Following a great increase in terrorism, internal strife and ultimately, the nuclear destruction of Washington, D.C., the United States shatters into a half-dozen nation-states that descend into war. Take the helm of one of these newfound sovereignties (or the 'peacekeeping' European Expeditionary Force) and struggle to reunify America...
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Mostly Negative (68 reviews) - 35% of the 68 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Oct 17, 2005

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Following a great increase in terrorism, internal strife and ultimately, the nuclear destruction of Washington, D.C., the United States shatters into a half-dozen nation-states that descend into war. Take the helm of one of these newfound sovereignties (or the 'peacekeeping' European Expeditionary Force) and struggle to reunify America... by any means necessary!

  • Modern 3D tactical war game viewed from a "bird's-eye" overhead camera.
  • Non-linear mission progression with changes based on player-made decisions.
  • Real-time resolution of turned-based moves. Take your time while you decide your move, but once you have selected your action, see the results all play out in full animation models, exploding vehicles, and burning cities and forests!
  • Fully destructible terrain/environment. As the battle proceeds, everything from explosions and destroyed buildings permanently mark the terrain. Moving tanks will leave tread marks that stay for the duration of the mission. At the end, very little will look the same.
  • Fight your way across the United States! Had enough of the windy city? Then go ahead and bomb Chicago! Invade across the Rockies into California, capture the tank factories in Ohio, and lay siege to New York City! You decide - the fate of the nation is in your hands!
  • Call up National Guard forces equipped with M1 Abrams battle tanks, Apache helicopters and stealth bombers. Or make a deal with the Russians and equip your boys with MiG fighters and T-95 Heavy Tanks.

System Requirements

    Note: Not compatibile with Windows Vista

    Recommended: Intel P4 1.8 GHz or AMD Athlon XP 1800+, 256 MB RAM, 128MB video card

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Mostly Negative (68 reviews)
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BOT Bradley
( 5.8 hrs on record )
Pre-Release Review
Posted: May 21
President David Jefferson Adams assassinated with a nuke. 10/10
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cmhynak
( 7.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 6
Got this game working with the work-around others mentioned but now it crashes every time I try to attack the last region on the map...what's the point of a game you can't finish?
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JackLordOfPotatoes
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: February 14
I can't play it, it just shows a windows that says "Shattered Union" at the top and doesn't work
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NoGood News
( 15.8 hrs on record )
Posted: February 1
When getting this, I expected some sort of engaging top-down strategy gameplay with a somewhat fleshed out world. Instead I got a clunky menu, unbalanced maps, gameplay that is beyond stiff, an annoying camera, and the same old generic CoD story about Russia being behind all this and regressing back to the Soviet days. The factions all feel the same and there really isn't much substance as far as engaging gameplay, just build more and bigger tanks than everyone else and try your hardest to steamroll people. Terrain really isn't a factor in most battles and a smaller, more agile army can almost never outwit a larger, high-firepower one, brute force is ALL that matters, very little real tactics. Kinda regretting my purchase.
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yars.mckartane
( 3.1 hrs on record )
Posted: January 3
First time I played this game was on the XBOX 360, when I saw all the negative reviews I held back on buying it again. Well the price droped enough to make the risk worth it, and it has worked just fine on my Win10 OS. It is a great game that requires tactics to win, the graphics are better then the XBOX360 and it seems to have all the features I remember. Finding a manual is as easy as finding google maps...you just have to hit a few keys and you have it.
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NightHawk114
( 0.6 hrs on record )
Posted: November 15, 2015
HATES IT
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The Count of Monkey Disco
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: September 12, 2015
POS would not run from the beginning. Avoid like an STD.
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janis.basevics
( 13.0 hrs on record )
Posted: August 27, 2015
great game, but game is crashing time to time, so it`s not posible to play :(
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chessale
( 3.1 hrs on record )
Posted: August 11, 2015
I saw great potential with story and idea. As one of the few turn based games I was hopeful. It falls short, however. The handoff between the strategic level and the tactical level has too many holes. Also and I hate this common dodge but it does seem handicapped to the AI. Perhaps with more digging in and such I could find the game worthwhile but it couldn't keep my interest enough for the effort.
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Telfram
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: August 3, 2015
Played the retail version many years ago and thourghly enjoyed it. Was disappointed as it would'nt run on win 7 x64 systems.
Thumbs up now as texture fix posted by drunk monkey gives a simple fix without all the faffing about that only works on some systems.
Update: Works on Win 10 with patch as well.
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Silent Hastati
( 0.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 14, 2015
Was a great game. I say was because on XP it worked fine. But nobody uses XP anymore if they give 2 ♥♥♥♥♥ about gaming, so you're buying a $5 virtual paperweight now. The only fixes involve restricting the RAM on boot which is simply unacceptable.
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StarNate
( 1.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 14, 2015
i dunno what all this negative crap is, it works fine lol, havent played it as much as i want(sorry guys, civ5, total war series ect wins) but have enjoyed what i have played so far
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Caboose
( 1.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 30, 2015
This game doesnt run on 90% of computers so dont buy it.

I played this game WAY back in the day when is worked on the normal computer. It was fun but was a little simple and weird in its management sections. It was fun but HARD AS HELL because the AI knows where you are at and you are just praying that you set up your men right for the hordes of troops that will be attacking. When I bought it on Steam I found out that it no longer works on modern computers anymore. This game was fun but not worth the effort of hacking to get it to work.

I liked this game, I am going to Recommend it but be aware that it most likely wont work for you.
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crickard33
( 4.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 14, 2015
Used to work and was an ok game, now even with the memory tweak it will not run on a win 7 64bit system
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Fediken
( 15.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 5, 2015
Good Luck getting this to work, I even turned to 2k and they could not seem to get this game working
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terence.tommeleyn
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 3, 2015
This game does not work on Win7 64bit.
I am a software developer myself.
And none of the proposed solutions work.
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Paul
( 7.4 hrs on record )
Posted: April 16, 2015
The game is terribly buggy.
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cloning_souls
( 13.4 hrs on record )
Posted: April 13, 2015
it doesnt work,.. read the reviews and save your money

lots of people ripped off

shouldnt be allowed on steam

my opinion of steam has dropped



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The Colonel
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: January 11, 2015
It doesn't work. It crashes immediately and apparently this is the case for a lot of folks.
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lsdean13
( 0.6 hrs on record )
Posted: December 23, 2014
Do not buy. They never fixed the error where it crashes after the load screen.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 3
First time I played this game was on the XBOX 360, when I saw all the negative reviews I held back on buying it again. Well the price droped enough to make the risk worth it, and it has worked just fine on my Win10 OS. It is a great game that requires tactics to win, the graphics are better then the XBOX360 and it seems to have all the features I remember. Finding a manual is as easy as finding google maps...you just have to hit a few keys and you have it.
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50 of 59 people (85%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 13, 2014
Here is a guide for getting Shattered Union to work on WIndows Vista/7/8 etc.

http://forums.majorgeeks.com/showthread.php?t=230301

http://forums.majorgeeks.com/showthread.php?t=230085

Sorry about that... for some reason I was convinced there was a link to more details in that post. My mistake.

Here's how you do it:

1. In your Start Menu search field, type in "msconfig", without the " " of course.

2. Click on the Boot tab.

3. Click on the Advance Options button.

4. Check the little box next to "Maximum memory" and set the max to 2048.

5. Reboot computer.

Now when it reboots, Windows will act and run as if there is only 2GB of memory installed. This will allow Shattered Union to run. After you're done playing, go back to msconfig and uncheck the Maximum Memory box and then reboot, to allow Windows full use of all your RAM.

Again, sorry for the lack of detail earlier. I really do need to stop posting after I get home from work, but before I've had dinner...
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36 of 52 people (69%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 11, 2014
Why do they allow you to buy a game that doesn't work on any modern system. I want my money back!
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20 of 25 people (80%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 2, 2014
Pretty annoying this game will not run on a very significant percentage of the machines used by the Steam customer base. I agree with many others that there should be a BIG warning on the game's store page it will not run on systems with more than 2GB of RAM. Not having such a warning causes a lot of bitterness.
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23 of 31 people (74%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: November 30, 2014
Will not install under 64 bit windows without an extreme amount of ♥♥♥♥ery with ini files. Once you finally get it working, it's so not worth it.
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23 of 32 people (72%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 17, 2014
I have no idea why Steam still sells this game. It does not work on any system with more than 2GB of memory and/or a 64-bit OS. If Steam isn't going to patch the product, then they shouldn't sell it. The "fix" that was posted does not work for everyone, and is not a "fix" but a workaround. Do not buy this game if you have anything newer than Windows XP, it will not work.
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18 of 25 people (72%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 22, 2014
If you have windows 7 dont bother dont work even with work around
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17 of 24 people (71%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 28, 2014
Don't buy this game, it errors out right after you launch it. Shame on Steam for stealing money from people buying this game.
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11 of 13 people (85%) found this review helpful
Recommended
Posted: March 19, 2011
Do you like hexagonal wargames? This one isn't really breaking any molds or moving the genre forward, but it's rock solid. Shattered Union has a very niche market and never really sold well for the original Xbox, but interest in the Steam sale may have prompted a brief revival. In all fairness, that's probably a good thing.

Shattered Union is an entry-level strategy game that just about anyone can pick up. It's probably not a game most people would put a lot of time into, but it's at the very least worth owning.
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19 of 28 people (68%) found this review helpful
Recommended
45.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 27, 2013
Fine little old school strategy game with a somewhat chilling likeness to real world current events and possibilities.
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16 of 23 people (70%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 17, 2014
As was said the game will not run on modern systems that use Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8. I'm using Windows 7 and get nothing but a black screen and then the game crashes.
Read the small print of the system requirements which they have conveniently changed since I bought the game, it used to read XP, Vista and Windows 7.

I also think older XP systems that have more then 2GB of memory/RAM may have problems running the game as well. If so there is a workaround where you go into MSconfig and set your system to only use 2GB of memory. Search google for the exact method. Be sure to turn it back though after playing the game as your computer performance will suffer with only using the 2GB of memory.

Luckily I bought this game on sale for like $2 so not much lost but be forwarned everyone else.
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17 of 25 people (68%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 16, 2014
IT DOSE NOT WORK!
fix it steam
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10 of 12 people (83%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
17.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 12, 2014
This game is (was) a lot of fun but it doesn't work on anything newer than Windows XP. There is a workaround where you have to minimize your available ram (see forums), but even that doesn't work with a lot of people (including me).

I have tried everything including the workaround, virtual XP and using old drivers and changing a bunch of settings. Nothing works for me.

I seriously recommend you do NOT buy this game.
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10 of 12 people (83%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 3, 2015
Played the retail version many years ago and thourghly enjoyed it. Was disappointed as it would'nt run on win 7 x64 systems.
Thumbs up now as texture fix posted by drunk monkey gives a simple fix without all the faffing about that only works on some systems.
Update: Works on Win 10 with patch as well.
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12 of 17 people (71%) found this review helpful
Recommended
57.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 3, 2014
A basic and simple game that appeals to the tactful minded. The main strategy is to keep your units protected from airstrikes while keeping them out of range of groundforces until you decide to attack. With multiple ways to win a mission this game has decent replay value and may appeal to the die hard tactician as well as the casual gamer.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 20, 2010
Great little strategy game. Remember playing it couple years ago, loved it.
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8 of 11 people (73%) found this review helpful
Recommended
53.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 27, 2011
To those saying it won't work - there is a simple workaround, easy to find with a quick search.
Now, this isn't a great game. It's an ok game. But, for 5 bucks, Shattered Union is well worth it. Fight a modern day civil war across a fully destructable US as one of 7 factions, like the Midwest, California, and even the EU. The AI each has different personalities per game, which affects how it will fight. Each map focuses on a small region of the US, with accurate towns/geography. Your actions on the battlefield affect your reputation - preserve landmarks and buildings and you gain precision abilties; destroy everything in your path to victory and gain powerful destructive weapons.
All in all, it's a fun, old, tactical turn-based military game.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 1, 2013
This game is BROKEN on Windows Vista, 7, and 8. It seems to especially have problems on machines with more than 2GB of ram,

There is a fix but it’s pretty rubbish: http://forums.steampowered.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1734352

DO NOT BUY unless you understand these limitations.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
62.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 19, 2014
Game crashes when loading certain maps. The game was made for the Original Xbox, it seems nothing has changes since then. It does not work on computer running Vista, Windows 7, or Windows 8. Look at the forums and reviews and you will see what I mean. If you do get it running, you can expect a simple but fun turn based strategy game. Fighting other states and their armies. Reuniting the nation by force, state by state. Taking cities, destroying land marks, bridges, and factores to gain the upperhand. Dispite being a competent and fun strategy game, I have to say pass on this game since it seems most users can't get it working or working properly.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 15, 2014
For people who like the older turn based hexoganal strategy games, (Panzer General comes to mind) this game is for you. The graphics arent all that but who cares! Its got all the military units of the U.S. along with its sound effects. Although futuristic, its still an enjoyable strategy. Its a slow paced games where you have to really think out tactically your moves. Since money is sparse you really have to be careful on losing your expensive units. Yes I cheated a bit and simply re-loaded the game when I would lose an expensive unit. But all in all, this game is awesome for your average day armchair general.
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