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Mixed (25 reviews) - 64% of the 25 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Release Date: Feb 22, 2012

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Includes 3 items: Wargame: Airland Battle, Wargame: European Escalation, Wargame: Red Dragon



“If you’re a RTS gamer, you’ll definitely want to play Wargame”
8,0/10 –

“After two decades, Wargame finally does modern warfare right”
8,5/10 –

“The best of Wargame and RTS genres in one exhilarating package”
8,5/10 –

About This Game

2 sides, 8 nations, and one battlefield: Europe!
Wargame: European Escalation is an intense and spectacular Real Time Strategy game, where realism and strategy are brought to the front lines.
With a phenomenal range of vehicles and units (over 350 different models), build your army and enter a huge military campaign across Europe of the 80's, as the Cold War is about to become World War 3.
With the powerful IRISZOOM ™, Wargame offers breathtaking graphics and battles as spectacular as they are strategic. Prepare to bring hundreds of units of all kinds--tanks, helicopters, squad Infantry, etc.--under your command in intense battles on gigantic maps stretching up to 60 square miles!
Online service EugenNet© provides a full multiplayer experience with creation of clans, organizing games, and world rankings where up to 8 players can compete simultaneously in massive battles involving hundreds of units!

System Requirements

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • Processor: AMD/INTEL DUAL-CORE 2.5 GHZ
    • Memory: 1024 MB (XP)/2048 MB (VISTA/7)
    • DirectX®: 9
    • Hard Drive: 10 GB
    • 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: 10 GB
    • OS: UBUNTU 12.04 LTS/UBUNTU 12.10
    • Processor: AMD/INTEL DUAL-CORE 2.5 GHZ
    • Memory: 2048 MB
    • Hard Drive: 10 GB
    • Sound: SOUND CARD
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
3 of 13 people (23%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 30
it's really hard to cheer for a side if there's no fascist regime so it gets boring very quickly
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3 of 23 people (13%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 29
Gameplay consists of AI spamming one type of enemy and crushing you with shear cheating manpower. There is a learning curve to this game, but the game isn't worth learning. Multiplayer might be fun, but the newer installments are probably better.

Verdict: Why did I spend 2$ on this?
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83 of 92 people (90%) found this review helpful
13 people found this review funny
106.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 30, 2015
The graphics may fade. The units may age. But time cannot erode solid diamond gameplay.
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75 of 81 people (93%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
22.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 14, 2014
Fantastic game. Why?
1. zoom system means that you can scale what you see from the entire battlefield to the regimental markings on a single tank - vast improvements over the RUSE system as well, the funny counters no longer appear
2. each battle escalates as it progresses BUT unlike RUSE which had a semi Age of Empres resource system, units appear appear from off of the board
3. the whole meta-game, for the first battle you play you actually only have a few units available, you need to unlock others as you complete the campaigns, play other people e.c.t. - your strategy will therefore be reflected in your army, did you unlock the artillery, or the helicopters?
4. I am actually a miniature wargamer, this game is like an epic version of my favourite game in real life - 'Battlegroup:Kursk' - there is a whole supply mechanic which means you have to really plan your offensives, and defensive moves.

If you like strategy, real strategy, then you may just be looking at the best game ever, I cannot praise it enough. If you are not so sure then I have had friends who have played this game and not enjoyed it so much: it can be confusing, complicated and annoying at first, but getting past the learning curve is well worth it.
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58 of 64 people (91%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
17.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 31, 2015
Meticulous & enjoyably taxing // Recommended for deep-strategy fanatics

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+ Zooming from ground to strategic view is absolutely seamless
+ Persistent battle groups; units retain experience and losses are final
+ Can play as NATO or Warsaw Pact forces
+ Skirmish game mode is available, in addition to a thick campaign
+ Unit unlock system is excellent, and encourages play of both single- and multi-player; this increases incentive and replayability
+ Deck customization adds to the emphasis of strategy and the need to be prepared for future matches (particularly online)
+ Vehicles, commands, and terrain are all extremely detailed in just about every facet
+ Fantastic, challenging AI that punishes mistakes quickly and adopts well to the player's actions
+ Boasts an absolutely superb audio design; gunfire feels weighted and satisfying
+ Every bullet and shell is rendered; physics engine handles fire exchange beautifully
+ Single-player has meat enough to be worth the price as it is (and multi-player is arguably the main focus)

- Decently large learning curve that will certainly turn away those less experience in the genre
- Requires creation of a 3rd party account
- Lackluster and largely unhelpful in-game tutorial

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70 of 85 people (82%) found this review helpful
66.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 25, 2013
Quite an amazing game. I recommend that you buy it, and it was TOTALLY worth 20 bucks. The graphics are amazing, the troop diversity makes the game much more challenging, and honestly, it gave me an overall good time. Trust me. It will give you a good time, too.
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63 of 76 people (83%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
61.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 3
For MP, go to the latest game in series. For SP - here comes longer story.

Many people claim that WG:EE have best SP campaigns. They are story driven and thus appears more interesting than skirmish-like ones. But there is one, massive problem existing - balance. Campaigns were not easy and thats good, since challange is part of having fun. But they are no longer just hard - many got elevated to "impossible" level due to patches, nerfs and, more importantly - massive AI buffs.

AI simply cheats, as the last try to make it "challange". It dont need recon, ignore "line of sight" rules, can replenish ammunition and fuel before your very eyes, spawn units out of thin air, stay invisible next to your own recon units and so on. Performance was boosted in latest patches, making SP campaign missions unbalanced and nearly all old guides obsolete.

There is no fun in that anymore, just frustration, abusing the system and beding the rules, simply to compete with cheating AI.

I managed to beat the game but was it something to be proud of? No, I just felt glad that this is over.

Dont believe the lies about SP campaigns. Get Red Dragon, if you want multiplayer but stay away from EE.
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38 of 39 people (97%) found this review helpful
16.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 21, 2014
As someone who played R.U.S.E for around 200~ hours, I adore this game. It is everything ruse was, but far far better.

1. very very good stat cards tell you exactly how a unit will perform.
2. Big open maps that allow you to move around and attack/defend from a number of locations.
3. Standard unit selection and order process makes it easy to pick up for any RTS gamer.
4. A exceptionally pretty game that also runs smoothly

This game isnt without flaw, there are a few things that annoy me.

1. Camera doesn't always want to pitch up as far as I want
2. terrain details are not always blatent, which means you will sometimes mispostion your units.
3. Kind of confusing for the first 1-2 hours.
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38 of 39 people (97%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 3, 2015
I know this game is a bit old and not as flashy as Red Dragon BUT:

If you're new to the franchise EE offers a very good step by step tutorial to learn the mechanics.

Airland and RD do not have this.

So if you bought the franchise pack give this game a spin before playing the newer titles, it'll help you
get the hang of the mechanics.

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40 of 43 people (93%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
21.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 25, 2015
Against popular opinion, I will state mine. Wargame: European Escalation, is the BEST title in the Wargame series IF you are a fan of old-school RTS like I am. This game stays truer to its roots than any other game in the series. Missing only the base building.

+Good graphics that hold up even today.
+/-A campaign mode that allows you to mission-by-mission test new units and get the hang of the game mechanics. Unfortunately this campaign isn't very interesting.
+Truly competitive up to 4v4 RTS battles.
+Strategic environments where marching tanks into cities is suicide, marching infantry through fields is suicide, and approaching any forest can lead to instant death from what tricky enemy awaits within. Helicopters are a powerful tool indeed, but be careful or else anti-air will take your prized Apache.
+The sounds of the weapons are something you can feel, they hold up quite nicely.
+/- PvE is present as you can have matches versus bots that hold up in fun. However just as the campaign was lackluster, the AI is as well. It becomes very predictable and boring without the dynamic of a real player.
-There's an annoying blue line on the screen that never goes away.

I give this game a 9/10 and will personally deem it the best game in the entire Wargame Franchise. Wheras the newer games really changed how they view "RTS", this game keeps the classic tactical gameplay many of us are used to, minus the base building. My friends all wanted me to play Airland battle (The sequel) though this one kept me hooked. It's so much more of a classic, and I'd definitely recommend anyone play this. Make sure you bring friends though, as this multiplayer is abandoned and dead for the most part.
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SGT R Lee Ermey
6.3 hrs
Posted: October 15
While parts of it were really well done it was extremely difficult and infuriating at times. I just found myself losing interest instead of feeling challenged into getting better like really good / fun games do. I had to put this on the backburner and I've come back to it several times still without a desire to relearn how it all works. Shame because the concept is very very good.
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13.9 hrs
Posted: October 9
This game is a CHALLENGE. I'm admittedly not very good at strategy games, despite decades of playing and enjoying them, but I've never found myself this up against a wall while just playing against the AI. You have to be quick, and constantly aware of the battlefield conditions. You can be on the cusp of victory when an entire army appears on your flank and wipes out your support units. I may give up before even completing the first campaign. With all that said, the performance of this game is amazing. The graphics are smooth and detailed when you zoom in. The units are life-like. There's no magic bullets just like in real warfare. It's never crashed on me, never shown any buggy behavior. Just holy cow is this game difficult. Not for the faint of heart or those that think they can just steamroll their way through a mission.
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Tree Stump
1.0 hrs
Posted: October 6
i changed the resolution and it is to big and i cant change it back!
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Cameron Chaffee
1.3 hrs
Posted: October 4
Eh it was alright
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2.9 hrs
Posted: September 21
This is a very interesting game, it's not super fast, graphics galore but it is an indepth game and the fields of battle are very precise.. I can see myself getting quite addicted to this indeed. it's allot more realistic, true to nature for both commanding and fighting with an open theatre battle ground :D
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137.5 hrs
Posted: September 16
Deep yet intuitive, brilliant game!
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0.4 hrs
Posted: September 14
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0.3 hrs
Posted: September 13
Why do the specs read DX9 and then load up DX11 (Which won't play on my system). That's the third game that I purchased (even tho cheaply) that states DX9 or 9.0c and then loads up dx11 and won't work or even forces me to reinstall a download of 9.0c from microsoft to return to what I had. Yes Yes I know I should rush out and buy the latest pc but my system runs 180 odd games Skyrim etc (with 100 mods) perfectly. Seems like people don't take the time to actually read what they have written in the minimum specs. Starts to shrink my shopping, even for the the older stuff! So this isn't a revue sorry just a note of caution in the content!
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