Tom Clancy's End War
GET End War for DS!
I was given this game for Christmas from my parents and I must say I am hooked. I do own both Advance Wars games, but End War has a different feel to it from Advance Wars. You do not get caught up in a ton of storyline with End War. The gameplay is much simpler and better, in my opinion. The biggest difference for me is the units, tanks and infantry. It is easier to look at stats and make better judgment calls on moving and attacking. The maps are pretty good overall. Maps offer a little bit of everything as far as terrain and buildings. I do like the objectives set forth in the game. You can complete primary objectives and either complete or choose to complete the secondary objectives. But, the more you complete, the more medals you earn. Overall, if there is anyone that enjoys Advance Wars, they should somewhat enjoy End War. It could also be that I am a Tom Clancy games fan as well.
Don't Miss This Game
I know I posted before but I just wanted to update my opinion. I even more support this game after playing it for months. This game is HIGHLY UNDER RATED. and the reason most do that is because they expect the exact same from this game as they do from Advance Wars. Embrace the differances and benefit from it...THIS IS OBVIOUSLY NOT ADVANCE WARS but given a chance it will appeal to many who enjoy that type of strategy game. YES it starts out ridiculously easy (as most new strategy titles DO) but keep playing and that all changes. If you pass on this one you will only miss out on a good free standing title here. Heck this game has made me decide to take a look at other Clancy games, which I have not yet done.The interface is BRILLIANT IMO. In fact, as good as Advance Wars IS they could take a hint from this game regarding the interface and making it INTERESTING. The CONTEXT of how the 'Orders' or moves apparently GET to (and back) where they will most benefit the army is what gives this title its different flavor and one that I will gladly purchase a sequel to as well.Variety IS the spice of life; try this title, you won't be disappointed.NO Gamble Here...As long as you judge it on its own merits, and don't compare it, this is an enjoyable game that ANY strategy gamer would miss out on, if not played. I DO hope they consider a sequel to this one, but clancy isn't noted for that. Darn Shame though, I'd buy it's sequel immediately!
Sounds Like A Real Winner
After scouring half the net, I FINALLY found a description by UBISOFT themselves that was actually NOT for the 360 description but for the DS specifically. It reads like a mixture between Advance Wars and Civilization Revolution on the DS. No, you don't use voice command on the DS version, you use touch screen (Duh!) But the graphics look nice for what it is. The upper screen carries the action CG's just like Age Of Empires, Advance Wars, Civ Rev etc. and the bottom is for setting the strategy TURN BASED style, that plays like RTS. 30 missions [single player] and one hundred maps for multiplayer, no mention of WiFi for the DS yet though but we can hope. The multiplayer is TWO player only, head to head, which is fine by me. I gave up on getting the 360 version where you shout commands at the screen (microphone) as mental visions of people studying while others try and play EndWar and frantically shout commands ran through my head ... stopping just before the fights started between them...Naw... I think I'll stick with touch screen and button pushing for this one. But I'm IN either way. Since the Tom Clancy brand carries a long line of great games and names, the odds are in my favor for a great game release. It never fails to amaze me how often people will willingly accept meshed - Multi-platform Ads, ads showing screens from more than one platform ie the DS and the 360, as the video examples and descriptions only from their desired platform.
i looks pretty cool i just want to know if you just control your army or do you acually get in the game and shoot as your own person.
A Great Strategy Game
After viewing some youtube videos about Endwar for the DS and reading the comments about how much it "sucks," I was reluctant in buying this game. Then I thought, "Hey, why not try a new strategy game?" I am so glad I bought this game. I've had a couple days to experiment and play the campaign of Endwar for DS. Personally, I think this game is severely underrated. People say that this game plays like Advance Wars, but it is different. Challenge/Length: The European campaign is labeled the "easy" campaign, but even that can be hard if you don't know what you're doing. Each mission gets harder and harder as you try to fulfill your primary missions and complete secondary objectives within each mission to earn medals and unlock new maps. Overall, the game gets harder each mission and some battles can last long, which is realistic. After you finish the European and American campaigns, you unlock the Russian campaign, which is the hardest. Storyline: This game is based on a futuristic World War III theme in the year 2020. As the world's natural resources get drained out, tensions are sparked between the United States, European Federation, and Russia, the three world super powers. During the game, we learn that Russia wants to re-establish itself as a military super power, so they launch offensives in Northern Europe, Alaska, and the Middle East. Europe and America are allies, which explains why the Russian Campaign is the hardest. Graphics/Sound: Graphics aren't the best, but that's expected coming from a portable system. Sound gets a little repetitive, so I suggest listening to your iPod/mp3 player. Gameplay: The prologue missions do a good job of teaching you how to play, such as the use of phases. Instead of taking turns to move and attack, this game utilizes phases. There are two phases, the movement phase, and the attack phase. When you are in the movement phase, your opponent is in the attack phase. This means that both players can take their turn at the same time, instead of waiting for your opponent to move and attack. The thing about this game that makes it more challenging is that during your attack phase, you can attack the enemy's units before they move, and vice versa. This game also introduces the use of "Jamming" and "Blocking." Jamming is when your units are on either side of an enemy unit. This prevents the enemy from escaping, gives your unit's a power bonus and also weakens the enemy. Blocking is when your unit enters the enemy unit's movement range to block their movement. There are many more strategic positions, but I won't go in depth. If you lose a battle, there's a reinforcements feature in the game. This means that you can choose to get reinforcements next time you try that mission again. Overall, this is a great game that has a lot of strategic depth to it. This game has racked up so many hours of gameplay, and I'm not even half way done with the European campaign. It's no wonder that Game Critics awarded this the "Best Strategy Game of E3." If you want a fantastic strategy game that will entertain for hours, get this game, it's a great buy.
I watched a video of the devolopers talking about the game a few weeks ago. They say that it is a strategy game and you get to play as one of three forces the US Marines, British SAS, or the Russians. They say that each 'branch' has its own unique ablitity. The story line is basically WW3 the US is trying to put a miltary space station in oribit while Russia has controll over the oil supply and England has control over all of Northern Europe.
This game is good but not as good as advance wars
This game is a good game but not great. Here are the pros. It has over 90 missions and three levels of difficult. The control scheme allows you to choose between using the stylus or the buttons. My favorite part about the game is the way that it splits up the movement and action phases. This gives it the feel of a real time strategy game. The story is great and it keeps you interested. It has a feature that allows you to create your own maps and battle on them. The multiplayer is great and just like advance wars, you can trade maps with people. Now for the cons. Most of the missions have a turn limit. This adds challenge but it forces you to ignore all strategy and rush your enemy. The graphics are poor. The units are not very well balanced (a copter can kill an anti-air unit). There is not much depth in the way that it works. There is a new system that gives your units a boost if you have the target surrounded, but it rarely makes a difference. There is no voice acting. All talking is shown in a text box, which gets boring during some of the longer conversations. Overall, if you have played turn-based strategy games and love them, then you will probably like this game too, but if you want to try a strategy game or just think that they are all right, don't get Endwar for the DS. I suggest Advance Wars: Dual Strike. It works basically the same way but is is a lot more fun.
I saw the trailer a few weeks ago and it was good. then i saw the developers talk about the gamepaly they say its like madenn only you command youre trooprs from a touch board. this sounds great for the touch screen.
Similar Yet Different...
Yes End War IS Similar to Advance War yet there are subtle differences. Advance War (either edition) is (un)reasonably challenging and noobies to the series will find great difficulty starting the new series. I personally feel End War is a bit easier but that has more to do with the stats of each unit than the actual gameplay. I personally feel the game [EndWar] is tuned a bit more user friendly. Also the graphics have an obvious difference, neither bad nor good but those who are already expectant of Advance Wars graphics will be disappointed, without good reason as the graphics for Endwar suit the game well, and truth be known, is not all unpleasant in its own right. Some, such as myself would actually say that both have their rightful place in the gaming world. Besides the stat differences for each unit, there is the musical differences (Endwar being a bit more repetitive) and the graphics, which I happen to enjoy and feel are well done, keeping in mind it IS its OWN game, NOT ADV Wars.There are simply far too many people who got caught up in the hype that the game was 'voice activated' and confused the blurb for the OTHER consoles with the correct description for the DS version. Since they didn't get exactly what they were expecting, they immediately rated it poorly, which is an unfair reason and method at best. The actual game play for End war IS enjoyable as turn-based-strategies go and is well worth a look as long as you keep in mind that its not Advance Wars and its NOT trying to BE advance wars.Personally I actually LIKE the twist that they have thrown on this game as it sets the DS itself up as a 'communicator' of sorts to which you are supposedly programming your war options into, your suggested unit moves, then it in turn relays the suggested unit moves to the units through a (fictional) satellite and relays the results [of your moves] back through your communicator (which is the DS itself). This creates the two phase movement and actually gives the game the feel that there are other people involved with the playing of this game at the same moment you are and against you. I think that adds an interesting sensation even if it is fictional. End War is a fine game of it's own and deserves a try by those who like advance wars too, just keep in mind it is not trying to replace it. EVERY genre has room for competitors in my opinion, even and ESPECIALLY this one. Heck Advance Wars has had the stage all to it's lonesome for far too long and a little friendly competition never hurt anyone, in fact it only serves to get both companies striving for better results for their efforts.