Sunday, December 2, 2007

Panzer Tactics DS

I'm a big Advance Wars fan and I just assumed that this was going to be a letdown compared to Dual Strike. I'm pretty happy I took a chance on this title. It's very similar to Dual Strike but it actually has a lot more depth and detail. In fact, it might be a problem for some; too many variables. You've got 150 unit types, half a dozen terrain types, logistical issues like fuel and ammo, visibility, unit morale, officer effects, movement costs, weather conditions, fame points, defense bonuses; the list goes on. Did I mention 150 unit types? There's definitely a learning curve here. I still can't figure out what to use to take out those Russian KV-2s. It all makes for a very deep turn-based strategy game.

Graphics are pretty good but can be hard to decipher at first. With 150 unit types and only 50 pixels or so to render them in it can be hard to tell the difference between your Pioneres and your Fallschirmjagers at first. First thing you're going to want to do is turn off cloud effects just to clear up some of the noise on screen.

Controls are a good mix of stylus and buttons. I'd probably just use the buttons but the hex grid makes moving around the screen with the D-Pad a little less than smooth.

Wifi included but it's a bit of a chore trying to find a matchup online. You're probably best off phoning your friend beforehand to set up a match. Fortunately the single player, 30 mission campaign is more than enough to keep you occupied for months.

So glad they added a Save Anytime feature. That way I can still take this for the ride to work and pick it back up on my lunch.

A hold. See if you can borrow it from someone first to see if you'll like it. I love it but it's not for everyone.

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