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ZOOM Battleground 4: Shiloh
Sold Out (Win95/98/Me/XP) (Retail) (SHILOHPR)

Talon Soft / Empire Interactive

Game

Ratings:

84% from PC Gamer

85% from boot

4/5 from  Strategy Plus

Here's a Civil War Game Worth a Rebel Yell!

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.

Variable-entry reinforcements

Multiple Scenarios include The Surprise Attack, Hornet's Nest and Pittsburg Landing

Variable Command Control: Command some or all of your army - ideal for novices

Indexed On-line Help gives answers quickly

Gunboats

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 job.

Requirements:

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.

Reviews:

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 toll charges.

"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 practical.

"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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