Friday, February 29, 2008

Nintendo DS Game Review: Panzer Tactics

As a huge fan of Panzer General and Panzer General II on the PC, I was very intrigued by the thought of trying out Panzer General Tactics which is based on mostly the same mechanics but for the Nintendo DS. So when Andrew purchased it for me as a Christmas present, I was stoked.

I've been playing the German campaign in my free time and just finished this morning. At first I thought it was a cakewalk game with easy missions and no thought required. And then I hit Suez canal and everything changed. The next three missions or so were bloody and hard and I lost a lot of good virtual men of the Wehrmacht. I successfully took Stalingrad this morning after one abortive attempt and several counterattacks by the Soviets that I managed to push aside.

Now I start the harder (!) Soviet campaign before getting into the American/British campaign at the hardest setting.

Good: easy interface, interesting mission objectives, nice combat system, lots of unit types.

Bad: Not much variance within the unit types (i.e. each type had an early, middle, and late game version with the late game version being easily better), aircraft are still annoyingly fragile, and Russian tanks are still a bitch to kill. Small screen is frustrating at times in large spread out missions.

Overall I give it 3.5 out of 5 stars, a solid rating.

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