Communist bloc.
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Release Date: Apr 17, 2014

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"Wargame: Red Dragon is bigger and more impressive than ever, but its poor naval combat is an anchor weighing it down."
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July 10

POLL: NEW MAPS FOR RED DRAGON.

In order to accede to one of Red Dragon's community’s main request, Eugen Systems has decided to add new maps to the game.

And since many among you have been lobbying for the porting of European Escalation or AirLand Battle classic maps to the new installment, we have decided to organize a poll to let you vote for your favorite ones.

The most popular will be redone, with Asian assets, and included to Red Dragon.

Read more here:
http://aoa.eugensystems.com/poll-bringing-new-maps-red-dragon/

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June 1

WARGAME FRANCHISE PACK on sale on Steam today!

For the next 30 hours, you can get all three Wargame instalments for 12,49€.
http://store.steampowered.com/sub/45320/

Don't miss it! :)

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About This Game

The new reference in RTS at its best!

The Wargame series returns to duty, larger, richer and more spectacular than ever before. In Wargame Red Dragon, you are engaged in a large-scale conflict where Western forces clash against the Communist bloc.

1991: the two blocs confront each other in a new theater of war, Asia, joined by various other countries: Japan, China, North Korea, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand.

You command the military resources of all 17 nations involved, assembling your fighting force from a phenomenal selection of 1,450 units that have been meticulously reproduced from their source! Command tanks, planes, helicopters, new warships and amphibious units in intense battles of unequaled tactical depth. Master the relief of varied, ultra realistic battlefields, dominate the new maritime areas and rewrite history in a conflict that has been directed and designed in stunning detail by development studio Eugen Systems.

Wargame Red Dragon is thrilling in single-player mode with its new dynamic campaign system, and also offers an extensive multiplayer mode where up to 20 players can compete against each other 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
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 20 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DIRECTX 9 COMPATIBLE
    • Additional Notes: INTERNET CONNECTION REQUIRED FOR ONLINE GAMING
    Minimum:
    • OS: MAC OS X 10.7
    • Processor: INTEL CORE 2 DUO 2.4 GHZ
    • Memory: 2048 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 256 MB ATI RADEON HD 4670/NVIDIA GEFORCE GT120/320M OR HIGHER
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 20 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: INTERNET CONNECTION REQUIRED FOR ACTIVATION AND ONLINE GAMING
    Minimum:
    • OS: UBUNTU 12.04 LTS 64bits/UBUNTU 12.10 64bits/SteamOS 64bits
    • Processor: AMD/INTEL DUAL-CORE 2.5 GHZ
    • Memory: 2048 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 256 MB SHADERS 3.0 COMPATIBLE. ATI RADEON X1800 GTO/NVIDIA GEFORCE 7600 GT/INTEL HD 3000 OR HIGHER
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 20 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: INTERNET CONNECTION REQUIRED FOR ACTIVATION AND ONLINE GAMING
Helpful customer reviews
76 of 92 people (83%) found this review helpful
19.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 11
The Game
The premise of the game is to play on Korean War, and for conflict between Western bloc and Eastern bloc on East Asia. The primary addition of this release is naval warfare, instead of just air and land battle that has been covered in previous series. This release will also (realistically) adds new units to all nations, as years shift to 1990 era. Like in previous series, Wargame series focus on "combined-arms" approach, where tactics and strategies are required, as just simply roll out your best tanks will only see them turned into scraps in a space of few minutes. Like in Wargame series, there are no base building, the only building you would have is the FOB (Forward Operating Base).

Before the battle, you are given option to compose a "deck" of units. Each unit have limitations and advantages. For example, you could bring out newest US armor, the US M1A2 Abrams, but you could only field 2 of them in the battle, and it costs a lot. Or you could bring out M8 AGS tank, it is weaker than Abrams, but you could field more of them, and is more cheaper. You could also set the focus and the theme of your deck. You could focus your deck on Soviet Union units, where you could only field Soviet Union units but be able to field prototype Soviet Union units. You could also focus on the type of your deck. For example, you could focus your deck theme on "Airborne", where you get bonus of deployment to helicopters and aircrafts, but may not be able to field some type of units.

The battles are fought in standard RTS mode. The game uses "true line-of-sight" where trees and buildings could block your vision and your firing solution, creating tactics to hide in the forest, hide in urban areas, etc. Because of this feature, scouting before advancing is really important, so that your tanks did not run into enemy soldiers with anti-tank weapons, or small vehicles with anti-tank missiles. As usual, tanks are the king of open field battles, where their guns and armours could be really beneficial. In the urban areas, it is the areas where infantry and special forces, like SPESTNAZ and Green Beret shine. Aircrafts are fast, but can be shot down by SAMs if they are not careful. Some aircrafts have better counter-measures than the others, allowing greater risk to be taken. On the other hand, careless SAM, who kept their radar on at all times, will also falls prey to SEAD (Suppresion of Enemy Aircraft Defenses) aircrafts, who uses the radar electromagnetic pulse to target the SAM system.

Observations
Important gameplay features and observations:

Complex Games
As outlined above, tactics, mixed arms approach, and fluid tactics are required. There are no units that are truly superior, each unit have weakness that could be exploited. Even in some circumstances, units that usually can't defeat other units could do that. Helicopters could wreak havoc on tanks that are open terrain, but if the helicopter gets close to a tank without detecting the tank, the machine guns on tank could do shot down a helicopter.

Lots of Units
This is quite clear. Each nation is unique, each faction is unique. For example, as historically accurate, the Scandinavian nation don't possess much armor, but possess a lot of mechanized units. US and Soviet Union, as superpowers, have extensive choice of units. The Soviets, as their armor tactic, is focusing on superior armor and ability of their armor to destroy other armor, hence a lot of Soviet units and tanks could fire anti tank missiles. On the other hand, focus their armor strategies on mobility, thus US tanks have better stabilizers to better fire on the move. Soviet choppers are focusing on gunship choppers like the Hind that can mete out huge punishment and took a lot of damage without failing. The US choppers on the other hand focus on mobility, optics, and more accurate AT missile. Each nation have unique units, each nation have different tactics.

Naval Warfare
The naval warfare, on the other hand, have some limitation on units. All naval units on this game is not tied into a particular nation. For example, the US could use a Kongo-class ship, which is obviously not a US ship but a Japanese ship. In some maps, there could be naval and land-air warfare, but there are some exclusive maps that only allows naval and air units. Naval battles are fought with anti-ship missiles, that could be launched by smaller crafts, helicopters, ships, and aircrafts. Interestingly, bigger ships have CIWS to stop missile, thus modern ships that have modern CIWS like Russian ships need to be overwhelmed with missiles.

Multiplayer
There is nothing special in the multiplayer. I find it interesting, you could play in 10v10 map. There are people who despises newbies, though they are usual but I find them in bigger numbers in this game. Though honestly, most of the "newbie-haters" hates newbies because newbies sometimes don't want to listen. Most of the newbies mistake in this game are using too much artilleries, consuming a lot of team supplies (it is limited) and uses aircrafts without thinking.

Look and Feel
The unit looks great, sound great. The maps theme of South Korean and East Asia are great, but we do need maps that represent Europe, as in previous games. The units are richly detailed, a very distinctive. You could find out subtle differences in M11P and M1A1 Abrams. Same tanks, different series. If you compare distinctively different units, like T-90 to T-55, you would see clear differences.

Final Verdict
A great game that should be played for all RTS lovers.
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67 of 94 people (71%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 13
The fact that I can play as North Korea pretty much makes this game a 10/10
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132 of 204 people (65%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
20.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 9
France can win a battle.

10/10 would french again
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169 of 275 people (61%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
140.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 29
The first Wargames was pretty awesome, totally new. The second Wargames introduced some interesting stuff, but really could be best described as "now with airplanes!"

Red Dragon of all the series is least functional. It had a half-hearted "navy" layer added that was so comically broken that it was more or less left unchanged after it was terminally broken in the beta. There's such a lack of focus, while there's thousands of units, only maybe a few dozen are actually relevant, and frequently they're represented by marginal quality models clearly done by the lowest bidder. Worse, the developer itself refuses to change models that are 100% wrong, or entirely substandard quality because someone on their forums hurt their feelings once.

Please note the last statement is entirely 100% true. They call the no-updated-models thing the "UGBEAR" policy after said poster.

In terms of gameplay it goes more or less like the following:

1. Single Player:

Terrible. It's your more or less bog standard skirmish maps arrayed in a sequence, with a tissue paper thin "strategic" level. The AI is frankly too ♥♥♥♥♥ to do anything but "drive towards things!" which it will do with gusto. The key to any mission is successfully destroying whatever blob the AI has summoned forth before it destroys whatever much smaller blob you were allocated for the mission is destroyed.

Then pair this with some really stupid choices in terms of campaign design (Fact: Did you know South Korea's defense hinges on French and German intervention?), and just how many damned times you'll fight on the same map, doing the same thing, with the same units against the same total lack of objectives except "DESTOY TANKS," and it's really quite telling how few folks play singleplayer more than a few missions.

Which is rather a shame, the campaigns in the first Wargame were quite well put together, challenging missions with a wide variety of objectives and terrain.

Additional caveats:

a. This is the least Asian game to be set in Asia since video games were made. You basically have two terrain types, Europe with Pagodas, or the American Southwest with Pagodas. These two terrain types represent everything from the Russian far-east, to Tokyo.

b. Again, despite being a game oriented on events in Asia, most of the effort went into making the European countries in game larger and more full of weirdo stuff that never actually reached service. The Asian factions, the ones that you would think would command some attention in a game called "Red Dragon" are very poorly realized and hardly worth playing. The Chinese forces are a curious mix of equipment China never had, and total exclusion of several key systems they used extensively, the Anzac formations are pure crap, and the North Korean force, which arguably are pretty central to a game that spends so much time in Korea are....terrible. Not gameplay terrible, but poorly researched, poorly realized, and ultimately best skipped.

2. Multiplayer

The best way to describe it is whatever broken cheesy tactic of the month on a loop. MRLS type rockets are powerful this week? STANDBY FOR ROCKET SWARMS ALL MATCH AND NOTHING ELSE. Super-cheap planes spammed out? It's going to be raining planes for a few days. Somehow crappy bottom tier infantry becomes way too cost effective? Waves of mans for forever.

You'll note a recoccuring theme. It's not even like "the heavy tank shuffle!" or some other weird tactic just works really well. From the first Wargame, to the last most of your games start with a spammy spam rush or artillery spam and end with same.

It's all right if you're playing with a friend, or folks you know aren't douches. But public matches are an exercise in pulling your own teeth out.

Which ties into a few subtopics on multiplayer:

a. There's only a handful of "good" maps, which is to say, ones that are not broken/unbalanced etc. And you'll play on all those maps within the first day of playing the game more than once. It gets old, fast.

b. Many of the maps are...boring. Like imagine a flat open field. Put a river through it. Add some trees. CONGRATS! I just described several of the maps you'll be playing on.

3. Eugen is a terrible company.

Here's things they do okay:

+You do not have to pay for any of their DLC.
+Wargames EE was pretty good!
+As far as I can tell, none of them are terrorists.

Here's things that make them marginal

-They do not deliver on promised features, and then lie/have really bad excuses why it's your fault those features do not exist. Examples:
a. Red Dragon was promised to have sufficent ships to fully flesh out the smaller combatants of all the factions that had Navies. This is several times over not the case. If you want to play Naval stuff (which you shouldn't do anyway because its pretty terrible), as NATO your force is an all nations dreamteam of Japanese, French....and really skip the American and British stuff because it's not like either of those countries had Navies anyway (and are represented by a bad frigate and a not really used in number missile boat, and a terrible frigate respectively).
b. A map pack was promised with the last major patch. It was claimed the maps were being withheld because...well either to give the dev team more time to work on fixing a HUGE exploit that went more or less un-fixed for a month or so, or because we're sinners and don't deserve maps I guess? Either way the maps have never showed up, and asking about them on the game's forums will get you either banned, or at the least the thread locked without comment.
c. Think of it like this. You know those Twilight Zone episodes, where the guy finds a Genie in a lamp, and he gets his wishes, but the wishes are some jacked up terrible version of what he wished for? That's Eugen in a nutshell. Folks who played mostly US forces were concerned that oddly enough, despite the USAF being the largest air force in the world, is having some major issues with air to air combat. Eugen's fix to this was to add in the PATRIOT missile system, which did not fix the US's lackluster air to air capabilities, but did totally break the rest of the air force part of the game as now there was a SAM site that could shoot down things over half the map. Broken part broken, and new game breaking element added in for giggles.

-Their community manager is pretty much the biggest troll on their forums. You have a problem with how things are balanced? Honhonhon, you watch too many movies. You say something unkind about France? He's going to be insulting as he can get away with, and then get you banned if you say so much as anything but stating a devout love of froglegs and terrible movies full of ennui.

- Things stay broken for reasons known only to God. You can shoot down helicopters in this game with artillery. Like seriously, here's Mr. Helicopter hovering along, and OH NO INDIRECT FIRE! helicopter is dead. This is stupid. This is also the reality of the game since the first one. This has never been fixed, or addressed. This is also but one of several brokey broke features that have remained with Wargames since 2011 or so. You get some vague answer about "the engine cannot handle it" but that's a bit like saying the Ford Pinto is designed in a way that causes it to catch fire, so drive safe! vs fixing it when you make a new one.

I really could go on. I'm still annoyed enough when I see this game on my list though to finally write this review. This really is not the game for you. If you want a good RTS, there's plenty of better ones out there. If you want a good cold war game? God avoid this mess, it's pretty much like if Tom Clancy was french and mildly mentally handicapped version of the cold war. If you want realism, this game is just as much not for you.

Perhaps you could instead try a nice game of chess?
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64 of 96 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
75.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 19
I HAVE SUDDENLY CLIMBED THE STEEPEST LEARNING CURVE IN MY LIFE! SO MANY UNITS SO LITTLE SLOTS.

1/0 not disappointed
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