Sid Meier's Gettysburg!

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Sid Meier's Gettysburg!
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Developer(s)Firaxis Games
Publisher(s)Electronic Arts
Platform(s)Microsoft Windows
Genre(s)Real-time wargame
Mode(s)Single-player, multiplayer

Sid Meier's Gettysburg! is a 1997 real-time wargame developed by Firaxis Games and published by Electronic Arts. It was designed by Sid Meier. It was followed by Sid Meier's Antietam! in 1999.


The game allows the player to control either the Confederate or Union troops during the Battle of Gettysburg in the American Civil War. It can be played as single scenarios, or as a campaign of linked scenarios, either recounting the original history or exploring alternative possibilities.

Online play[edit]

There was a large online following when the game was being hosted on Mplayer (a multi-player game network bought by GameSpy industries). Since moving to GameSpy the game has dwindled in popularity for online players. However, a few players can still be challenged to online play at the GameSpy lobby. At the pinnacle of online play there were many groups of players. A competitive ladder (league) was also a fixture of this time, where the hall of fame can still be viewed. "Case's Ladder" Online play is now, for the most part, impossible due to the shutdown of GameSpy's servers.

As of 2017, the game is still playable online with GameRanger.[2]


The engine was also used for the Napoleonic game Waterloo: Napoleon's Last Battle (as was a modified version for Austerlitz: Napoleon's Greatest Victory), both by BreakAway Games.


Aggregate score
Review scores
AllGame4.5/5 stars[4]
CGW4.5/5 stars[5]
Next Generation5/5 stars[7]
PC Gamer (US)91%[8]
PC Zone90%[9]
Computer Games Strategy Plus4.5/5 stars[10]

Gettysburg! was a commercial success, with more than 200,000 copies sold by August 1999. At the time, Jeff Briggs of Firaxis commented that the game "did extremely well for us".[11] From critics, it received "universal acclaim" according to the review aggregation website Metacritic.[3]

Gettysburg! was a finalist for the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences' 1997 "Strategy Game of the Year" award,[12] which ultimately went to StarCraft and Age of Empires (tie).[13] Similarly, the Computer Game Developers Conference nominated Gettysburg! for its "Best Strategy/Wargame" Spotlight Award, but gave the prize to Myth: The Fallen Lords.[14] However, it was named the best computer wargame of 1997 by Computer Gaming World, Computer Games Strategy Plus and GameSpot.[15][16][17] The editors of Computer Gaming World called it "the return to form of arguably the best designer ever", and wrote that "this is one game that really will play until Johnny comes marching home."[16]

Next Generation reviewed the PC version of the game, rating it five stars out of five, and stated that "Gettysburg is an excellent first offering from Firaxis. It not only overshadows previous historical sims, but it also beats most of the realtime strategy games available today."[7]

In 1998, Gettysburg won the Origins Award for Best Strategy Computer Game of 1997.[18]


Gettysburg had a large modification ("mod") community. Players can customize uniforms, maps, sounds, and units. This aspect of tweaking the game proved vital to Civil War aficionados looking for historically accurate models. This ultimately led to the creation of other famous battles such as the Battle of Fredericksburg, the First Battle of Bull Run, the Peninsula Campaign, and more.

Gettysburg was followed by Sid Meier's Antietam!


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    Now Shipping: "...Sid Meier's Gettysburg from Firaxis and EA..."
  2. ^ "GameRanger - Supported Games".
  3. ^ a b "Sid Meier's Gettysburg! for PC Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved May 25, 2017.
  4. ^ Suciu, Peter. "Sid Meier's Gettysburg! - Review". AllGame. Archived from the original on November 14, 2014. Retrieved May 25, 2017.
  5. ^ Proctor, Bob (January 1998). "Gettysburg Addressed (Sid Meier's Gettysburg! Review)" (PDF). Computer Gaming World. No. 162. pp. 274–75. Retrieved May 26, 2017.
  6. ^ Ryan, Michael E. (October 30, 1997). "Sid Meier's Gettysburg! Review". GameSpot. Archived from the original on October 6, 2007. Retrieved May 25, 2017.
  7. ^ a b "Finals". Next Generation. No. 37. Imagine Media. January 1998. p. 158.
  8. ^ McDonald, T. Liam (January 1998). "Sid Meier's Gettysburg". PC Gamer. p. 218. Archived from the original on October 8, 1999. Retrieved May 25, 2017.
  9. ^ "PC Review: Sid Meier's Gettysburg!". PC Zone. 1997.
  10. ^ Udell, Scott (1997). "Sid Meier's Gettysburg!". Computer Games Strategy Plus. Archived from the original on March 6, 2005.
  11. ^ Campbell, Colin (August 30, 1999). "What's Up With Sid Meier's Antietam?". IGN. Archived from the original on June 2, 2002.
  12. ^ "The Award; Award Updates". Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences. Archived from the original on June 15, 1998.
  13. ^ "The Award; Award Updates". Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences. Archived from the original on June 15, 1998.
  14. ^ Jensen, Chris (May 8, 1998). "Spotlight Award Winners". Online Gaming Review. Strategy Plus, Inc. Archived from the original on April 29, 1999.
  15. ^ Staff. "Best & Worst Awards 1997". GameSpot. Archived from the original on February 8, 2001.
  16. ^ a b Staff (March 1998). "CGW Presents The Best & Worst of 1997". Computer Gaming World (164): 74–77, 80, 84, 88, 89.
  17. ^ Staff (January 19, 1998). "The winners of the 1997 Computer Games Awards". Computer Games Strategy Plus. Archived from the original on February 6, 2005.
  18. ^ "Origins Award Winners (1997)". Academy of Adventure Gaming Arts & Design. Archived from the original on 2008-03-31. Retrieved 2008-06-03.

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