Metascore
92

Universal acclaim - based on 7 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. 100
    A truly unique and innovative game which breathes new life into the wargaming and real-time genres and provides one of the best multi-player experiences ever devised in computer gaming. What's more, it is enormously fun and challenging to play.
  2. A groundbreaking historical strategy game, but not because of innovation, rather because of execution...The random scenarios, the multiplayer combinations of 1 to 7 players on each side, and the top-notch AI make this a historical game that has great re-playability.
  3. This game is about as solid as the Union line on Cemetery Ridge. It has all the right ingredients to please Civil War buffs, hard-core strategy fans, and maybe even some casual gamers adventurous enough to try something new.
  4. PC Gamer
    91
    A cross-over wargame that has depth, beauty, smarts, and replayability. [Jan 1998, p.218]
  5. Putting aside concerns about the campaign structure, Gettysburg! may be the best recreation of Civil War combat (or even just combat) of any game yet released. Sure, some of the hardcore data is missing, and Firaxis chose to eliminate supply issues, but it's amazing how realistic this game feels much of the time.
  6. Manages to do what many similar takes on the great conflict have failed to do -- take the events of the battle and present them with epic grandeur yet keep them simple to play without getting bogged down with too many rules.
  7. The simple and brutal nature of Civil War combat is captured in the action that unfolds and forces players to rely on strategy and the sheer will of his units, and not high-tech weapons of devastating power.
User Score
7.4

Mixed or average reviews- based on 37 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 37
  2. Negative: 8 out of 37
  1. Steve-o
    Nov 8, 2004
    10
    Great overall game.
  2. MattB.
    Jun 5, 2004
    10
    this game rocks! It's exactly like it happened, I just finished the civil war in school. BEST GAME EVER!!!!!
  3. WarrenR.
    Nov 13, 2003
    10
    Amazing for the time.. mucho depth, & challenging enough to keep you coming back for more. Sort of game you'll be playing for years (I have!!)