Editors' reviewLike other real-time strategy war games, A.R.S.E.N.A.L. Extended Power requires you to research technology, amass resources, build fighting units, and attack opponents while defending your home turf. But A.R.S.E.N.A.L.'s intelligent scoring system, multiplayer team play, and variable character personalities create an entertaining and replayable experience.
Players begin by selecting their character's name, face, flag, and nationality. Different flags provide access to different special units, including an atomic bomber. By commercial standards, the graphics are only serviceable, though a new Deep View, near-3D mode in the latest version improves them. The essentials are there, with large maps and clearly distinguishable units and buildings. The game features some witty audio effects, and the computer makes a tough opponent.
However, A.R.S.E.N.A.L.'s interface for selecting units can be confusing, and the lack of instructions makes learning the hot keys difficult. We encountered graphical glitches. And the demo's 20-minute-per-level time limit isn't enough to finish even the shortest battles. Nevertheless, the wicked AI and humorous touches make this an enjoyable download for players willing to stick it out.
A.R.S.E.N.A.L. Extended Power is a real-time strategy game featuring 40 different types of units of World War II for land, sea and air combat. In addition to building and deploying forces, the game requires skill in managing resources and negotiating with other players. Features include network and online game up to 32 players, player chat, World High Score, user level editor with on-line sharing and a random game generator.
Version 2.F1 Archive contains file dplay.dll necessary for Windows Vista compatibility.
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