Strategic War in Europe Preview
Strategic War in Europe, by Wastelands Interactive, is very possibly another great entry into the turn-based strategy genre. At first glance, the graphics do leave something to be desired, however graphics alone do not determine, for me at least, whether or not a game is worth playing. One of my biggest concerns with a game really is the music. I can get lost in a game that has the right music to fit it, and this game’s music works for me. It’s the right balance of dramatic tones and subtle melodies to keep me happy, but not distracted.
Opening the game, the menu is very clear and intuitive. I had no complaints. There were a good many options that I was happy to have. The tutorials looked good, but were obviously unfinished, as well as unpolished. They were, however, very helpful, so I give them an 8/10 for Beta tutorials. I hope and expect to have more in the full release. I was honestly confused by a few elements of the game. Anything that had to do with the navy stumped me. Movement is completely different, and combat occurs between turns according to the tutorial. I could not make this happen in the games I played, but I did not try everything. Regardless, it was more confusing than I would have liked.
The user interface was fairly intuitive to me. This game has some features that I haven’t seen much before, but I had very little trouble understanding them in the time I spent playing. The tooltips (descriptions) when you mouse over a button were all helpful enough for me to find my way around with only a brief pause.
The land combat system is almost exactly what I would want and expect. It was easy to understand and perform. Air combat was a little bit more confusing, but ultimately simple as well. Ultimately, I would give the game an 8/10, more or less. There were a few issues, but keep in mind that this test was pre-release content. The gameplay was fun and the history really kept me interested. I would love the opportunity to take control of Allied forces and kick the crap out of the Axis years before history’s true course. Would I buy this game? Yes, after playing it.
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