Silent Hunter II
Each mission is tightly scripted and offers almost zero chance for freedom or exploration, which means there's very little replay value.
Earth 2150's graphics are good, but ultimately it's the gameplay that will keep you coming back for more.
Close Combat: Invasion: Normandy
While the gameplay is mostly identical to the preceding games, all the intensity of the Close Combat system remains in Invasion Normandy.
Panzer General III: Scorched Earth
Panzer General III: Scorched Earth takes its predecessor's engine and simply shifts the setting of the game to the Eastern Front.
Reach for the Stars
Science-fiction and empire-building fans will be hard-pressed to find something in the game to get excited about.
While Warlords Battlecry is evidently derivative of other fantasy-themed strategy games, its combination of elements taken from its predecessors makes the game unique in its own right.
Close Combat: Battle of the Bulge
Battle of the Bulge will appeal both to Close Combat veterans and to those simply looking for a good real-time strategy game with historical overtones.
Just observing the aircraft in flight, especially at high altitude with contrails streaming, is enough to evoke admiration for what the developers have achieved.
Panzer General 3D Assault
Though the 3D graphics can occasionally lead to command and control problems, the game is based on a good underlying system.
Warhammer 40,000: Rites of War
At its heart, Rites of War proves to be fairly enjoyable if you can get past all its many rough edges.
The game's best features are all but lost behind a poorly designed interface, insidious crash bugs, and a handful of design flaws.
Imperialism II: The Age of Exploration
Imperialism II is a more refined and interesting use of the Imperialism system, with an excellent interplay of elements.
Luftwaffe had the makings of an interesting, offbeat sim. Indeed, with some serious patching and a complete reissue, it could still become one.
Warhammer 40,000: Chaos Gate
Warhammer is a complex, vastly entertaining strategy gaming system, and Chaos Gate does full justice to it.
People's General represents the natural evolution of Panzer General II and the Living Battlefield series.
Soldiers at War
If you're not looking for a time-intensive, stat-heavy WWII experience, then Soldiers at War is definitely worth a spin.
Someday, there will be a World War II armored warfare simulation with the essential features that fans of this genre want. Until then, we'll have to settle for Panzer Commander.
War Wind II: Human Onslaught
It may not be the most highly talked-about game ever to crash the real-time party, but it is certainly one of the most entertaining.
Final Liberation: Warhammer Epic 40,000
Final Liberation looks and feels like a traditional turn-based wargame, but meticulous gameplay balance and dozens of imaginative units set it apart.
Steel Panthers III: Brigade Command 1939-1999
The changes to the system are for the better, but they simply make it feel morelike a glorified patch than a new game.
Overall, Buccaneer feels like an unfinished work, and the fact that it offers a few really good features makes the overall package that much more disappointing.
Panzer General II
There is obviously a great bubbling need for a quick-playing, accessible, slick, historical wargame - and Panzer General II more than fits the bill.
Imperialism succeeds in creating an engrossing simulation of naked power-mongering.
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