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.
yes: I recommend this product