I'm not sure where to begin. I bought Flashpoint campaigns a very long time ago on Steam, but it took me ages to finally get around to it. And... it's like a drug addiction now. I had a rough time understanding how giving orders works, or how to get around to controlling larger forces, but thanks to the wonderful people who did let's plays of this on Youtube and the godsend OB window, I am now past the initial "I think I know what I'm doing" stage and venturing into the little intricacies that help wreck havoc among enemy forces.
I think this is where Flashpoint Campaigns really shines. You don't have to be a wargamer (I'm surely not) or check every stat and calculate the chances of every engagement, all you need is some common sense and basic knowledge on modern military to enjoy the game.
And then there is the WEGO system. It's nothing new, it's supposed to be more realistic than UGOIGO, but it's biggest strength IMO, is that it's actually more fun. You give orders and then sit with all that tension during the execution phase. It's sublime. It also tells a lot about modern warfare. There you are with your smug face and a cunning plan, confident in your strategy, but as soon as you click that start button, it's all going south and it's just damage control mode all the way after that. It's all so brilliant.
I love the minimalistic, yet clear graphics, I learned to love the interface and... I would like to love the sound. But with the sound on, the resolution takes forever, so I just put the main theme on and use my imagination.
And that is another that surprised me in the game. When you look at the stats of the battle, the briefings all that glorious F2 window and start to think about what they mean, you get a very brutal picture of the battlefield. It can actually be very moving when you start to think about what hides behind these numbers and words.
I finished three campaigns so far. Rolling Thunder was probably the most challenging at the beginning - the Soviets have just so much damn armour, it's such a desperate defence it's daunting. But after that it's pretty much balanced. The Red Hammer campaign was also very enjoyable - you are attacking all the time and since it's the Soviets, it's just "rush B" tactics all the way with T-80 tanks wrecks smoking on all taken objectives. And then there is the tiny little gem that is the Wolves. It's just epic. I finished the campaign after 6 battles since I did not have the heart to put what was left of my boys through another part of hell. But what they have achieved! Around battle 3 I lost most of my forces. Command wrote that we are no longer an effective combat unit. Yet still in the last 2 scenarios just a few platoons with damaged hardware, almost no tanks (2 Leopards left) and the godsend arty managed to murder around 800 enemy units. Just a handful of guys left behind enemy lines on a suicide mission managed to do the impossible. Command apparently hasn't met these boys.
Anyway, what I am trying to say here is that a game that I read about in Tim Stone's article, that I bought out of nostalgia for the olden days V for Victory series, turned out to be one of the best strategy games ever created IMHO. It's addictive, it's beautiful, and there is just so much content here (just had a look at the editor - sweet). Thank you, On Target Simulations, you have successfully managed turn my whole massive game library into one gigantic backlog, because I simply cannot stop playing Flashpoint Campaigns. Just don't stop! Advertise, do a Kickstarter, whatever, just keep this growing. The engine is just so good, you could do anything, WWII, Vietnam, hell even Napoleonic era - I'll buy day one.
Again, a big warm thank you to the devs, I play a lot of games, but I cannot remember when was the last time I enjoyed something so much.
< Message edited by mmaruda -- 11/13/2016 7:32:29 PM >