History: Legends Of War – Review

Tank In The Grass

Although notionally about General Patton, the maximum number of units you command in History: Legends Of War is eight, a job Patton would have regarded with disdain if not active embarrassment.

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Lightly bending history to meet the demands of the game, you'll fight your way through France to Belgium, earning prestige points to recruit new units and upgrading Patton's skills as you go. Battles are fun if not especially involving, with the game loving a good tank ambush, while your troops utter grating vocal samples. Grenade arcs show a clear path to the enemy, while in fact deflecting off walls to injure your redoubtable yet idiotic troops; enemy soldiers survive direct hits from tank shells by crouching behind wooden fencing; and there are other head-shaking inconsistencies, but those not expecting Advance Wars will find some satisfaction in this second world war pastiche.

Powered by Guardian.co.ukThis article was written by Nick Gillett, for The Guardian on Saturday 16th March 2013 06.00 Europe/London

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