Naval War: Arctic Circle

8.1 Overall Score
Gameplay: 8/10
Graphics: 8/10
Sounds: 7/10

Good selection of tutorials.

No mission editor.

Naval War: Arctic Circle is a naval strategy game that allows you to be an admiral controlling a fleet of ships, planes and more. The idea of this Sim game is to bring you as close as possible to being a real-life naval admiral.

In the beginning of the game there are a number of tutorials that can help you bring up your skills and to learn exactly how to play the game. The interface can be somewhat confusing at times so if you are new to naval strategy games this is absolutely required to help you learn how to play the game and control your units. It may take some time and practice through the tutorials before you feel comfortable enough to complete a mission, as you will need to navigate the menus quite quickly as you are being attacked.

There are two good size campaigns which feature gameplay on both sides of the conflict between NATO and Russia in 2030. The game also features a one versus one multiplayer game mode that pits you against other players online to control your fleets to try and take out the other player.

The idea of this war is a conflict between resources which are now more accessible in the Arctic circle. After global warming has long melted the polar ice caps, the Navy is the one to control the war for these resources. In this game you will have to attack and defend areas as well as pushback enemy ships to their own territory.

As an admiral you can learn how to control multiple units at once as well as take a special interest in various missions that you command. You can send out a squad of attack helicopters for example to hunt enemy subs, while commanding a fleet on a different side to pushback enemy ships. By getting in close with each one of these units you can work to outmaneuver the enemy as well as adjust load outs and changeup attacks to try and break through enemy defenses.

Your computer-controlled units will also be able to avoid attacks and make evasive maneuvers on their own. By changing the load outs of your units you can work to make them more evasive to enemy attacks and also better equipped to deal with enemy attacks.

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Ultimately if you do send in a squad of units and leave them alone you can still prosper in this game, it’s not important to always micromanage each and every squad but it can give you a tactical advantage.

If you are interested in a 3-D naval battle Sim or you have ever been curious at what it’s like to be a military commander, this game could be for you. There is plenty of challenge in the campaign modes and you will feel a sense of great accomplishment with each mission that you are able to complete. The multiplayer battles can also be a lot of fun and can give you a chance to show off your skills as a commander.

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