History Civil War: Secret Missions is a historical first-person shooter video game developed by Cauldron Ltd, and released on 4 November 2008 by Activision Value and the History Channel for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. It is a sequel to The History Channel: Civil War – A Nation Divided.
In History Civil War: Secret Missions, the player assumes the role of both Union and Confederate soldiers fighting behind enemy lines in legendary battles that took place during the American Civil War.
The player's goal is to disrupt the armies of both the North and South by any means necessary, including stopping enemy supply lines, stealing ironclad ships and sabotaging enemy strongholds. Engaging in some of the Civil War's most famous battles, such as The Great Train Raid of 1861 and The Fall of Vicksburg in utilizing classic weapons of the era, including the pepperbox revolver and the coffee mill gun.
All missions are based on the actions of famous partisans, scouts and rangers – fighting as a member of Mosby's Rangers, Sheridan's Scouts and Grant's Secret Service and receiving mission commands from famous generals like Robert E. Lee, "Stonewall" Jackson, and Ulysses Grant.
This game takes the player through secret missions that took place on both sides of the war. The player has to battle enemy forces and protect his fellow soldiers. Melee is a large part of the game, as it was in the prequel. Reload times vary from weapon to weapon, with muskets taking a long time to reload, and repeating rifles taking a relatively short time.
Missions include being a part of a secret sniper mission at the Battle of Gettysburg, conducting a covert train raid on the B&O Railroad, sabotage artillery outposts during the Lewisburg Deception, etc. Using the weaponry and military advancements of the Civil War like the automatic guns of the era and the usage of repeating rifles, grenades, sabers, exploding artillery, and shotguns.
The game features intense, tactical combat. It is based on authentic Civil War combat methods, artillery barrages, urban assaults, sniping, and stealth. Set charges, place explosives, sabotage enemy strongholds, and destroy enemy buildings to complete objectives.
Bonus objectives are thrown at you from mission to mission like saving P.O.W.s and destroying crates. Players can ignore and accept these mission. Each level begins with a short History Chanel documentary video, which describes the historical events depicted and their significance in the Civil War.
The player is able to use a wide range of weaponry in each mission, all of which are historically accurate and were used by combatants during the Civil War.
A full list of firearms and melee weapons is shown below:Colt Army Model 1860
Remington Model 1858
Allen & Thurber Pepper-box Revolver
Colt Model 1855 Sidehammer Pocket Revolver
Spencer 1860 Carbine
Henry repeating rifle
Agar Gun (Coffee Mill Gun)
History Civil War: Secret Missions features many collectibles and hidden items found throughout the various levels. These range from letters and journal pages written by both Union and Confederate soldiers, to photographs of historic locations and individuals.
1.Dawn at Chancellorsville-CSA
2.Dr. Gatling's Secret Weapon-CSA
3.The Gray Ghost-CSA
4.Sharpshooters at Devil's Den-CSA
5.The Great Train Raid of 1861-CSA
7.Sabotage at Lynchburg-USA
8.Infiltration of Jackson-USA
9.Captain Blazer's Scouts-USA
10.The Fall of Vicksburg-USA
11 (Bonus).The Siege of Vicksburg-USA
The game received mediocre ratings from critics. IGN praised the graphics but panned the length of the game. GameRankings criticizes the small glitches, but praised the game in portraying "something to skip WWII shooters".