Review: History Channel: Bull Run
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Graphics and Sound
I didnt expect the game to look
all that hot. To be honest a bargain title generally has lackluster
graphics so anything better than blah is a plus
for me. The graphics in Bull Run arent bad. That doesnt
mean they are fantastic but overall they do a pretty good
job of rendering a battlefield in the 1860s. I dont
think the graphics look as good as Rome: Total War
but it certainly is serviceable and the game does exactly
what you want it to do; render the types of terrain and buildings
found at the Manassas battlefield site.
Actually the only complaint I have
about the game is the "fuzzy" look of the infantry
and cavalry units rendered in the game. Each individual soldier
is represented in the game and the animations of the soldiers
seem to be semi-individualistic; meaning that one soldier
may be loading while another is firing. This makes for a realistic
looking scheme when the troops are fighting. The problem is
that the animations look fuzzy or blurred like they need sharpening.
It is hard putting your finger on it, but they just look like
they werent quite completed which was slightly distracting.
In reality this is a generally minor complaint. Graphically
the game looks fine, not outstanding but certainly presentable.
Just like Combat Mission a few years ago, the graphics
help to improve the playability of the game but wont
be a distraction in and of themselves.
Sound is also fairly well done; not
outstanding but not bad. There are some nice touches in the
game. For example fife and drum music will play when your
unit is on the march. I would have liked to have heard some
more periodic Civil War music to go along with the game. One
of the nice touches of the old Battlefield games was the periodic
music that would play in the background. That isnt a
nitpick really, it is just something I would have liked to
have seen in the game.
Overall I would rate the game significantly
above average graphically, especially when you consider the
cost of the game. For a bargain title this game actually brings
more than I expected.
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