Important battles of world history are explored and recreated with video game visuals.






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Matthew Settle ...  Himself - Host 13 episodes, 2004


Battles are sometimes great and easily defined moments of history with whole nations and peoples in the balance. This series explores the stories of such battles of such significance, using modern video game visuals to provide a perspective that even the great commanders would envy. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (

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The History Channel





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2004 (USA) See more »

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'Matthew Settle''s opening narration credits "the latest in video game technology" for the cgi battle reenactments, and the closing credits include "Total War Graphics by The Creative Assembly". In fact, the graphics are produced using the game engine from Rome: Total War (2004), a strategy game produced by The Creative Assembly and published by Activision. The same process is used for the BBC game show, Time Commanders (2003). See more »

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Best battle re-enactments ever
17 July 2005 | by quincy-whiteSee all my reviews

I can't believe this show was gone so quickly. The computer animation was first and foremost much better than the usual blurred, corny re-enactments. You really had a sense of the scope of the battles, and what strategies worked best. I learned a great deal not only about the battles, but their effects on civilization, hence the title. From this show I know one of the things Oliver Stone got right in Alexander, as I said in another review, was the battle of Gaugamela. I was hoping as the show progressed it could go on from ancient warfare into medieval warfare, The Battle of Hastings in particular, and then maybe even modern warfare, such as The Battle of Normandy. But it was not to be. I still want the show on DVD.

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