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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 After stopping but not destroying German Tiger tank, it may be a good idea to repair it and commandeer the vehicle as German tanks outdo Allied in so many ways
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 Allied plane carrying paratroopers shot down by the German AA guns
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.

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

2404.org PC Gaming Nov 14, 2005 8.6 out of 10 86
IGN Jun 28, 2004 8.5 out of 10 85
Armchair Empire, The Jul 15, 2004 8.5 out of 10 85
GameSpot (Belgium/Netherlands) Jul 15, 2004 83 out of 100 83
Gamesmania Jul 19, 2005 82 out of 100 82
games xtreme Aug 15, 2004 8 out of 10 80
GameSpot Jun 30, 2004 7.9 out of 10 79
Jeuxvideo.com Jun 29, 2004 15 out of 20 75
Strategy Informer Sep 10, 2004 7.5 out of 10 75
Thunderbolt Games Sep 19, 2004 5 out of 10 50

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Kabushi (122207) added Soldiers: Heroes of World War II (Windows) on Jan 16, 2005