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WWII: Tank Commander may not be the most groundbreaking game out on the market today, and it may not have the best graphics and sounds in its genre, but it makes a good time of playing anyway. If you like games where you go around, shooting what offends you, then make sure to pick up this delightful bundle of exploding joy. While Got Game Entertainment disappointed with its last creative endeavor, it has more than made up for it in their newest release.
In today’s gaming market it seems like you can’t walk into a store without tripping over a WWII game. Apparently, every publisher needs to have a token WWII game, like how every music label was scouring the malls pretty young males who could dance after the Backstreet Boys made it big (wow, did I just make an analogy using a boy-bands reference!?!?!). Anyway, for a publisher to release a WWII game into the already- cluttered marketplace they'd better take the time to make a game worth playing. Fortunately for Got Game Entertainment, their new release WWII Tank Commander may be able to stand out among all the other WWII titles.
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Every so often when there is a lull in decent PC games, we look to the budget offerings, which are often well worth the money, but just not what people are looking for in the longterm. World War II Tank Commander is one of the most complete budget games this year, and well worth your £20 if you’re looking for something to pick up and play, or if you’ve followed tank combat games before.
PC Games (Germany)
Unkompliziert ballern in der Mittagspause. Genau das bietet dieser WW2-Shooter, in dem Sie ein Zweiter-Weltkrieg-Szenario ausschließlich im Panzer sitzend erleben und alles kaputt schießen, was sich bewegt.
WWII Tank Commander is one of the easiest games to figure out. Though it is simple as all get out, there is something to be said for a game that has virtually no learning curve. Just pop it in and start blowing the Germans back to oblivion.
If you're a fan of cheap and easy, this is your game. If cheap and easy isn't normally your style, perhaps you should reconsider. Cheap and easy does have its charms. W.W.II Tank Commander has the added advantage of being somewhat historically influenced, so you could add it to your war games of history collection.
Let's get one thing out in the open here: I'm not the target demographic for WWII Tank Commander. Sure, I took a semester of WWII history, but I can't tell you much about the Fourth Armored Division, which this game features, and I can't identify German panzers, which this game also features in mass quantities. I might be missing out on the historical significance of some events in the game, but what I do know is that this is a mediocre experience, even for a bargain title.
Preislich, als auch inhaltlich billiger Panzer-Shooter, der höchstens durch seine Atmosphäre zu überzeugen weis. Das WW2 Szenario ist nett um gesetzt, aber ansonsten bietet das Spiel wenig nennenswertes. Die halbherzige Umsetzung lässt weder auf kurz, noch lang Stimmung aufkommen. Der lineare und monotone Missionsablauf birgt ebenso wenig Motivationspotenzial, wie der nicht vorhandene Multiplayermodus. Noch nicht mal für Panzerfetischisten zu empfehlen.
If you're a simulation fan thinking of picking up WWII Tank Commander and thinking you'll get an M1 Tank Platoon out of it, don't. Despite its name, you don't really command a tank in WWII Tank Commander. This isn't a simulation of tank combat so much as it is an action arcade game of tank combat. In fact, WWII Tank Commander is almost like a first-person shooter, but instead of holding a gun and running around, you're firing a tank cannon and rumbling around the French countryside on treads. It's an incredibly simple game, which can be expected for a budget title that sells for $20, but the crazy thing is that, for all its flaws and issues, it also packs a simple charm.
Overall, World War II Tank Commander is budget through and through. There are no stand out features, but there's also nothing show stoppingly bad about it. The fact that arcade style tank games aren't exactly common makes the game a slight novelty that brings it above the usual uninteresting budget releases, but I can only really recommend it if you absolutely must have a break from the norm.
Fun, remember that? It's what you used to have before games became
so reliant on realism that you spent more time flicking through
manuals trying to understand the controls for a game than actually
playing it. WWII Tank Commander is an attempt to rekindle those
good old days with a simple and easy to play game that's about as
realistic as charging two matchbox toy cars at one another.
Given how many World War II titles have been released over the last five years, games that decide to use the setting really have to find some way to stand out from the crowd. Many of the recent shooter and strategy offerings have certainly managed to offer a new twist on the overly familiar setting. WWII Tank Commander is unique in that it takes the thrilling concept of leading a tank during World War II and completely removes anything that might actually make the game exciting or interesting.
Gamers' Temple, The
Needless to say, this all makes Tank Commander a pretty repetitive and unexciting game. I don’t think I ever lost a tank, thanks to the poor aim, invulnerable allies, and health power-ups that appear after an enemy tank is destroyed. Perhaps as an attempt to make things more challenging the game does not allow you to save your game mid-mission, but the only times I was forced to replay missions from the beginning again was during one of the game’s random lock-ups. It would have been nice if the game was kind enough to crash to the desktop, but perhaps this feature will be added in a future patch.
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If you took all the WWII-based videogames that have been released in the last 20 years I'm sure the combined gameplay hours would last longer than the actual war. I've served in that war so many times via videogames that I'm sure I qualify for a vet's pension. Don't believe me? Just get me drunk and let me regale you with my war stories. One story in particular seems to fascinate listeners. It's the story of a man and his tank. It doesn't have a happy ending, but come to think of it, it doesn't have a happy middle or ending either. It's a rather sad tale but one that's worth telling if just to caution those that might attempt such an undertaking.
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I have played a great number of video games in my life and after playing WWII Tank Commander from Sylum Entertainment and Merscom the only words I have to describe it are sheer mediocrity! While the concept of the game is catchy and appealing the results are less then fulfilling. Although this is a simulation game the lack of any real engaging elements beyond blowing other tanks to hell makes the game tiresome after the first few missions. Simply put the game lacks personality.
Obwohl WWII Tank Commander wahrlich ein Billigspiel ist, das auch zu einem solchen Preis angeboten wird, gelten für das schnell gelernte Panzer-Actionspiel natürlich auch gewisse Mindeststandards. Schon die ungenaue Steuerung erfüllt diese nicht mehr, von der unrealistischen Fahrphysik mal ganz zu schweigen. Dass der Sherman gleich mehrere Treffer eines Tigers wegsteckt, ist dann aber der Gipfel. Trotz wechselnder Umgebung gleichen sich die Missionen wie eine Granate der anderen, so dass beim immergleichen Ballern flugs Langeweile aufkommt. All diese Mängel verhindern einen reibungslosen Spielablauf, die optischen Macken kommen noch hinzu. Der geringe Kaufpreis wird so zum Aufreger, denn wer zahlt schon gern für etwas, das er nach fünf Minuten in die Ecke pfeffert, weil es sich nicht richtig spielen lässt?
Frankreich, Juli 1944: An der Front
herrscht Langeweile – zumindest in
WW2 Tank Commander. Im Actionspiel
steuern Sie einen US-Panzer durch fade, eng
begrenzte 3D-Areale und ballern auf deutsche
Tanks. Für Gelegenheitsspieler mag
diese Ödnis erträglich sein, alle anderen
warten lieber auf Panzer Elite Action
Das Moorhuhn rollt im Sherman-Panzer an die Westfront und langweilt sich zu Tode: WW2 Tank Commander ist ein erschreckend belangloser Simpel-Shooter vor altbekannter Weltkriegskulisse.
Computer Gaming World (CGW)
Half the time you can’t tell friend from foe.
the A.I. can only sight a straight line (thus
firing uselessly into barriers), and an audio
crash bug graces the readme as a “sound
driver issue.” Come on, people—fix the bugs,
don’t memorialize them. No check or save
points, no sense of where people are when
they radio for help, splash damage that kills
from up to 50 meters away, no multiplayer
whatsoever—need to hear more? Stay away.
Stay very far away.
G4 TV: X-Play
You know those tank missions in the Call of Duty games? The ones that were kind of fun because they broke up the occasionally monotonous first-person shooting via some large-caliber satisfaction? Well, the folks at Sylum Entertainment apparently thought those stages were especially cool because they’ve tried to make a whole game out of them. As is often the case, what was a fun diversion does not equate to a fun career, and this game is about as not-fun as they get. It is, however, cheap.