Mixed or average reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24
  1. Tom Clancy's Endwar is an innovative RTS, suitable both for the genre-fan and the newbie. The gameplay is slightly more action than usual, and the closer look to the battlefield could disappoint the strategy purists, but vocal commands and great visuals make this game a must-try.
  2. It appears as if the extended wait for us PC gamers paid off. The graphics are way better than on the consoles and the possibility of combining voice-control and classic PC-RTS-control enables you to act much quicker then on other platforms.
  3. Tom Clancy's Endwar is a very good strategy game, a experience that no genre fan should let escape, because the sensation of having under our command such a number of troops who obey our orders is just fantastic. Its biggest problem, though, is its shallowness in strategic options in comparison with what we are used to seeing on PC.
  4. It has a few flaws that bar it from being a breakthrough, but one can hardly find an experience any more epic as strategy games go. Commanding units in the Third World War with your voice is more thrilling than any battles in the best rts games to date. [Apr 2009]
  5. Tom Clancy’s EndWar is certainly not a crowning achievement for the franchise, but it works well as an RTS and may help to draw new players to the genre. Hardcore RTS fans will likely be disappointed by the game’s lack of depth, however.
  6. Voice control redeems a simple RTS. [Apr 2009, p.80]
  7. EndWar is a raw diamond: Ubisoft has tried to innovate in the RTS genre with the voice control scheme but at the same time the gameplay is still very classic like any other strategy game with a general lack of tactical aspects.
  8. EndWar was a very hopeful beginning for the first strategic franchise of Ubisoft in consoles, but on PC its just a solid RTS. The lack of depth prevents the game from being a great title, but its powerful online mode is a really interesting option for those who like fresh games.
  9. The faultlessly working speech recognition of Tom Clancy's Endwar achieves its objective: you really feel like a military leader - at least for one hour, because in terms of speed and precision the human voice is still inferior to controlling the game with a mouse. The game itself resembles World of Conflict, but doesn't come close. Especially the game balance needs to be fixed.
  10. EndWar will most likely represent a disappointment for real time strategies fans, as it was created for a totally different market, that of “casual gamers". Because barring the voice command system and a mildly interesting multiplayer mode, EndWar unfortunately doesn’t have anything to keep you interested in long run, being more of an appetizer than the main course.
  11. 70
    For PC gamers accustomed to faster, deeper, and more exciting RTS games, EndWar will seem like a voice in the wilderness.
  12. EndWar is also a good game on the PC. The game looks good, the controls work as you would expect and it is fun to play. We also want to give credits to Ubisoft to do something original. However, we give the PC-version a lower grade then we did with the console-version. There are simply more RTS-games on the PC and a lot of them are better then EndWar.
  13. EndWar is a “fast and furious” RTS game with promising voice command but, when you remove this feature, all that is left is a standard strategy game without any originality or significant attributes. [Mar 2009]
  14. While EndWar's quirky camera tricks and novel approach to unit selection may very well be functional choices on the X360, they translate very poorly to the PC and create a confusing and chaotic experience that seems to be the precise opposite of what Ubisoft Shanghai was attempting to create.
  15. Ideal if you want to dip your toe into RTS and love the sound of your own voice.
  16. EndWar's a little too repetitive and you'll probably end up using the same basic strategy in every battle. [June 2009, p.69]
  17. While the console versions are solid, the PC version of this unique strategy game is too stripped to stand out.
  18. The only real “achievement” of EndWar is its voice command system.
  19. It's going to be a hard struggle for EndWar to keep itself afloat in an overcrowded genre. With a pretty decent voice command system, the game does its best to bring something new to the table, but it won't be enough to win the war. Take away the controls and you'll find an RTS that offers to little to hold your attention.
  20. Most PC gamers will find the experience too dumbed down to warrant investigation. On console EndWar is good. On PC it's in over its head.
  21. Like a forgotten girlfriend, it’s not especially pretty, smart, or fun. EndWar’s simplified gameplay keeps it from being a good real time strategy game, while the mediocre combat ensures the game has few memorable moments.
  22. A splendid idea hampered by an average execution and a hideously uninteresting setting.
  23. It’s hard to expect a breakthrough game from a studio that botched half of the Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell series.
  24. 50
    While the voice command feature is interesting, games like World in Conflict, Empire: Total War, and Company of Heroes offer far more depth and are ultimately easier to recommend.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 40 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 12
  2. Negative: 4 out of 12
  1. Nov 30, 2011
    If you love playing RTS games and have played many this game is completely a disappointment. The graphics, sounds, ect are satisfactory, BUTIf you love playing RTS games and have played many this game is completely a disappointment. The graphics, sounds, ect are satisfactory, BUT the in-game UI will have you wondering what is happening? First off the games voice command system is a nice touch, but the developer built the game to rely on it heavily, which flaws the game because the voice command system is flawed. You haft to speak slowly word for word and thats just not fun. But, the biggest draw back is the games camera. Your camera is anchored and FIXED onto your selected unit and you CANNOT scroll away from it to look for threats, pre-plan the terrain or anything. You can only see what you unit sees. Making it worse even with air units your camera is placed under the, For example a helicopter. The camera is really low and you cannot see threats over or behind (Buildings, Trees ect.) You also cannot zoom out to see to get a better view of the action. If anything they did however add a 'binocular zoom' which makes looking are pixelated pebbles on the ground easier to view. Therefore it gets a 1, because at least the game works I just can't play a game that blinds you to your surroundings. Full Review »
  2. Apr 13, 2011
    Endwar, first off is the only RTS ive seen that shows true realism and strategy. other RTSs ive seen is merely who has the most forces, nowEndwar, first off is the only RTS ive seen that shows true realism and strategy. other RTSs ive seen is merely who has the most forces, now with Endwar its not how many you have but how you use them. and true history has shown us that numbers dont mean anything. think about the US forces in Iraq, or Afghanistan. when Desert Storm happend we has maybe 20,000 soldiers there against 500,000-1,000,000 enemies. but because of tactics they prevaled. and thats what this RTS is about. its about how efficently you can think as a General. and how smart you are when it comes to commanding troops. simply charging all your troops at once would be foolish as one well placed artillery strike would end it.
    i rate this game a 10 because thios is the only RTS in exsistance that brings in true realism and Strategy in to the gaming world. plus i think the game was really fun.
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  3. veracek
    Mar 12, 2009
    This game is an actual rts, most real time strategies consist of running in and seeing who has more forces, endwar shows that if you use This game is an actual rts, most real time strategies consist of running in and seeing who has more forces, endwar shows that if you use tactics, it's possible to take out waves of tanks with something as simple as one unit of riflemen. I give it a 10 because of the amazing storyline depicting world war 3, the graphics it has considering it is an rts, and the playability and gameplay. It's possibly the best game I've ever played. Full Review »