Soldiers: Heroes of World War II (Windows)

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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 Passing a heavily guarded canyon to approach the city from the back side
Soldiers: Heroes of World War II Windows An Alamo situation that three Russians have fought their way out of, leaving behind bodies and burned out vehicles.
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 German light forces guarding the bridge (luckily, your soldiers are trained to swim as well)

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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Fragland.net Jul 16, 2004 87.2 out of 100 87
Armchair Empire, The Jul 15, 2004 8.5 out of 10 85
Digital Entertainment News (den) Jul 04, 2004 8.5 out of 10 85
Gamigo Jul 28, 2004 8.4 out of 10 84
PC Zone Benelux Aug, 2004 84 out of 100 84
Worth Playing Aug 11, 2004 8.4 out of 10 84
Gamesmania.de Jul 19, 2005 82 out of 100 82
Yahoo! Games Jul 02, 2004 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
4Players.de Jun 28, 2004 80 out of 100 80
JeuxVideoPC.com Oct 25, 2006 13 out of 20 65

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Kabushi (137118) added Soldiers: Heroes of World War II (Windows) on Jan 16, 2005