Men of War: Assault Squad features a completely new cooperative skirmish game mode with access to five different nations (Russia, Germany, USA, Commonwealth and, for the first time ever in the Men of War series, Japan) as well as increased realism and accessibility.
Assault Squad is essentially the shinier more visually appealing version of Men of War, I dont find that it adds a lot other than the skirmish mode, some new maps. some new units, and some new models replacing pre-existing ones.
It's not exactly groundbreaking however, seeing as it pretty much builds off of the success of it's predecessor, I'm really not even sure why Assault squad was even made, my guess was targetting a streamlined Multiplayer platform, but the game is equally popular as a singleplayer game.
Since I first purchased the first Men of war, to be honest 90% of my time has been in the editor, making my own battles, maps, etc, and playing with it. Very entertaining, it's like a virtual toybox. this coming from someone who had massive lego wars in his basement as a kid.
My issue is that Digitalmindsoft doesnt seem to want to fix the important issues, and churns out other stuff like DLC to make money off of when they should be focused on things such as engine bugs,
not to mention the priority issues, they chose to give high quality infantry weapon models first, instead of upgrading the infantry models that have been around since faces of war. realistically the level of detail put into most of the small arms isnt even necessary as most people wont be zoomed in that far.
in contrast, some of the new vehicle models are nice, but the Russian and Japanese factions have been barley touched, and essentially every faction has a few old dinosaurs that need to be replaced, the Panzer IVs, Tiger IIs, T-34s, all very staple and/or popular vehicles, and they dont even look like they're from the same game compared to things such as the M4A4 or the new Panther.
Men of War: Assault Squad is a great add-on to the Men of War/Faces of War series. The multiplayer is greatly improved, as well as the addition of other things that contribute to it. One of the things that really irked me in the original Men of War was how the weapon ranges just blatantly sucked.
You had to be point-blank range with a 155mm Howitzer to actually hit your target and anything that should have been in the gun's normal range, wasn't accessible. Assault Squad totally improved on it.
Another thing about this is just the throw-in of skirmish mode. It's just for fun and to see how well you can do against a horde of AI-controlled troops. But alas, there were only a handful (4-6) of missions for each skirmish campaign, which drew away from the campaign feel of the game.
The graphics are dramatically improved, and might I add, the models as well. The helmets now have chinstraps, the rifles have realistic finishes, and that one crowbar looks like a crowbar instead of a badly designed toothpick.
OVERALL GRADE: 8/10 ✓✓✓