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  • Summary: Set in the rarely explored period of 1975-1985, Wargame pits NATO (USA and Western Europe) against the Warsaw Pact (Soviet and Eastern European countries) in battles that explore “what could have been.” The specter of nuclear warfare loomed large over the real Cold War, but this catastrophic outcome was the ultimate last resort as everyone knew that the first one to start nuclear hostilities would end up wiped out just the same. Large, armored offensives through Europe would certainly have been the core of this hypothetical war; and this is what the game’s explosive campaign takes you through! Collapse
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 28
  2. Negative: 0 out of 28
  1. Apr 24, 2012
    90
    It's a scope and scale that can be daunting, but it allows for an unparalleled level of player agency within an RTS.
  2. Mar 1, 2012
    85
    Wargame: European Escalation is the closest you'll get to a full-fledged military simulation of the Cold War era of modern warfare that is still fun to play.
  3. Mar 14, 2012
    85
    Fortunately, Wargame dares to take chances and succesfully follows a different path than other games in the genre. The way you control the battlefield over several levels, like R.U.S.E. did, gives a whole new dimension to real-time gaming. The incredible amount of unlockables you can earn, encourages you to keep playing and set up your own perfect army. Be aware of the chaotic battles that will commence on your screen, as some people's head may eventually explode. Just a friendly warning.
  4. Feb 28, 2012
    80
    If you are part of the niche community that knows perfectly the meaning of terms like ATGM, SAM, APDS and all possible vehicles variants that can mount them, Wargame: European Escalation is definitely an RTS that will entertain you in the next months.
  5. Mar 21, 2012
    80
    It may end with a slog, but I'd already gotten dozens of hours of rewarding tactical play by that point. Especially with the impressive multiplayer mode, I can strongly recommending Wargame: European Escalation as an expert and innovative blend of the best of the wargame genre with the best of the RTS.
  6. Mar 6, 2012
    80
    So it turns out that Wargame: European Escalation isn't just good. It's also unique.
  7. 60
    The multiplayer is the true heart of this game and offers a ton of strategically challenging missions. If you don´t care about the campaign, love to play online against others and can accept quite a few issues concerning comfort and gamesystem, than this highly tactical game could still offer something for you.

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  1. Positive: 69 out of 86
  2. Negative: 10 out of 86
  1. Feb 24, 2012
    10
    Suprisingly fun game. Much slower paced than a game like starcraft, the game engine is awesome, i never get tired of the zooming levels. Lots of units, lots of strategy and the slow pace means an online game is more based on your tactics and choice of units, than how many clicks you can do per minute. Highly rated! Expand
  2. Apr 12, 2012
    10
    Fast, mean, unforgiving, put your tactical brains on overdrive and go to it. For me this is one game that delivers. Forget massing units and just pummelling a weaker foe. Try that approach and the AI will spank you severely on easy setting as well. I've always been a casual player of wargames so multi player has never really interested me, this game fills that hole up. The AI likes to surprise you and wont come at you in vast armadas of tanks. But if your daft enough not to use your recon units it'll teach you a lesson in pain. Expand
  3. Feb 29, 2012
    10
    Although it takes a little bit of time to adjust to the amount of units, as one person has said "TOO MANY UNITS!!!!@!!@ NO UNDERSTAND", Wargame: European Escalation is a fine example of a game and I definitely recommend picking it up. Expand
  4. Jul 10, 2012
    9
    WEE is an extremely good, detailed RTS war game that takes place in the 70's in a "what if" conflict between NATO and the Warsaw Pact. The game is very deep with hundreds of individual units from the period. You unlock these units through points you earn in the campaign and in multiplayer matches. You have to think when you advance you forces in WEE as one small mistake can result in half of your units begin destroyed in seconds (just like modern warfare between superpowers should be!). The campaign game is VERY challenging almost to the point that some campaign missions are just too hard. The first few missions aren't too bad but I got stuck about 1/3rd of the way through the campaign. There's no difficulty setting so , if you can't get past one mission, then your campaign is essentially over. I like the challenge and will keep pounding away trying to finish the campaign. Difficulty levels would have been nice. Multi player has you going up against other players around the world. It's easy to find a non ranked pick up game but ranked matches take some patience to find another opponent. Expand
  5. Mar 6, 2013
    9
    You are here because you saw this game on Steam and you're not sure whether or not to buy it. Buy it. It's a fantastic game. Why this game isn't talked about more is beyond me. If you love strategy games, you will love this game. If you liked World in Conflict, it's like that...except 100 times better. It basically takes games like that and other great strategy games, and puts them all together to make a near perfect strategy game. While I think the graphics and number of units is great, they could be better. Not really a complaint, just the reason why I gave this a 9 instead of a 10. Also, it would be cool if future Wargame sequels included naval units. I'd basically never leave my computer if they added that. So, buy the game, enjoy it, tell everybody how much you enjoyed it, and then tell them to buy it, because Wargamers like myself need more people to play against on multiplayer (which is awesome, too). You won't regret your purchase. Expand
  6. Mar 20, 2012
    8
    This game is pretty cool if you like strategy games especially if they are set in modern times. There are a few things that I personally have issues with that I wanted to address to maybe help a few people decide if they want the game or not though. Firstly, I find it hard to counter units effectively without loosing a lot of units in the process. I find myself moving forward with scouts and finding them destroyed by the tanks that they detected before my tanks can move up to destroy them. Other times my tanks would travel with the scouts and then both would be destroyed when they stumbled across an anti-tank unit. Its almost easier just to put as many unique units together as you can and rush as a mob and hope that the right units counter each other than it is to try to make a good strategy out of it.

    Secondly, some of the engagement ranges, even early in the game seem way unbalanced. For instance I was playing mission 3 and was pretty far along without losing many units, when all of the sudden my tanks and AA units came under fire from ranges so far that my units couldn't see what it was. Turned out to be a single transport helicopter that had rockets. This simple transport destroyed 4 AA units and 12 tanks including all of my most veteran units before I could do anything about it. I couldn't have them fall back because the fire kept coming and moving forward just had them come under fire from other units. Thirdly, I like the whole keeping units alive keeps them earning experience but it is just so easy to lose units. I wish survivability was a little better. It seems a little off that a platoon of 4 fully upgraded tanks that are all like a level 5 veterans being destroyed by 1 anti-tank gun that is a level 1 veteran even though they are hiding in an ambush position. Those are my negative issues. Now that I've gotten those out of the way let me say that most things about this game are really cool. I like the level of detail the graphics give and the ability to zoom out to see the whole field of battle is very handy. I really like watching the battles play out when I have set up a good ambush on a few occasions. Nothing is as satisfying as watching a platoon of enemy tanks move into a kill zone and being blown apart by my tanks while not even landing any return fire. Helicopters were included almost seamlessly into the game although I think their range and power need to be adjusted a little bit. They are instrumental in scouting the battlefield and bringing death down on unsuspecting enemies. For those just thinking they will spam the best equipment they can at the enemy until they win I just want to warn you this does not work. When you start a mission you get a limited number of supplies to build with. This number regenerates, however you are only allowed a certain number of each unit in the game. For instance you may only be allowed to call on up to 8 of a specific tank for the entire mission. So you will want to try your best to keep them alive or you will run out of them before the battle is over and be forced to use less powerful equipment. Scouting is IMPORTANT!!! If you just send in even the best tanks you will lose them before you even see some of the enemies. It is important to learn what counters what the best or you will lose lots of units without scoring any kills yourself.
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  7. Aug 7, 2014
    0
    This game is an obvious ripoff to World in Conflict / RUSE but is needlessly slow and boring, where you have to manually adjust everything like an autistic sloth, among many other annoyances, in which I could go on about all day. This game somehow got attention through steam-hype and mysteriously gets a drastically unrealistic user rating presented here. The entire Wargame franchise is quite bland, it doesn't even bring solid graphics, which would alleviate the mundane burden of control and actually make the game worth putting up with. Please keep in mind that the graphics here are not even on par with games that are 7 years older than this, but rest assured that it's the gameplay that ultimately ruins it. Although simpler and more arcade-like, World in Conflict is much more fun. More "depth" (lol) does not necessarily equal more fun, especially in the case with the Wargame series. Expand

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