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User reviews:
Recent:
Mixed (17 reviews) - 58% of the 17 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
Overall:
Mostly Positive (1,923 reviews) - 79% of the 1,923 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Feb 22, 2012

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Buy Wargame Franchise Pack

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

 

Reviews

“If you’re a RTS gamer, you’ll definitely want to play Wargame”
8,0/10 – http://uk.ign.com/articles/2012/03/08/wargame-european-escalation-review

“After two decades, Wargame finally does modern warfare right”
8,5/10 – http://www.destructoid.com/review-wargame-european-escalation-222814.phtml

“The best of Wargame and RTS genres in one exhilarating package”
8,5/10 – http://www.gamespot.com/wargame-european-escalation/reviews/wargame-european-escalation-review-6364800/

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

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • OS: WINDOWS XP SP3/WINDOWS VISTA SP2/WINDOWS 7
    • Processor: AMD/INTEL DUAL-CORE 2.5 GHZ
    • Memory: 1024 MB (XP)/2048 MB (VISTA/7)
    • Graphics: 256 MB 100% DIRECTX 9 AND SHADERS 3.0 COMPATIBLE. ATI RADEON X1800 GTO/NVIDIA GEFORCE 7600 GT OR HIGHER
    • DirectX®: 9
    • Hard Drive: 10 GB
    • Sound: DIRECTX 9 COMPATIBLE
    • Other: INTERNET CONNECTION REQUIRED FOR ONLINE GAMING AND GAME ACTIVATION
    • 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
    • Other: INTERNET CONNECTION REQUIRED FOR ONLINE GAMING
    • 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: 10 GB
    • Sound: SOUND CARD
    • Other: INTERNET CONNECTION REQUIRED FOR ONLINE GAMING
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Mixed (17 reviews)
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Mostly Positive (1,923 reviews)
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Baron von Dork
20.3 hrs
Posted: August 23
All around super fun game with decent graphics and well thought through missions. I do highly reccomend getting this game if!

You like strategy.

You like a diverse selection of units.

You like an interesting campaign that actually kinda makes sense.

You like having total control of where your units go and what they shoot at.

You like large well detailed maps and missions.

You like somewhat realistic combat and strategy.

All around an awesome game that I highly recommend buying. Its realistic for the most part and has plenty of diverse maps and units. It has lots of details for each map and you can zoom in or out as much as needed. If you are into heavy strategy games then I think you should at least do some looking into on this game and see if its what you want. Hope this helps!
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Raptor
0.3 hrs
Posted: August 20
Screw you Antonio for making me buy this game.
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-A-
0.8 hrs
Posted: August 13
I just don't like these Wargames...I think it's personal preference. You know, some like having their butts reamed by, what appears to be, uneven balancing, I don't.
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DrLivesey
4.6 hrs
Posted: August 13
I can't recommend this game because of heavy glitches on Nvidia GeForce 930M with latest drivers on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS that makes playing simply impossible.
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Angry_Eagle
76.4 hrs
Posted: August 5
The game is really fun runs good and alot of playability sometimes it can be hard to find
people of multiplayer but when you do its fun.
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LogicalPiggy
2.0 hrs
Posted: August 2
Much rather play RUSE, not really that impressed.
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bz-mof
1.0 hrs
Posted: July 26
I think this is a great strategy game but I could not find out. Why? Because even the first mission has a stupid bug: Once you move your units near the friendly NPC unit ("green") your units change faction over to the green ones. And you can't controll them anymore. Have you ever tried winning a mission without any units? Stupid.
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UnderTaker
2.7 hrs
Posted: July 22
I don't know if there is something wrong with me or this game is just sucks stupid ♥♥♥♥ useless
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Trump Train
144.1 hrs
Posted: July 21
Best game where you fight war.
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Grumpykitten
0.7 hrs
Posted: July 21
i looked at the trailer and thought it was cool so i got it but it WAS NOT FUN AT ALL. it was like stareing at a dead frog ten hours. and the controlls suked a ton. this game was really a wast of money. no happy
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
79 of 86 people (92%) found this review helpful
11 people found this review funny
Recommended
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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69 of 74 people (93%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
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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57 of 64 people (89%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
Recommended
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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69 of 83 people (83%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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41 of 43 people (95%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
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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38 of 39 people (97%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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

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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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35 of 36 people (97%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
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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53 of 66 people (80%) 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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34 of 37 people (92%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
103.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 3, 2014
Steep learning curve, but thats half the fun. For the sake of balance, not all of the units are accurate to their historical counterpart. But thats ok, one can easily see how Wargame: European Escalation can be played competitively.
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47 of 61 people (77%) found this review helpful
17 people found this review funny
Recommended
29.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 15, 2015
A great game burried under the worlds worst RTS tutorial.
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