Day #3 – Steel Armor: Blaze of War
Remember Pacific Islands? That quad-screened, diesel-fumed diamond in the Yama Yama rough? Well, I don’t think anyone will ever make an armour game *quite* like that again, but if you’re in the market to churn the sods and have your neighbours wonder when the Russians moved in, Graviteam’s wonderful Steel Armor: Blaze of War is mighty good stuff.
Graviteam are auteurs in the military strategy sphere; undeniably Eastern Bloc with their own sensibilities and inexhaustible attention to detail. Moreover, they’ve been quietly riveting together tank sims for over a decade, and Steel Armor: Blaze of War is the apogee of their niche expertise.
If you stick with the initially confounding interface, or find yourself slipping comfortably from the Graviteam Tactics series into the SABOW cupola, you’ll find a dynamic and endlessly entertaining mix of operational warfighting and superb simming. This hairy affair lets players rumble through Cold War Afghanistan, Iran and Angola, both commanding combined arms at the operational level, as well as getting into the thick of it via the T-62 and US M60A1. It’s an interesting duo of tanks, and what Graviteam lose in variety is more than made up for in fastidious depiction of these two old war-machines.
If you’ve eyed gargantuan tanker sim Steel Beasts Pro but don’t want to fire off a Benjamin, Steel Armor: Blaze of War is no concession. Essential military madness.