Tom Clancy's EndWar PlayStation 3

Metascore
76

Generally favorable reviews - based on 33 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 33
  2. Negative: 0 out of 33
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  1. 80
    EndWar offers something new, refreshing, and a little exciting for console players. It's sort of a coming of age when what could be seen as the last stalwart of the PC -- the RTS -- is made from the ground up with every classic convention put on the chopping block to please the couch player.
  2. At its core, EndWar is a bit too simple, but it does offer a unique voice command system and terrific production values.
  3. This is a solid RTS experience that will definitely appeal to newcomers to the fold. Battle-hardened veterans may find this a little too simplistic in design but kudos have to go to the development team for creating a solid title that is entertaining and brings something new to the genre.
  4. The persistent army customization is a fun hook to maintain interest, the ebb and flow of battle is more dynamic (fighting the AI quickly becomes a tedious slog through its long stream of reinforcements), and the usual RTS pacing metagame becomes something of a remedy for the tepid nuts and bolts of battle.
  5. The new voice command system works flawlessly, and players should find it to be a mighty rewarding experience.
  6. EndWar may not be the best RTS on the market, but it certainly breathes new life into the genre on consoles.
  7. 90
    As a real-time strategy game, EndWar is an intimate and deeply nuanced experience.
  8. However, as with the single-player game, there’s little personal investment in the persistent world.
  9. GamePro
    90
    With its slick voice-command system, depth of strategy and frenetic action, EndWar is one game I'll still be playing after its evaluation. [Dec 2008, p.96]
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. All in all, the entire gameplay experience is a recommended one.
  14. Tom Clancy’s End War is much like a supermodel; pretty and fun to play with, but ultimately lacking substance.
  15. 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.
  16. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    50
    But EndWar's biggest flaw? Insane micromanagement. [Dec 2008, p.68]
  17. EndWar is the supermodel of strategy games – it's nice to look at but won't present you with much of an intellectual challenge.
  18. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    80
    If there's one reservation about Endwar it's that, offline and playing against AI opponents, victories will inevitably begin to feel a little hollow. Play against other people online, however, and Endwar's pleasures are only limited by teh callous deviousness of the human mind. [Dec 2008, p.108]
  19. Tom Clancy's End War tries to bring innovation into a gridlocked genre and succeeds! The mixture of new features and old concepts provides lots of entertainment for today’s player.
  20. 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.
  21. EndWar is a real glimpse into the future of RTS titles on console, with an immersive experience thanks unquestionably to the voice command system.
  22. The only real “achievement” of EndWar is its voice command system.
  23. If you're looking for a good real-time strategy game, EndWar should fit your bill. It's got a fairly lengthy single-player campaign, despite having an absolutely hollow story, and it's also got a pretty epic online mode.
  24. Although the real-time strategy isn't for everyone, due to a lack of hands-on controls and tedious pacing, EndWar is well executed and fun.
  25. Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    70
    As visions of the future go, EndWar is stuck in the '80s. [Christmas 2008, p.96]
  26. PSM3 Magazine UK
    80
    Immediate and engaging, it's a great intro to real time strategy. [Christmas 2008, p.78]
  27. Compared to other creative RTS titles End War is your plain Jane, if you exclude the voice command feature.
  28. Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    70
    You can use your controller to issue every command, but the real draw is using your headset for vocal order-shouting. [Holiday 2008, p.68]
  29. EndWar is fun, fast-paced and will likely swoon even a few jaded shooter fans to the RTS fold.
  30. Voice commands make it worthwhile but it does have its share of flaws.
  31. The voice control is almost perfect and absolutely trend-setting. But three gameplay-wise almost identical groups and similar missions are too little to captivate in the long term.
  32. If you're looking for an RTS that is cut from a slightly different cloth then EndWar is definitely the way to go.
  33. It's the voice command function that makes Tom Clancy's EndWar really shine, and it brings a fluidity and ease-of-use that will hopefully become the standard for console RTS games in the future.
User Score
6.6

Mixed or average reviews- based on 42 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 9
  2. Negative: 2 out of 9
  1. kevint
    Jan 6, 2010
    6
    the voice command aspect of the game is great, but way too much micro-management on screen it takes away from some of the experience. The the voice command aspect of the game is great, but way too much micro-management on screen it takes away from some of the experience. The game is lacking in some areas that make it a little less intersting as you play the game in its entirety Full Review »
  2. Jun 2, 2015
    0
    Absolutely worst game I have played and everything is clunky..... It should have been at least funner and it gave me no tutorial what a stupidAbsolutely worst game I have played and everything is clunky..... It should have been at least funner and it gave me no tutorial what a stupid game.... Full Review »
  3. 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 commandsA 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. Full Review »