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Combat Mission II: Barbarossa to Berlin

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Description

Combat Mission: Barbarossa to Berlin is the second game in the Combat Mission series. The game covers World War II on the Eastern Front from 1941 to 1945.

The game itself is a hybrid of real-time and turn-based play in which you are put into a mission set to take place over a specific number of turns. You begin each turn with the phase where you issue orders to your units. Once you give those orders, you get to sit and watch for a full minute without being able to interact with your army. Based on your planning at the beginning of the turn you will either succeed or fail.

The game offers four geographical regions that the missions take place in, the first being Finland the then all the way to the Black Sea. Each location has it's own weather conditions that effect play of the game.

For realism, all seven nations that you can play as have a full table of organization and equipment - having thousands of individual units based on what year, month and region the mission takes place in.

The game lets you play in either Operation, Battle or Quick Battle modes along with multiplayer options.

Screenshots

Combat Mission II: Barbarossa to Berlin Windows When the player selects 'Start Playing' they are presented with this screen. There are lots of battles to fight. This is screen 1
Combat Mission II: Barbarossa to Berlin Windows Playing the first battle, 'A Battle Of Mirrors'. 
The battle begins. The < and > symbols in the bottom panel can be used to change the camera position or alternatively this can be done by the mouse
Combat Mission II: Barbarossa to Berlin Windows A unit has been ordered to advance. As they do so they maintain the same field of fire. The on-screen displays did get corrupted early on in this battle and never corrected themselves
Combat Mission II: Barbarossa to Berlin Windows The player can change the camera's point of view to get really close to the action. Here the German tanks are being tasked with stopping the Russian tanks

Alternate Titles

  • "战斗任务:巴巴罗萨到柏林" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "Линия фронта: Барбаросса" -- Russian spelling
  • "Combat Mission 2" -- European title

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The Press Says

FileFactory Games / Gameworld Network Windows Feb 24, 2003 95 out of 100 95
IGN Windows Nov 18, 2002 9 out of 10 90
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Windows Feb, 2003 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Gameplanet Windows Nov 04, 2002 4.5 out of 5 90
PC Gamer UK Windows Dec, 2002 86 out of 100 86
Gameplay (Benelux) Windows Dec, 2002 84 out of 100 84
Joystick (French) Windows Nov, 2002 8 out of 10 80
Inside Mac Games (IMG) Macintosh Jan 14, 2003 8 out of 10 80
Gamesmania Windows Sep 11, 2002 77 out of 100 77
PC Action Windows Nov 28, 2002 63 out of 100 63

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Trivia

Awards

  • Computer Gaming World
    • April 2003 (Issue #225) – Wargame of the Year (Editors' Choice)
    • April 2003 (Issue #225) – Wargame of the Year (Readers' Choice)

Related Web Sites

  • Battlefront.com (Home of the developer and publisher of Combat Mission: Barbarossa to Berlin)
  • Combat Mission 2 (Official website by CDV (publisher))
  • Combat Mission HQ (The 'Official' Fansite of the Combat Mission games. Covers both Combat Mission: Beyond Overlord and Combat Mission: Barbarossa to Berlin.)
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