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Based on the Unreal mod, Red Orchestra is a realistic World War II first-person multiplayer shooter.

The game includes thirteen maps from Stalingrad to Ukrainian steppes to the last days of Berlin. The map sizes vary so that some maps only have a few tanks while others can have up to ten. Equipment and character classes also differ depending on era. Each side has set character classes, so most players need to be content with playing a normal soldier.

Red Orchestra has been designed to be as real as possible. There are no aiming markers; the players have to use the iron sights. There are also no markers to identify friend from foe: the only way to tell is to look at their uniforms. There are also no ammo meters. The realism goes so far that the player actually has to pull out the empty cartridge after firing a bolt-action rifle. Even suppressive fire is useful as bullets going near make shooting more difficult.

There is a total of 28 infantry weapons and 14 different vehicles, each realistically modeled.


Red Orchestra: Ostfront 41-45 Windows Axis or Allies?
Red Orchestra: Ostfront 41-45 Windows Charging up a mountainside.
Red Orchestra: Ostfront 41-45 Windows In this case the gunner's view isn't any better either.
Red Orchestra: Ostfront 41-45 Windows Main menu

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Red Orchestra: Ostfront 41-45 Screenshot
Red Orchestra: Ostfront 41-45 Screenshot
Red Orchestra: Ostfront 41-45 Screenshot
Red Orchestra: Ostfront 41-45 Screenshot


Alternate Titles

  • "红色管弦乐队:东线41-45" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)

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Pelit Windows May, 2006 92 out of 100 92
Absolute Games ( Windows Mar 27, 2006 88 out of 100 88
Game Over Online Windows May 17, 2006 85 out of 100 85
PC Action (Germany) Windows May 13, 2006 82 out of 100 82
PC Powerplay Windows Mar 29, 2006 81 out of 100 81
Gamigo Windows Jul 23, 2006 8 out of 10 80
1UP Windows May 22, 2006 8 out of 10 80
GameSpot (Belgium/Netherlands) Windows Jul 10, 2006 79 out of 100 79
Gamezine Windows Nov 21, 2006 14 out of 20 70
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Windows Jul, 2006 Unscored Unscored


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The game started as a singleplayer total conversion, based on the Red Orchestra spy ring. It was originally developed with the Quake III: Team Arena engine, and was then changed into a multiplayer game, focusing on the Eastern Front, as a total conversion for Unreal Tournament 2003 and later Unreal Tournament 2004.

The developers entered the Make Something Unreal Contest with the game, organized by nVidia and Epic, and they won free Unreal 2.5 and 3.0 licenses as a grand prize. This allowed them to develop and distribute a standalone version of the game, released on 14th March 2006.

German version

In the German version, cut off limbs after explosions were removed.

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