The History Channel: Civil War – A Nation Divided
|The History Channel: Civil War – A Nation Divided|
Xbox 360 cover art
|Platform(s)||Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 2, Xbox 360|
The History Channel: Civil War – A Nation Divided is a historical first-person shooter video game developed by Cauldron HQ, released on November 7, 2006 by Activision Value and the History Channel for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 2 and Xbox 360. It garnered mostly mixed reviews.
The story line for A Nation Divided is relatively short, spanning twelve levels based on some of the most well known battles of the American Civil War. One can play as either as a Confederate Soldier or as a Union Soldier. The player plays as a different soldier during each battle.
During the game, the player can play through a total of twelve different battles from the Civil War. The battles are divided into two campaigns: North and South. Each campaign contains six historic battles. The player must play through each battle to unlock the next one. After the first five battles are completed for each side, Cold Harbor is unlocked. Upon this battle's completion, Petersburg is unlocked.
Weapons of the war are portrayed accurately and have corresponding reloading processes. For example, the rifled musket reloading process is lengthy, while the revolver's is quick. The game fails to separate the two factions and has one rifled musket, the Springfield. While the Confederates used them as field pickups they primarily used the Pattern 1853 Enfield.
Each battle can be played on one of three difficulty modes: Easy, Normal and Hard. Completing the game on any mode unlocks an achievement.
No multiplayer features are present in the title, but the Xbox 360 version does support Leaderboards on Xbox Live. While the game specifications do include Downloadable Content, no content was released.
Upon its release, Civil War received mixed reviews with the main criticisms being stale gameplay, average graphics, low difficulty, poor AI, and the short length of the game, also, many people complained about various historical mistakes, or even lack of important details (like incorrect uniforms, lack of various infantries and regiments which is especially noticeable in Bull Run level). However, many critics found the setting to be fascinating and the gameplay to be new.
In 2008, a sequel titled History Civil War: Secret Missions was released.
- Guide Book
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- "The History Channel: Civil War – A Nation Divided reviews (Metacritic)". Retrieved April 19, 2015.
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- Thomas, Aaron (December 11, 2006). "History Channel: Civil War Review (PS2)". Retrieved April 19, 2015.
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- Grisham, Richard (November 27, 2006). "The History Channel Civil War: A Nation Divided review". Retrieved April 19, 2015.
- Brudvig, Erik (December 1, 2006). "The History Channel: Civil War Review". Retrieved April 19, 2015.