Brezhnev took Afghanistan
Begin took Beirut
Galtieri took the Union Jack
And Maggie over lunch one day
Took a cruiser with all hands
Apparently to make him give it back
-- Pink Floyd, from the Final Cut
The most anticipated and talked about game ProSIM has ever developed, The Falklands War: 1982 , available for Windows and published through Shrapnel Games, has now officially reached gold status. As you read this press release replicators are producing the CD, printers are printing the manual, and serious, hardcore wargamers around the world are beginning to eagerly await the arrival of their friendly neighborhood post carrier.
The Falklands War: 1982 is the first computer wargame (and one of the first wargames in general, whether computer or board) to truly examine all the facets of the conflict and wrap it in a shell that provides gamers with an in-depth look at the how and why of the battles that raged over a chain of islands with nearly 700,000 sheep and only 1,800 human inhabitants. While the conflict is still quite fresh in the minds of the English and the Argentineans, for the rest of the world it was a vaguely remembered sideshow during the Cold War era. Designed by Gary Bezant, a veteran artillery officer in the British Army with an extensive repository of British military lore, it is hoped that as wargamers delve into The Falklands War: 1982 they will walk away with a deeper understanding of the events in the South Atlantic over two decades ago.
Based on an upgraded and evolved ATF game engine (most recently seen in Raging Tiger: The Second Korean War), The Falklands War: 1982 covers everything from bitter hand to hand combat (since the Falklands was mostly an infantry battle the system has been overhauled to handle individuals even at a company level), to special operation insertions, to amphibious landings. A dynamic weather system (brand new to the ATF engine) adds some true fog to the "fog of war", and variable troop skill levels both help reflect the various levels of troops (from conscripts to highly trained and motivated professionals) and provide an amazing range of replayability within a single scenario (Hmm, let's see now what happens if the defenders are hastily called-up reservistsâ€¦).
Of course everything you've come to expect and love from a ProSIM release is present and accounted for. Real-world topographical maps of the era? Check. Ultra-detailed modeling of artillery systems? Check. Impressive AI? Check. Multiplayer capability? Check. Scenario creation? Oh yeahâ€¦
While The Falklands War: 1982 represents ProSIM's first all historical game there will also be hypothetical situations to examine. Would heavy armor have been of any use in the war? You'll find out in The Falklands War: 1982.
The Falklands War: 1982 sells for $44.95 and is available through the Shrapnel Games e-store, the Gamers' Front at www.gamersfront.com/cgi-
bin/store/category.cgi?item=00111&type=store. Order now and be assured that you will be one of the first to have it on your hard drive once it ships. The projected ship date is June 24, 2005. In the meantime be sure to check out the two scenario demo at http://www.shrapnelgames.com/prosim/falklands_82/6.htm for a taste of what to expect.
ProSIM has always delivered intensive real-time simulations of modern warfare with meticulous attention to detail, and The Falklands War: 1982 is no different, yet The Falklands War: 1982 is more than a wargamer's ideal game. With the abundant background information presented throughout the title, coupled with the actual playing of the scenarios, gamers will find the experience more than entertainment; they will be richly rewarded with an educational jaunt through military history better than any book or documentary could provide.
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