Traditionally, real time strategy games don’t work particularly well on consoles. They can leave you battling to navigate the map, struggling to drag boxes in order to group units, and issuing basic commands can turn into a long drawn-out affair. However Tom Clancy’s EndWar is an RTS built for consoles, and one which uses a voice recognition system to make things a bit more manageable and alleviate the cumbersome feel you get with most other RTS titles. You can currently pick up a copy on the PS3 for £5.85 from Shopto which is a great deal considering the next best comes in at £8.99.
You can’t help but notice a few parallels regarding the Endwar’s storyline - which basically involves a large scale conflict over dwindling oil reserves. But unlike some of the more convoluted Tom Clancy plot lines, thankfully Endwar doesn’t bombard you with loads of politics and keeps things nice and brief. As already mentioned, the game uses a voice recognition system which allows you to issue commands. And although EW can be played with just a controller if you choose – and are self-conscious about housemates/girlfriends/family hearing you shouting orders for hours on end – you’ll be missing out on one of the game’s best features.
Unlike when you ring Virgin Media, the voice recognition in Endwar actually works very well – especially on the PS3. Lots of background noise can be a problem, but on the whole, it’s a system that’s been surprisingly well implemented. You don’t have to have the entire command list memorized, as the order options appear in the top corner of the screen and can be cycled through until you find the one you need. Unfortunately however, despite the fact it manages to bypass the control problem, End War isn’t exactly awe-inspiring when it comes to visuals. Path finding could be also better, and overall, there are a few minor issues which mean that while the game is good, it can’t quite be described as great.
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