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I think the reason that I enjoyed Allied General was that I also enjoy the challenge of chess and this allowed me to offer the game the patience that will reward you with success. However, if you prefer your games to be action packed scraps, then the game also offers an excellent two player option where you can challenge a mate to play the role of the enemy troops and annihilate his forces, reducing him to tears. I wonder what my son is doing next Sunday afternoon?
Allied General is a true onscreen wargame in the Avalon Hill sense of the word, complete with hexes, zones of control, attack/defense factors, movement points, and stacked units. Players assume the role of an Allied or Axis commander in strategic-level WWII operations in three campaigns, which means Playstation owners can now experience desert clashes with Rommel's Afrika Korps forces; the expected Soviet and American operations in Europe; a number of hypothetical alternate-history campaigns (such as Winston Churchill's speculative and slightly wonko Operation Jupiter, a talked-but-never-walked invasion of Norway); and over 35 individual scenarios.
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At times, the movement of particular units is restrained or limited by varying terrains like traversing mountains or traveling over hills or through water, while some units can only move or be transported by air or water. Know where your units are and what sort of terrain is ahead since it would be useless to move units near a mountain if they can't cross. History buffs looking for a decent World War II strategy game, then Allied General may be for you. Just be warned that this is for the strategy enthusiast; it is very serious and can go on for days, relying less on action and more on troop deployment, marching across terrain, and setting up strategies for land, sea, and air operations. If that doesn't sound terribly exciting, then stay far, far away from this game.
Will anyone buy Allied General on PlayStation? It's doubtful. To succeed on this format, Mindscape, this sort of game needs kick-ass visuals and presentation. Otherwise you shouldn't bother.