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Letters from the Front

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The events and the blood spilled paved the way for what would become the Soviet Union. It dominated European and American politics for a good half of the 20th century, and it has left an indelible mark on the modern world. When Russia’s year of revolution began in 1917, many revolutionaries at first did not notice that their events would shape the 20th century and the world at large. Their revolution dismantled and did away with the Russian Empire and installed a new government that would rule until the 1990’s and after this Revolution had ended, it paved the way for Civil War.

The Russian Civil War was a multi-party war in what was then the former Russian Empire, as many factions wanted to hop in and decide the fate of Russia and Russia’s political future. The two largest armies were The Red Army, fighting for the Bolshevik form of Socialism and the loosely-tied to the Allies “The White Army.” , who were fighting for diverse interests favoring some ideas of the West like Capitalism, and alternative forms of Socialism. In addition to that, the West attempted to interfere and change the course of the Civil War, most notably the Western Allies and pro-German units. The Civil War ended in 1923 in that the Red Army had succeeded and controlled the newly formed government in Russia, the Soviet Union.

After the war ended, many pro-independence groups emerged after the dismantling of the Empire. Several states like Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and Poland were established with their own Civil Wars and wars of independence while the rest of the Russian Empire fell into the hands of the Soviet Union.  The Russian Civil War has been described as the greatest national catastrophe that Europe had seen yet.

Volga River

Volaga

The Volga is the largest river to flow in Europe, it is also Europe’s largest river when it comes to discharge and watershed. The Volga flows through Central Russia and right into the Caspian Sea. Eleven of the largest cities within Russia including Moscow are located within it’s watershed.

The Volga is the largest river in all of Europe, it belongs to the closed basin of the Caspian Sea and rising to 738 above sea level northwest of Moscow and about 200 miles southeast of St. Petersburg then flows east and passes Volgograd and numerous other cities and finally flows right into the Caspian. You get the strategic side of this? If you control the Volga then you control all of Russia.

The new map “Volga River.” takes place on the banks of the Volga in a ruined battlefield where the Red Army and the White Army must fight for control over the river itself, whoever controls the River controls Russia and the country will belong to them. Volga River takes place in the countryside with the river flowing beside it and it’s a huge map, most of the maps here in this expansion pack are pretty huge maps.

Volga River somewhat resemblances Rupture from TSNP which released in March, the map is huge but medium-sized as well and it’s absolutely stunning. The snow falling and the snow in general are stunning to look at, this might be one of my second favorite maps in all of this entire DLC because it looks beautiful and the Frosbite Engine pops here.

The flags are separated here as well but it becomes close quarters in some regions and others the combat is long range with a few tanks here. It’s quite open with enough sufficient cover like ditches, buildings, a church that sees heavy contention and a fishing village. It’s a solid map.

Tsaritsyn

Tsar 11

Although the city may have originated as far back as 1555, documented evidence shows that it was located on the rivers Volga and Tsaritsa in 1589. At first, it was a fortress and then it became a trading post and settlement.

In the 1800’s, Tsaritsyn became an important river port and commercial center, the population expanded quite quickly and the first railroad appeared in 1862. The first theatre opened in 1872 and the first movie theater opened in 1907, and lastly the first metro line appeared in 1913. You may know this city as Stalingrad or now as Volograd.

During the Russian Civil War, Tsaritsyn came under Soviet control and in 1918, the Russian White Army besieged the city and failed. A year later, in 1919, the White Army captured Tsaritsyn and held out for an entire year until January 1920. The Battle for Tsarityn resulted in a Soviet victory.

According to Soviet legend, the city was saved by a man that the history books would later come to know as Joseph Stalin who was the local military chairman. Stalin urged his comrades to continue the fight and disobeyed orders from Moscow and the reinforcements known as “Steel Division.” were able to flank the White Army and defeat them, saving the city for the Red Army. Then in 1919, the White Army was able to retake the city with the help of several British tanks and Major Ewen Cameron Bruce. In January 1920, the Red Army attacked the city in full force and as a result, the White Army fell back to Crimea and it’s peninsula.

This map is probably one of the smallest maps in the entire game and probably the most divisive of maps. It’s extremely small and it’s easy to get spawn trapped and the map itself is one sided, whoever controls the first two flags basically blows out the opposition and can easily spawn trap the opposition. It’s a nice looking map with a huge church in the middle but it’s completely one sided.

The main problem I have with this map is that one of the teams can blow you out and that there are only three flags. My recommendation to DICE is to change this map and make it a little bit bigger, like the size of Amiens so the teams can’t blow each other out and it’s easy to spawn trap.

Other then that, the map is okay and decent, and it isn’t my favorite. Stay tuned for my  final review of In The Name of The Tsar.

 

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