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7.3

Mixed or average reviews- based on 12 Ratings

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  1. Positive: 9 out of 12
  2. Negative: 2 out of 12
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  1. Walter
    Mar 29, 2008
    5
    This game is brilliant in that it takes every possible aspect of actual military operations into account. It is also impossible in that it takes every possible aspect of military operations into account! I got to page 4 of the tutorial, and was glassy-eyed and in physical pain. This game is strictly for the hardcore detail fanatic who can sit for hours mulling a single maneuver and wants This game is brilliant in that it takes every possible aspect of actual military operations into account. It is also impossible in that it takes every possible aspect of military operations into account! I got to page 4 of the tutorial, and was glassy-eyed and in physical pain. This game is strictly for the hardcore detail fanatic who can sit for hours mulling a single maneuver and wants every detail of every unit at his/her disposal before making a decision. I cannot imagine actually attempting to compete in this game against a human, much less the AI, which has none of those cumbersome mental issues we humans have to deal with (i.e. kids running around, a dog barking, bills to pay, etc)!!! If this is for you, you'll love it, but I, as a war-history buff who loves great strategy games (like Civilization) found this game far too complex to enjoy...perhaps as a history lesson it can aid in writing a college thesis, but I would not call operating your armies in this game "fun" on any level. Expand
  2. Sep 11, 2012
    0
    This game, much like Pride of Nations and others that use the same engine are frustratingly, mind-meltingly complex. Every conceivable detail is taken into account, and I literally spent several days trying to understand the interface (I still do not fully understand it). After spending literally hours trying to get supply lines, assigning leaders, checking terrain, setting up orders,This game, much like Pride of Nations and others that use the same engine are frustratingly, mind-meltingly complex. Every conceivable detail is taken into account, and I literally spent several days trying to understand the interface (I still do not fully understand it). After spending literally hours trying to get supply lines, assigning leaders, checking terrain, setting up orders, trying to gather intelligence, terrain, weather, finances, reinforcements, attrition, and all the rest of it, I could finally actually move men into enemy territory. If you have a life, are not a hardcore history buff, or just like the casual gaming, this game is NOT for you. I had this game for about a year and still do not understand it. However, if you do have the time, patience, and know-how, you can laugh at people like me and enjoy it a lot. Collapse
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63

Mixed or average reviews - based on 6 Critics

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  1. Positive: 2 out of 6
  2. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. The Blue and the Gray is a niche game that will appeal to a very specific audience, so in that regard it’s a tough sell. However, if you fit into that group of hardcore strategy fans and Civil War enthusiasts, then this could be one that you’ll want to check out.
  2. PC Zone UK
    41
    This game is clever, deep, multifacted and a strategy nerd's wet dream. It's just a shame that it all comes at the expense of being very, very boring as well. [Dec 2007, p.84]
  3. AGEod brings a unique aesthetic to their wargames, fusing the colors of old atlases with the functionality of intuitive design.