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GF Rating
4.5

1121 ratings

Critic & User Reviews

GF Rating
6

Above Average

different stage, same act, but still fun if...

posted by yoyoyoo (SANTA MONICA, CA) Sep 22, 2009

Member since Sep 2009

6 out of 6 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

you don't knitpick too much. it's a bit repetitive but not too much so, it's also a bit predictable but still acceptable, the story and dialogue is a bit corny but the stage, the civil war, is interesting. if realism in game mechanics is important, this game probably won't earn high marks. if simply playing an easy to play, straight-forward shooter game is your thing (you don't even get any button layout choices), it might be fairly fun. i usually play shooters in easy mode so my interest is in gameplay. it played well, moved along at a good pace, and mixed in history with fiction which was interesting. a fair mix of targets and settings made it engaging all the way through with only a few moments of feeling repititive play due to limited target variety. you got soldiers and more soldiers. moving targets besides those running and ducking such as on horse, train, etc would have been good and so with engagement in a large scale battle, but both we're lacking.

in any given stage, i only needed a few restarts, if any, which was great as i like to finish games in a few days worth of playing. this game's easy mode was easier than some others which i appreciated. still, after finishing, i was ready to move on. i tried a couple "missions" in normal mode which wasn't any more fun and the hard mode was a bit annoying. the end was anti-climatic as a bonus stage was available, which wasn't all that great, and when i finished the bonus stage, it seemed like you'd next join the final "seige", but nada, it just took me back to the beginning of the bonus stage.

overall, a light game, both in play and substance (weapon choice was very limited and no weapon stats were available), but a decent game to mindlessly unwind with.

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GF Rating
5

Fair

Could have been a much better game...

posted by HardBoiled (TARZANA, CA) May 3, 2009

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Member since Aug 2007

5 out of 5 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

The Civil War has always been one of my favorite historical periods to read about and study. So I decided to give this one a whirl and see how it stacks up on the PS3. I was a bit upset at how short this game is. Seriously, it took me less than 2.5 hours to play through on the hard setting. No multiplayer, online, or additional bonus options save for one extra mission. You start of the game as Confederate soliders who take on espionage type missions to gather intel and get the upper hand. A few missions into the game and you get to play as the Union soldiers. The gameplay is straight first person shooter. You get to carry tw weapons and a small handful of grenades. Your objectives are very simple and the game follows a very linear path. Just follow your compass. For those who don't mind playing with Civil War era weapons, will find the guns to be pretty accurate and easy to shoot. The only drawback of course is that each gun reloads very slowly. The control scheme works well and the effects sound great. The graphics are very last generation as this game looks like your playing on a PS2. The opening narration is a good history lesson and I liked the use of old photos to give it a documentary feel. What prompts me to give this game such a low score is that the game is way to short, your allies can't effectively shoot, the enemy A.I. is dumb and the game is not strategic enough. I would have preferred a more open ended environment where you are allowed to create your own paths and use more strategic maneauvers like flanking. It seems that not much time was put into making this game. For what its worth, I did like the idea.

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GF Rating
6

Above Average

Better than expected

posted by erockny (CANTON, MI) Jul 30, 2009

Member since Sep 2007

14 out of 15 gamers (93%) found this review helpful

I usually don't rent games with a below five rating I figured i would give it a shot. (It was the 14th game on my Q) This game is fairly entertaining. Not as bad as some of the other reviews make it out to be. Graphics are decent. Game play in good and the story is ok. If you like history the story will teach some things. The game only takes about 5 hours to beat. If you need something to do for and afternoon this game will keep you mildly entertained.

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