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Submitted by Nick Adams on November 24 2008 - 11:17

Tom Clancy's EndWar campaigns onto the handheld consoles for world domination...

Pros
  • Reliable voice command system.
  • Strong immersion.
  • Persistent online warfare.
Cons
  • Friendly AI could be improved.
  • Relies heavily on voice system for immersion.
  • Too stripped down for RTS hardcore.

The Tom Clancy name gets used a lot these days by Ubisoft, and you'd be forgiven for thinking that Tom Clancy's EndWar will be yet another tactical squad based first person shooter. The big home versions of EndWar are actually real time strategy games. However, Funatics Software, the developers behind this DS iteration of the game, have opted to totally ditch what the home console versions are about and have done their own turn based interpretation of the EndWar title.

EndWar is set after the year 2025. The increasing threat of nuclear war coupled with an escalating energy crisis has seen America, Europe and Russia emerge as three of the world's military super powers. After choosing your side, you get to fight in the war torn regions of Northern Europe, North America and the Middle East.

Anyone who is familiar with Nintendo's Advance Wars series will be able to spot some distinct similarities with the handheld versions of EndWar. The most striking thing must be the top down viewpoint and the cartoon like super deformed art style of all the soldiers, tanks and other battle units.

As with all good turn based strategy war games, you get to command various battle units into war across a variety of maps. There are plenty of land, sea and air units available for your disposal. In an interesting twist, although you can capture seaports, airports and military depots, there is a set amount of new units that can be generated from them.

The reason for this is because there is no resource management. Unlike other strategy games, EndWar has no mad rush to scramble over precious raw materials in a bid to amass the biggest army possible. In fact, the concept of things such as fuel, ammo and other supplies to keep your units running are absent from this game entirely. Rather than making for a dumbed down simplistic strategy game, it actually deepens the tactics as you focus purely on the battles themselves.

Each time a unit attacks in a battle, they gain some experience. The more experience they acquire, the more efficient they become at fighting. What this makes for is a interesting level of tactics, as this experience system works both ways. You must be mindful that your opponent will also be earning experience from all of their battles. Balancing the risk of earning experience and keeping your unit alive from all of its fighting is an interesting consideration you must make.

The turn based system itself is worthy of note as it differs slightly from other strategy games. The explanation for the top down view is because you are viewing the battle from a satellite. Keeping with this theme, the satellite image updates every turn after you and your enemy have issued commands to move and attack. Being able to move and attack all in one turn takes some getting used to, but ultimately provides something quite refreshing as you must anticipate the moves your enemy will make.

There's plenty of things in this game to keep you busy for an extremely long time. The single player campaign mode is comprised of over 30 missions, and there are over 40 maps to unlock for the battle mode. During the missions, you can unlock 'honors' for meeting specific criteria in battle - a bit like the Xbox 360 achievements - and there is also an ongoing ranking system for your proficiency over land, air and sea. There's also multiplayer options and map editing and sharing facilities to further keep you busy.

Sadly, the multiplayer and map sharing doesn't extend online. For a game which heavily revolves around clicking on objects and using assorted menu's, there is very poor stylus support. Lots of the icons are very small and fiddly, and after a while I gave up using the stylus, resorting to a conventional button input. Another big criticism I must level at the game is the music: there seems to be very few songs which constantly loop throughout the game, which does become rather irritating. The sound is otherwise very satisfying and well implemented.

To their credit, Funatics Software have made a very solid strategy game which is gripping and addictive once you're used to its twist on the turn based system. There's plenty here to keep you going for a long time, and I would definitely recommend this to any strategy fans. EndWar marks  Tom Clancy's successful entrance into handheld turn based strategy.


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  • Graphics: 83%
     
  • Sound: 81%
     
  • Gameplay: 88%
     
  • Originality: 92%
     
  • Longevity: 70%
     
Overall Score: 8/10
This handheld version of Tom Clancy's EndWar offers a satisfying, tactical gaming experience. Funatics Software's take on the turn based strategy genre introduces elements such as limited unit production, the ability to move and attack in each turn and a unit experience system. The poor stylus support is a disappointment for this type of game, but don't let that put you off from an otherwise solid strategy title.

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By: Anonymous

Added:Mon 05th Apr 2010 14:31, Post No: 43

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By: SegaBoy

Added:Fri 31st Jul 2009 10:22, Post No: 42

Oh dear...


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By: Anonymous

Added:Thu 30th Jul 2009 20:30, Post No: 41

lol the UK is a worthless shell of what it once was...the US is better at you than everything


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By: Anonymous

Added:Wed 27th May 2009 05:08, Post No: 40

now, now, Anonymous, no need to be hostile.  I know us Yanks have been arrogent for the last... well, uh... -cough- 200 years, but there IS something to be said for innocent nationalism.  there is really no call to go an america rant on a gaming blog, of all things. 

and as far as i know, you brits cant complain.  you've had naval superiority since god knows when.  you really cant begrude us our airplanes, can you?

i dont know, i have seen pics of the spetsnaz doing some crazy stuff...  from a purely statistical examination, no passion involved, who would win, Spetsnaz, Delta force, or SAS?


By: Glyndwr

Added:Fri 12th Dec 2008 11:35, Post No: 39

...and back to the game...


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By: Anonymous

Added:Thu 11th Dec 2008 22:32, Post No: 38

oh and most contrys beat the us try car manufacture cars filled with plastic inside and out and call them luxury cars lol now try telling rolls royce to do the same, lol or tell the germans to copy there sports cars that dont corner very well in fact dont do anything very well(i know the romans built straight roads but i though that was only in europe). i know everyone picks on the french but they do have the worlds fastest trains and the japanese for there technology i guess the only thing the yanks do best is plastc surgery and copying everyone else and then say there better at it.


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By: Anonymous

Added:Thu 11th Dec 2008 22:22, Post No: 37

sorry to mention this but the U.K has a little bit more than the 200 year history the U.S has about fighting wars now try telling me that the yanks are the best in the world they dont have as much history as the U.K has plus if were talking numbers here the U.K is far smaller but yet we can still hold our own so go shove that in your history books.


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By: Anonymous

Added:Thu 11th Dec 2008 18:23, Post No: 36

It is widely regarded that the UK special forces SAS and SBS are the most effective and highly trained in the world with only Israelis coming close.  This is not a diss on the USA just the truth.  Find some footage of the London Iranian ebassy seige if you want to see them in action, simply the best.  Its okay to admit other countries are better than yours at things.


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By: Anonymous

Added:Thu 13th Nov 2008 00:58, Post No: 35

 OK WHO CARES ABOUT BLACKWATER I KNOW FOR A FACT THAT ANYONE CAN BEAT ANYTHING IT DEPENDS ON THE PERSON WITCH MEANS YOU CAN TAKE A BLACKWATER GUY AND TAKE A PERSON THAT NEVER FOUGHT BEFORE AND THE BLACKWATER GUY CAN LOOSE IT DEPENDS ON THE PERSON THAT IS FIGHTING FOR HIS LIFE THE BATTLE CAN GO EITHER WAY SO DONT GO AROUND THAT BLACKWATER IS THE BEST CAUSE THERES ALWAYS SOMEONE THAT CAN BEAT ANYONE AND I AGREE WITH ANONYMOUS COWARD.  


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By: Anonymous

Added:Tue 11th Nov 2008 17:18, Post No: 34

look all i want to know is if the game is good not some stupid kid, who technically shouldnt be old enough to buy the game sitting there with his "Burger" and "french Fries" moaning about the UK Army, The SAS taught your guys everything....


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