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Great Naval Battles Vol. IV: Burning Steel, 1939-1942 (DOS)

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A naval surface warfare wargame set in the European Theather of WW2. You can play in a series of independent scenarios or quick skirmishes, with the main bulk of the missions consisting of "alternate" rather than historically accurate missions (though you still get those) in which you even get to command the Russian navy. Uses Svga graphics and includes a scenario editor that allows you to deploy up to 50 ships per side.


Great Naval Battles Vol. IV: Burning Steel, 1939-1942 DOS Title Screen
Great Naval Battles Vol. IV: Burning Steel, 1939-1942 DOS Main Menu
Great Naval Battles Vol. IV: Burning Steel, 1939-1942 DOS Ship Information - HMS Hood
Great Naval Battles Vol. IV: Burning Steel, 1939-1942 DOS Main gaming screen

Alternate Titles

  • "Burning Steel Vol. IV: Brennender Stahl, 1939-1942" -- German title

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The Press Says

High Score Jun, 1996 4 out of 5 80
PC Gamer Feb, 1996 79 out of 100 79
Subsim 1998 72 out of 100 72
PC Joker Jan, 1996 72 out of 100 72
Power Play Jan, 1996 71 out of 100 71
World Village (Gamer's Zone) 1996 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Mar, 1996 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars 50


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[excerpt from patch readme.txt]

This patch represents the fixes necessary for GNB4 1.0 to address the bugs as reported in the field. Though the fact that there were bugs in the v.1.0 was unacceptable, all that were reported both internally and through customer service are fully addressed in this patch.
  • Screen information on the Flagship, Ship, and Air Ops screen when any of the following occur: transports finish loading/unloading, a task force returns to that base, or any ships finish refueling.
  • A no-solution for torpedo target situation is indicated the display of three dashed lines in the target info area.
  • The breakdown of line ahead formations are fixed, with ships remaining in formation when a change of course is initiated.
  • The crash bug when attempting to create an AA Formation in the Scenario Editor has been fixed.
  • Ships display as fully repaired once their repair period has ended.
  • The Customizer settings for AA accuracy and torpedoes were inadvertently switched in the v.1.0 release of GNB4. Those responsible have been sacked, and the correct setting now pertains to the correct element.
  • The mysterious "wavy lines" no longer appear when range circles are turned on.
  • When ground units are taking an enemy base, casualty numbers reflect correctly as to the number of units lost by each side on the final turn.
  • Plane flights to nowhere have been improved, if not entirely eliminated.

Jeanne (75584) added Great Naval Battles Vol. IV: Burning Steel, 1939-1942 (DOS) on Aug 24, 2009