30: Wargame: AirLand Battle (2013)
Developer: Eugen Systems
Publisher: Focus Home Interactive
Wargame doesn’t look anything like a wargame. Where are the chits marked with NATO symbols scraping around your grandfather’s wrinkled campaign maps? Where is the interface that seems to sprout new logistical windows whenever you so much as glance at any of its formidable buttons? Watch a video taken from Eugen’s Wargame series and you’d be forgiven for thinking it’s a glossy unrepresentative cutscene.
But you’d be wrong. Wargame really is that handsome and it’s a top notch RTS series to boot. AirLand Battle gets the nod over its successor Red Dragon, although that’s not to say RD isn’t worth your time. The addition of naval combat in the most recent entry isn’t an unqualified success but there isn’t a truly weak game in the series.
Notes: The alternative history in the series’ first game, European Escalation, was inspired by the real life Able Archer NATO war game.
What else should I be playing: All three Wargames are excellent. For more Cold War shenanigans, try Arsenal of Democracy, a grand strategy game based on Hearts of Iron II.
Read more: Talking to Eugen