4 EndWar, A Strategy RevolutionSpat360 | 20/01/2009 | See all Spat360's reviews (3)Having recieved the game but a month ago, I have played it fairly extensively between now and then. It promised to be the first game of it's kind,but with more active war based games like COD 5 smothering the format and the big name of Halo Wars just on the horizon, can it deliver?Well, having started up the game for the first time, your first task is a fairly lengthy voice recognition process, then what is effectively a turorial of a few easy missions, nicely fitting in to the overall story. Whilst these steps are fairly lengthy and dull, they are neessary due to th complexity of what has been atempted here.From here on out you are thrust into the ever-changing World War 3! The story seems a little Hollywood, and very American, but in reality is easily follow-able (trust me) and instantly immersive.The thing that impressed me most so far is the consequences. Every battle has an impact on your brettalion and the war in general, and whilst it may seem strange without a set story which is dictated to you, it's really great to feel you are in controll.The voice system starts out as a fun novelty and then moves on to a fairly effeicent tool. The commands are largely understood, however when they occationally aren't it really bites as the controller shouts loudly down your ear! Nothing irritates me more than losing a unit due to the failure of the system!The online modes seem very interesting with oppertunities available for ranked and private matches. Amazingly, one of the games party pieces is it's 'Theatre of War'. This is basically a huge real time war, fought by people all over the world, with your actions effecting everybody Cool, huh? This, however, is only for the very elite. Nobody wants to be the person responsible for a huge loss; I've stayed away!I would recommend this game to anybody seeking the buzz and also the pressure of a military engagement all from the sofa, with nothing really at stake than your pride and a few virtual men! Don't feel threatened by it. You are eased in slowly by the game and the easier difficulties really make it accessable to even the most useless and nervous gamer!