Men of War: Assault Squad 2 - Cold War
Men of War: Assault Squad 2 - Cold War is a real-time tactics and real-time strategy game set in the Cold War era. It is a spin-off standalone DLC game of Men of War: Assault Squad 2. It was released on September 12, 2019.
Similar to Men of War: Assault Squad 2, Men of War: Assault Squad 2 - Cold War features single player skirmish modes that take players from large scale tank combat to sniper stealth missions. Players can faceoff against opponents on various new multiplayer 1v1 – 4v4 maps. To bring the game to life there are potent game modes designed for huge battles on spectacular maps.
A new campaign mode is introduced in Men of War: Assault Squad 2 - Cold War, players can choose to play as the United States or the Soviet Union and fight to gain a control in a world map.
Why It Sucks
- The game recycled almost every assets from previous Men of War games. While the World War 2-era tanks were recycled from Assault Squad 2, various Cold War-era units were directly recycled from Men of War: Vietnam which were released in 2011, or 8 years ago during the game's release.
- Similar to previous Men of War titles, the game retains the infamously poor and cheesy dialouges. In fact, some of the dialouges is also recycled from Assault Squad 2.
- Several historical inaccuracies on unit rosters and weapons. For example; the M4A4 Sherman were featured in the United State's unit roster, while in reality, the US Army never used said version of the Sherman during the Cold War; of the ones they did use, only the M4A3E8 was retained after WWII.
- Only two factions were available (United States and Soviet Union), while several key factions during the Cold War (China, North/South Korea, North/South Vietnam, United Kingdom, West/East Germany) is unavailable.
- Unbalanced unit rosters, for example; the Americans get their three early tanks in the forms of M24 Chaffee, M41 Walker Bulldog and M4A4 Sherman, the Soviets gets PT-76, BMP-1, and T-34/85. The biggest difference here is that BMP-1 is actually an infantry fighting vehicle (IFV), and it can carry troops (while the Americans at early game can only transport their troops via trucks) and that it has an anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) that can easily destroying early US tanks.
- Generally poor graphics (for 2019 standards) which is basically the same graphics as Men of War: Vietnam that were released in 2011.
- Poorly designed campaign mode; the campaign modes is essentially Risk-styled campaign where you move your troops to the enemy territory to attack in your turn, and defending your territory in enemy turn. There's only 5 available battle maps in the campaign mode. Which made it repetitive and boring. The campaign mode ends when it reached a certain amout of "days" (turns in-game) and the side who have won the most is the winner, which is simply made the whole campaign turned into a glorified progess bar.
- Very poor rubberbanding AI that will simply trying to rush to the closest checkpoints, in higher difficulities, the AI will simply spawns tons of units to swarm the player.
- Poor in-game mechanics; the hit points system were introduced into the vehicles, which can made some tanks incredibly easy to destroy (M24 Chaffee) or near invincible without good counter units (T-55). The truck in this game can take more than one direct hit from tanks or artilleries.
- While the game featured a new type of unit; helicopters, they behave exactly the same as a tank; literally any units that had anti-tank capabilities can easily take down a helicopters in few shots.
Men of War: Assault Squad 2 - Cold War received "generally unfavorable review" according to Metacritic with a score of 41 based on 4 critics. And "Very Negative" user ratings on Steam. Many reviewers pointed out the lack of new features and lackluster improvements from previous Men of War titles.
Martynas Klimas of PC Invasion gave this game 2 out of 10, described that "Men of War: Assault Squad 2 – Cold War is a game that is sub-mod in quality and looks very much like an official asset flip. It’s the most disappointing mish-mash they could have possibly made."