The History Channel: Civil War - A Nation Divided Image

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  • Summary: The game casts players in the role of a Confederate or Union soldier battling through 12 of the most famous battles in U.S. history. Each mission is introduced with a documentary video describing the historic moments in a battle, movements of armies, local fights, historical photos and battle statistics. Gamers experience the intense conflicts of the Civil War in famous locations like Little Round Top and Lookout Mountain to the diverse landscapes of train yards, saw mills and military forts while using bayonets, sabers, the butt of a gun and even their fists to take down the enemy. A wide arsenal of rifles, multiple types of grenades, exploding artillery, revolvers, muskets and more are at the soldier's disposal to set charges, place explosives, sabotage enemy lines, destroy buildings and more to complete mission objectives. [Activision] Expand
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  2. Negative: 3 out of 19
  1. A breath of fresh air when every other historical first person shooter is focusing on World War II, but unfortunately the game isn’t interesting enough to warrant a $50 purchase when you pick up the substantially better "Call of Duty 3" for a few dollars more.
  2. The History Channel Civil War is a nice alternative to other World War II shooters, but you might want to rent it on a rainy weekend. It's a shame because The History Channel footage is really well integrated into the game.
  3. We honestly wanted to like this game a lot, but really, it's worth liking only a little. [Feb. 2007, p.76]
  4. History Channel: Civil War is good for a few mindless hours of shooting action, but not much else. History buffs need not apply.
  5. War has rarely been this uninspiring and run-of-the-mill.
  6. At best, Civil War is a weekend rental for shooter fans, history buffs, or Achievement miners who aren't knee deep in this fall's blockbuster military games. Be prepared to learn a little and reload a lot - while the buckshot flies all around you.
  7. The price tag of $50 seems almost insulting to anyone who buys this game, as it has too many problems to even consider warranting a run-through.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 14
  2. Negative: 3 out of 14
  1. JackW.
    Dec 27, 2006
    I gave it a 10 because the graphics are really good, the sound is awesome and when you bayonet people you just feel plain good.
  2. AaronA.
    Nov 10, 2006
    I got this game on a whim and was pleasantly surprised. It is a much tougher kind of first person shooter than others in the genre with its weaponry from the 1800s that requre each shot to really matter vs something like HALO 2 where you got a gun in each hand spittin a 100 bullets a second. Being produced by Activision it has a similar control scheme and feel to Call of Duty, except you can't crawl on the ground, only crouch. The battles are just as chaiotic however. With virtually zero advertising on this game out there it is a gem surely to be overlooked. Expand
  3. NicolasR.
    Dec 6, 2006
    I originally bought this game because I'm a Civil War buff. I was pleasantly suprised. It looks good, mostly sounds good, and you can bayonet people! What's more fun than that? Expand
  4. AnonymousMC
    May 15, 2007
    ok game. the getting shot while in cover thing gets really anoying. It is pretty straight forward. other than the fact that i isn't based in WW2 it is not too much different from The COD games. but other than that it is on ok game but I don't recomend paying the full price for it Expand
  5. [Anonymous]
    Jan 16, 2007
    My expectations were low for this game, I had borrowed it from a friend just to get some the achievement points for it, but it offered a little more. The missions are so linear it's a bit dull at times, and the guns take a while to reload, but that makes it more real I guess, the graphics were better than I would have thought. But this ultimatly this is a pretty fun game, sure it's super short, and you could probably beat it in a day, it's not worth 50$, it's basically what the name suggest, it's a game developed by History buffs" and thats exactly what you get out of it. Expand
  6. ShawnN.
    Jan 5, 2007
    The graphics in civil war are almost alike of the graphics for a PlayStation 2! The guns are awesome and it has a good historical backround..... another thing is when you walk in puddles you dont hear the water would be better if it were co-op and have more misson's... I would not recommend for sombody to buy this game it is way to easy and the game cost $59.99....if you rent this game you will beat it fast ....that's if your good at shooting game. Overall good gameplay and alright graphics. Expand
  7. Yomoweyhhfgmkcnkxj
    Jul 18, 2007
    I thought this game was shit. why the hell does the union wear freakin gray hats, everyone looks the same, your just a lonely soldier with no squad or division, this gamedoesn't knowhow people like good graphics. in most games The ps2 graphics are good on this game it looks like your playing a ds. The 360 looks like ps2 graphics should in ost games Expand

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