Civil War Generals 2
Don't knock old games until you've tried them. Civil War Generals 2 may be around fifteen years old at this stage, but some of the very best games are from previous decades and not from the modern era of graphics-over-substance. Civil War Generals 2 is a turn-based Civil War game from the now-defunct Sierra Entertainment that doesn't try to break down the conflict into just one or a few battles: it gives you everything. 46 historical scenarios spread across the eastern and western spheres of conflict, and now you can even assume control of your choice of either the Union or the Confederacy sides. It may not be groundbreaking, but it is comprehensive.
Sid Meier's Antietam
Sid Meier's successful games development career may have already been in full swing by the time the late 90's rolled in, but 199 saw the release of his second Civil War-based wartime strategy game, Sid Meier's Antietam. Sid Meier's Gettysburg, which preceded Antietam by two years, was somewhat of a wild successes, and Antietam is a game that brings us more of the same, only with a different setting and subject, as well as the incredible Civil War strategy that everyone expected from the series.
Sid Meier's Gettysburg Review
Real-time strategy is a popular genre to say the least, as is that of general warfare, so when these to elements are mixed in Firaxis Games' seminal release Sid Meier's Gettysburg, you simply have to acknowledge that these developers were as good back in 1997 as they are in the present day. Set in the American Civil War and more specifically in the pivotal battle of Gettysburg, you must command an entire army and take multiple factors into consideration such as terrain, stress, and tactical elements in what has to be one of the best strategy games of its time.
The Bluecoats: North vs South Review
Many old school gamers have fond recollections of the original Bluecoats game from the late 1980’s. But whether you are familiar with the first game or not, Bluecoats: North vs South is definitely worth playing. The game offers a wide range of gameplay activities from turn based economy management to RTS style combat to a couple of touch screen specific cowboy-style gun battles. The visuals are a little cartoony so folks might think that this game was designed for kids –it is not. The computer AI is top notch and will give the average casual player real cause to lower the difficulty settings.
Take Command: Second Manassas
While Sid Meier may have the ear of most when it comes to strategy-based war and empire games, Take Command: Second Manassas is a title that doesn't even dare to adhere to the expected wargame format. In fact, it is a rather unique real-time strategy that lets you command a variety of units on a battlefield in north Virginia. Several welcome additions and improvements have been made since the original, making the act of taking charge of an entire army even more entertaining than ever before.