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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 If your tank is out of fuel or damaged, take the right tools and try to fix the problem
Soldiers: Heroes of World War II Windows Main Title (loading screen)
Soldiers: Heroes of World War II Windows An example of the destructible terrain, final shot.  The chain reaction has leveled the depot.
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.

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

Fragland.net Jul 16, 2004 87.2 out of 100 87
PC Action Aug 18, 2004 80 out of 100 80
GameZone Jun 29, 2004 7.9 out of 10 79
GameSpot Jun 30, 2004 7.9 out of 10 79
Génération 4 Sep, 2004 79 out of 100 79
Strategy Informer Sep 10, 2004 7.5 out of 10 75
JeuxVideoPC.com Oct 25, 2006 13 out of 20 65
GameSpy Jul 20, 2004 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
GameElite.se Jul 28, 2004 5 out of 10 50
Joystick (French) Sep, 2004 4 out of 10 40

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Kabushi (121658) added Soldiers: Heroes of World War II (Windows) on Jan 16, 2005