||(Win95/98/Me/XP) (Retail) (SHILOHPR)
Soft / Empire Interactive
84% from PC Gamer
85% from boot
4/5 from Strategy Plus
Here's a Civil War Game Worth a Rebel
Time: April 6-7, 1962
Place: Southern Tennessee
Battleground 4: Shiloh returns TalonSoft's critically aclaimed
Battleground series to the age of the American Civil War. A spectacularly
rendered battlefield highlights this momentous and bloody struggle, which some
have called the beginning of the end of the Confederate States of America.
Battleground 4: Shiloh covers the two days of April 6th and 7th,
1862, when the Confederate Army under Albert Sidney Johnston launched a bold
surprise attack on U.S. Grant's Union Army. Lavish attention to detail,
gorgeous graphics and full-color re-enactment videos blend into an exciting
extravaganza of true multimedia entertainment.
Unprecedented dynamic computer opponent
Modem-to-Modem, Null Modem and Play by E-mail features allow you to play
head-to-head against your best friend.
Scenarios include The Surprise Attack, Hornet's Nest and Pittsburg Landing
Command Control: Command some or all of your army - ideal for novices
On-line Help gives answers quickly
Caution: The Battleground series has been known to cause sleepless nights,
loss of contact with family and friends and a decreased interest in one's
Windows 3.1 or Windows 95/98/Me/XP, 100% PC compatibles, 486DXx33 minimum
5MB minimum free hard drive space, double speed CD-ROM drive, 8MB RAM,
Microsoft compatible mouse, 256 color SVGA, supports 640x480, 800x600 or
1024.768 screen resolutions, all Windows compatible sound cards.
boot, November 1996
"The fourth installment in TalonSoft's Battleground series, and their second
Civl War game, Shiloh possesses all the ingredients that have made this series
great: the powerful Battleview combat engine, historical accuracy, beautiful
graphics, and an easy-to-use interface.
"Veterans of Battleground 2: Gettysburg can
jump into Shiloh with little or no difficulty because the basic commands and
options are the same. This game's AI, on the other hand, is dramatically
improved. Your computer opponent is more aggressive and less predictable,
especially when it plays as the Confederates. The 78-turn "Hold on, Hold out"
scenario is one of the game's best, allowing the unorganized Confederate forces
to attack one day earlier - as orignially planned by Confederate commander
Albert Sidney Johnstonon.
"In addition, Shiloh offers multiplayer options in the form of head-to-head
and e-mail gameplay. Since this is a turn-based strategy game, the e-mail
feature delivers nearly the same result as head-to-head play without racking up
"Watching battles unfold in the close-up 3D perspective offers a detailed
view of the Civil War's first major battle in the Western Theater.
Unfortunately, the units are so big and so detailed in this mode you can only
see a small fraction of the battlefield at any one time. If you want to stay on
top of things, use the conventional 2D view. It's not as pretty, but it's
"The principal drawback of
Shiloh's hex-grid format is that you lose the ebb-and-flow of battle. Unlike
other miltiary sims, such as The Blue and Gray or even Close Combat, you can't
make tactical adjustments any time you feel the need; you can only move during
certain phases and fire your weapons in others, so battles don't have much
continuity. Winning an engagement requires close attention to a host of
variables (troup strength, terrain, fatigue, unit quality, and so on).
"The trade-off of a highly accurate simulation is managing minutiae. If
contemplative realism is what you're after, Shiloh is a standout."
Strategy Plus by Scott Udell
"I'm not sure exactly what's happening, but each time I get a new game in
the Battleground series from TalonSoft, I like it better; perhaps I'm just
getting more familiar with the user interface, more familiar with the
conflicts, or perhaps the games themselves are just getting better, but I have
to say their latest, Battleground: Shiloh, is my favorite to date. The game
primarily covers the title American Civil War battle of Shiloh, Tennessee (6-7
April, 1862) but also (in a first for the Battleground series) covers two
smaller battles: Wilson's Creek, Missouri (10 August, 1861) and Prairie Grove,
Arkansas (7 December, 1862)."
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