Wargame: European Escalation

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Wargame: European Escalation
Wargame European Escalation Boxart.jpg
Developer(s) Eugen Systems
Publisher(s) Focus Home Interactive
Platform(s) Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, Linux
Release February 23, 2012
Genre(s) Real-time tactics
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer

Wargame: European Escalation is a real-time tactics video game developed by Eugen Systems and published by Focus Home Interactive, released on February 23, 2012. It is set in Europe during the Cold War, most specifically in the years 1975–85 with alternate history scenarios portraying open war between NATO and the Warsaw pact.


Wargame's playable factions are the Warsaw Pact, which is subdivided into the Soviet Union, Communist Poland, East Germany, and Czechoslovakia; and NATO, which is subdivided into the United States of America, United Kingdom, France, and West Germany. Players can choose various units from the four subfactions of the side they are playing on, unlocking new units or improved variants as they progress. In all, there are 361 historical units recreated in Wargame.

Each country has its own arsenal of units, reflecting their military doctrine.

Solo mode[edit]

Wargame's solo mode is divided into four individual campaigns called "Operations", two for each faction. Each are unrelated and chronicle scenarios based on actual events that came close to triggering open war between the two superpowers.


There are currently 4 free expansion packs:

  • New Battlefields - this DLC adds a skirmish AI for human players, 7 new maps and additional communication features such as flares and custom messages.[1]
  • Conquest - this brings a new capture-and-hold game mode, Conquest, to the game, three new specialized maps, and a revamped multiplayer menu and balance patches.[2]
  • Commander - a new economic domination mode, Economy is added, and five new maps were included.[3]
  • "Fatal Error" - this DLC adds touch screen support for Intel Ultrabooks, and a new five-mission Operation:[4]

1979 - Fatal Error[edit]

The SALT I agreement between the Soviet Union and the United States calms East/West tensions, but five years after the signing of the treaty, the Soviets increase the number of tactical nuclear missiles in East Germany, after leveraging a flaw in the agreement. The crisis leads to the signing of the SALT II agreement, however U.S. Congress refuses to ratify the agreement when it is revealed that a Soviet combat brigade has been deployed to Cuba. In this context of renewed tension, a NORAD technician runs a test that detects incoming Soviet nuclear strikes, but forgets to disengage the system from the live detection grid. Not realising that it is a simulation, NORAD detects what it sees as an all out nuclear attack by the Soviet Union. To make matters worse, the whereabouts of President Jimmy Carter are not known and the decision to retaliate falls on National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski. With over 2200 Soviet missiles believed to be less than seven minutes from detonation, he orders a full-scale counterstrike. By the time the mistake is discovered and rectified and the American nuclear attack halted, the entire Iron Curtain is gripped in conventional warfare...


Aggregate score
Aggregator Score
Metacritic 81%
Review score
Publication Score
GameSpot 8.5/10

Wargame: European Escalation, has received generally positive reviews upon release, with a Metacritic score of 81%.


On August 10, 2012, a sequel, Wargame: AirLand Battle, was announced with a release scheduled in the spring of 2013. Like its predecessor, it is set in the Cold War period of 1975–85 but focus the NATO–Warsaw Pact war in Northern Europe, notably in Scandinavia, along with the addition of the player's own air force.[5]

Wargame: Red Dragon was announced in 2013 and released in April 2014. Set in Asian theater of war, it includes units from the 1990s and introduces naval forces.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Wargame: European Escalation - "New Battlefields" (Free DLC) on Steam". store.steampowered.com. Retrieved 2017-01-24. 
  2. ^ "Wargame: European Escalation - "Conquest" (Free DLC) on Steam". store.steampowered.com. Retrieved 2017-01-24. 
  3. ^ "Wargame: European Escalation - "Commander" (Free DLC) on Steam". store.steampowered.com. Retrieved 2017-01-24. 
  4. ^ "Wargame: European Escalation - Fatal Error (Free DLC) on Steam". store.steampowered.com. Retrieved 2017-01-24. 
  5. ^ "Wargame: AirLand Battle unveiled in its first in-game teaser!". Wargame-EE.com. August 8, 2012. Retrieved 2012-11-30. 

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