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Release Date: Feb 22, 2012

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“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
Helpful customer reviews
47 of 50 people (94%) 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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26 of 29 people (90%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
101.8 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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16 of 19 people (84%) found this review helpful
67.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 21, 2014
This game is really good, you have total freedom in the battle field, not preestablished commands like in Company of Heroes 2. Have to say it is quite difficult, specially the Warsaw Pact missions.

Pros:
RTS game with not the tipical isometric perspective, you can zoom in and out from the meters scale to the entire battlefield.
Sandbox, total freedom inside the battlefield, it focuses in tactics, not microscale fights.
Quite cheap, and if you like it there are the two sequels: airland battle and red dragon.

Conts:
Some missions are frustrating, very difficult, especially the ones in Poland, but saving the game regularly it can be done.
A bit messy when you have all the factions mixed in the battlefield.
I miss some military soviet music like in CoH2, btw the only good thing in CoH2.
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
37.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 5, 2014
Excelent game, litterally best strategy game ive ever played so far. It has a hell of a learning curve to get past though, took me about 5 hours straight of playing to get stuff like building decks, and moving units down to pat. although the one thorn in my side is that you can only get command stars by playing the increasingly difficult campaign missions, or multiplayer. and i cant play multiplayer because my internet sucks. I wish you could get xp and command stars by playing A.I. skirmish mode. but over all great game, this is a MUST for any RTS fan or Cold war enthusiast. Great game Eugen!!!!!
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
17.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 11, 2014
Wonderful strategy game. Unlike most RTS tactical use of terrain is crucial, and an ambush can easily take out the most powerful units. All units you'll find in the game are real-world units from the cold war era, and there's an incredible amount of them! Just learn to read their stats and their basic role and you shouldn't be overwhelmed though.

Graphics are both impressive (smooth strategic zoom like R.U.S.E. or Supreme Commander, very detailed units and ground) and a bit bland (maps look all alike and very generic... at least it makes them easy to read).

Campaign is a bit generic but is a very good challenge, you definitely won't breeze through the missions. Multiplayer was still alive last time I checked, but if that's your main interest you'd better buy the latest game in the series (Wargame: Red Dragon at the time of writing this) as that's where most of the community is.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
61.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 15, 2014
One of the IF NOT THE best tactical RTS I've ever played: challenging, dynamic, replayable: If there's a Wargame: I'm going to play it :D And this is only the campaign, thus far. (120 hours under my belt since release and Airland Battle).

My ONLY criticism is not being able to save in combat, at least in ALB. I'd probably play it a lot more if I didn't have to commit an indeterminate number of time to it.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
140.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 21, 2014
One of the best modern RTS / RTT games I've ever played. It has a bit of a learning curve and not much in the way of a tutorial, but it's well worth persevering.

The mechanics are quite deep. Your units need constanst resupply since they run out of ammo, fuel, and armor. You must always be aware of your surroundings; scouting is one of the most important aspects of the game. You need to learn to both micro and macro-manage which can be challenging.

Both singleplayer and multiplayer modes are fun. The game lacks some polish and is a bit rough around the edges, but it is well worth it.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
28.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 15
A great game burried under the worlds worst RTS tutorial.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
23.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 6, 2014
This is an amazing game and even though Red Dragon and Airland Battle are out, people still play online in this game which is great.
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
7.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 12, 2014
This game is allright, saying allright meaning it's right but somewhat overall....okay. The trickiest thing for a new player to over come the menu looking like a christmas light show with lots of annoying people stood in the way whilst everything confusingly flashes above. I payed the game and realised it didn't auto save, so i played the game again and the menu being confusing as it is, didn't save. so third time lucky I finished the first two missions for a third time. I realised that hiding anything that moves in a forrested area means it can fire again and live another day as tanks, aircraft and men can fire several kilometers across fields and have an accuracy of a German pornstar on an American beach. Eventually the game started to get rather complex and I bought some shiny new vehicles are recieving the special stars for being a good boy and taking time to move some of my units from A to B.

Several minutes of watching an anti aircraft vehicle take many accurate but pointless potshots at a meerely observing enemy chopper I realised the wooded areas are like training wheels on a bicycle. Moving away from them makes all your units run away, yes run away and the poor men feeling "worried" and "doubtful" it's good to know the men are worried as I send 15 tanks towards an enemy fuel truck whilst infantry fire from miles away with incredible accuracy.

Or that they all run out of fuel and sit there defending the same field for the rest of the game whilst I call in extra troops because the supply trucks loose their supplies within seconds of leaving the deopt because they supply practically every squirrel with nuts and every mole with fresh contact lenses and you find your trucks moving back and forwards like a tetris game gone wrong when you place a long piece at the side of a 3 block and it dosen't quite fit.

Over all the game is interesting and the voice overs are amusing, if anything the maps are too big for the units and it becomes a pain to hunt for enemies and you find yourself out of fuel in various parts of the map. There are newer games but people are talking about them like they are out of date milk and are looking for somone to come and find the lumps in it like enemy units on this game.

Bravo!

6/10 because I like how the chinooks land when you don't use them for a while!
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13 of 24 people (54%) found this review helpful
34.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 24, 2014
Its hard to gauge wargame ee. Overall its a fun game, but its mainly a multiplayer game and that multiplayer community has gone on to the newer games.

The single player campaign is just kind of tedius and not fun and it really feels out of order as well. You can only play against one ai opponent so not much entertainment as far as playing the ai etc. Overall i hate to say it but i have to give a good game here a thumbs down recommendation.

Which is a real shame. This game has an impressive and realistic unit and weapon selection, the maps have a nice natural look to them, and the game makes you resupply your vehicles as weapons/fuel are depleted which gives you a feel for the nightmare of logistics for a modern army, and i think that is a very cool angle to go after.

Im sure it was great when it was new, and you might try the new games, but i wouldnt recommend old games in the wargame series. Theres just not all that much to do in them now that the community is playing the newer games.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
16.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 25, 2014
Detailed combat, amazing Cold War tactics simulator!

This game really is a lot of fun -- It did a fantastic job in immersing the player, making them feel like they were actually a commander in a Cold War fictional conflict.

This game is also really hard... After the first campaign, any other progress became frusturatingly difficult to push through. I love this game and occasionally go back to try again. I would definitely suggest this to anyone, but especially those of you who are pro at tactics style gaming (AoE, XCOM, StarCraft, etc...)
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
5.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 29, 2014
Let me preface this by saying I kinda suck at this game but it is still awesome. Be warned that the difficulty curve ramps up quickly in single player. Scout vehicles are more important in this game than other rts because you dont want your limited supply of tanks wandering into a trap set by infantry with anti tank missiles.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 27, 2014
good game little older, but i love strategy games and this holds true to its type..
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
5.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 22, 2014
I can't even beat the first campaign levels!
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
56.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 8, 2014
Top Game......RTS fans will love this......dont need to say anymore...
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
11.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 10, 2014
If you see this game dont walk away instead bash your way to get this. THIS IS DA BEST STRATEGY GAME THAT MY ETERNAL AND LIVING SOUL TO HAVE RESTED ON. so BUY THIS. BUT ALSO ID RATHER DO AIRLAND BATTLE That is if you have enough money to get it....
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
68.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 1
Communist simulator
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
63.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 26, 2014
Awesome hardcore strategic game. AI is challenging, particularly on 'very hard' mode. Ideal game for loooong winter evenings.
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6 of 11 people (55%) found this review helpful
6.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 7, 2014
Dispicable AI, good game at its core, also if they've got AGM's prepare to loose most of your tanks due to the horrible balance issues with them. I remember when A whole wing of AGM helo's attacked my army because the AI can see every unit on the battlefield it struck them exatcly where they where (In a forrest) and they devasted my infrantry with AA missiles (this is with AGM's as the helicopters only weapon too) and my AA tanks where destroyed before the enemy got in range of their cannons.

Don't get me wrong its a good game that I do enjoy, however it can be very fustrating when the AI launches a all out assault on your army when you know they have no recon units nearby, also AI get more reinforcment points than you so they swarm you with numbers. and better tanks e.c.t most of the time.
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