|System: PS2, Xbox, PSP, PC||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: Kool Kizz Amusement Works||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: Crave Entertainment||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: Dec. 11, 2007||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1-4||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Everyone||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
by Amanda L. Kondolojy
When I was a small child, I remember certain members of my family having an interest in military simulation games. They would go to conventions in hotels which would have these big boards made out of hexagons of varying texture and height. These boards were used in conjunction with miniscule models of various tanks, vehicles, and infantry. Then several people would take turns moving their little models to other various hexagons and attacking them. The game took into account firepower and chance, and looked to my young eyes like a pretty exciting game.
This type of board game is what Dai Senryaku VII: Modern Military Tactics Exceed is all about. It takes the exact same approach as the board game, and on the surface seems to be a fairly enjoyable experience. However, a lack of gaming variety, poor visuals and audio quality, and an almost total disregard for realism in the game really hinder it from becoming the fun experience that it could have been.
There are several modes in Dai Senryaku VII: Modern Military Tactics Exceed, but at its heart, there's really only one way to play. The game will give you an objective (whether it be to capture a certain amount of enemy bases or to obliterate a certain target) and you are to see that this objective is fulfilled. In mission mode, you'll only have one objective, but in the lengthier campaign mode, you'll have several objectives to carry out among a common enemy.
Controls in Dai Senryaku VII: Modern Military Tactics Exceed are fairly simplistic and just have you essentially dragging and dropping your different units and selecting different actions from an assortment of side menus. While the control is nothing truly inventive, at least it can be said that it serves the game's purpose well, which is somewhat noteworthy in a title such as this.
Once you know your goal, then you'll have to use your brain to achieve it. You'll be given a certain amount of different types of vehicles and troops to accomplish different goals, and you'll later be given the opportunity to build bases and other military facilities to aid you. Each unit of military strength you have is measured in terms of its firepower, cost, and strength. The game has a fairly complex system for analyzing your militaristic power, but I'll spare you the jargon and put it simply: blow things up and you can't go wrong. Although there are lots of little intricacies in the battle system of Dai Senryaku VII: Modern Military Tactics Exceed, one strategy works far better than any other. Walk right up to your target and hit it. It doesn't really matter what it is, because you'll be able to blow it up. This is a major problem with Dai Senryaku, because it's supposed to be all about strategy but ends up being about firepower. You have the budget to get tanks with big guns, and you win. Terrain is a minor obstacle, but it becomes no more than an inconvenience in the long run.