- Summary: The war has been going on for a long time, and it's hard to say when it will be over. We got so used to it that news from Syria has become trivial. We've even already forgotten how it all started, and where the roots of the terrible terror lie – the terror that swept across Europe in recentThe war has been going on for a long time, and it's hard to say when it will be over. We got so used to it that news from Syria has become trivial. We've even already forgotten how it all started, and where the roots of the terrible terror lie – the terror that swept across Europe in recent years. Syria is all over the news, and it's become a subject of many documentaries. We, however, want to show the story through the lens of the game and don't let the word "game" mislead you. This game does not claim to be a history lesson, but it shows the course of the war in all its seriousness through the major milestones, from the first days till the latest important victories over terror. [Steam]… Expand
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Apr 2, 2017I just finished this game in hard mode. It did a lot of fun, since the legendary Sudden Strike . The game is not perfect and developed by aI just finished this game in hard mode. It did a lot of fun, since the legendary Sudden Strike . The game is not perfect and developed by a small team, but the graphics are quite good and easy controls. 100% if you like strategy games… Expand
Mar 28, 2017No es el mejor RTS pero es muy bueno, es el mejor RTS INDIE que he jugado en mi vida, obvio es pro ASSAD (yo no soy pro assad) pero si eresNo es el mejor RTS pero es muy bueno, es el mejor RTS INDIE que he jugado en mi vida, obvio es pro ASSAD (yo no soy pro assad) pero si eres maduro y no lo tomas personal es muy disfrutable, el juego se puede comprar a 20 dolares en steam y vale cada centavo, lo recomiendo. Muy completo y realista, la inteligencia artificial tanto de tus tropas como de los terroristas es muy buena, variedad de armas, es un poco retador, lo cual lo hace mejor.… Expand
Mar 6, 2017A real RTS.U dont have mines,factories or other construction settings its all about strategy and deployment of given resources(like aA real RTS.U dont have mines,factories or other construction settings its all about strategy and deployment of given resources(like a war?).And sometimes u must react very fast at given situations.The only drawback its the length of the game and i bet devs already working on next missions to keep up with reality.Yup it sucks(for politically corect kind) cause its a real conflict.… Expand
Apr 7, 2017This review was written in English and in Spanish. Esta reseña fue escrita en inglés y español.
Review inThis review was written in English and in Spanish. Esta reseña fue escrita en inglés y español.
Review in English
The game follows a story told from the perspective of a Syrian policeman caught in the crossfire when the terrorists started to operate in Syria. The gameplay is good, but needs to improve (especially the troops and vehicles movements), I scored it 9/10 because the game in general is good, nice graphics and models, is challenging enough to keep you interested, and the feature of capture vehicles is really interesting from my point of view; now the missing point goes to the frequent crashes the game experience, but it's possible for the developers to fix them, what they need are resources and people buying the game will give them that. I recommend this game based on its features, if you like RTS I'm sure this game is for you.
Reseña en español
El juego sigue la historia desde la perspectiva de un policía sirio atrapado en el fuego cruzado cuando los terroristas empezaron a operar en Siria. El estilo de juego es bueno, pero necesita mejorar (especialmente el movimiento de tropas y de vehículos), le di al juego 9/10 porque en general es un buen juego, tiene buenos gráficos y modelos, es lo suficientemente retador para mantenerte interesado, y la posibilidad de poder capturar vehículos es muy interesante desde mi punto de vista; el punto que hace falta para darle 10 es porque "crashea" mucho, pero es posible para los desarrolladores poder arreglarlo, lo que necesitan son recursos (dinero) y si la gente compra el juego van a tener lo que necesitan. Recomiendo este juego en base a sus características, si te gustan los juegos de estrategia en tiempo real estoy seguro que este es para ti.… Expand
Apr 2, 2017Syrian Warfare is a classic Real Time Strategy game brought to you by tiny Russian developer Cats Who Play.
Now if you already enjoyedSyrian Warfare is a classic Real Time Strategy game brought to you by tiny Russian developer Cats Who Play.
Now if you already enjoyed pseudo-realistic military RTS or TBS games from Russia like Sudden Strike 2, Blitzkrieg, 7.62 High Calibre, Stalingrad or 9th Company, then look no further. You'll friggin' adore this game. It has great combat gameplay mechanics, almost completely destructible environment (which you can use to your advantage), simple micro-management and definitely an interesting, modern military setting.
Speaking of that, you play as Syrian Police Officer Anwar who first commands a small unit of Syrian Police Forces and later in the game changes to the regular Syrian Arab Army. To those who still don't know at this point - that's the Assad Forces of the still raging Syrian Civil War. Over the duration of the whole game you first fight against various extremist Jihadi groups, including Al-Nusra or ISIS.
But make no mistake - this game is tough as nails. If you mindlessly let your tanks and APCs charge into open fields and streets, you're already doomed to be the target of countless ATGMs. Enemy snipers hiding in apartment blocks will ruin any of your infantry attacks. Many fields, country roads and streets are covered with mines, which can only be detected by sappers and special forces. Hidden forward observers will see you from miles ahead and mercilessly call artillery strikes on you. To make things worse, they will even send suicide bombers - against you.
To survive through all that mess you'll have to clinch to every unit and resources available to you. Ammo and Fuel are limited and have to be re-supplied with trucks. To blind enemy observers you can use smoke screens to cross streets and buildings. To avoid being hit by ATGMs you must hide your tanks between buildings and structures and let them only briefly come forward to shoot and get back to cover again. Enemy tanks with strong front armor you have to take out from behind with fast and versatile ATGM technicals. You may use snipers or RPO rockets to take out forward observers in buildings and to clear the way for your assault squads - and the list goes on. Thankfully there's also a «Pause Mode» in which you can freeze the game and coordinate your commands.
Individual units can gain experience in battle and can be used again in later missions. You will definitely love that glorious moment when you lead your favorite tank crew in a brand-new T90 to the final battle of Palmyra - just some missions before they were absolute rookies handling a rusty T55.
At some points it's a bit too much of a «Trial-and-Error». Your troops may bite the dust pretty often and you'll get accustomed to the loading screen flashing on your monitor. Even on «Realistic», the medium difficulty next to «Normal» and «Ironman», the game is not forgiving at all. Normally I don't start playing video games on the easiest difficulty mode, but in this case I rather recommend to do so.
Due to the tough level of difficulty you'll have to spend about 20 hours to complete all 7 missions of the campaign. For the current price and the prospect of possible DLCs or sequels I find that absolutely OK. Another forte I must praise is the mission design. Some of these missions, like the rescue of the Russian pilot shot down by Turkey in 2015, are based on real events of the Syrian Civil War. The developers, even if they may dramatize to some degree, made a good job of recreating an authentic experience. If you closely followed the events of this conflict or watched reports by Anna News you'll definitely notice so on many details.
Now despite all the praise, are there any downsides? Yes indeed. The pathfinding can be frustrating at some points and you may occasionally yell at the stupidity of your own troops. The voice acting may annoy some linguistic purists, but I found them actually really OK.
+ Highly interesting yet controversial setting
+ Awesome combat gameplay mechanics
+ Huge tactical depth, but still simple gameplay mechanics
+ Destructible and interactive environment and buildings
+ High level of detail in terms of military equipment and events
+ Political incorrectness ;)
+ Simple micro-management of units
+ Individual units gain experience for further missions
+ OK graphics engine with some gorgeous effects
+ Great price for the value
+ Good music and sound effects (incl. Arabic voices)
- Annoying pathfinding
- Much Trial-and-Error type of gameplay
- Only one campaign (SAA)
- No skirmish or multiplayer
To put it in a nutshell, if you're interested in realistic modern warfare in Middle East with a touch of alternative point of view, then absolutely grab this game. The price is a steal and you'll have an intense experience for at least 20 hours. After you finished the last hidden Al-Nusra thug in the insane Battle for the Damascus Suburbs you'll definitely shed a tear of joy, believe me.… Expand
Mar 31, 2017This RTS is a single player campaign from the perspective of the loyalists. This seems to rub a lot of people the wrong way and is the basisThis RTS is a single player campaign from the perspective of the loyalists. This seems to rub a lot of people the wrong way and is the basis of most of the hate for this game on Steam. Once you get past this, Syrian Warfare is a remarkably well crafted with 7 scenarios.
You amass troops and vehicles through the game and they carry forward so you build your force as you play. This is where replayability comes in, as you try to not only complete the mission but to do so with the minimum casualties and to maximize your war booty. There is an Arabic word for this, ghaneema.
The missions are not easy and benefit greatly from multiple tries but thanks to the straightforward interface and non-linear structure of the scenarios, it doesn't really feel like grinding. Save a lot, try alternative tactics and the game keeps rewarding you with different results.
Units are well modeled and as a single player game, balancing is not really an issue. There is a clever mechanism to limit how you can deploy your forces and it works very well. Maps and settings are remarkably well done and generally capture the feel of the conflict.
It delivered far more than the price point suggests and keeps your attention all the way to the end. The game provides a solid framework for further content.
The best buy of 2017 on Steam to date. Better than Bolivia.… Expand