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Your country needs you: the best war videogames.

Your country needs youThe best war videogames

22/10/2015Games

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War. War never changes. That might be all well and true, but when it comes to videogames, war is often quite different! For example, you can’t respawn in real-life war, and rocket-jumps are often a bad idea. Here are 10 of war games that we think should be given a medal. 

 

 

 

 

Operation Flashpoint – (Xbox/PC) 

Operation Flashpoint: you have control over multiple soldiers and vehicles.

You have control over multiple soldiers and vehicles.

Trying to be realistic in a war game is a real problem, on account of the whole getting killed instantly thing. Operation Flashpoint solves the problem by giving you control over multiple soldiers and vehicles, so you have total freedom in tackling missions. It’s like being a commander and a front line soldier, all at the same time. 

Full Spectrum Warrior (PlayStation 2/Xbox/PC)

Full Spectrum Warrior: famously started life as a U.S. Army training tool.

Famously started life as a U.S. Army training tool.

This game famously started life as a training tool for the U.S. Army, where you order around a squad of soldiers rather than control them directly. It was a good game and led to a slightly creepy first person shooter/recruitment tool for America's Army. Both are now free to download on the PC.

Silent Hunter 4: Wolves of the Pacific (PC) 

Silent Hunter 4: submarining around the Pacific.

Submarining around the Pacific.

Ever wanted to be in control of your very own nuclear powered submarine? If you answered ‘no thank you’, we simply don’t believe you. This game has you submarining around the Pacific during WWII, blowing up baddies and generally causing trouble like an enormous metal, missile-toting mega shark. Sweet. 

Wolfenstein (Various)

Wolfenstein: the granddaddy of all first person shooters.

The granddaddy of all first person shooters.

Wolfenstein 3D was not only the granddaddy of all first person shooters, it also let you shoot Robo-Hitler. Subsequent games pioneered the concept of the zombie Nazi long before World At War, with plenty of other hokey supernatural bad guys as well.

Ace Combat (Various) 

Ace Combat: puts you in the pilot seat of a jet fighter.

Puts you in the pilot seat of a jet fighter.

Flight sims are a pretty niche style of game nowadays, despite how cool it is to fly around and shoot missiles at bogeys. The Ace Combat games are some of the best examples of the genre on consoles, putting you in the pilot seat of a jet fighter and tasking you with blowing stuff up. 

Company of Heroes (PC) 

Company of Heroes: it's a strategy game. Not a boring one either.

It's a strategy game. Not a boring one either.

It's the law that any WWII game has to be named as Something of Something, but it's easy to tell this one apart because it's a strategy game. Not a boring one either. We’d even go so far as to say that it’s the most action-packed real-time strategy game ever made. It's even fairly realistic too.

Battlestations: Pacific (Xbox 360/PC)

Battlestations: Pacific - full mastery of both the sky and the sea.

Full mastery of both the sky and the sea.

Apart from submarines you rarely ever get a chance to mess about on the water in war games. But then again, considering how long it takes a ship to do anything that's no surprise. This game gets over the problem by letting you switch control between any ship or aircraft in your flotilla whenever you want, giving you full mastery of both the sky and the sea. It’s like being a Greek God! But, you know, a Greek God with a missile launcher. 

Empire: Total War (PC) 

Empire: Total War - bit of Sharpe style Napoleonic warfare.

A bit of Sharpe style Napoleonic warfare.

There aren't really that many realistic action games set earlier than WWII for the pretty obvious reason that taking a minute to reload a gun isn't going to be much fun. If you fancy a bit of Sharpe style Napoleonic warfare though, this strategy game has great graphics and is surprisingly accessible.

Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter 2 (Xbox 360/PlayStation 3/PC/PSP)

Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter 2 - the most refined tactical shooter around.

The most refined tactical shooter around.

If there was ever an end to war, then Tom Clancy would be out of business. Luckily for him, the inability of the world to get along provides a rich vein of inspiration for his various soldier sims. We think this is the best of the bunch so far and may quite easily be the most refined tactical shooter around.

Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (Xbox 360/PlayStation 3/PC) 

Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare - we still think this one is the best.

We still think this one is the best.

We know there’s been a few more of these since (at least four dozen, at last count), but we still think this one is the best. That scene at the beginning, on the cargo ship with our moustachioed commander, still gives us goosebumps. Lock and load lads! 

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