OXM: Universe at War: Earth Assault Review

Fortunately, Universe at War's multiplayer game - which supports cross-platform play with PC gamers through Xbox and Windows Live - eventually makes forget the dodgy single-player A.I. With 29 detailed maps supporting up to four players in custom or ranked games, an accelerated DefCon Mode (where an automated research tree delivers advanced weapons more quickly), and an ambitious Risk-style Conquer the World Mode, there's enough hiccup-free online diversion here to keep you going for months.

If Petroglyph can fix the single-player AI, smooth out some of the game's graphics slowdowns, and provide a camera that zooms back more than a few inches, chapter two of Universe at War could well challenge Battle for Middle-earth II for overall Xbox 360 RTS honors.

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