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Jeremy Jastrzab
26 May, 2007

Tom Clancy's EndWar Preview

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You’d struggle to find a legitimate answer if someone asked you for a "good" real-time strategy game. An increasing number of recent RTS titles have actually made their way to consoles, from Age of Empires 2 to more recent efforts including The Lord of the Rings and Command & Conquer 3. However, pretty much all of them have struggled because a controller pad has never been a good substitute for a mouse and keyboard. Still, two of the aforementioned games were actually good efforts, and this is where Ubisoft’s latest Tom Clancy-inspired title, End War, comes into play.

Recently announced, Tom Clancy’s End War will be the first new foray for Tom Clancy-based games since Splinter Cell, a real-time strategy game for consoles. However, it's not a strategy game like the ones where you’re playing from an isometric perspective, and have hundreds upon thousands of troops at your command. So, how is this game an RTS? And how on earth will it deal with a controller pad as its main form of input?

The World is at your fingertips.

The World is at your fingertips.
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Look at it this way. While Madden is most popular in the US, you have to admit: it's something of a strategy game. You are picking and choosing strategies on the fly, and using them to advance and win the game. Taking this concept aboard, End War is looking to make this strategy game a much closer, intimate and more fast-paced affair. There's not much on the story for the time being, but indications are that WWIII has just begun under the guise that no country has any access to nuclear weaponry (so there is no threat of a nuclear attack). However, there still seems to be a battle for supremacy.

As mentioned, the game is looking to be more like Madden, rather than your conventional RTS. How so? Well, instead of an army, you will have a squad. Instead of an entire battlefield, you will be playing at much closer quarters. Within your squad, you will issue strategies (or plays, if you must) and there will be much closer individual man-management. Your strategies will be conducive to changes on the fly, and the game will be played at a far more intense pace than a conventional RTS. There's no word on whether you’ll take real-time control of other individuals.

Looking impressive hey?

Looking impressive hey?
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Two other interesting aspects come into play. We've been informed that the developers are hard at work trying to get the game to implement voice control. So, as an alternative to a conventional pad, players will be able to deliver commands vocally and quickly. This has proven a volatile area in the past, so it will be interesting to see how it turns out. Furthermore, the game will look to implement some of the past Tom Clancy titles, so that the game is all encompassing.

Going purely on potential, there's a lot to look forward to with this game. It looks like a genuine attempt to shake up not only RTS games on consoles, but world war games in general. There's one major concern that we have at the moment, that we haven’t even seen the game in action yet. It seems that we’ll have to wait and see until E3 before we see any more. Until then, we’ll be rubbing our chins in deep thought and anticipation of what Tom Clancy’s End War will have to offer.
Overall:
Tom Clancy's EndWar has some fascinating concepts that we can't wait to see in action.

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2 Comments
6 years ago
This is a fresh take on the tried and true genres of warfare gameplay. Its good to see developers branching out into other styles of 'storytelling' so to speak.
6 years ago
S.Jaworski wrote
This is a fresh take on the tried and true genres of warfare gameplay. Its good to see developers branching out into other styles of 'storytelling' so to speak.
Agreed, and Tom Clancy games are usually very good. I'm really looking forward to this game, even with the small amounts of information we're getting.
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Australian Release Date:
  6/11/2008 (Confirmed)
Standard Retail Price:
  $109.95 AU
Publisher:
  UBI Soft
Genre:
  RTS
Year Made:
  2007

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