||(Win95/98/Me/XP) (Retail) (WATERLOOPR)
Difficulty Level: Intermediate
91% from PC Gamer - Editors' Choice
4½ stars from Computer Gaming World
B+ from PC Games
Time: June 18th, 1815
Place: Waterloo, Belgium
The Allied armies, under the command of England's Duke of Wellington and
Prussia's Field Marshall Blucher, could not stop Napoleon two days before at
the twin battles of Ligny and Quatre-Bras. The Duke has decided to make one
last stand against Napoleon at the hamlet of Waterloo.
Can you turn Napoleon's ultimate defeat into glorious victory? Will the
Prussians arrive in time - or perhaps not at all? What if Grouchy arrives to
Now the award-winning "Battlegournd" series brings history's greatest battle
to life like never before. Battleground 3: Waterloo puts you in command of
Napoleon's "Grande Armee," where command decisions will decide the fate of
effortless Windows interface
learn, hard to master
Battleview 3-D graphics system
French forces of Napoleon or the Allied armies of Wellington and Blucher
computer, head to head via modem, or play by e-mail
sound effects and music
rewarding historical content
Command Features - control some or all of your army
Windows 3.1 or Windows 95/98/Me/XP, 100% PC compatibles, 486DX33 minimum,
5MB minimum free hard disk space, double speed (2x) CD-ROM drive, 8MB RAM
minimum, Microsoft compatible mouse, 256 color SVGA, supporting 640x480,
800x600 or 1024x768 screen resolutions, Windows compatible sound cards.
PC Gamer, August 1996
"Battleground: Waterloo is indeed a visual feast. It is also an
expert simulation of Napoleonic tactics - gamers who come to this product
straight from Battleground: Gettysburg
will have to make some serious adjustments in their tactical thinking.
"For one thing, the notorious inaccuracy of smoothbore muskets makes
artillery, bayonet-melees, and cavalry charges much more decisive than
marksmanship. Unit-facing, morale, fatigue, and leadership factors all become
more critical than they were in the Civil War game."
"As was the case with Gettysburg, you have the option of playing the
entire engagement or of refighting all of the critical 'modules' that made up
the overall battle. But you get even more for your investment: a truly
fascinating series of 'what if?' scenarios that are predicated on hypothetical
turning points that could have caused the battle to go very differently.
"Each game is prefaced by some truly breathtaking video sequences -
out-takes, I believe, from Russian director Serge Bondarchuk's magnificent
four-hour film, Waterloo - and the soundtrack features stirring,
authentic, period marches.
"Like its predecessors in the Battleground series, Waterloo strikes a
fine balance between authentic detail and sheer, red-blooded playability. The
grognards will find little to grumble about here, and the novice wargamer won't
find the learning curve prohibitive. This is a spectacular game, and a riviting
history lesson as well."
Computer Gaming World, August 1996
"The Napoleonic Era is often considered to be the Grand Age of Warfare.
Indeed, this era had everything: advancements in technology, innovation in
tactics, large armies, colorful uniforms, impressive martial airs, and famous
battles of grandiose size. Napoleon, for example, fielded a massive army of
175,000 at the battle of Leipzig, whereas his famous predeccessor, Frederic the
Great, had a 'mere' 77,000 at Hohenfriedberg as his largest force. Napoleon is
well-known, of course, for his successful use of cavalry as shock troops, but
he also added to the infantry manual. Where the accepted 18th-century tactic
was for armies to attack in line, Napoleon had refined the art of massive
column attacks by the early 19th century.
"Battleground: Waterloo does the best job yet of any computer game to
capture the glory, spirit and tactics of this fascinating era of warfare. Yes,
the game 'only' covers the Waterloo battle. But the historical game takes 44
turns, you have the option of playing shorter scenarios (various venues within
the battle), and the real treat is a longer 'What if the weather had been
better?' version of the battle that's even longer than the 'big battle.'"
"Yet, when it comes down to it, Battleground: Waterloo is the best
Napoleonic gaming experience I've ever had. I've played miniatures with rules
authors, classic board games with champion players, and tried every Napoleonic
computer game I could get my hands on. This one captures the flavor, the
strategy and the spirit of the era like no other game I've played..."
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