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Soldiers: Heroes of World War II (Windows)

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Description

Fight as British, Americans, Russians or Germans through more than 30 challenging missions across Europe in this tactical 3D isometric Real Time Strategy game. Although it might sound like a typical World War II RTS, Soldiers: Heroes of World War II has some features that makes it unique.

The most distinct feature is Direct Control that allows you to precisely command your units and vehicles (such as a tank or a jeep), with the arrow keys to move and mouse to aim with. This gives the the feel of an old time arcade action game. Note that this is not like other action-strategy games (i.e. Battlezone) that changes the perspective to an first person view, but keeps the isometric view throughout the game.

Other features that sets it apart from the RTS norm is the advanced physics engine that allows everything to be destroyed and a hit system where for example tanks take more damage from the rear than from the front (no energy bars like in other RTS games). This gives the game additional depth to the tactical mechanics of the game. Things like these in combination with the openness of each map makes sure that there is always several ways to complete each mission. The game also features an inventory system similar to RPGs, with a drag and drop interface. This allows you to pick up equipment from fallen enemy soldiers.

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Soldiers: Heroes of World War II Windows There are bombs you can throw, and there are BOMBS you can throw, the latter working extremely well against vehicles
Soldiers: Heroes of World War II Windows Passing a heavily guarded canyon to approach the city from the back side
Soldiers: Heroes of World War II Windows Allied plane carrying paratroopers shot down by the German AA guns
Soldiers: Heroes of World War II Windows Be prepared, when you start shooting around, enemy troops will come at you from all sides

Alternate Titles

  • "战士:二战英雄" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "В тылу врага" -- Russian spelling
  • "Soldiers: Ludzie Honoru" -- Polish title
  • "Sõdurid: II Maailmasõja kangelased" -- Estonian title
  • "Outfront" -- Working title

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The Press Says

ActionTrip Jul 02, 2004 85 out of 100 85
Digital Entertainment News (den) Jul 04, 2004 8.5 out of 10 85
Armchair Empire, The Jul 15, 2004 8.5 out of 10 85
PC Zone Benelux Aug, 2004 84 out of 100 84
PC Action Aug 18, 2004 80 out of 100 80
GameZone Jun 29, 2004 7.9 out of 10 79
Next Level Gaming Jul 06, 2004 75 out of 100 75
Jeuxvideo.com Jun 29, 2004 15 out of 20 75
JeuxVideoPC.com Oct 25, 2006 13 out of 20 65
GameSpy Jul 20, 2004 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60

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Kabushi (130146) added Soldiers: Heroes of World War II (Windows) on Jan 16, 2005