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Review: History Channel: Bull Run

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The History Channel: Bull Run

What is Really Missing from this Game?

There is only one thing lacking that is not making this what I would call a classic wargame: a multiplayer component. I don’t know if a multiplayer component was ever considered for the game, or if it was started and just not considered feasible, or if the budget constraints kept it from being completed, but if an add-on to the game added multiplayer support — for say ten to fifteen dollars — I would probably go out and buy it.

This game would really play well in multiplayer. In reality, this could turn into a really good eight person multiplayer game, with each side given tasks and missions to perform. I could easily see this becoming a really popular multiplayer game, either as a one vs. one game or as a multiple player per side game.

But alas there is no multiplayer component to the game. This and this alone is the biggest glaring negative that I have found in the game. There are some smaller ones of course but if I had to point out the only ‘show stopper’ in the game it has to be the lack of a multiplayer component.

Overall Opinions and Recommendations

There are few games out there that are as enjoyable as Bull Run at twice its price. Calling this game a bargain title is probably an insult to the game. I call this game a bargain period. If they charged ten bucks more for the game I would recommend it. Twenty bucks is nothing for the gameplay and the enjoyability you will get from this game.

Seriously, if you are a student or a fan of the Civil War and want to try your hand at ending the war quickly (as the Union expected if they had routed the rebels) this is the game for you. Only one game has come close to equaling THC: Bull Run and that one was created by the legendary Sid Meier. I suspect that he probably doesn’t mind the comparison; it is that good.

I was late in getting this review in partially because I lost the original disk for the game. I went out and purchased a copy of the game for the review. It has been among the best 20 dollars I have spent.

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Test System Specs

  • Dell Dimension 4600

  • Pentium 4, 2.8 GHz (HT)

  • 1GB 400MHz DDR RAM

  • 80 GB Ultra ATA 100 HD

  • NVIDIA 6600 GT video card

  • Creative Audigy 2 sound card

  • Broadband cable connection for online play

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