Syrian Warfare is a so-called "realistic" RTS that has been sold via Steam until it was removed because of some copyright infringement issues.
Gameplay-wise, it's a typical RTS scrapped out of some of the typical features of the genre. The game is pausable (allowing you to give orders) and there is some interesting modeling of vehicle damage. But, as with many other RTS I played, ranges and views are too constrained, it is tactically dull, linear and unsatisfying. Nothing to write home about.
The game was destined for controversy. Tons of electrons have been traveling the web with cries in favor and against Syrian Warfare.
Paraphrasing those comments, here is a short list. Russian propaganda! This is spyware from Phone Station 9! Unethical to profit from the suffering of Syrian civilians! Free speech, this is just a game! You bunch of liberals, stop whining! US propaganda, Russian propaganda, why allowing only the former?
In all honesty, I don't know what to make of Syrian Warfare in terms of narrative and the assumptions the developers made regarding who are the bad guys and who are the good guys. But the game is so average that it would have been forgotten within 6 months without the controversy it spawned.
The war in Syria is murky and sadistic monster that will devour the country for years. There will be no hindsight about it in years to come. But as a war game enthusiast, I assure you that I will not look back at Syrian Warfare when things fall into place in real life.