Making History: The Calm & the Storm

Platform(s): PC
Genre: Strategy
Publisher: Strategy First
Developer: Muzzy Lane Software

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'Making History: The Calm & the Storm' - v2.0.4 Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on May 18, 2008 @ 2:57 p.m. PDT

Making History: The Calm & the Storm puts players in control of global conflict, combining a highly sophisticated AI with rich historical detail. The game is unique among WWII games in the way it challenges gamers to achieve economic and diplomatic victory, not just military success.

Get the Making History: The Calm & the Storm v2.0.4 Patch off WP (51mb)

New Features:

* Unit orders during end turn processing will now happen in a deterministic order: ranged orders, local attacks, and then movement. Movement will happen in order of fastest to slowest units, and ships will always move before transports.

Modding Improvements:

* Art and sound file overrides can now be stored in the scenario UI directory. This allows a scenario and its art assets to be completely self contained, instead of having to be being installed to separate locations.
* Modders can now add leader images on the choose country screen for all countries.
* All the Actions whose names begin with "ActDev..." can now be used in scripted events.

Performance Improvements:

* Significantly reduced overall memory usage, and fixed leaks that were causing unnecessary memory growth in long games.
* Improved AI end turn processing speed.
* Game will now run on a PC without sound support.
* Game will now run on a PC without 32 bit color support.

Bug Fixes:

* Fixed problem with unit divisions occasionally vanishing during a merge, after a save & reload.
* Fixed AI splitting to no longer create empty units.
* Fixed population growth problem that was causing negative unskilled MPU's in some regions.
* Fixed problem with some player decisions not being automatically answered when the turn timer ran out. Modders can take advantage of this feature by including the "strDefaultChoicePlayer" property on each DecisionPointDef and PlayerDecisionDef in their scenario.
* Fixed a bug where "rand(...)" expressions were being optimized out as constant, if their argument was a constant.
* Liberation will no longer try to give disputed regions to the liberated country.
* Fixed a crash that could occur when clicking to bomb a unit that another player or AI is simultaneously trying to merge.
* Fixed bombing orders so that the air mission path is preserved if a target unit merges, leaves the region, or enters an engagement.
* Fixed problem that could cause a country not to surrender properly, if it owned zero regions.
* Fixed alliance corruption problem when both sides of a war tried to ally the same 3rd party, and both treaties were offered before either one was accepted.

UI Changes:

* Fixed places that were looking up flags and unit decals by country name instead of flag name, resulting in missing artwork.
* Fixed display of Culture Penalty on Resource Infrastructure panel.
* Naval units in combat will correctly display "move to port" orders when they have them.
* Fixed missing alliance names in the list of current wars.
* Fixed city production panel to include culture and ownership penalties in its production rate estimates.

Content Changes:

* Fixed flag for Luxembourg.
* Changed icon for Repair Ship.
* Changed Patrol Order icon.
* Changed Palau ownership/control from UK to Japan.
* Move Palau from UK to Japan historic region list.

AI Changes:

* Fixed problem with defending ships overriding their defensive positioning to make air attacks.

Editor Changes:

* Fixed many places where empty names would validate correctly, but cause the scenario to be saved in an invalid state.
* Subdirectories of the scenario directory will be copied correctly when performing a "Save As..."
* Fixed several popup error dialogs that would appear with blank text.
* Reopening a scenario in the same editing session will now work.
* Sea units in port can now have their owner changed.
* Added an upper bound to scenario duration, to prevent invalid dates from being saved out.

Features:

  • Lush 3-D Game Space: A giant step beyond the typical grid and hex maps of strategy games. Maps, military forces and cities are realistically modeled and textured, and they animate to show action.
  • Effortless navigation: Player’s console provides one-click access to all critical information and action areas: economic status; natural resources and production capacity; military units; diplomatic agreements; game score summary; comparison to real history; and more.
  • Deep Regional Detail: Every country is richly detailed with its major industrial, civilian and military resources. Regional terrain and geopolitical features are rendered in true-to-life form and they change shape based on actions in the game. In total, “Making History: The Calm & the Storm” provides over 800 land and sea regions.
  • Extensive Economic Models: Extremely detailed and dynamic economic models, more than any other video game. “Making History: The Calm & the Storm” is a true challenge of global leadership, not just a test of military might.
  • ‘What if’ Scenarios: Tremendous historical detail and sophisticated AI that lets you take your shot at fame (or infamy). “Making History: The Calm & the Storm” lets you plan – and replay – historic moments of WWII as the leader of France, England, Germany, Italy, USSR, Japan or the United States.
  • Multi-Turn Combat: Innovative combat system allows many approaches to engagements from massive assaults to holding actions. Supplies, reinforcements and geography all play into your battle plan.
    Flexible Victory Conditions: Players determine what victory is for each game, selecting from: Win as an individual country, as an Alliance, or as an Ideological group.
  • Simultaneous Turns: Allows all players to make their turns without waiting for anyone else. It’s always your turn!
  • Harness the Unique “Personality” of your country: Each of the playable nations is designed with the individual capabilities and physical assets it possessed in World War II. Unlike other war games, players do not play the Axis or the Allies; they play a specific country and write their own history of the war based on how they lead that nation.

“MAKING HISTORY: The Calm & the Storm” is available in stores at a retail price of $39.99.

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