Look what’s blowing up in Wargame: European Escalation

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One of the many reasons I love Wargame: European Escalation, the latest RTS from the developers of the sadly underappreciated Ruse and Act of War, is the graphics. What a mostly gorgeous rendition of Cold War hardware in the thick of battle (pictured)!

I say “mostly” because of that weird grid of dots inside the explosion. Do you see it? I can’t help but see it, on each of the four systems I’ve used to play the game, every time there’s a big explosion like that. It looks like a broken dot matrix display or a half-assed Lite-Brite. Apparently, it’s a bug and it’ll be fixed in the next patch. ETA: who knows. Great. I understand weird bugs, occasional corrupted textures, and driver issues. But something this egregious baffles me. If I made a game this good, I wouldn’t want players having to look at that error any more than I’d leve a typo in an article. See how annoying it is?

So until the next patch, playing Wargame: European Escalation is like admiring a lovely painting with a bunch of staples randomly stuck in the canvas.

More weird explostions after the jump