Sid Meier's Antietam!

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Sid Meier's Antietam!
Developer(s) Firaxis Games
BreakAway Games
Publisher(s) Electronic Arts
Platform(s) Microsoft Windows
Release
  • NA: December 10, 1999
Genre(s) Computer wargame
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer

Sid Meier's Antietam! is a real-time computer wargame designed by Sid Meier, the co-founder of Firaxis Games, then released in December 1999 by Electronic Arts. It is the sequel to the 1997 Sid Meier's Gettysburg!.

Gameplay[edit]

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

Development[edit]

Antietam! was not released through retail stores. The editors of Computer Gaming World summarized it as "a grand experiment by Firaxis to test the popularity of online-only distribution for commercial releases."[1]

Reception[edit]

Reception
Aggregate score
Aggregator Score
Metacritic 82/100[2]
Review scores
Publication Score
CGW 4.5/5 stars[3]
Eurogamer 7/10[4]
GamePro 4/5 stars[5]
GameSpot 8.5/10[6]
IGN 8.8/10[7]
PC Gamer (UK) 49%[8]
PC Gamer (US) 75%[9]

Antietam! received "favorable" reviews according to the review aggregation website Metacritic.[2]

Antietam! was a runner-up for Computer Games Strategy Plus's 1999 "War Game of the Year" award. The editors wrote, "Another battle, another victory for this thoroughly entertaining wargame 'for the masses.' "[10] Conversely, the editors of Computer Gaming World named Antietam! the best wargame game of 1999. They wrote, "Antietam is the epitome of a Sid Meier design: intensely absorbing and wickedly punishing."[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Staff (March 2000). "The 2000 Premier Awards; The Very Best of a Great Year in Gaming". Computer Gaming World (188): 69–75, 78–81, 84–90.
  2. ^ a b "Sid Meier's Antietam! for PC Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved June 4, 2017.
  3. ^ Dultz, Marc (February 2000). "Fix Bayonets! (Sid Meier's Antietam! Review)" (PDF). Computer Gaming World. No. 187. p. 98. Retrieved June 4, 2017.
  4. ^ Bye, John "Gestalt" (March 7, 2000). "Sid Meier's Antietam!". Eurogamer. Archived from the original on August 16, 2000. Retrieved June 4, 2017.
  5. ^ Olafson, Peter (December 21, 1999). "Sid Meier's Antietam! Review for PC on GamePro.com". GamePro. Archived from the original on February 12, 2005. Retrieved June 4, 2017.
  6. ^ Ryan, Michael E. (December 6, 1999). "Sid Meier's Antietam! Review". GameSpot. Archived from the original on March 14, 2007. Retrieved June 4, 2017.
  7. ^ Butts, Steve (January 7, 2000). "[Sid Meier's] Antietam". IGN. Retrieved June 4, 2017.
  8. ^ "Sid Meier's Antietam!". PC Gamer UK. 2000.
  9. ^ Bub, Andrew S. (February 2000). "Sid Meier's Antietam!". PC Gamer. p. 122. Archived from the original on March 15, 2006. Retrieved June 4, 2017.
  10. ^ Staff (March 6, 2000). "The Computer Games Awards; The Best Games of 1999". Computer Games Strategy Plus. Archived from the original on March 24, 2005.

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