Men of War: Assault Squad is an RTS game developed by Digitalmindsoft and published by 1C Company.

Assault Squad is the third instalment in the MoW (Men of War) series. If your unfamiliar with the franchise, its main features are: Destructible terrain,  realistic bullet penetration and direct control. So what’s new in Assault Squad?

Skirmishes! Skirmish is a new mode that can be played in single player and CO-OP (the latter one being much more fun). Your goal in the Skirmish mode is to capture all enemy flags from the AI to achieve victory. At the beginning of a skirmish map you will be given a squad of soldiers to capture all the flags, but fear not; more reinforcements can be called at any time (Unless you don’t have enough points) to back up your beginning squad, as they will most likely not make it through game. Points are your currency and are gained by capturing and holding flags (the more flags the more points). Each flag will unlock an additional unit to call into battle or you will be granted a special unit or ability. Each special unit and ability is unique for each of the five factions.

Each Map and each faction plays differently so play styles will have to be changed accordingly.

Fighting fire with tanks isn't a good idea.

“So what else is new?” You say. “Direct control!” Well not really, but it  has been drastically improved along with all other controls. None of this awkward holding of the Control key then using the arrow keys to control a unit. Controls have been changed to the WASD (the main control system for most modern day shooters). It still doesn’t feel as fluid as it should, but its a major step forward.

Multiplayer has been improved upon since the original MoW (with the exception of the campaign being replaced by the skirmishes). Yes, sadly there is no single player or multiplayer campaign to play in. All the other multiplayer modes from the first MoW are still there and improved. Special units and abilities can now be called in, which can turn the tide of a battle with proper use. These definitely bring an even more tactical experience to the multiplayer.

Mid level saving hasn’t been introduced which is a shame, as large battles can rage on for hours.

You Sunk My Battleship!

All in all, MoW: AS is a step forward in the series. They have focused more on multiplayer but they have still neglected some of the fundamentals that turn “multiplayer games that are good”, into “multiplayer games that are incredible” (such as drop in drop out game play and mid level saving). Assault Squad is still a good addition to the series and a solid game. If your a fan of the series you should take a look at this game. If you’re new to the series, you may want to check out the demo or try one of the other games in the series.

 

Pros

Controls have been improved since the last game.

Direct control is useful and fun.

AI poses a better challenge then in pervious MoW games.

Graphics and general performance is good.

Destructible terrain!

Realistic ballistic piercing.

CO-OP.

 

Cons

No Campaign, only skirmish for single player.

No mid level saving in multiplayer.

Vehicles still tend to roll themselves over and get stuck.

 

Features

  • Different historical settings and battlegrounds for every nation presented in the game allowing players to face distinct varieties of enemies and tactics
  • Unique hero units with powerful abilities such as increasing units’ firepower, boosting morale or providing other advantages to defeat the enemy against all odds
  • Bonuses featuring remote controlled bombs that can flatten entire residential blocks, airstrikes to destroy incoming tank columns, special “For the Motherland!” charge attacks and many more
  • Improved and dynamic AI ensures that no two missions in the game will play out the same way, making each battle a new experience against an AI that really fights back
  • A great choice of various locations including Western Europe to Eastern Europe, North Africa and the Pacific area
  • The ability to play together with up to four friends in LAN or cooperative online play
  • New multiplayer maps and game settings
  • Improved multiplayer providing authentic use of equipment and vehicles
  • Overhauled infantry squads and the ability to purchase specific soldiers
  • More realistic weapon behavior and penetration values
  • A reworked artillery system providing innovative assault and defense strategies
  • New types of ammunition which increase the tanks’ strength

 

For more information on Men of War: Assualt Squad or to try the demo go to http://www.menofwargame.com/assault/

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