A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Brave forces battle evil-doing oppressors, but it's primarily a war game focused on violent encounters.
Positive Role Models
Heroic characters, including a female Arabian leader, protect and fight for the rights of those who can't fight for themselves.
Ease of Play
The expansion can be played as a standalone experience, but doesn't include the tutorial contained in the base game. Combined with the deep, complex mechanics of the genre, the absence of a tutorial doesn't make it particularly welcoming to newcomers. An easy difficulty setting, focused on story over gameplay, is available to those looking for a less steep challenge.
Violence & Scariness
Gameplay includes typical, but not excessively gory or graphic, "war game" violence -- such as gunfire, explosions, and soldiers dying. Minor blood effects can be turned off in-game, but these still appear in cinematic cutscenes.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
There's occasional, sexist dialog, like a joke about an airship "dropping faster than a prom dress."
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Dialog includes the use of "s--t" and "ass."
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Products & Purchases
Part of the Iron Harvest 1920+ franchise, which includes a base game available for purchase.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters smoke cigars and pipes. Two characters discuss having a celebratory "drink." Characters share a presumably alcoholic social drink.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Iron Harvest: Operation Eagle is a downloadable expansion for real-time strategy (RTS) game Iron Harvest 1920+ available for Windows-based PCs. The expansion doesn't require the purchase of the base game, and can be played on its own. That said, unlike the base game, Operation Eagle doesn't include a tutorial, so newcomers may find its deep, sometimes complex mechanics confusing. Gameplay's focused on strategic wartime conflicts unfolding on battlefields. As such, violence, including gunfire, explosions, and soldiers killed in action, is frequent. Blood and gore is minimal and can be turned off in the options menu, but will remain present in cinematic cutscenes. Characters are shown smoking cigars and pipes, as well as presumably drinking alcohol. Two characters talk about celebrating a victory with a "drink." Dialogue also contains some sexist comments and jokes, such as one about airships "dropping faster than a prom dress." Foul language includes the use of "s--t" and "ass."
Is It Any Good?
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.
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