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Combat Mission: Beyond Overlord

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Description

Join American, British, Polish, French, Canadians, or the German army in WW2, from Invasion of France to the end of the war in this hybrid tactical wargame. Control 50 heavy weapons, 126 vehicles, 45 types of terrain, and 50 missions. Mission editor is included, limited only by your imagination. See all your units move and fight in full 3D, in a turn-based/simultaneous execution format. The latest version adds TCP/IP multiplayer support!

Screenshots

Combat Mission: Beyond Overlord Windows The United States Conquers a Hill (High Res)
Combat Mission: Beyond Overlord Windows Soldier (with an MP-44) Flees From Bombardment
Combat Mission: Beyond Overlord Windows Winston Churchill's Tank Mission
Combat Mission: Beyond Overlord Windows A US Halftrack

Alternate Titles

  • "战斗任务:远方霸主" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "Линия фронта: Нормандия" -- Russian spelling
  • "Squad Leader" -- Working title
  • "Combat Mission" -- German/UK title
  • "CM: Beyond Overlord" -- Abbreviated title

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User Reviews

One Word: Groundbreaking Windows NeoMoose (1103)
As of now (March, 2001) this is the best tactical squad level WW2 game ever made. Windows Iguana (36)

The Press Says

Computer Gaming World (CGW) Windows Sep, 2000 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
FileFactory Games / Gameworld Network Windows Sep 19, 2002 98 out of 100 98
Deaf Gamers Windows 2002 9.4 out of 10 94
Pelit Windows Oct, 2000 93 out of 100 93
GameSpot Windows Jul 05, 2000 9.1 out of 10 91
IGN Windows May 30, 2003 9 out of 10 90
Svenska PC Gamer Windows May, 2002 78 out of 100 78
PC Zone Benelux Windows May, 2002 76 out of 100 76
PC Player (Germany) Windows Sep, 2000 72 out of 100 72
GameStar (Germany) Windows Sep, 2000 72 out of 100 72

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Trivia

Development

Combat Mission: Beyond Overlord was first in development at Big Time Software helmed by Charles Moylan, but when it became apparent that its publishing company Avalon Hill would be acquired by Hasbro Interactive, the studio was absorbed into Battlefront.com in 1999, which Moyan co-founded a few years before, and where the development team was expanded.

Distribution

Battlefront designed and produced this game, and originally the only way to buy it was through their website. Why? They believe the gaming industry is unfair to wargames, and decided to produce and sell the game themselves. Later, CDV picked it up in a distribution deal, after packaging it with over 100 user contributed scenarios, improved textures, vehicles, and more. The result is a "special edition" which can only be found in stores.

References

The names of in-game Polish soldiers have been taken from names of contemporary Polish politicians (such as Buzek, Frasyniuk, Kuroń, Niesiołowski or Kwaśniewski). Non-Polish players probably won't notice, but for someone from Poland it's an amusing experience to see the famous politicians commandeering battalions.

Awards

  • Computer Gaming World
    • April 2001 (Issue #201) – Wargame of the Year
  • PC Gamer
    • October 2001 - #50 in the "Top 50 Games of All Time" list
Information also contributed by Grov, JudgeDredd, Kasey Chang and Sciere

Related Web Sites

  • Combat Mission HQ (Home of the CM Webring and famous CMHQ Chat where many of the game designers and beta testers hang out. Also has the largest collection of add-ons for Combat Mission on the internet.)
Contributed to by Sciere (250806) and Kasey Chang (3654)