DescriptionV for Victory: Utah Beach
thrusts the player into the role of a military strategist during the Normandy invasion of WWII. As the American commander, the player has to overcome strong German resistance to occupy the Cotentin peninsula and the vital port facilities at Cherborg. Or, as the German Commander, the player has to defend Cherborg and drive the Americans back into the sea.
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In the designer diaries of Close Combat III
, programmer Keith Zabalaoui
calls it a miracle that this game was eventually released. Not only was it Atomic Games' first game, but the three main designers had different artistic vision and motivation. Keith wanted to make a game that people could play and understand. Ed Rains
wanted to make a hard-core scholarly simulation, and Larry Merkel
just wanted an enjoyable pastime that might make some extra cash.