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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.

Screenshots

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 Remember, only you can prevent forest fires!  This one was started with a tank's HE round.
Soldiers: Heroes of World War II Windows Checking at the mission objectives
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)

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

PC Gameplay (Benelux) Jul, 2004 91 out of 100 91
Fragland.net Jul 16, 2004 87.2 out of 100 87
PC Games (Germany) Aug 21, 2004 86 out of 100 86
Digital Entertainment News (den) Jul 04, 2004 8.5 out of 10 85
Gamigo Jul 28, 2004 8.4 out of 10 84
GameStar (Germany) Jul, 2004 84 out of 100 84
PC Zone Benelux Aug, 2004 84 out of 100 84
GameSpy Jul 20, 2004 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Thunderbolt Games Sep 19, 2004 5 out of 10 50
Joystick (French) Sep, 2004 4 out of 10 40

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Kabushi (125145) added Soldiers: Heroes of World War II (Windows) on Jan 16, 2005