From: Scarborough, Yorkshire
I've been quiet about this title up here for a couple of reasons, mainly I've just been waiting for someone else to mention it.
Some of you may remember a game for the XBox called Dai Senryaku VII and others might remember an earlier (better, IMO) game in the series for the Saturn called Iron Storm. Well, Valcon Games has released a localization of Dai Senryaku VII Exceed for Playstation 2. Here's a brief rundown on what Dai Senryaku is:
Dai Senryaku is a modern era military, turn-based strategy game played on a hexagonal grid of varying terrain. Actions in Dai Senryaku consist of resupply, moving, attacking, bombarding facilities, combining units, producing and placing (experienced) units, loading units onto transports, and capturing facilities. The following countries are playable: Japan, America, Russia, Germany, England, France, Israel, and China. The following terrain elements combine to make Dai Senryaku Exceed's maps: Capital, City, Airport, Port, Factory, Refinery, Bridge, Plain, Desert, Wasteland, Wetland, Grove, Forest, Hill, Mountain, Peaks, Lake, Shallows, Sea, Deep Sea, Snowfield, Snowy Grove, Snowy Forest, Snowy Hill, and Snowy Peaks. The game contains over 400 units across the nations listed. Each hex can contain multiple units at different heights from deep sea to upper atmosphere, this provides for quite dynamic fronts. There are over 100 Free Play maps fully customizable through a map editor as well as game parameters such as starting funds, fuel, CPU control, and alliances.
New features since the XBox version:
- Campaign Mode: 20+ interconnected battles with persistent units. These battles are huge, particularly when compared to the XBox's Mission Mode.
- Facility Bombardment reduces facility effectiveness.
- Engineer units to repair Bombardment damage
- Naval units now have air intercept
- Multiplayer now blacks out the screen between player turns to hide unit positions
- Single button press for unit information
This may not be enough for those gamers who have played the Xbox version extensively but if you've not had a chance to play that game and have a PS2 then it might be worth checking out. It is definitely my favorite 'pick up and play' strategy game on the console. It doesn't hold a candle to it's PC brethren but then again, what console strategy game does?