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Red Orchestra 2: Heroes of Stalingrad is a multiplayer first-person shooter set in World War II, more precisely the fights in the area of Stalingrad from 1942/43. In comparison to most other games of its genre it tries to create a more realistic atmosphere: the most prominent example would be that almost every hit is an instant kill. And if not, the wound has to be bandaged to avoid bleeding to death. The weapons react more realistically (it is hard to keep a machine gun steady) and have no crosshair. Additionally there is no in-game indication besides the uniforms which player is on which side and there is no announcement of kills. All this creates the need to progress carefully at a slower pace.

There are also other areas where Red Orchestra 2 differs from regular multiplayer shooters: only a certain amount of every class type are allowed on a map to keep the balance and respawns are not instant - instead the game waits until a few people are ready to spawn to simulate reinforcements. Other features are the morale system which improves the performance when players with a high rank are nearby, and a cover system.

However, no experiments are made with the ranking system. Players receive points for helping the team (e.g. for kills or giving out ammo) which eventually results in a better rank. Practically the player can receive more stamina and better weapons this way, even if slower than usual. The commander can give out commands and order air attacks. There are three multiplayer modes: countdown, territory and team-deathmatch; the former two are variants of the known "conquer and defend certain areas" kind. The two singleplayer campaigns are basically just multiplayer games with bots.


Red Orchestra 2: Heroes of Stalingrad Windows Protecting my precious window with the help of machine gun
Red Orchestra 2: Heroes of Stalingrad Windows My tank is destroyed
Red Orchestra 2: Heroes of Stalingrad Windows Missions of German campaign
Red Orchestra 2: Heroes of Stalingrad Windows Aiming carefully

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Red Orchestra 2: Heroes of Stalingrad Screenshot
Red Orchestra 2: Heroes of Stalingrad Screenshot
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Alternate Titles

  • "Red Orchestra 2: Герои Сталинграда" -- Russian spelling
  • "Red Orchestra 2: Bohaterowie Stalingradu" -- Polish title

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Gameplay (Benelux) Sep 28, 2011 86 out of 100 86
GameStar (Germany) Sep 16, 2011 85 out of 100 85
Splitkick Nov 17, 2011 8 out of 10 80 Oct 18, 2011 16 out of 20 80
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) Sep 29, 2011 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
PC Games (Germany) Sep 22, 2011 76 out of 100 76
Thunderbolt Games Oct 13, 2011 7 out of 10 70
Cheat Code Central 2011 3.4 out of 5 68
Gamekult Sep 19, 2011 6 out of 10 60
GamingLives Oct 03, 2011 4 out of 10 40


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German version

In the German version, limbs are not cut off after explosions and all references to Nazi Germany during the singleplayer campaign were removed. A detailed list of changes can be found on

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Patrick Bregger (256746) added Red Orchestra 2: Heroes of Stalingrad (Windows) on Nov 27, 2011