Blue-bellies versus Butternut - Brother against Brother is available now!

By Nik Gaukroger 16 Apr 2015 0

Yesterday we pondered on why we keep playing WW2 games, and now today we see Matrix Games release a new game in what may be the 2nd most popular period – the Civil War. We have already carried a partial teaser AAR and interview with the devs of Brother Against Brother, but now the game itself is release into the wild.

As befits a game aimed squarely at the hardcore gamer we have arranged for a review by veteran reviewer Jim Cobb and will bring that to you as soon as he had worked his way through. We are also looking to bring you an extensive AAR to illustrate how the game pans out in one scenario.

In the meantime here is a (fairly long) video of the Matrix Twitch stream of playing the game to whet your appetite.



The full Matrix press bumf follows along with some screenshots …





Arlington, VT, April 16 , 2015.

"The art of war is simple enough. Find out where your enemy is. Get at him as soon as you can. Strike him as hard as you can, and keep moving on." (Ulysses S. Grant, Union General)


July 21, 1861, northeast of Manassas Junction, Virginia. The Union army aims to march quickly on the Confederate capital of Richmond in order to nip the southern rebellion in the bud. 60,000 inexperienced soldiers and officers are trying to properly execute the battle plans made by their commanders. Communication failures and lack of coordination hamper both sides, but eventually the Confederate reinforcements managed to break the enemy line and First Manassas emerged as a victory for the Rebel States.

Would the result have been the same if the Sudley Springs Ford had been defended? Would a multi-pronged Union attack have broken the Confederate line before they were reinforced? Today players have the chance to answer such questions and dive into other opening battles of the American Civil War with the official release of Brother against Brother: The Drawing of the Sword!

Thanks to years of primary research and unique access to some materials previously unavailable to game-designers, the latest wargame from developer Western Civilization Software offers an incredible level of detail and accuracy: battlefields, units, weapons and orders of battle have been recreated with a rare passion. Only those players who are able to coordinate the movements of their divisions and maintain cohesion at every level of their army will have the chance to avoid seeing their men retreating from the battlefield!

Rediscover the battle maps and histories of the famous early encounters (1st Manassas, Wilson’s Creek, Mill Springs and Williamsburg) that were the source of inspiration of the 25 scenarios available in the game from the official product page of Brother against Brother – The Drawing of the Sword.






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