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  • Summary: Play as a soldier from the Union or Confederacy in secret missions of the Civil War. Take action in covert operations behind enemy lines that disrupted the armies of both the North and the South. All events are inspired by the actions of famous partisans, scouts, and rangers. Go on 11 Secret Missions! Be a part of a secret sniper mission at the Battle of Gettysburg, conduct a covert train raid on the B&O Railroad, sabotage artillery outposts during the Lewisburg Deception, and many more! Fight as a member of a famous fighting unit, including Mosby’s Rangers, Sheridan’s Scouts, and Grant’s Secret Service. Experience the weaponry and military advancements of the Civil War; shoot Gatling Guns and Coffee Mill Guns, the automatic guns of the era. Use repeating rifles, grenades, sabers, exploding artillery, shotguns, and more. The game features intense, tactical combat. It’s based on authentic Civil War combat methods, artillery barrages, urban assaults, sniping, and stealth. Set charges, place explosives, sabotage enemy strongholds, and destroy enemy buildings to complete objectives. Relive History. Each level begins with a documentary video describing your mission and the importance it played in the Civil War. [Activision] Expand
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  1. History Channel Civil War: Secret Missions treats what should be a rich historical palate as a first-person shooter backdrop and nothing more. Both parties – history buffs and shooter fans – will be disappointed. This is essentially Battle for the Pacific re-skinned and repackaged.
  2. 50
    A bland title with weak and nonsensical mechanics, as well as generic visuals and sound. This doesn't impart a sense of these missions, nor does it cover enough of the Civil War to do the battle justice.
  3. If you see it in a 99-cent bin somewhere...avoid it. If someone leaves it at your doorstep, call your local anti-terrorist organization and have forensics experts find out who would do such a heinous act. Yes, I'm being a bit harsh here, but so was Activision when they decided to create a game that offers absolutely no value, terrible gameplay, awful visuals, and poor audio and charge nearly full price for it.
  4. A framerate that's juddery like a hand-cranked projector. [Feb 2009, p.103]
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