If you think tensions are tight in the Middle East today, you're not going to want to hang around the region in 2016, when a nuclear exchange kills 20 million people and leaves the rest of the world to fight over what's left of Earth's limited oil supply. Such is the grim preface to Ubisoft's TOM CLANCY'S ENDWAR, a gripping real-time strategy game based on the first new Clancy fiction since the 2002's celebrated Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell. Four years after the 2016 Middle Eastern nuclear disaster, international tensions are at a breaking point over the depletion of resources. When the United States decides to construct the Freedom Star, a controversial orbital military platform, it upsets the already fragile balance of world power: the European Federation withdraws from NATO in protest, while Russia, now the No. 1 supplier of oil and natural gas, builds up its military force in preparation for a showdown. World War III is inevitable.
EndWar is a high-powered strategy game designed exclusively for next-generation consoles and the PC. Choose your side – the United States Joint Strike Force, European Enforcer Corp, or Russian Spetsnaz Guard Brigades -- and grow your nation into the most powerful on the planet. Because if you don't, there won't be much left of it by the time the dust settles. After you choose a nation, you'll select a type of battalion, be it airborne, mechanized, armored, signals, or assault. For example, airborne features superior gunship and riflemen ranks, armored offers tank advantages, while assault is a more balanced attack force. Finally you pick a task force bonus for your faction -- such as kinetic damage, rocket barrage, incendiary warheads, or electromagnetic pulses -- offering nearly 100 upgrades you can purchase with earned credits. You can also customize the look of your military, such as selecting type of camouflage.