The best thing one can say about a strategy game with any depth is that the learning curve is not steep. Field Commander
drops you into play with only a few critical controls. Moving units is a simple matter of tracing paths and selecting the option to move, fire or do whatever a particular unit is equipped to do. The use of one button for multiple actions is something I've groused about in the past, but Field Commander
manages to use controls intuitively. Selecting a path to move pops a menu up that leads to your next action. Another button cycles through units that haven't moved yet, and a third button shows the effective move and attack range of a unit. One feature that really seemed smart and obvious was the ability to highlight an enemy's move/attack range and leave it highlighted while you move your unit. You can also do this with a friendly unit, which helps to insure that traps or protective barriers aren't a Maginot Line.
The option to save in the middle of a mission is a welcome feature as you progress through the game. A profile you create initially follows you online, but you have the option to customize your play experience by choosing a different division each time you embark on a mission. One division will generally be better at certain things than another, and once your division power charges you can gain some incredible advantage. Choosing the "right" division, or at least the division best suited to your style of play, is one of the keys to taking Field Commander to high levels. And just when you've played all the maps, it's easy to imagine how an active player community investing some time in the level editor will keep things interesting.
Even though it fails to provide eye-popping graphics that make a difference in gameplay, Field Commander is a damn good strategy title! It offers almost endless single player and multiplayer options, and the online component is really slick. I associate a level editor with deeper PC strategy titles, and if graphics were a letdown, the editor was a pleasant surprise. If you never touched the level editor, Campaign and the online competition is liable to keep you busy and happy for a good long while. Casual gamers and strategy fans can both find a lot to love here.