Creating games is a luxury that not everyone in the world is able to do, or just be a part of a team that is in charge of creating games. I personally haven’t had the pleasure of being a part of a team that is creating games, however as I am a part of this reviewing business for some time now, and a couple of other businesses besides that, I can imagine how the manufacturers felt like when they saw their game finished and put on the market. For some this is a huge success, but when you launch a third sequel of a same game now that is what you can call a success. The premise of our game is war, and like this war we have seen a lot of them. From WW1 to WW2, revolutions, ancient wars, wars that have come from myths and so forth…this is all seen in the casual market game world, so finding a new premise for a war game, besides creating a new one is pretty hard. That is why the manufactures of this game have focused on Korea and the Cold War between Russia and USA and their internal battle to show the world, who is the most powerful force on the planet.
North Korea was ‘playing’ on the side of Russia, while the South Korea was supported by the Americans. The rest of the story should be known or at least heard of in one point of his life to the rest of the world and there is no need to enter that part of the game further. There are a couple of things you need to know about this game, as the game starts it will have a lack of tutorial that will explain what you need to do in the game. There are gamers that like to start playing games from the middle or the end, but to tell the truth the manufacture of the game probably expected that most of the gamers are returnees of the previous game releases and are already acquainted with the user interface of the game. If you are a returnee in this game, than you are pretty much acquainted with everything in the game as the minute you start playing the game you will see the difference between the previous game and this release, that is you won’t see much of a difference. First off the terrain across you will be moving will sometimes present a couple of problems that need to be solved as you are the one who is determining the route of the group moving. After you have achieved Victory in the game, the gameplay introduces you to the next level of the game and the new content it provides. But before starting any fights you will need to decide on which side do you want to fight this war, American or North Korean. Whichever you choose, you'll then be whisked to the game's strategic map. Strategic mode is new to the Theatre of War series and takes place on a large map detailing the larger areas under contention. During this mode everything is set for you to play and nothing else to do, as it is not called strategic for nothing. So if you’re planning on holding in this mode for a longer period, you will be disappointed as besides the fight that starts by planning your moves, there aren’t any other actions to be done. The fight starts mostly when you decide and it will end on how you want it to end… First off the confrontations are all shown on the map as you must move the group of soldiers that you possess to a certain point that you want to take away from the enemy hand or simply take it first. After you have done that, you then decide what to do next, as if you are going to proceed with the attack further or stay and defend the base with that group of soldiers. When things get nasty, the game offers a couple of reinforcement’s options to help you out like the air support or the artillery support to aid you just when you need it. However if you feel like you will be having problems head on, before the mission there is an option that allows you to lower the level of game difficulty so you can face the enemy if you are for example clearly outnumbered. This release as the previous game has nine different maps in which you can play your game. Since the game has been released two years after its predecessor, you would expect multiple changes in the gameplay through that period. There are certainly some features changes when compared to the previous release; however there are also some points in the game which were weak spots of the game which remained the same in this game release too. The interface of the game is hard to deal with, especially at certain moments like when you are sending your troops to combat. When you do send them to combat, it mostly seems like you sent them to a slaughterhouse so you could just lose them. Fortunately the AI of the game seems to behave itself in the same or what is more often in a worse way, making them an easy target at any time. Most of the gamers won’t be satisfied with the poor choice of levels and the gameplay; however the manufacture inserted a Mission and Campaign Generator so you can refresh the gameplay to your own standards.
Graphics and sound:
The graphic of the game is my biggest disappointment of the game as it has remained the same like the previous game. It seems that the game has gone through some changes in the content, but the details used in the game are still the same, almost intact. Now depending on a game you always hear a background music that is probably adapted to the theme of the game, but really which music is suited for a war game? Therefore the game manufactures left an option for you to import your own list of songs to play during the game which I found a nice plus for the game. The game needs an upgrade and hopefully we will see it in the future, but until then you have the Korean War in front of you to play, and to experience part of the World’s history and its wars.