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Panzer General III: Scorched Earth (Windows)

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MobyRank
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3.3
MobyScore
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Our Users Say

Category Description MobyScore
AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 3.2
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 3.3
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.3
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 3.3
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.4
Overall MobyScore (9 votes) 3.3


The Press Says

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87
GameSpy
This game just might revitalize the genre.
85
GameStar (Germany)
Das gute Anführer-System aus dem Vorgänger wurde weiter ausbalanciert und mit neuen Spezialfähigkeiten weiterentwickelt. Im Laufe der Kampagnen wachsen einem die Soldaten richtig ans Herz. Die Männer wollen bedacht eingesetzt werden, um keinen der kostbaren Aktionspunkte zu verschenken. Selbst bei bereits überstandenen Szenarien wage ich oft noch einen zweiten Versuch, um vielleicht einen glorreichen Sieg zu erringen. Die martialische Marschmusik kommt der Atmosphäre sehr zu Gute. Schade ist, dass das Tutorial nur mit dem Handbuch auf den Knien spielbar ist.
82
PC Player (Germany)
Die Panzer-General-Reihe war immer einzigartig, denn niemand ist es sonst gelungen, militärhistorische Taktikspiele zu entwickeln, die über genügend Tiefgang und dennoch über ein leicht verständliches Regelwerk verfügen. Diese Mixtur ist nach wie vor unwiderstehlich. Barbarossa macht da keine Ausnahme und brilliert zudem mit etlichen Detail-Verbesserungen, die der Handhabung zugute kommen. Die gravierendste Neuerung ist aber sicherlich die recht große Anzahl von Einheiten, die ins Feld geführt werden. Eine gute Idee, denn dies führt zu erweiterten Strategien bei der Armeezusammenstellung. Da lässt es sich auch etwas leichter verschmerzen, dass immer noch keine Marineeinheiten an Bord sind und das komplexe Unternehmen Barbarossa in runden zwei Wochen durchexerziert werden kann.
80
PC Games (Germany)
Im Osten viel Neues: Greifen Sie mit Unternehmen Barbarossa als deutscher oder sowjetischer General in den Verlauf des Russlandfeldzuges ein. Seit der Veröffentlichung des ersten Teils der Serie steht der Name Panzer General für professionell recherchierte Strategiespiele mit knackigem Schwierigkeitsgrad. Daran änderte sich auch nichts, als vor rund einem Jahr das grafisch komplett umgekrempelte Western Assault erschien. Mit dreh- und zoombarer 3D-Grafik brach auch für Panzer General die hardwarebeschleunigte Neuzeit an, wobei sich an der ausgeklügelten und bewährten Spielmechanik nichts änderte.
79
IGN
So in the end, PGIII isn't as much an improvement over the previous title than PG3D was. But hey, why mess with a good thing? We'd like to see more range in the camera in terms of angle and zoom, but that didn't spoil my enjoyment of the game. There are still some small problems with the selection of aerial units since they sit high above the space they occupy but again, this is a small issue. This has been a really impressive series all the way through and this latest version lives up to standard set by the previous versions. If you're a fan of turn-based games or the Second World War (and who doesn't like the war?) then PGIII is definitely worth your attention.
75
Gamer's Pulse
Panzer General 3: Scorched Earth has a little of something new, and a lot of something old. While it covers territory not covered in PG3D, it is still territory already covered by the series. If you don’t have any previous games in the series, and are interested in the Eastern Front of WWII, this may very well be a game you’ll want to pick up. It still suffers from some of the problems inherent to the series, primarily that of being a “war-game lite,” so grognards might want to steer clear; however, there is such a dearth of good wargames available nowadays, that it would be a shame to forgo this title. While repetitious, it is still a good game, and the first one I’ve seen to include certain unique units, such as the German Maus tank. Overall, a good game that lacks freshness; hopefully PG4 will introduce some new battles, and a new game engine.
75
Jeuxvideo.com
Pour ce qui est des scénarios, ils sont en général assez difficiles et risquent de rebuter le néophyte puisqu'il faut absolument terminer un scénario avant de pouvoir passer au suivant, mais ils ont le mérite de donner une très bonne durée de vie au jeu. Pour ce qui est du côté technique, les graphismes et la bande sont sont de bonne qualité, tout comme les animations et la représentation des conditions climatiques. Par contre, le problème de la perspective peu pratique du à la 3D reste présent, et il est parfois difficile d'y voir clair, surtout quand des unités aériennes sont engagées.
74
PC Gameplay (Benelux)
Een strategiespel in zijn zuiverste vorm dat door zijn onaantrekkelijke graphics enkel de fans zal bekoren...
70
Eurogamer.net (UK)
At the end of the day Panzer General III provides you with plenty to keep you busy until the next installment in the series rolls out, and if you can look past the occasional (though admittedly serious) bug and the relative lack of variety in mission objectives, it's well worth a look for hardened wargamers and newcomers to the genre alike.
70
Absolute Games (AG.ru)
Говорить "прощай" рано. Они еще вернутся. Сделают воргейм в полном 3D, одухотворят его полигональными солдатиками, пятью кадрами в секунду на PIII-600, тупым AI и все теми же треугольниками, заботливо прикрытыми текстурами в hi-color. А пока это старый добрый Panzer General, зачем-то наделенный заботливыми создателями третьим измерением. Для кого-нибудь это было бы пятеркой, но SSI заслуживает твердой и позорной тройки. Ave.
60
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault)
Panzer General III provides players with many game options and units, but it still feels somewhat dated, more like an expansion pack for Panzer General 3D Assault than a proper sequel. Although it has a strong interface and interesting gameplay, its lack of innovation coupled with unimpressive visual and aural presentations make it an average war game. Like the green plastic soldiers of our childhood, the Panzer General series needs to grow up a little bit to keep up with our changing tastes.
60
Electric Games
All in all, Scorched Earth is really 3D Assault on the Eastern Front. In my opinion, there is not enough of an upgrade to the engine to call this a new game. It would have been preferable to have released this as an add-on pack rather than a whole new game. While the fact that it is playable as a standalone game is good for newcomers, it also means that those who already have 3D Assault are paying for a whole new game where all they really get are new missions. Panzer General III: Scorched Earth is a decent enough game, but it does lack some of the imagination of the previous titles in the series with no discernable engine differences from the previous title. Russian forces are detailed where they did not exist in the last title. The game engine is looking dated, as there are no real improvements over the last game. Interface issues still exist, as they have not been improved.
58
GameSpot
Panzer General III: Scorched Earth will offer absolutely no surprises to those who have played previous games in the series. While the basic system still offers a simple and addicting game experience, it hasn't really changed in five years. Then again, Panzer General addicts who've been waiting for the 3D system to be applied to the Eastern Front will get their wish with Scorched Earth. While it would have been nice to see SSI extend and improve the gameplay significantly in this latest game in the series, to mess with the proven formula was apparently beyond the scope of Panzer General III.
40
Computer Gaming World (CGW)
The biggest problem with the game. though, stems from SSI’s assumption that 3D graphics would make the game better. In PANZER GENERAL, it’s exactly the opposite. While some may enjoy seeing their tanks kick up little clouds of dust, this amusement turns sour when the ambiguous 3D view makes you overlook an anti-tank gun, or misjudge a mouse click for a bomber attack. The map can be rotated so that the view is neatly vertical, but there isn’t a functional 2D view. A 2D “strategy map” (what does that make the normal map?) allows viewing of the entire battlefield, but it primarily serves as a general overview and “jump map” for repositioning the camera. PANZER GENERAL III: SCORCHED EARTH is, minor improvements notwithstanding, a box with four campaigns that could have been included in PANZER GENERAL 3D: ASSAULT. Those who have not yet sampled the addictive pleasures of this system are encouraged to pass this one by and find a copy of PANZER GENERAL II.