One of the most hyper realistic wargames available, BCT Commander is a real time strategy game that examines the complexities of fighting on the modern battlefield. Developed by Patrick Proctor and his team at ProSim, BCT Commander is real enough to be in use as a senior commander training tool for armies around the world. If you've ever bemoaned the lack of realism found in most wargames here's your chance to step up to the plate and see how well you would do in command.
BCT Commander is more than a wargame though, it's a complete simulation of land warfare. And what exactly does that mean? The easiest definition is that a simulation attempts to create an accurate interpretation of reality without regard to balance issues, while a game strives for balance more than realism. In BCT Commander units behave like they do in real life. You won't find perfectly balanced sides, nor will you find many conventions you're used to in gaming. For example, ordering a unit to start moving won't see it hitting warp five out of the gate. In real life military units don't do 0-60 in 5.5 seconds, unlike your typical RTS game.
This may seem daunting at first but the rewards gained are immense. Anyone can do a tank rush, but can they mount a three pronged coordinated attack on a heavily entrenched enemy position? BCT Commander is a real time strategy game that requires more brainpower than fingerpower. Victors will emerge not from knowing how to hit the hotkeys fastest, but knowing what your forces are capable of and what the enemy can do to those forces.
Speaking of real time, it should be noted that real time in BCT Commander truly means real time. One second of gameplay is the equivalent of one second of real world time. What this means to the player is that he can expect true to life reload times, artillery barrages that don't arrive instantaneously, troops that take time to mount and dismount, and much more. In short, BCT Commander's use of real time is more than just a gimmick, it's an important facet of the simulation aspect.
BCT Commander includes the original Brigade Combat Team, both expansion CDs, and the construction set for creating your own scenarios, all on one CD! Saddle up and see what it's like to take command of a modern military unit with BCT Commander!FEATURES:
♦ Commercial, military grade training simulation that is really in use around the globe by various militaries. To play something more realistic you'd need Top Secret clearance!
♦ Large scale tactical modern combat, brigade/regimental in size, with maps measuring up to 50 km by 50 km. Scenarios take place around the world, with Cuba, Russia, North Korea, Iraq, and the United States National Training Center in California represented.
♦ Pausable real time gameplay allows commanders to evaluate the big picture and issue orders while the game is paused.
♦ Real time is not just a phrase, with BCT Commander real time means real time. Units react according to the length of time it would take to react in the real world.
♦ Twelve brand new scenarios in addition to the classic Brigade Combat Team and expansion scenarios. The construction set allows for the creation of more scenarios.
♦ Realistic full color military style maps that allow for several zoom levels. Grid lines, elevation, phase lines, and terrain features are all represented.
♦ Units can either be displayed as standard military icons or more stylized graphical depictions.
♦ All the major modern AFVs from American and Russian arsenals, plus numerous other unit types like field artillery and aircraft. Play as either side.
♦ Play against live opponents over the modem, serial port connection, or IPX and TCP/IP. Integrated BCT: Arena software acts as a ubermatchmaker service. Besides allowing you to easily find other opponents the Arena software tracks your battle record and allows you to observe games in progress.
♦ A hefty, yet highly readable, electronic manual accompanies BCT Commander, along with online and Web help. While BCT Commander is a complex game thanks to the manual you'll quickly earn your stripes.
♦ Highly realistic, highly fun, what more could you want?
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