Ultimate General

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Ultimate General
Ultimate General logo.png
The official logo of the series
Genre(s)Turn-based strategy, real-time tactics
Developer(s)Game-Labs LLC
Platform(s)Microsoft Windows, Mac, iPad, Linux
First releaseUltimate General: Gettysburg
12 June 2014 & 15 October 2014
Latest releaseUltimate General: Civil War
26 November 2016 & 14 July 2017

Ultimate General is a series of American Civil War role-playing simulation strategy games dedicated to tactics and military history. There are currently two titles in the series: Ultimate General: Gettysburg and Ultimate General: Civil War. Both were developed by Game-Labs (a Ukrainian company) and designed by Nick Thomadis, the creator of "DarthMod" (a series of mods that improve AI in the Total War games) and one of the most recognised modders in the Total War modding community.[1]

Ultimate General: Gettysburg[edit]

Ultimate General: Gettysburg was the first game of the series that allows players to lead thousands of soldiers in the Battle of Gettysburg.[2] According to the developers, the game is unique by "Giving you the chance to be the General of either the Union or Confederate army in the battle of Gettysburg, it allows you to recreate the historical facts or try out many speculative scenarios." [3] It first became available in Steam Early Access on 12 June 2014, and was fully released on 15 October 2014[4] The game has been updated many times since release, and the latest version, Patch 1.7, was released on 15 July 2016.[5]

The game claims to have accurate maps utilising satellite images and historical charts, to indicate every major location, house, ridge and hill. Additional game-play features include Custom Battles, where different AI Commanders and the dynamic multi-day battle provide replayability. This increases with additional custom battles where players can unlock a large number of speculative scenarios that can be played afterwards for quick battles, either randomised or with full unit strength and default army deployments. There is also a Multiplayer Experience in which the game has 18 maps for one-on-one matches.[3]

There are also differences between the iPad and the computer version. The game was redesigned to provide usability and playability on tablets, and the user interface was also reworked. The campaign is replaced by 10 missions for each side, and multiplayer is not available.

Ultimate General: Civil War[edit]

Ultimate General: Civil War is the newest game and offers a campaign system that covers the whole American Civil War from 1861-1865, including historical battles, units and events. The game was released on 16 November 2016 in Steam Early Access.[6] As an early access version, the game was regularly updated, and a "completed version" of the game was released on 14 July 2017.[7] The game has been further updated since then, and the "final" version of the game, Patch 1.10, was released on 18 May 2018.[5]

The game campaign allows players to participate in more than 50 battles, from small engagements to major battles that can last several days over multiple maps. The player's, and therefore the campaign's, ongoing success is interactively connected to player actions and battle outcomes. Historical battles can be also played separately. As with the previous title, the battle landscapes are hand-drawn, utilising data from satellite and historical maps[8]

The full edition includes well-known conflicts such as Battle of Aquia Creek, Battle of Philippi (West Virginia), 1st Battle of Bull Run, Battle of Shiloh, Battle of Gaines' Mill, Battle of Malvern Hill, 2nd Battle of Bull Run, Battle of Antietam, Battle of Fredericksburg, Battle of Stones River, Battle of Chancellorsville, Battle of Gettysburg, Battle of Chickamauga, Battle of Cold Harbor, and Battle of Richmond.[8]

Custom battles also include the ability to play hypothetical battles such as Battle of Washington, and imagined parts of historical conflicts, while also covering additional battles, such as Battle of Spotsylvania Courthouse.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "When A Modder Tries To Make His Own Game". Kotaku.com. Retrieved April 5, 2016.
  2. ^ "Ultimate General: Gettysburg for PC Reviews - Metacritic". Metacritic.com. Retrieved April 5, 2016.
  3. ^ a b "Ultimate General: Gettysburg". Ultimate General: Gettysburg. Retrieved 2016-04-24.
  4. ^ "Darkstation". Darkstation.com. Retrieved April 5, 2016.
  5. ^ a b "DEVELOPER'S BLOG". Ultimate General. Retrieved 2017-12-13.
  6. ^ "ABOUT". Ultimate General. Retrieved 2016-12-17.
  7. ^ Thomadis, Nick. "Patch v0.96 providing last hot fixes". Game-Labs. Retrieved 9 July 2017.
  8. ^ a b "Ultimate General: Civil War". Ultimate General. Retrieved 2016-12-17.

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