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Cuban Missile Crisis: The Aftermath Review

Cuban Missile Crisis: The Aftermath

You know what most real-time strategy games (RTS) have in common? They give you a set scenario, a base, resources to build units and everything in the field. I don’t know about you, but when the US forces invaded Iraq I don’t think they had a mobile construction yard or an ore collector. If you really want to try a RTS that not only gives you realistic resources, but also makes it so that the game itself is different every time you play, then Cuban Missile Crisis: The Aftermath from developer G5 Software is definitely for you!

Cuban Missile Crisis places you in an alternate point in history where the US actually fires a nuke on Cuba during the cold war, thus causing another world war and destruction worldwide. You pick between the USSR, China, the US -Great Brittan alliance and the France – Germany Alliance. The goal, like most other RTS; is to take over the world. Each team has their own strengths and weaknesses, so make sure to take advantage of these things.

The game is a cross between a RTS and a turn base strategy game. During the first part of your turn you move your troops around and place orders for re-enforcements. Once you have engaged into battle you then switch to RTS mode. This game really hits the best of both worlds.

The gameplay is rather simple. It’s your standard point and click troop movement and top view perspective. A great feature, not found in many other RTS, is that Cuban Missile Crisis allows the player to build trenches, bridges and other defensive structures that you could not do in previous RTS’. One other thing I really like about this game is that you can choose the type of munitions you use. For example, if you are using a long-range canon, you can fire standard changes, troop mines, tank mines or smoking shells. Cuban Missile Crisis is much more realistic than the rest.

On the tech side of things this game is nothing to be buying a new video card over. Minimum specs are: a 1 GHz CPU, 256MB RAM, 64MB video card and the only big thing about this game is that it will require 2GB of hard drive space.

The graphics are pretty good for an RTS. The game gives you a feeling of realism that cannot be found in similar real-time strategy games such as Command and Conquer and Warcraft III. The score is your standard RTS stuff, nothing special here. The real enjoyable thing about this game is that it handles very well. Controls are simple and the tutorial makes things real easy to use.

The overall greatness of this RTS is that even if you start the same campaign, depending on how you move your troops and how you do in combat you will have a different game play every time. The other great thing is at $29.99 you definitely get your money’s worth. So go on out and give this game a try.

By Gilles Gaumont

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