History: Legends of War: Patton
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that History: Legends of War: Patton is a third-person strategy game in which players take on the role of famed army general George S. Patton. In this role, players decide where to place troops and vehicles on the battlefield but they do not participate in the actual shooting of enemies. This is a strategy game, not a shooting game. The game is packed with historical tidbits about Patton as well as the context of World War II as a whole. It is nevertheless a simulation of a horrific war, and that means there is a considerable amount of violence, with frequent gunfire, explosions, and depictions of soldiers collapsing to their death.
What kids can learn
- historical figures
Thinking & Reasoning
- problem solving
Responsibility & Ethics
- learning from consequences
- making wise decisions
Engagement, Approach, Support
What's it about?
HISTORY: LEGENDS OF WAR: PATTON is a war simulation game. This places it in the company of dozens, if not hundreds, of video games before it. What makes this title unique, though, is that it puts specific emphasis on a single person rather than a specific historic event. As General Patton, players earn \"prestige points\" and \"skill points\" which dynamically alter the way that their soldiers fight in combat. Players also learn all sorts of historic facts about Patton and his role in the war. The ultimate story that players fight their way through has been told an uncountable number of times, but the way it is presented in this game is definitely unique to this medium.
Is it any good?
History: Legends of War: Patton is a great strategic game. This is not a game for the lighthearted, however. Turn-based strategy combat games are among the most challenging types of video games in the industry and this one is no exception. It is not built to be frustratingly difficult, but rather to further make the point that World War II -- and General Patton's role therein -- was no piece of cake. It is a very refreshing and welcome approach to telling the story of a historic point in time, in a way that no video game has really done before. It definitely earns points in that regard. Some of the missions may seem repetitive at times, and there are occasionally wild variances in the level of difficulty, but that is perhaps the point of the game, to make sure players are on their toes and can get at least some kind of a grasp of what it was like to be the one making all the decisions on the battlefield during a time of such turmoil and uncertainty. World War II buffs will very much appreciate the approach that this game takes.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about the depiction of violence in this game. Given the context, do you think the violence is appropriate or does it go over-the-top?
What do you think of the men and women who served in the army during World War II?
Would you consider General Patton to be a role model? Even if you never come anywhere close to dealing with what he had to, do you think you could learn anything about yourself by seeing the kind of leader he was?