On a beaucoup entendu parler de Arctic Circle Naval War sorti il y a peu chez Paradox. Toutefois, pour les amateurs de batailles aéronavales modernes ou en guise d’alternative pour les curieux, sachez que le wargame Global Conflict Blue 2 a été mis à jour en mars dernier, bénéficiant d’améliorations notables tant au niveau du contenu que du moteur du jeu (voir résumé ci-dessous).
Le jeu complet (202 Mo) ou le dernier patch (33 Mo), ainsi que le manuel, se téléchargent gratuitement depuis le wiki faisant office de site officiel (MàJ : site fermé désormais).
Global Conflict Blue is a real-time naval strategy game. GCB simulates modern naval and air combat from the third-person perspective of a theater commander.
Database – 100’s of new and updated platforms and equipment. Database editor has been updated with powerful new editing features.
Scenarios – Many new and updated scenarios to play. Improved in-game scenario editor for faster scenario generation.
Game Engine – Numerous simulation and interface improvements based on testing and feedback over the past year. Updated models for radar, sonar, ECM, mines, torpedoes, and AI.
Global map – The entire surface of the earth is available for play including global bathymetry data for ocean depth
Real-time modeling – Flight dynamics, guidance, and sensor models are incorporated real-time for a high level of realism and fluid game play. Broad simulation capabilities covering areas such as air-to-air refueling, chaff, flare, and subsurface countermeasures, mines, smart bombs, terrain masking of sensors, and damage physics.
Graphical User Interface – An interactive map with commands driven by context menus. The GUI enables intuitive and fast action for managing operations. Multiple map layers cover views spanning a few kilometers up to an entire continent.
3D graphics – Watch the battle unfold with a real-time 3D view. Physical 3D models are also integrated into the simulation to provide accurate optical and damage cross-sections.
Editable Database and Scenarios – The stock game database includes hundreds of platforms, along with associated weapons, sensors, and equipment. Database and scenario files are saved in an open format for user editing. A database editor and in-game scenario editor are packaged with the main application. Fifteen exciting scenarios are available to play, along with four tutorial scenarios.
Flexible time-scaling – Player-controlled time acceleration is supported to keep the game pace at an exciting level.
Customization – AI scripts, menus, platform database, 3D models, and symbology in an open format to allow player customization
Large-scale design – Capability to handle 1000+ units to support complex engagements.
Multiplayer mode – Server-based multiplayer mode