Eventually, your fight against global terrorism will take you to far lands, from the rigged mountains of Afghanistan, to the vast and blazing deserts of Iraq. On the path that lies ahead, there shall be pain and suffering. The only thing that will keep you going is your fathers legacy. His old combat diary becomes your guardian angel. It will lead you down the right path while empowering you with your late father's wisdom and his legacy of being one of the true great warriors of his time.
Will of Steel is a modern warfare tactical 3D RTS with some elements of RPG. The player is assigned one battalion that he/she can command. The battalion is composed of infantry, battle tanks, APC2, recon and anti-aircraft platoons.
The player has the option to view all the units within the battalion as well as the military equipment that the units possess. The player must make wise military choices and decide how to adjust his/her actions to counteract the strategy employed by the enemy forces in Afghanistan and Iraq. Throughout the game, the player also strives to improve his/her career. By winning medals and being promoted, various special options are revealed that he/she can use in battle.
Special options include:
Through the use of dynamic Sun, missions unfold from dawn to dusk with a number of climate conditions, such as rain and fog, which may help or hinder your battle progress.
In this game, the player has full control of all assigned units, camera, and special options such as: Air Attack, Transport, Special Teams etc, The player orders unit movements, issues voice commands, chooses tactics, groups units, and can even choose the types of weapons and stances that the units take. These possibilities will allow the more skilled players to play the game and lead their troops exactly the way they desire while the less skilled players will also be able to manage units while using simpler commands and options.
Voice commands, mouse pad, and keyboard are the three controllers that the player uses throughout the game. It is possible to use all three input devices at the same time. It is also possible to play the game almost entirely by voice. The mouse pad can be used to select units and groups of units, to point to the places where commands should be executed, and to select options from one of the menus. Keyboard allows for a quick and convenient way (shortcut) for various commands to be executed.
Special focus is given to voice control because it has never been used in RTS games before. Voice control should help the player to control his/her units much more easily and effectively than by just using the keyboard and mouse pad. Besides that, voice control has the purpose of simulating natural verbal communication between officers and their units. This will add to the realism and will make the player feel as if he was a real-life military commander.
Voice control can be used to select units and groups of units (by calling up their names or using the real military phonetics), to issue all available commands and to select any of the special options. Also the camera can be controlled by voice (movement and zooming). The player has the option to turn on (and off) the names and permitted commands displayed above all available units, so that voice commands can be issued more easily without having to memorize all the names and possible commands.
The strategy part itself is also very good although I must say it's not anything completely new. The weapons you control and commands you can issue are standard which is fine with me, I guess that's just how new strategy games are. And the voice system is interesting, it lets you say your commands instead of typing or clicking, nice.
This game is appalling.
Starting with what you get. A box containing the headset and the CD in a paper sleeve. That's it. Nothing else. No manual, no keyboard reference card, no install instructions. Not even the usual gumph advertising other games or trying to get you to register, simply a box, a CD and the headset. The headset is more than adequate for free but to be honest if you need a new headset and are planning to get a game into the bargain I wouldn't bother, just spend a little more and get a better headset.
Starting the game I expected some sort of tutorial due to the lack of and printed material. Wrong. Straight into the mission with no clue about what you are doing. Now this may have been my fault as I chose not to add a start menu group during installation but a bit of googling pointd me in the direction of C:\Program Files\GMX Media\Will Of Steel\Data\doc and sure enough there it was all six pages of it. Still better than nothing I thought so armed with half an idea I started the game again with all sorts of ideas about being able to set my attacks up and call in all of my units with voice commands. Wrong. The voice recognition is poor at best, I have yet to get it to recognise the word Humvee despite trying every UK local dialect I can do. It's as simple as this, voice recogntion through software simply does not work very well, if it did we would all be using it every day. That said you still have the trusty keyboard and mouse so after 15 minutes of impersonations I decided I would go for that option instead.Read more ›
When playing with the headset I really felt like I was in control of the Army, but not only that, I can control the camera with my voice too!!!
This game is a must buy, when you zoom into the action, the level of detail on the tanks & exposions is awesome. I'm not going to write too much as I don't want to spoil it for you + I want to get back to playing it.
'Left right, left right, left right, left right, left right'... my voice command to the camera!!!!
the games voice recgniation software is not well done the headset you get with it is ok for a frebie but when i tryed speaking into it to order my troops around it started to do things i didn't want to do.
so i binned the headset for the mouse and keyboard controls boy was that fun.the game has no maunal to acompany it so you are there with no real idea how to play it at the begining but its down to trial and error to figure it out.
the next thing i found about this game is the units pathfinding and ai was awful the enemy ai is much better than your own troops !your men and vhecicles are incapcale of moving great distances they get stuck alot, and need to be watched all the time.
your units only open fire on the enemy by themselfs despite being in group and the others just watch as the unit is destroyed.
in closing do not buy this as you will be heartly dissapointed
i recomend buying something like blitskreig or panzer phase2
if you don't already own them !
My my main complaint so far is that the levels are too short, I got through 3 levels in 4 hours. Hope the next 13 levels are much more difficult. I do like the graphics. For the current price I say it's worth it.
The game came with a free earphones which is a nice added bonus.
Although they ae not high quality they are useful.
Overall the game is decent. The grafics are clear and the gamplay solid with some nice extras like special options and voice ordrering of units. I had a probelm with unit pathfinding and had to download the patch from GMX to fix it.
For the price, the game is worth getting if for nothing else then to get the earphones.
I hope they have some more missions planned as an addon beacuse I am already half way finished.
I really enjoyed the detailed graphics and units design. Read more
I got the game and have played it for about 5 hours now. Read more