Wargame Red Dragon gives you control over 17 nations and 1450 units including the new ships and amphibious vehicles now available.
Units in Wargame Red Dragon are arranged in decks that you can customize. You can choose units from all the nations available picking and choosing the best of the best or you can claim some bonuses by limiting your thirst for world power to the units of a single nation or coalition of nations. All of these units are balanced by the fact that you only have a limited number of allocation points to spend. The more points you spend in a category, such as Armor or Infantry, the more expensive each unit in that category becomes. Forward thinking at this stage of game play is important if you want to win matches.
So how do you find the best deck builds? Google!
You can play Solo against a computer AI or you can go all in and try your hand against another person in multiplayer.
Multiplayer is where all that attention to building your deck becomes significant.
Wargame Red Dragon is a Real Time Strategy Game no question about it. Once you place your troops on the battlefield and you hit the launch battle button, your opponent is coming full blitz. The focus in Wargame Red Dragon is the battle not the economy or base building. There is none of that foolishness of building a barrack and waiting on a timer so you can build troops. There is no building a research station so you can wait on another timer to upgrade your troops.
Wargame Red Dragon is non stop strategy action! If you want a slow paced game, buy something else!
You must use every aspect of the battlefield. Use a line of trees for cover as you move your troops. Place your infantry in towns so that they can hide in buildings or use them in a forest for a roadside ambush. Use gunships on rivers to halt enemy advances over bridges. Launch a barrage of mortar shells from just off the coastline to frazzle your enemy as you move your tanks in for the kill. Use bombers to take out enemy tanks. Use helicopters to take out enemy bombers.
As your troops fight battles they become battle hardened and become even more deadly which adds a nice touch to gameplay.
The versatility in Wargame Red Dragon is amazing and so is the landscape.
The Iriszoom engine is impressive it amazes me how quickly I can move from a top down strategic satellite view to being on the battlefield with the scroll of a mouse wheel.
All of the models are supposed to be comparable to their real world counterparts and the detail of the models are extraordinary when you think about the fact that at any given time multiple models are being generated in multiple battles all over the map that can be viewed instantly at any given moment.
Not everything on the battlefield is seen with rose colored glasses.
The AI in the campaign mode is fairly sophisticated and reacts appropriately in most situations but I found that I could napalm a bridge and the AI would send its troops across the bridge to a fiery death. I also found that in the world of Wargame Red Dragon that soldiers can’t swim. You can’t cross a river, creek or a mud puddle with your infantry unless your in the appropriate vehicle.
I don’t know if Eugen was trying to capture the feel of the time period or what they had in mind but the opening scenes in the solo campaign are cheesy and make the game feel dated. When you swap over to the battlefield and begin actual gameplay there’s no cheese at all and everything is rendered beautifully.
There is a lot of information to digest in Wargame Red Dragon and that can be intimidating for some players. With all of the Units to learn, learning to build decks and trying to figure out the interface some players will get frustrated and quit. Eugen is walking a fine line between making a great strategy game which is what Wargame Red Dragon is and making something that’s to complicated for the majority of players to enjoy.
All in all Wargame Red Dragon is a brilliant strategy game that brings real action to the RTS genre. It could possibly be the best real time strategy game on the market. It’s available on Steam for 39.99.
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