Now, I pre-ordered this game (PAL) back in November, and was particularly excited about the offline features (I don't have a stable internet connection) such as the split screen modes, and I think I remember seeing the normal Wi-Fi modes available to play against an AI opponent.
this arrived yesterday (i ordered from gameplay.com) and, having a look, it was either Online, or campaign, sadly. It isn't a major downfall, the game IS fun, the campaign starts very easy, and gradually gets surprisingly tricky over time.. and well, I haven't finished yet, and I've put in a few hours.
Graphically, it's more pleasant than the screenshots show, it's pretty much the old game, with improved texture resolutions, model complexity, draw distance, and Particularly more extensive use of shaders and special effects (water is reflective and ripples about, some weapon effects distort the immediate proximity of the projectile etc) which justifies in itself the improvement of the Wii over the GC.
core gameplay of the SP campaign itself has improved, there's a bit more of a storyline (its not really captivating however) and as opposed to the last game simply involving taking a 'flag' and that's pretty much it, this game incorporates 'facilities' such as a barracks, or airfield that or often objectives, or there just for the personal achievement that when you own it, you get reinforcements.
On thing that got me about the game is overall, its less.. 'Annoying' than the last.. this isn't to say the voice acting has improved, but the characters have become less (slightly) cartoony in their dialogue and personality, and hell, One character was changed all but for the name.
so.. Battalion Wars 2, I don't know, I slightly regret paying £30 for it, as although the game I expected was worth that, the game I got I would only really settle for £15-25, despite that, I'm not saying you should be put off, if you're a fan of Battalion wars or not, it's still a fun game.. Only don't make the mistake i made.. this is NOT as 'Advance wars' as I'd hoped, it's just the last game, with a bit more sparkle. You wont be disappointed, only, the joy will only last if you play online.
Edit: One further feature that was often said to be included back when i pre-ordered is the ability to have some sort of control over your units from the overhead map view, This is no longer the case. Also, bear in mind that i do not criticise the game, what's there is good fun, only it wasn't what i'd hoped.
Something i've just seen, the play.co.uk description mentions splitscreen multiplay, This doesnt exist in any form.