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  • Summary: This stand-alone expansion pack for Men of War focuses on skirmish maps and multiplayer play.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. Apr 21, 2011
    85
    Vivid and tactically demanding, Assault Squad is a brilliant multiplayer game that's even better with friends. [June 2011, p.78]
  2. Mar 4, 2011
    85
    This is one of the most immersive and fun strategy experiences around, so dig in.
  3. Feb 21, 2011
    82
    For a strategy game, Men of War: Assault Squad features great environments and nice graphics. Enjoy the game - Men of War: Assault Squad deserves it.
  4. Mar 21, 2011
    80
    It's old style strategy, unforgiving, hard to learn and harder to master. If this is your kind of stuff, you'll love it.
  5. Apr 7, 2011
    80
    A modern vision of chess game, Assault Squad offers a micro strategic vision of war, giving the possibility to control a little party of soldiers up to the victory.
  6. 70
    Interesting, although limited development of good RTS towards multiplayer. This game is not a groundbreaker but if you like playing cooperative military action games it has a great potential to entertain you. [Issue#203]
  7. Mar 17, 2011
    67
    For as much as I was excited to play Men of War: Assault Squad, I was bitten in the ass by entering with no foreknowledge of the game.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 27
  2. Negative: 2 out of 27
  1. Mar 27, 2011
    10
    Men of war was already the best WWII RTS game in my mind, and now 1C made Assault Squad even better, with better graphic, the unique hero units and some new maps let me really enjoy the game play. Expand
  2. Feb 6, 2012
    10
    First of all, let's clarify one major issue. This is NOT an expansion for MOW, this is entirely new game! New detailed models, new maps, new AI, new controls, new almost everything...

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  3. Jan 11, 2014
    10
    Simply the best rts game I've ever played. So much deeper than anything on the market. The community might be small but it's very friendly once you get to know people. Get this game or wait for AS2 I implore you. Expand
  4. Jun 14, 2011
    10
    For me the game is just nice. Although there is not many improvements comparing with previous parts of Men Of War indeed, the game has nicer graphics, runs much more smoothly than even the first part of MoW, and gives us some more options to use in fight. However, some new options could be added (eg. digging trenches, different camouflages, some better interface (if we have over 30 units in the battle, including artillery and tanks, we need really some seconds to discover where our unit is and to control it using it's picture in the interface. Pros:
    Nice feeling of II WW
    Nice graphics
    Nice sounds
    The best tactical RTS now

    Contras:
    Nothing new
    Some more options could be added
    Not the best interface
    Only few maps in Frontline mode
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  5. Apr 16, 2012
    9
    MOW-AS GOTY version

    Outstanding game. More of a thinking RTS vs. COH. The only issues I see: a) Poor overview map; b) Micromanaging OK until
    you have 50+ INF, Support, Vehicles on the field; c) Interface a bit clunky; d) Co-Op experience is no where near as refined as COH; d) Voices are a bit silly at times. I sometimes hear a Gestapo-sounding voice bark out encouragements to US troops!

    The great: a) Much more realistic than COH. b) There is no such thing as "fire-up" ability, or getting suppressed by an MG - your guys die. c) There is no retreat button! d) It doesn't take eight+ squads of engineers to take out one INF squad.; e) Sound effects, f) scenery and visuals are wonderful; g) GOTY version has 25 Skirmish & 50 MP maps! h) So much more unit, support and vehicle variety than COH; i) No base-building; j) No population cap; k) Can form and split of INF into squads at will; l) Each "Mission" map is huge, and will take many hours to play, per; especially if you are new to the game. And, so on...

    John
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  6. Jan 25, 2014
    7
    While there are many improvements over the original men of war, the singleplayer missions are very repetitive and some maps feel recycled. Many of the new additions that came with the game were already available from mods for the original men of war. The multiplayer however is much better. So if you are someone who wants to play multiplayer only then get this game. Expand
  7. Apr 20, 2011
    3
    Having been a big Men of War fan and enthusiastic modder ever since 'Soldiers Heroes of WW2' and subsequent games all unusually having different titles yet sharing a great deal in common in game engine and style of game play, I was rather surprised by the final result of Men of War: Assault Squad. It left me disappointed. Following are the reasons why.
    Firstly the game is virtually a copy paste from the 'Vanilla' Men of War game. Now people may consider that a harsh thing to say, as veterans of the series will know that that's nothing new in the series and in fact most of the games current features, vehicles & units have all had previous lives all the way back to the aforementioned 'Soldiers'. In itself it's a good thing, a process of evolution from one title to the next. However this edition of the Men of War product is in my opinion failing to evolve and in many areas devolving instead. Many features such as skirmish mode have big design flaws as well as disastrous bugs that linger from older titles yet should have been the attention of developers. Skirmish mode is liner and repetitive with little in the way of grand tactical challenge, options being grab and hold ground like an enormous Pac Man made up of dozens of little screaming soldiers and chomp your way through a horde of enemy units that flood down a narrow battlefield limiting any concept of manoeuvre (a key aspect to any battle). Each skirmish map is a copy paste of the last, sticking the player into a new environment that despite being graphically impressive is mostly old scenery rearranged from the Vanilla game. Path finding is pathetic (no improvement from original) and should be better after all the years and needs to be corrected or even slightly improved. Examples being units wondering around aimlessly or not at all when called into battle, AI driving over its own defences and getting stuck.
    Compared to Vanilla Men of War single player/co-op fails to be as fun or actually challenging in ways other than to time and sense. One of the key areas of the original being its carefully designed battles that gave the player a freedom despite its scripted nature. In fact I've looked at Assault Squad's scripts and found them to be lazy and limited by comparison to the earlier efforts and even more so the results.
    Multiplayer claims to be better balanced and claims to be less about heavy units and in theory I understand the aim of the developers. The original tended to have a mechanic that led players to gravitate to heavy vehicles, yet light vehicles and infantry could easily out manoeuvre heavier tanks and the balance was arguably very good. The playing style as a lot to do with the results and the appearance of imbalance. Assault squad changes engagement ranges and weapon ballistics for all units to give a greater sense of realism which overall is a great idea that fails to adjust other game mechanics such as map sizes ad overall scale of the battlefield (showing the limits of the engine) and to take into account the view distance of the player and the ability to zoom out far enough to see what is being fired at and vice versa. It would have been a wise and simple change that has been sadly omitted (my guess is for frame rate issues??).
    Plus points are to be found but are limited to fractionally better graphics and a few new maps (others being modified or removed from the core game altogether). Also the limited movement of the tank mounted Anti-Aircraft guns is a good change to make them less effective against infantry from the sides and rear (a simple change yet a wise one).
    Overall the game fails to cover any new ground despite what major reviews suggest. People new to the series will no doubt admire the core game play and ideas but that isnt new to this game. Older players from previous games such as 'Soldiers HoWW2' and 'Faces of War' will possibly be disappointed. I know that quite a few enthusiastic players feel neglected and unhappy with the way the series is going. Digital Mindsoft seems intent to shed its old core of players and create a more mainstream game to compete with rival titles and seem more preoccupied with promoting the same material over and over using clever marketing and shiny graphics. Bye bye Men of War it's nothing personal just business.
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