Modem Wars Reviews (Commodore 64)

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Dan Bunten setzt also seine Erfolgsreihe mit MODEM WARS, einem durchaus passablen Programm, fort, das sowohl von der technischen Seite als auch vom Spielwitz überzeugen konnte. Ich kann Ihnen von diesem Footballsimulation der Zunkunft keinesfalls abraten, hatte ich doch selbst viel Vergnügen daran, meine Roboter zum Touchdown zu führen oder den gegnerischen Comcen zu zerplätten. Jedoch würde ich mich schon mal nach einem geeigneten Konkurrenten umsehen, gegen den man über Modem antreten will. Denn alleine bringt es nur halb so viel Spaß.
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A quasi-football contest as if played by the military "for keeps." Strong modem capabilities could not save it from a rapid shelf life.
 
There is no question that Modem Wars distills the essence of warfare into basic elements that can be quickly learned. There is no question that Modem Wars plays fast and is exciting. The problem is that its strength (real time play) might also be a marketing weakness. A sizable number of gamers are not used to combining complex strategic thinking with real time situations. They can spend hours ordering tens of thousands of men into mortal combat, but they wimp out when they have to think under fire. They want to play chess instead of speed chess. They want to analyze instead of act. As the enemy drones zero in on their comcen, they throw up their hands in frustration when knocked out before they can extract themselves from the maelstrom of fire that has engulfed them. Hey! War is Hell! You will learn this when you play Modem Wars. Some of you will not like it, but for "real" gamers, those of us that don't eat quiche, Modem Wars is swell!