Command: Modern Air Naval Operations ( CMANO ), often known as simply Command , is a warfare simulation video game developed by Warfare Sims, published by Matrix Games and released on September 24, 2013. Often described as the spiritual successor to the legacy Harpoon series, Command expands on both the scope and detail of simulation compared to Harpoon and was designed to overcome the earlier series limitations.

Gameplay

In CMANO , players have operational control over units. Similar to Harpoon , players can command their units using preset missions, or by giving direct instructions of the "Go here, do this" variety. [3] [4] The size and scale of the engagements is dependent on the scenario, with the engine capable of performing small patrol boat battles right up to global warfare. Individual scenarios vary from a few hours to multiple days of real time, although time can be accelerated to allow for quiet time between actions. At present, no multiplayer is integrated in the base game, [5] although the developers have stated a desire to include multiplayer in a future update. Additionally, a community mod exists which allows a turn based multiplayer mode. [6]

The game features a scenario editor that allows for real-time changes to scenarios under construction, allowing battles in the editor to be run and changed instantly.

Reception, accolades, and further development

Command received an enthusiastic reception in the hardcore wargaming genre, being praised for its combination of scope, detail, realism, accuracy and user interface functionality [8] [9] [10] [11] It has been criticized for its relatively high launch price, [12] [13] and a number of bugs present in its original release. However, the developers have released a number of patches and updates addressing these bugs. [4] [12]

Command was picked as the "Top PC Wargame of 2013" by War is Boring [14] [11] (together with FlashPoint Campaigns - Red Storm), and as Top Simulation of 2013 by Eurogamer.dk. [15] It also swept the popular vote-based wargaming awards, winning the Usenet (CSIPGWH) "Wargame of the Year 2013 Gold" award [16] and the GrogHeads 2013 awards in the categories "Digital Wargame of the Year" and overall "Digital Game of the Year". [17]

The WS development team has released a number of substantial free updates containing new simulation mechanics, database updates & additions, UI improvements and tweaks & bugfixes based on player feedback. A detailed listing of official updates is available on the WS site. [18]

Downloadable Content

Command has had the following downloadable content released:

Northern Inferno
The first downloadable content for Command , released 22 October 2015. The Northern Inferno DLC depicts a World War III between NATO and the Warsaw Pact in 1975. [27]
Command Live
A series of one-scenario downloadable content packs released dealing with contemporary events. The Live DLCs released are Old Grudges Never Die ( Syrian Civil War ), [28] You Brexit , You Fix It (war in the Baltic States ), [3] Spratly Spat ( Spratly Islands dispute ), [3] Don of a New Era ( War in Donbass ), [3] and Korean Missile Crisis ( North Korea ). [3]
Chains of War
A downloadable content for Command that was released on May 18, 2017. The DLC depicts a World War III between the United States and China . [3]

Professional Edition

Command was designed from the onset to be highly usable as a serious gaming and analysis tool, and has been frequently used in this capacity. [3] [3] [3] [3] A long-awaited official "professional edition" was unveiled in May 2015, [3] offering advanced functionality tailored to the needs of defence-related professionals and organizations, think tanks etc. Features include full database-editing access, umpire-controlled WEGO-style multiplayer, Monte-Carlo mode (statistical analysis), data import/export and more. The additional abilities are offered piecemeal to allow customers to tailor Command to their needs. One of the first unveiled professional customers has been BAE Systems. [24]

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