About This GameThe state of Israel has endured contentious warfare for its entire existence. No sooner had it been declared in May 1948 than it became involved in a struggle for survival, fighting its neighbours in a ferocious clash. This was the first Arab-Israeli war, but it would be far from the last.
Shifting Sands traces the history of the successive Arab-Israeli conflicts: from the sidelines of the Suez crisis, through the lightning Six-Day War, the guerilla-like War Of Attrition and the strategic surprise of the Yom Kippur War, all the way to the historic Osirak raid and the epic air battle over the Bekaa Valley.
The campaign covers both the battles that happened and the clashes that did not, but could have; all of them snapshots of the ever-shifting sands of a fragile balance in arguably the most violently fluid region of the planet since WW2.
- A standalone expansion for Command: Modern Air/Naval Operations, 2013’s Digital Wargame of the Year: play as a single, separate game, or add it to your collection of scenarios for CMANO.
- 17 campaign scenarios (14 historical and 3 hypothetical) written by Paul A. Bridge, ex-Royal Navy officer and author of the award-winning "Northern Inferno" campaign.
- Follow some of the most dramatic air and naval conflicts in the decades-long struggle between Israel and its neighbours for survival: The 1956 Suez crisis, the 1967 Six-Day War, the 1967-70 War Of Attrition, the 1973 Yom Kippur War, the Osirak raid and the grand air battle in the Bekaa Valley.
- Witness first-hand the dramatic changes in warfare, hardware and tactics: the combat debut of the modern antiship missile and the countermeasures to it, the revolution in offensive counter-air operations, the emergence of the surface-to-air missile (SAM) and the development of SEAD (suppression of enemy air-defences) systems and tactics to deal with the new threat.
- Explore the great historical what-ifs of the Middle East theatre: The US responds forcefully to the attack on the Liberty, the Soviet and US fleets clash over their supported allies, and Israel resorts to nuclear weapons as the defensive fronts collapse.
- OS: Windows XP SP3 / Vista / 7 / 8/10
- Processor: 1 GHz (Dual-core Pentium and above recommended)
- Memory: 1 GB RAM
- Graphics: DirectX 9.0c compatible video card with 16 MB RAM
- DirectX: Version 9.0c
- Storage: 11859 MB available space
- Sound Card: Compatible sound card
- Additional Notes: Requires Windows Media Player
The only game or simulation to my knowledge that includes both the sinking of the USS Liberty (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Liberty_incident) and the Samson Option (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samson_Option).
Had it included the Second Intifada (perhaps a bit much as this primarily focuses on large hardware and not infantry or small squad combat) and the Lavon Affair, you’d have a good basis of unknown / controversial Mideast history in one package. And that is with the 73 and 67 content included.
(NOTE: I logged all my hours for this expansion by playing the new content in the original Command, if you’re curious why my hours here are so low)
The game functions as either an expansion to the original game that was released in 2013 or a standalone title, albeit without the ability to use the editor or enjoy the plentiful scenarios from Steam Workshop. Shifting Sands includes 17 scenarios of varying difficulties and complexities set in the Middle East, most of which are well designed with variety and surprises, and crafted a notch above the typical user-made mission. Command: Shifting Sands serves as a good introduction to the game mechanics of the series if you don’t feel like spending the exorbitant price on the entire game (though you probably should anyway).
I logged all my hours for this expansion by playing the base game.