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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.

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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'. 
Stage 4 is the Command Briefing
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 Looks like the Russians have re-enforcements too

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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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Critic Reviews

GameSpy Windows Nov 25, 2002 94 out of 100 94
GameSpot Windows Oct 29, 2002 9.1 out of 10 91
Gameplanet Windows Nov 04, 2002 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Windows Feb, 2003 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
PC Gamer UK Windows Dec, 2002 86 out of 100 86
Jeuxvideo.com Windows Nov 06, 2002 17 out of 20 85
Inside Mac Games (IMG) Macintosh Jan 14, 2003 8 out of 10 80
Joystick (French) Windows Nov, 2002 8 out of 10 80
GameStar (Germany) Windows Sep, 2002 73 out of 100 73
PC Action Windows Nov 28, 2002 63 out of 100 63

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Awards

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

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