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Wargame: European Escalation is a Real-Time Tactics game revolving around NATO vs Warsaw Pact countries in a Cold War Gone Hot. Made by Eugen Systems and published by Focus Home Interactive. Featuring LOTS of real life vehicles and weapons. Players gain stars through gameplay which they can use to upgrade/buy units into their "deck" to use in multiplayer, resulting in wide variety of tactics like rapid light tank attacks, airborne infantry rushes, artillery-based army etc.

A sequel, [[VideoGame/WargameAirlandBattle Wargame: [=AirLand=] Battle]], is now out. It is set in the Scandinavian theater, and in addition to aircraft it introduces [[UsefulNotes/CanucksWithChinooks Canadian]], Danish, [[UsefulNotes/SwedesWithCoolPlanes Swedish]] and [[UsefulNotes/NorwegiansWithNoAmmo Norwegian]] forces.

A third game, [[VideoGame/WargameRedDragon Wargame: Red Dragon]] has been released, focused on the Korean Peninsula. It will introduce amphibious vehicles & landings, frigates, sea command sectors, and more complex terrain. It adds the [[UsefulNotes/ChineseWithChopperSupport People's Republic of China]], the [[UsefulNotes/NorthKoreansWithNodongs Democratic People's Republic of Korea]], the [[UsefulNotes/SouthKoreansWithMarines Republic of Korea]], [[UsefulNotes/KaijuDefenseForce Japan]], and [[UsefulNotes/AussiesWithArtillery Australia]] and [[UsefulNotes/KiwisWithCarbines New Zealand]] combined into ANZAC, as well as some new units for some existing factions.

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!!This game provides examples of:
* AlternateHistory: The single-player game is a series of campaigns with diversion points rooted in real-world flashpoints, such as the Polish Uprising or Able Archer.
* [[spoiler: AfterTheEnd]]: [[spoiler: Most of the campaigns are disconnected from each other, with the exception of the last two, Able Archer and Wasteland. Specifically: the first mission of Wasteland starts somewhere between two and three months after the final mission of Able Archer... which ended with [[TheUltimateResistance French nuclear missiles]] getting fired at the Warsaw Pact. No points for guessing [[FromBadToWorse what happened after that]]...]]
** Partially averted, in that [[spoiler: the polities of the USSR and major NATO powers are stated to have survived the nuclear exchange, and remain sufficiently intact to attempt peace negotiations. Even though Central Europe has been reduced to warlordism between isolated military units, it appears that the USSR and USA at least remain somewhat intact.]]
* ArtisticLicenseGeography: While cities outside Germany are more or less in the place they should be, Bonn has apparently moved to the Saarland (closer to the French is safer, now that they are allies), Frankfurt marched south (to avoid the tank wedge?) and Hannover, while not as badly misplaced as the others, is not really in the right place either.
* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: Two of the Command Vehicles, West Germany's Pz.Bef.Wg. Leopard 2 and the Soviet Union's T-80UK, are both command variants of their respective country's best tank. This means that they can control sectors when stationary but also pack quite a lethal punch against any ground unit that think they're going to pull an easy kill.
* AwesomeButImpractical: Just like in real life, weapon systems can be overly complex compared to old style guns and bombs:
** Anti-tank guided missiles: [=ATGMs=] tend to be incredibly powerful with even heavily armoured tanks only able to take two to three hits at most, far outrange small arms and even some main tank cannon. However, this game is set well before the most modern fire and forget weapons like the Javelin came into use for vehicle and infantry troops. Like real life they will go off course at the slightest provocation, have long travel time, most vehicles have limited ammunition.
** MLRS systems vs. standard artillery: MLRS can saturate an area, killing almost everything there, but most of the weapons in the game are inaccurate and have limited range. They can fire faster than artillery, but supply is used up phenomenally quickly, especially with the very biggest rocket systems.
* AwesomePersonnelCarrier: Both sides have well armed [=APCs=].
* BritsWithBattleships: The British Forces in continental Europe have the best tanks in NATO, and the easiest access to dedicated infantry units and some lower-tier helicopters (especially transport and recon).
* UsefulNotes/CanucksWithChinooks: Appear in ''[=AirLand=] Battle''. They get the unique [=ADATS=] vehicle, whose missiles are both anti-tank and anti-air.
* The ColdWar: The setting of the game.
* CripplingOverspecialization: Many units have only one useful role, and are mincemeat for anything that isn't their sole counter. Examples include anti-air or anti-tank missile vehicles.
** [[AvertedTrope Averted]] realistically by some units; infantry carry anti-tank or anti-air missiles, assault rifles, and grenades and a good infantry unit is capable of taking on a surprising range of units. Also, certain tanks come with autocannons as well as machine guns, making them effective against vehicles, aircraft, and infantry all in one. The best example of this would be the M60 Starship, which carries an anti-tank missile, a main gun, and a 20mm autocannon to use against helicopters.
* CycleOfHurting: Tanks can be stunned and routed by attacks that do relatively little damage, but high morale damage, such as flamethrowers, autocannons, and rocket artillery. When a unit routs they have a tendency to break cover and run, and as soon as they stop routing (but are still in a Panicked state of low morale) they'll turn and head ''back'' towards the enemy...just to get routed again. It can be rather frustrating watching a cheap unit with an autocannon or flamethrower play yo-yo with an expensive Abrams, Leopard 2, or T-80.
* EasyLogistics: Averted. Your units need fuel and ammo. You'll need supply truck or forward operation base to support them. This makes destroying enemy convoy viable.
** On the other hand, all supply is handled via generic "fuel" which can turn into ammunition for any weapon in your arsenal or even reinforce troops. Also, supply trucks and supply helicopters never run out of fuel.[[labelnote:note]]Supply vehicles have a limited capacity for resupplying forces, but they uniquely don't consume any supply in movement.[[/labelnote]]
* EnemyExchangeProgram: If you leave supply units or a forward operating base (FOB) unguarded, then enemy units can just walk up and capture them and take the supplies for their own use. Oddly enough in a case of EasyLogistics (see above), NATO supplies can be used to replenish ammo for Warsaw Pact units and vice versa.
* FogOfWar: You can see all the terrain but not your enemies until they come into line of sight of your units. Interestingly, guided missile units and artillery will remain hidden even when they are attacking you. You have to look at it's projectile and make a guess.
* GaulsWithGrenades: The French are one of the NATO nations whose units are available.
* GeoEffects: Trees hide your units. Hills block your line of fire etc.
* KilledOffForReal: ''Every'' unit in the single-player campaigns; you have a single TO&E per campaign and any unit you lose is dead for good. This means a careless commander may have to start the ''entire campaign'' over from scratch if early mistakes leave you shorthanded later. Additionally, units gain veteracy that carries over into later missions, making their performance significantly better.
** Also, in any given multiplayer game, you only have a discreet (and for high-end units, surprisingly ''small'') amount of any particular unit; in long games it's entirely possible to run out of some favored units.
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: Each side doesn't just have one unit per niche role, they frequently have several that can be chosen based on relatively minor stats or just preference. Especially in the [[WarsawPact Warsaw Pact]] side, they're frequently (but not always) the same Soviet design but with a different name.
** This is, of course, [[TruthInTelevision Veracity in Video Games]] as the USSR was the main supplier of war materiel of all types to the Warsaw Pact nations.
** Also, the infantry list is rather crowded, since every unit of infantry also has several different transports attached to them. For example, there isn't one U.S. Riflemen entry, there's U.S. Riflemen + UH-1 Huey (and variants), U.S. Riflemen + M2 Bradley IFV (and variants), U.S. Riflemen + M113 APC (and variants) and so on. ''For every infantry unit.''
* MacrossMissileMassacre: NATO has its share of missile units, but PACT is remarkable for the majority of their tanks having ATGM missiles, meaning a strong Soviet tank rush can see entire swarms of missiles flying.
** Also, MLRS rocket artillery, especially BM-21 "Grad" and TOS-1 "Buratino" systems that fire 30-40 rockets per salvo. A squad of four BM-21s is affordable and can fire 160 rockets ''in every salvo''!
** This trope, as present in this game, is often AwesomeYetImpractical due to [[RealityEnsues realistic logistics]]. It is [[WeHaveReserves a common tactic]] to use [[CannonFodder weak but inexpensive vehicles to soak up fire from]] missile carrying units, wasting their ammunition. Chances are, if you see this from anything aside from the abovementioned MLRS, someone has just become vulnerable to tank assaults and/or [[AvertedTrope must bear the cost]] [[EasyLogistics of having to stop and resupply]].
* [[spoiler: NukeEm]]: [[spoiler: What happens at the end of final Warsaw Pact campaign.]]
* OneHitKill: ''[=AirLand Battle=]'' adds the French Super Etendard attack aircraft ([[FanNickname aka the "Super Retard", or "Super Nintendo"]]), which carries a single missile capable of one-shoting any ground unit it hits. It's a popular counter to the Soviet T-80U.
* OssisWithOsas: The East Germans are a playable faction.
* PaletteSwap: Certain Warsaw Pact units are literally the same unit but with a different paint scheme and language; for example East Germany's forces include T-34/85Ms and BMP SP-1s/2s that are exact copies of USSR units but with a different name or designation.
** The variants of any particular unit tend to be this as well. The only visible difference between an M1 Abrams and an [=M1A1=] for example is a change in camouflage. The Pact are kings of this trope in this arena as well. Units like the T-62 can have more than six variants, without counting the identical versions used by the other Pact nations, and the only visual changes will be camouflage or the addition of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Explosive_reactive_armour#Explosive_reactive_armour ERA]] on later variants.
** In ''[=AirLand Battle=]'', the PACT T-55 has ''17'' variants, most of which look identical. Similarly, the UH-1 Huey transport chopper is used by just about every NATO country, just with new camo.
* UsefulNotes/PolesWithPoleaxes: Poland is a playable Warsaw Pact faction.
* RedsWithRockets: The USSR is undisputably the major player in the Warsaw Pact faction.
** And they didn't forget to bring the rockets.
* ShoutOut:
** Helicopter pilots hum "[[Film/ApocalypseNow Ride of the Valkyries]]" when ordered to attack and American tanks [[Film/{{Aliens}} will ask if it's straight up fight or a bug hunt,]] or state "[[Film/{{Patton}} may God forgive my enemies, because I won't!]]"
** One of the NATO missions has you defending Ramstein airbase. The achievement that's unlocked upon completion is called [[Music/{{Rammstein}} "Feuer Frei!"]]
* StandardStatusEffects: Ranging from annoying ones like ''Track in mud : xx sec'' (Slow movement), ''Ammo box hit'' (Lose half of carried ammo) to ''Fire-control computer rebooting'' (Your tanks can't fire) and ''Detracked'' (your tank can't move).
* StraightForTheCommander: Doing so nets you a lot of points, which can be used to acquire more units.
* TakeCover: Certain terrain like forest gives out cover bonuses aside from invisibility.
* TankGoodness: This game doesn't just have tanks. It doesn't even just have tanks per classification (light tank, medium tank, main battle tank etc) - it generally has multiple different tanks per niche role and ''every major historical variant of every tank'' too.
* UnitsNotToScale: Averted.
* UsefulNotes/WeAreNotTheWehrmacht: West Germany one of the NATO faction armed with modern weapons such as the Leopard 1 tank.
* WorldWarII: The Warsaw Pact side realistically uses several surplus World War 2-era vehicles as second-line units, such as the T-34/85 tank and the SU-85 tank destroyer.
* WorldWarIII: Well, duh...
* YanksWithTanks: The USA has some of the best tanks in the game (such as the Abrams tank and the only NATO tanks with [=ATGMs=]) and by far the best helicopters.