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Iron Harvest: Operation Eagle

By Matt Cabral, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Violent strategy expansion strengthens alt-history universe.

Game Windows 2021
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Last year's strategy title in this franchise used its absorbing story, setting, and dieselpunk style to help it stand out from the pack. The Iron Harvest: Operation Eagle expansion smartly builds on this template, doubling-down on what made its predecessor a favorite among genre fans, while adding some interesting ways to bring the pain. Its new American "Usonia" faction introduces fresh units, mechs, and heroes, including a square-jawed solider in an exo-skeleton suit that could make Tony Stark envious. The biggest addition, though, are airships, which rain death from above with mixed results. These airborne beasts are a sight to behold and a blast to unleash on enemy forces, but they also significantly change up the game's core, ground-based battle dynamic, so your mileage may vary in terms of how much you appreciate their inclusion.

Even if you don't embrace these cloud-eclipsing additions, you'll still be pulled into Operation Eagle's engaging setting and story. Best enjoyed as a compliment to the base game's tale -- although you can play it as a standalone -- the narrative is brought to life by fantastic cutscenes, characters, and an incredibly fleshed-out alt-history world. It doesn't hurt that brand new battlefields in Alaska and Arabia offer fresh takes on the fictional universe introduced in the first game. If Iron Harvest didn't draw you in the first time, its expansion won't miraculously make you love its mech-based melees. But if you're an existing Rusviet, Polania, or Saxony sympathizer, you'll love diving back into the dieselpunk fray.

Game Details

  • Platform: Windows
  • Pricing structure: Paid
  • Available online?: Available online
  • Publisher: Deep Silver
  • Release date: May 27, 2021
  • Genre: Strategy
  • Topics: Adventures
  • ESRB rating: NR for No Descriptions
  • Last updated: January 5, 2022

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