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Reviewed: Sid Meier's Antietam!
Author: Chris Kim       Date: December 22nd 1999
Page: 4


 
Final Breakdown

Gameplay:

The game provides more of the great action found in the original Gettysburg! and improves on the game with tons of extra features, enhancements, and tweaks to make the experience nearly flawless. The game does suffer a little bit from lack of innovation, but the game still is tons of fun to play, war buffs will love it.

Graphics:

Ouch, the graphics really suffer a huge blow because of the extremely poor production values going into the graphics. The graphics feel extremely dated and the engine really slows down once there is a lot of action and combat on screen at once, even on a fairly powerful machine as mine.

Sound and Music:

Stimulating interest in a certain event was one idea in mind that must have been going through the minds at Firaxis because the sound works near magic on the sound effects of reproducing an almost war like atmosphere again with the retro fitted sound effects.

Multiplayer:

Just as good and solid as the single player experience, but with the ability to team up or go head to head against several other people on the internet at the same time makes for one excellent gaming experience.

AI and Difficulty:

The excellent AI improvements made to the game make already excellent AI even better. The computer and player controlled AI units work almost in union with a real player would calling reinforcements, moving and retreating as a real sufferer of the war would move out. The only slight niggle is that the game is pretty difficult.

Controls and Interface:

The very easy and powerful interface is a great way for players to jump in. Old players returning from the original Gettysburg! will appreciate all the little tweaks made to the game while new comers will feel right at home with the nice tutorials and excellent to use controls.

Overall:

One of the better war simulation games to come out in a while, Antietam! improves on the original Gettysburg! that it warrants a purchase of this game. It improves on the original enough providing more of the same great gameplay and excitement of the original. However, you will not find this game in stores, it is only available online at the Firaxis Online Store.

Pluses (+)
  • Improvement on the Classic Gettysburg!
  • Great Gameplay Values
  • Easy and Simple, but Powerful Interface
  • Excellent AI
  • Minuses (-)
  • Behind the Technology Curve
  • Poor Graphics
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    Added:  Wednesday, December 22, 1999
    Reviewer:  Chris Kim
    Score:
    Page: 4/5

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