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  • Summary: [Xbox Live Arcade] The Military is back for a new generation of recruits! The classic turn-based strategy series Military Madness: Nectaris is exploding onto Xbox LIVE Arcade. With an all-new graphical barrage, an all-new commander unit, online team and vs. multiplayer, and a platoon of other new features, this is the maddest game in the series yet. [Hudson Soft] Expand
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  1. Positive: 2 out of 15
  2. Negative: 1 out of 15
  1. A very good turn-based strategy game. It's certainly different and in many ways better than Advance Wars. [Jan 2010]
  2. It's just grand. [Issue#52, p.105]
  3. It seems as if the developers have done everything they can to make the experience authentic for nostalgia-starved fans of the original. The rest of us just see a dated game, with dated graphics, providing us with a solid, yet un-evolved take on the turn-based strategy genre. It does what it does great. The question is, is that what you want to do?
  4. Newcomers will find its plodding pace and lifeless visuals tedious, but old-school tacticians will happily breathe vintage moon dust for days. [Holiday 2009, p.81]
  5. The old Advance Wars clone gets a remake, but somehow avoids getting a proper 21st-century makeover.
  6. It's unforgiving, user-unfriendly, and the computer routinely cheats. I can't recommend it to modern gamers at all.
  7. There isn't a whole lot else to say about Nectaris. It's an old school strategy title that I'm sure someone will enjoy based on either nostalgia or just a lack of anything else to play.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. CharlieMonokeros
    Oct 1, 2009
    10
    Easily the best turn based strategy that I have played, the deceptively simple game-play has a level of depth that is hard to find even in the strategy genre. The normal campaign is a fun way to learn the ropes, but the multi-player is where the game really shines. 2v2 can be a lot of fun, especially when you partner with a friend, but 1v1 is the best. The advanced campaign is quite challenging, to the point where the levels start feeling like puzzles that you must solve before you even start playing. Expand
  2. MaceMoreland
    Oct 3, 2009
    9
    Original was in the top 5 of my favorite games of all time. I almost prefer the old 2D look at times because it's a little hard to follow the perspective. I miss the total # of units display. Multiplayer is well done. Surround and support are very important components of this game and remain. Expand
  3. AnonymousMC
    Oct 11, 2009
    9
    What the reviewers don't get is that this game has excellent level design, which is the reason that it is getting remade for every new console generation.

    After the first few battles, which serve as a tutorial, every new battle has its own unique approach that has to be discovered to win it.

    Keep up this kind of brilliance for 100 levels (in the original game), and you'll get a genre classic.

    Because you have to like the genre, I'm awarding only 9 points, However, this is one of the very few games that has NEVER been missing from my hard disk.
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