History Civil War: Secret Missions

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History Civil War: Secret Missions
History Civil War: Secret Missions
Xbox 360 cover art
Developer(s) Cauldron Ltd
Publisher(s) Activision Value
Engine CloakNT3 with Havok Physics
Platform(s) Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
Release date(s)
  • NA November 4, 2008
Genre(s) First-person shooter, Stealth
Mode(s) Single-player
Distribution CD-ROM, DVD

Civil War: Secret Missions is a historical first-person shooter video game developed by Cauldron Ltd, and released on 4 November 2008 by Activision Value and the History Channel for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. It is a sequel to The History Channel: Civil War – A Nation Divided.


As a soldier in either the Union or Confederate armies, the player is involved in covert operations behind enemy lines. The eleven missions in this game are inspired by events that took place during the American Civil War.

The player's goal is to disrupt the armies of both the North and South by any means necessary, including stopping enemy supply lines, stealing ironclad ships and sabotaging enemy strongholds. Engaging in some of the Civil War's most famous battles, such as The Great Train Raid of 1861 and The Fall of Vicksburg in utilizing classic weapons of the era, including the pepperbox revolver and the coffee mill gun.

All missions are based on the actions of famous partisans, scouts and rangers – fighting as a member of Mosby's Rangers, Sheridan's Scouts and Grant's Secret Service and receiving mission commands from famous generals like Robert E. Lee, "Stonewall" Jackson, and Ulysses Grant.


This game takes the player through secret missions that took place on both sides of the war. The player has to battle enemy forces and protect his fellow soldiers. Melee is a large part of the game, as it was in the prequel. Reload times vary from weapon to weapon, with muskets taking a long time to reload, and repeating rifles taking a relatively short time.

Missions includes being a part of a secret sniper mission at the Battle of Gettysburg, conducting a covert train raid on the B&O Railroad, sabotage artillery outposts during the Lewisburg Deception, etc. Using the weaponry and military advancements of the Civil War like the automatic guns of the era and the usage of repeating rifles, grenades, sabers, exploding artillery, and shotguns.

The game features intense, tactical combat. It is based on authentic Civil War combat methods, artillery barrages, urban assaults, sniping, and stealth. Set charges, place explosives, sabotage enemy strongholds, and destroy enemy buildings to complete objectives.

Bonus objectives are thrown at you from mission to mission like saving P.O.W.s and destroying crates. Players can ignore and accept these mission. Each level begins with a documentary video describing every mission and the importance it played in the Civil War.


1.Dawn at Chancellorsville-CSA

2.Dr. Gatling's Secret Weapon-CSA

3.The Gray Ghost-CSA

4.Sharpshooters at Devil's Den-CSA

5.The Great Train Raid of 1861-CSA

6.USS Pittsburg-USA

7.Sabotage at Lynchburg-USA

8.Infiltration of Jackson-USA

9.Captain Blazer's Scouts-USA

10.The Siege of Vicksburg-USA

11.The Fall of Vicksburg-USA


Aggregate scores
Aggregator Score
GameRankings 50.50%(6 reviews)[3]
Metacritic 51% (6 reviews)[4]
Review scores
Publication Score
GameSpot 5.0 of 10[1]
GameTrailers 8.0/10[7]
GameZone 5.5/10[8]
IGN 5.0 of 10[2]
Official Xbox Magazine UK 5.5/10[5]
X-Play 3/5 stars[6]

The game has met mediocre ratings from critics. IGN praised the graphics but panned the length of the game. GameRankings criticizes the small glitches, but praised the game in portraying "something to skip WWII shooters".


  1. ^ "Xbox review". GameSpot. Retrieved 2008-08-22. 
  2. ^ "Xbox 360 review". IGN. 
  3. ^ "Aggregate score". Game Rankings. 
  4. ^ "Aggregate score". Metacritic. 
  5. ^ http://www.gamerankings.com/xbox360/952381-the-history-channel-civil-war-secret-missions/index.html
  6. ^ http://www.g4tv.com/games/xbox-360/55459/history-channel-civil-war-secret-missions/
  7. ^ "Overall Review". GameTrailers. 2010-05-17. Retrieved 2010-05-17. 
  8. ^ "Review". Games Rankings. Retrieved 2011-05-17. 

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