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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 Artillery is a potent force, and the visual rewards due to big explosions in this game are spectacular.
Soldiers: Heroes of World War II Windows Planning to escape in a german plane (note how rooftops go transparent when you enter the structure with your soldiers)
Soldiers: Heroes of World War II Windows An example of the destructible terrain, shot 2 of 3.  The vehicle explosion sets off a chain reaction.
Soldiers: Heroes of World War II Windows Looks like german tank shells aren't working on your tanks... but there's no reason why you shouldn't steal their tank if your runs out of ammo

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

Gameplay (Benelux) Jul, 2004 91 out of 100 91
PC Games (Germany) Aug 21, 2004 86 out of 100 86
2404.org PC Gaming Nov 14, 2005 8.6 out of 10 86
Digital Entertainment News (den) Jul 04, 2004 8.5 out of 10 85
GameStar (Germany) Jul, 2004 84 out of 100 84
Yahoo! Games Jul 02, 2004 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
GameSpot Jun 30, 2004 7.9 out of 10 79
GameZone Jun 29, 2004 7.9 out of 10 79
Next Level Gaming Jul 06, 2004 75 out of 100 75
Game Watcher Sep 10, 2004 7.5 out of 10 75

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Kabushi (131934) added Soldiers: Heroes of World War II (Windows) on Jan 16, 2005