Looking for a game can you advise?

#1
On holiday soon.

I am not hugely knowledgable about computers or games, and would like to find a game that operates with units rather than individuals at tactical or strategic level.

I used to enjoy the Simulations Publications and Avalon Hill games which worked on maps divided into hexagons and units from company to division/corps depending on the game. This is what I had in mind but have been unable to find any.

If you can help thanks in advance.
 
#2
Try the UFO series, both UFO aftermath and UFO afterlight are highly recommended. You can pick up both for under £15.

Have a look at the website Aftershock Afterlight

You will lose a lot of your holiday though, getting your troops trained up to heavy weapons and snipers. Giving the enemy a full face blast from a shotgun causes some impressive body flying animation!

Enjoy!
 
#3
What about Armed assault (or ARMA as it's known) I haven't played it but I played operation flashpoint to death (arma is the seqeul)

You play from a first person perspective as an individual in a section at first but soon you will be in charge of the section and issueing fire control orders and the like, the first one (flashpoint ) was very realistic, although the enemy is a bit stupid at times.
 
#5
Thanks for those so far, look fun, and I will be checking them out.
However I was looking for something on the lines of Divisional WW1/WW2 /WW3 if you know.
Combatintman your link looks good.
 
#6
There are games out there - look at the "Panzer general" series of role based games - they are roughly £5 and are really good time killers!
 

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For strategic/tactical warfare, you cannot beat the total war series. Way out of your time period, but it is the only game i have seen where you can look at the ground and pick the best defensive position, and use dead ground etc.
 
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East Front - Gary Grigsby - Divisional/Brigade level game of Barbarossa - very good.
 
#11
Dwarf said:
Thanks for those so far, look fun, and I will be checking them out.
However I was looking for something on the lines of Divisional WW1/WW2 /WW3 if you know.
Combatintman your link looks good.
If you liked that - there are a few more here - plus demos

http://www.shrapnelgames.com/

I can only vouch for ATF, BCT Commander and The Falklands War. The engine is pretty much the same and is similar to JANUS. If you try the demos for the Falklands War and the Star & Crescent on the website at least you'll know what you're letting yourself in for. Going back to the Battlefront stuff - the Combat Mission series is excellent although it is best suited to BG-level and below you can in theory have as much as you want on the map - it just takes an age to move it all around.
 
#12
Thanks again, first days of holidays accounted for then.
Plus a barrel of homebrew should be ready.
Now what do I do about the missus?
 
#14
I would recommend Dawn of War, its a totally fictional game set in the year 40,000 (as it is Warhammer) and its a real-time strategy game. It works on units instead of individuals which you wanted
 
#15
try Europa Universalis 3 or Hearts of Iron 2
 
#16
Johnno41 said:
I would recommend Dawn of War, its a totally fictional game set in the year 40,000 (as it is Warhammer) and its a real-time strategy game. It works on units instead of individuals which you wanted
Yes its a good game but its so, well, Nerdy. (Not having a dig mate i got it myself)
 
#17
Sh@g her!!!!! - Have you seen her?

Seriously it would be my favourite option except with the heat in summer over here there is a lot of 'Don't come near me with those hot hands', - very frustrating so losing oneself in a game helps.

Thanks to all for the ideas and help.
 
#18
Jastus said:
try Europa Universalis 3 or Hearts of Iron 2
The latter is quite good, though the AI is bugged and Japan never puts up an adequate fight. I gather some of the mod packs rectified that.

North German Plain 1985 is quite good fun, though you really need to modify some of the files in order to make it realistic. You can have a M1 company plinking away at a T62 one for half an hour and not score any kills! After modding it (very easy with the latest patch) you end up with a deathmatch on the north german plain where something like 1000 tanks an hour get wiped out. It simulates chemical warfare, electronic warfare, bridging and engineering units. Its not perfect, but it simulates anything from a battalion level to army group level engagement, so its got a lot going for it.

One other is Operational art of war. its 7 years old now, but like NGP85 is a hex based wargame, and has now been updated by Matrix games to include new weapons. Difficult editor to get to grips with, but amazing features on it when you do. Can simulate anything from the 1870 war to the 2003 war with the events and new editor. Includes chemical and nuclear weapons, and the AI is very good. Also easy to play via email.

Combat mission shock force will probably be worth looking at as well, though that really simulates a battalion/Brigade level action I gather. Only Yanks and syrians at first, though the developers seem keen to put British equipment in as well.
 
#19
GuybrushThreepwood said:
Are those UFO games from the same series as the original UFO: Enemy Unknown and the following X-COM games?
They are of the same mold but done by a different developer. Pretty good with it too!
 
#20
Disco said:
GuybrushThreepwood said:
Are those UFO games from the same series as the original UFO: Enemy Unknown and the following X-COM games?
They are of the same mold but done by a different developer. Pretty good with it too!

Anything like one of the new scenarios for CIV-IV, Beyond The Sword expansion??
 

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