A traditional hex-grid turn-based war game, Battleground 4: Shiloh uses the award winning Battleground play system to recreate one of the most momentous and bloody conflicts of the American Civil War. Considered to be the first step on the road toward disaster for the Confederate Army, this decisive battle covers the days of April 6 and 7, 1862, when the Confederates launched a surprise attack on the Union Army (commanded by Ulysses S. Grant). Players engage in battle through multiple scenarios to relive or change course of history. Miniatures represent troops and equipment, and brief sound and video clips help add to the feel of the game. Gameplay is handled on a turn-based manner during single and multiplayer games, with each side given a round to take actions before the other gets a chance to respond.
The second game in series of American Civil War returns us to the two days of April 6th and 7th, 1862, when the Confederate Army under Albert Sidney Johnston launched a bold surprise attack on U.S. Grant's Union Army. Now you can play multiple scenarios, which include The Surprise Attack, Hornet's Nest and Pittsburg Landing.
Talonsoft's fourth installment to the Battleground series is a superior entry in the crowded Civil War gaming market. Battleground: Shiloh builds on the strengths of its predecessors while adding some welcome new features.
Talonsoft presents the "first major battle of the American Civil War" in commendable detail. The game offers you a variety of ways to view the action - you can choose from both 2-D and 3-D views of the conflict, quickly grasping the tactical situation using the 2-D perspective, then switching to 3-D as the action intensifies. The SVGA graphics reveal remarkable touches - the faces of the commanders, the unique uniforms of the regiments, even the individual buildings that dot the battlefield. The included video footage of reenactments heightens the drama. The sound effects, while quite good, are limited in scope. As with the rest of the Battleground series, Talonsoft put great emphasis on making the game playable while retaining historical accuracy. Players can choose from several levels of control. If you'd rather give orders than execute them, simply choose Commander Control. The action commences in a phase-and-turn format. Shiloh also includes an advantage slider that allows the odds to be tipped (or toppled) toward one side or the other. Even on the standard setting, the AI provides an adequate opponent. The Wilson's Creek and Prairie Grove scenarios, for instance, can be quite challenging to even the most experienced grognard. If multiplayer games are more your style, the v1.10 update offers Internet play and improved modem play.
The latest update fixes several minor flaws in the game. One welcome improvement would be the reporting of individual casualties - killed, wounded, and missing. The game currently lists casualties in 25-man increments, leading to questionable all-or-nothing skirmishes. Other than this, Battleground: Shiloh gets outstanding marks for both its content and style. If you like wargames, you'll like this. If you like Civil War games, you'll love it.
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