Axis & Allies Collector's Edition puts WWII in your hands and features a BONUS strategy guide packed with tips and tactics for ultimate gameplay! Direct land, sea, and air units and experience the most epic battles in real time! Players have the ability to change the course of history as they experience the most epic battle in the history of mankind - World War II. With five of the world's most powerful countries - Japan, England, France, Germany or Russia - battling for control, players will be able to direct the military and economic destiny of any one of them to change the outcome of the war. Axis & Allies not only captures the intensity of war combat but also brings the strategies and tactics employed by top generals and soldiers in the heat of battle to players at home. Your decisions will shape the destinies of Japan, England, USA, Russia, or Germany and change the course of history. It starts in 1939; the end? Well, that's up to you...
Great spin on a great board game
This review is from: Axis & Allies Collector's Edition PC Game
Pros: For anyone who has played the board game or even the computerized version of the board game, this is a major step up. Has all the features of the classic A&A board style, but allows you to enter in RTS style battles to decide the outcome. Uses battalions instead of individual units which makes for extended fun. Cities in the maps are EXTREMELY important to control as they serve as supply points and depleted battalions can re-arm there and be good as new, thus also making it very hard to take a well defended city from an opponent. Re-arming of battalions also forces rotation of battalions to and from supply zones when battles take place away from a supply zone. It is a different style of gameplay, but trust me it is worth it if you can get use to the game and the initial culture shock it offers from classic RTS style games.
Cons: The only thing I don't like about this game is the Battalion and Structure limit. You can only build a set number of battalions and structures. This gets irritating sometimes, but also forces more strategy as one can no longer just build massive armies and steamroll opponents. Also funding is a lot different as it is based on structures you build and cities you occupy, but again, makes for more strategy.
Other Thoughts: It is hard to have quick matches in this game it seems. Most of my matches average about an hour to an hour and a half. Computer actually is tough and you can choose different CO's/generals, who get different special weapons/tools. My friend and I once fought for a city against two computer opponents and that single battle lasted about an hour of non-stop intense bombing raids and constant battle, but once we secured the city we had the game in our hands it was that strategic of a locations.
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