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  • Summary: 2011 - 2014. The world enjoys an unprecedented era of peace as enhanced defense technology eliminates the threat of nuclear war. But can it last? 2020. Constant depletion of resources has international tensions at a breaking point. One spark will ignite what no one thought could happen...a third and final world war. Strategy for the next generation: Led by creative director Michael de Plater (Rome Total War), EndWar promises to redefine strategy gaming. Designed for next-gen consoles EndWar creates a theatre of war, immersing you in the drama of World War III in a way you never thought possible. Fight For Your Nation: Pick a side US, Europe, Russia - the fate of the world is in your hands. If you don't step in to save your homeland, who will? Command Your Army: Grow your army into the most powerful force on the planet. Your army is completely customizable, and experience breeds strength - your units grow more powerful with every campaign you fight. Light Up The City of Lights: Tom Clancy's World War III won't be won by capturing remote deserts or grasslands but by striking countries in the heart. Paris, Moscow, Washington D.C. will all erupt in flames as you battle your way through the fully destructive playground. A Whole New Kind of Massive: EndWar is an online multiplayer experience unlike anything you've ever encountered. 16 player matchups? Try hundreds. 30 minute battles? Try persistent matchups lasting for months at a time. This isn't a skirmish, it's World War III. Talk Your Way to Victory: Put the controller aside and start shouting commands. EndWar can be played almost entirely via voice command. [Ubisoft] Expand
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  1. Positive: 23 out of 33
  2. Negative: 0 out of 33
  1. Voice commands make it worthwhile but it does have its share of flaws.
  2. EndWar is definitely a game that Ubisoft’s military simulation fans need to look at, as it is a natural extension of the gameplay that you (we) hold so dear. But EndWar is not for the faint of heart, and will ultimately only appeal to select console gamers.
  3. EndWar is a very hopeful beginning for the first strategic franchise of Ubisoft that is born for consoles. Unfortunately the lack of depth prevents the game from being a memorable title, but the great control and its powerful online mode are two really interesting options for those who like RTS games.
  4. 80
    The impressive voice controls is marred by a small number of annoying design decisions. The online modes are memorable, but the limited control over points of view leave a sour taste.
  5. Compared to other creative RTS titles End War is your plain Jane, if you exclude the voice command feature.
  6. Once you get over the fact that playing EndWar makes you look and sound like a bit of a twat, you start to have quite a lot of geek-fuelled fun ordering your army about the battlefield, but we can't help but feel that EndWar is more proof of concept technical showcase than fully fleshed out triple-A title.
  7. 50
    The voice command system in EndWar is terrific, and hopefully, future games will take advantage of a similar control scheme. It just isn't enough by itself to raise the game beyond "mediocre RTS." It's definitely worth checking out to see voice command done right, but overall, it lacks the depth and substance to bring anyone over from superior PC alternatives.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 8
  2. Negative: 1 out of 8
  1. Feb 10, 2011
    8
    Tom Clancy's EndWar from UbiSoft Shanghai is a nice addition to the RTS (Real Time Strategy) genre which takes place in the future. The graphics are decent and some vast environments to battle in but the detail of these environments are a little to flat and dull. The game play is a typical RTS where you command a bunch of units and issue orders to them to attack the enemy on a battlefield. There are a few types of units that you can deploy and use like riflemen, gunners, tanks, artillery and choppers. All of these units have their strong points and weak points in combat. Despite having fewer buttons than a PC, the controls of this game while playing on a PS3 are not complex to get to grips with. It's pretty simple to command your units to go where you want them to go with a push of a button. The combat and encounters with the enemy plays out like a "rock, paper scissors" gimmick where one unit will defeat another but will be vulnerable to another. Basically, as I said before, the units that you can deploy all have their weak points and strengths like riflemen aren"t very good with dispatching heavily armoured tanks but are good for securing uplinks and shooting down gunners, tanks are vulnerable to artillery fire but are strong against transports and choppers are not good against transports but are great for dispatching tanks. Choose wisely on what type of unit you send to fight an enemy group of units. The combat is simple but the "rock, paper scissors" approach to the way battles between your group of units and the enemy's group of units works well in a game like this. The perspective of how you view the battlefield and command your units make it easy to see what you're doing and with one press of the square button, you can warp to any unit and issue new orders easily. The camera can be rotated 360 degrees helpfully but annoyingly, you aren't able to freely move the camera around the landscape. The single player is quite enjoyable to play and it will take you a while to beat. The sound effects are nothing special to shout about but they are decent with some nice radio chatter and weapon effects. There's a good selection of modes to play like conquest, assault, raid and siege. My personal favourite is conquest where you have to secure uplinks (it's like a domination type of game mode) and defend them from the enemy. There's a really cool way of commanding your troops using your voice instead of using the control. By saying commands through a microphone, you can issue orders to your units and tell them what to do. I say this is a really cool touch and it makes you feel like an actual commander giving orders to your army. It can get a little bit too much when you have to continuously switch between loads of units to issue new orders but I say that this RTS is a great game for the casual gamer. This is still an RTS you have to continuously change your plans and how you encounter the enemy but I'd say this is a fun, simple little RTS game that people who want to command an army should get! Expand
  2. Oct 28, 2012
    7
    A pretty big learning curve, lots of micro-management make for a hard-to-get-into game, but stick with it; it'll grow on you. Voice commands are a neat gimmick, but overall, that's commenalistic. Overall, looks good, plays- well, it functions unlike some other titles *cough*Sonic Free Riders*unconvincing cough*, and after you get into it, it'll hook you in. Expand

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