Average User Score: 7.9Aug 11, 2014Great potential, but like all BattleGoat games in this series, suffers from a terrible U.I. and an overly complicated engine (doing even the most menial of tasks, like carrying troops to other locations, is a burden). You can completely structure your economy, build every industrial factory in your nation, and manage every single individual troop. Every unit can react with eachother in ways you'd expect, you can load troops onto helicopters with weight management, change the missle types on gunboats or planes, research techs for technologies, etc..
All this sounds amazing, but the interference makes managing things at this scale just a complete and utter micro-management frenzy. Similar games in this genre at least allow the a.i. manage basic parts of your nation for the sake of allowing constant play and to prevent a player from feeling overwhelmed, but no such features are here. Adding to that, a lack of a tutorial makes this one incredibly difficult game to just jump into, as most things are left unexplained (yes, you can go to their forum for discussion, but one should not have to).
The a.i. is terrible and does not react to you at all. If you are looking for a challenge in grand strategy during WWII similar to Hearts of Iron, this IS NOT THE GAME you are looking for. For example, the a.i. will gladly let you take over Europe as the Soviets without any allied response (or minimal if any), the a.i. is not expecting many ahistoric outcomes so becomes confused. This makes the game feel like a ghost town, so many things to do but it all feels pointless since the tactics and strategy make no difference if the a.i. does not respond differently to them.
So, main points:
Pros: huge amount of things you can do, countess units to do said things with, tons of events
Cons: terrible u.i., lack of educating player, terrible and unresponsive a.i.
Basically this runs more like a simulator during this era than an actual strategy game, which if that's your thing then by all means play this, but if you are looking for a deep strategic experience with many tactic levels, try Hearts of Iron III or Darkest Hour (both of which are cheaper, have countless mods that completely reshape the game, and a large and active community).… Expand
Average User Score: 0.4Feb 6, 2014A game that is basically a timer wherein you must pay money to win. This is the definition of Pay-to-Win, and is a mark of why EA is a terrible developer.
They are even manipulating the game in such a way as to only allow positive reviews to appear on the Android store. Just so incredibly and blatantly shady, does EA even care about their namesake?… Expand
Average User Score: 6.8Sep 27, 2013This game does what it is meant to do, simulate trade during a period, perfectly. If you are expecting something else, than you will be disappointed, but if you are looking for a deep simulation and are a history nerd in general, there is really no alternative.… Expand
Average User Score: 4.0Sep 11, 2013The game is basically unplayable. I have a Nvidia GTX 760 and 8 GB of RAM, and can run A.R.M.A. III and Metro: LL on MAX settings and get 50 FPS, yet this game on the LOWEST SETTINGS pushes 20 FPS at the most.
I have no idea what systems the professional reviewers have, the game runs horribly and almost everybody else has this issue. It's just unoptimized.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.2Sep 13, 2011The game has incredible potential, but in it's current state it is not worth recommending. Buggy as hell, extremely poorly optimized.
It's going to be demolished by BF3 and MW3 when they come out if they don't fix their stuff...… Expand
Average User Score: 5.8Jun 16, 2011Don't expect this to be Call of Duty. It's fun in it's own right, absolutely hilarious. The shooting is o.k., I fond myself using the shotgun solely because it was the only thing with great stopping power, and it's a little hard to aim.
However, there is immense variety in what you can do in the game, countless ways to detour from your actual objective, whether it be playing pinball, blackjack, etc..
I believe this is the only way they could have truly done a sequel in the modern era.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.1Apr 9, 2011I'm somewhat disappointed that the game does not span from WWI to the Cold War, but the small WWI scenario is fun never-the-less. The enhancements over Hearts of Iron II are, on the most part, pretty good, and it's all for a cheap price (only $10). Amazing deal.
The new graphics are great, as well as the vast increase in the number of provinces, allowing for greater strategy in assaults, as well as fixing the problems of not being able to assault certain regions due to being landlocked.
Still, there are some questionable implementations. The AI rarely makes a push, especially in the WWI scenario. A country, even as a hardcore Fascist, can only have war declared upon them if they have 1 Belligerence. The AI still does not properly conduct amphibious assaults, so the U.S.A. is not an overarching power in Europe. The Ottoman Empire in the WWI scenario is VASTLY underrepresented and does not ever fight in Africa, and is usually knocked out in a few weeks. Production times on all items are greatly increased, and even more so during peace times. Armistices are automatically set in place, so it's impossible to fully annex France if you are doing well.
All in all, it feels like an expansion to Hearts of Iron II, and that is fitting for it's $10 price tag. If they managed to make a game arching from WWI through the Cold War, this would definitely be a better game. However, being that it's a game made by fans, I'm not one to complain.… Expand