Shattered Union PC

Metascore
67

Mixed or average reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 23
  2. Negative: 2 out of 23
Buy On
  1. 70
    There's the core of a truly great beer-&-pretzels wargame in here, and strategy gamers looking for a light, enjoyable romp through a ruined United States will have a lot of fun with Shattered Union, particularly in multiplayer. It's just that -- as with most political promises -- what the game is simply doesn't match up to what it could have been.
  2. The decidedly fragile environments and variety of units give players a sense of having something to fight for in both campaign and multiplayer beyond the unchanging battlefields of the typical turn-based strategy game. More depth and better delivery would have made this war far more civil.
  3. It has a very simplistic strategic level that amounts to rolling craps when deciding who and where to attack.
  4. What I didn't expect was that the areas themselves would take up so much space on the overall map and that one victory would take over multiple states. I also didn't expect that the units would be so incredibly limited.
  5. PC Gamer
    68
    Spend enough time with it, and you'll happily overlook its missteps. [Jan 2005, p.70]
  6. The controls are confusing and encumbering but they’re not impossible to get used to so, given a bit of dedication you might just find that you budding generals out there might get all the right buttons pushed with this game.
  7. Computer Games Magazine
    60
    It's not bad, but some straightforward tweaks and adjustments could have resulted in a much better game. [Feb 2006, p.60]
  8. PC Format
    55
    Achingly mediocre and its lack of innovation is frustrating. [Christmas 2005, p.96]
  9. Shattered Union is distracting enough as a strategic challenge, but the concept of a second Civil War deserves something more sophisticated than Risk on a mousepad.
  10. Considerably less enjoyable than the now two-year-old (and eminently enjoyable) "Massive Assault," which had better AI, a stronger political system and even better production values. Save yourself some money and pick up a copy of "Massive Assault."
  11. The structure outside the battlefield, like the country it portrays, is broken. Shattered, if you will.
  12. A war game for casual gamers. [Jan 2005, p.88]
  13. If gamers will take the time to move beyond the initial frustrations (and politics) as well as any conditioning suffered from years of frenetic shooters, they will find a game that is both challenging and refreshing.
User Score
6.3

Mixed or average reviews- based on 12 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 1 out of 5
  1. May 23, 2011
    0
    Game does not work for windows 7. A forum stated that regedit could make your computer think it has less than 2GB of ram and it would thenGame does not work for windows 7. A forum stated that regedit could make your computer think it has less than 2GB of ram and it would then play but that effects the rest of the system. I wish it played- I love these games. Dev needs to update.

    boooo! 0/10
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  2. Mar 10, 2012
    10
    This is very good strategy. Why critics has given so low points?
  3. PeterT.
    Jan 3, 2006
    10
    Most fun I've had at the computer in a long time.....really like the mix of strategic and tactical (deciding how many forces to commit Most fun I've had at the computer in a long time.....really like the mix of strategic and tactical (deciding how many forces to commit and how many to reserve).......battles are great. Full Review »