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I recently played Battalion Wars II on the Nintendo Wii and although not the great greatest game in the world is still okay and worth a go if you can borrow it or the price is reduced slightly. This game is a third-person shooting game with a few strategy parts added in. It is more like games like Command and Conquer with a bit more strategy than most shooting games. This game is played from the point of view of one of the soldiers on the ground.
As this soldier you control battalions of troops and vehicles and put your forces to the test against the enemy. You have to capture facilities on the way to add to your forces or replenish them if you've taken casualties.
There are six different races but the player only ever takes control of five of them in the campaign mode. The races are the Western Frontier which represents the U.S.A, the Tundran Territories which represents Russia, the Solar Empire which represents Eastern Asia, the Anglo Isles which are the British and Iron Legion and Xylvania which both represent Germany.
I really liked the controls in this game and the wii remote acts as your rifle. If you point it at the screen that is where you shoot so it's pretty good and realistic. The B button fires no matter what weapon you are holding and you have to use the control stick to move around and you are able to perform a rolling dodge to the left or right if you hold the control stick left/right.
The graphics conform to most other games on the Wii and are bright and colourful as you might expect. This really makes the game to life or it did for me anyway and the sound is great too.
The environments in the game are pretty vast and are great to play. The sea missions I particularly enjoyed.
Overall, I really enjoyed this version of the game and is packed with intense action and battles. It's great fun and worth a go to be honest and will keep you occupied for a while.
Battalion Wars 2 is a featherweight action strategy game from Nintendo that involves wars as you would have guessed from my title (sorry about the pun). It's a sequel to Battalion Wars which was released on the Gamecube. Battalion Wars 2 preserves many of its prequel's gameplay elements but there are subtle changes, not to mention a new storyline and a great online multiplayer mode.
The graphics in general are crisp and clear. The backgrounds are well-rendered and look realistic. A big colour palette is used which makes everything appear vibrant and textured. The characters also look good and are often bright, but they do look somewhat cartoonish. The animations tend to flow smoothly and the cutscene in the beginning is just amazing to behold.
The tunes used in the game are surprisingly smooth and feel very appropriate for the game. They're actually very memorable as well. The voice acting is great as well.
The Anglo Isles are tricked by the game's evil superpower called Xylvanians into attacking a nation in search of weapons of mass destruction in a cleaver ploy to take power by distracting other nations. This sparks off worldwide conflict, with flashbacks to hundreds of years before the events of this game, which attempt to explain the story. You play as all the nations in the game in six campaigns (which are divided into missions) and find out their side of the story.
In Battalion Wars, you take command of different units in each mission and try to either destroy your enemies or defend yourself. There are a wide range of units that you can be given, each with their strengths and weaknesses. For example, tanks are great against infantry but are weak against aerial attacks. The objectives of each mission are different and become clear as you go through it.
The combat takes place on the ground, at sea and in the air. The game makes use of both the Wii remote and the Nunchuck controller. Issuing command is very simple and is done using the D-pad while the analogue stick on the Nunchuck controls your movements. The gameplay is easy to get used to but can be tricky for Wii novices. The level of difficulty is on the easy side and the game never really gets very challenging.
The single player campaign is not particularly long or difficult and you can battle again to unlock hidden content or increase your scores. There is no local multiplayer or coop mode which is a shame since you can't take on family or friends on one console.
There is, however, a robust online multiplayer and coop mode which boosts up the lasting appeal considerably. In undertaking one of the few coop missions, you work with an online ally to achieve your objectives while you can also go head to head against a human opponent where you take turns at attacking your opponent and defending against their attacks. The one who does the most damage wins.
In conclusion, Battalion Wars 2 is an Advance Wars spin off for the Wii. While being very involving with a great storyline, online multiplayer support and nice sound and graphics, it lacks a real challenge and doesn't feel like a proper strategy game. However, it does deliver a fun experience with at least some element of strategy on the Wii.
Battalion wars had quite a bit of hype from the launch of the wii. It was originally scheduled for a gamecube release but was held back as it was thought it would suit wii's control scheme better. It seems that people got sick of waiting for it as when it did eventually come out earlier this year it didn't sell very well!
This poor amount of sales isn't justified however as the game is actually pretty good.
What you are offered here is a strategy game not unlike classics like red alert or age of empires. There is a twist however as even though you are responsible for all of your squads actions, you can take on the role of any member yourself and join the fight.
When you start the campaign in the one player mode things are a bit slow. This is needed however as the controls take some getting used too. The first few missions will see you with a squad of foot soldiers and also maybe one tank or anti-aircraft gunner.
On missions you will find yourself defending certain areas or making your way through enemy terrain to take over a base. Specific tasks will have to be carried out along the way such as protecting certain members of your squad or destroying the enemy in a set time.
It is very easy to get used to the controls. You can switch to which ever unit of your squad you like at any given time. You also use simple commands such as wait, follow or attack to guide the rest of your troops through the mission. You will need to use your troops wisely to progress. Tanks are not all powerful, they have their weaknesses as everything else and it is your job to prevent these weaknesses being exploited!
Online play is a big factor in this game. It is the reason for so much hype. Players wanted to engage in co-op missions and battles, joining forces with their friends all over the world. However the online feature does not deliver. It is not nearly vast enough. There is a significant lack of options and if you are looking for online play the likes of strategy games on the PC you will be disappointed.
The graphics are sound and do the job with beautiful backdrops and levels. They are not realistic in anyway but those veteran gamers among you may imagine it to be like a very advanced version of metal slug.
All in all a decent game that should have done better. Perhaps you should wait till it goes on sale however!
The first Battalion Wars game was a pretty low key release, but it was actually a very clever mix of third person shooting and real-time strategy. Its main problem was that the control system was rather fiddly, as you tried to both shoot and order soldiers about at the same time. Thanks to the Wii Remote though this issue disappears as you simply point and click at whoever you want to command. The controls also work perfectly for aiming and shooting, instantly upping the action quotient of the game. At the same time the sequel also introduces naval units for the first time and the ability to capture factory buildings and build your own units. Perhaps the most enticing new feature of all though is the promise of online combative and co-operative multiplayer!