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Game Debate (Mar 08, 2010)
Conclusion: I liked it. The AI did a creditable job of giving me a good fight, even at "NORMAL" difficulty. It will be a while before I'll be able to crow that I could beat it at max difficulty settings from both sides, though I suspect the German armour and mobility advantage would be the first way I'll try. Admittedly the version I played was a "Press Copy" but the lack of multiplayer via internet is something I really hope to see corrected in the final version. Some of my best "Close Combat" games were played against other human players and although "Achtung Panzer: Kharkov 1943" will give hours of single player fun, it would really shine out in the multiplayer environment. There is a button on the main menu for "Add on Management Utility" which I hope will soon be graced with a multiplayer mode and all the fascinating mods that an active and imaginative modding community can engineer.
Hooked Gamers (Mar 05, 2010)
Between the lack of multiplayer, and the often horrible interface this is really only a game for the hardcore military simulations gamer. Of all of my experience with these sorts of games, however, APK stands out on its own for being the most inherently complex and statistically realistic I have ever played. As such, any sort of wargamer would find themselves at home with this game. I expect I'll be loading it up again, right... now in fact.
Game Vortex (Mar 31, 2010)
Several factors add up to Achtung Panzer: Kharkov 1943 having a near impossible barrier of entrance. The game's A.I. is unforgiving. The rules are extensive. The game's pace is tedious. You will, however, walk away from any victoriously completed battle with a true sense of pride. Though you may not pay a blood cost, you will pay a time cost. Troop movement is very smooth and watching the action can be quite cinematic.
GameOn (Feb 25, 2010)
The game itself is not as hard to get into as some I have played, but is quite a bit more in depth when you scratch the surface. It's not a game for beginners, not by any stretch of the imagination, but more for a seasoned player, who has some time to sit and appreciate the work that has gone into the game and its creation. I applaud the developers for their attention to detail and their creation of one of the best strategy games I have seen in a long time.
Game Shark (Apr 20, 2010)
These significant problems keep Achtung Panzer from being a truly great game, but it remains an solid wargame, especially for the $20 Paradox and Graviteam are asking. Its problems bothered me less and less as I spent more time with the game. Spectacular pyrotechnics and sound effects took me over the learning curve, and once I came to terms with Achtung Panzer's annoying quirks, I found myself playing what has turned into my favorite tactical wargame since Close Combat.
Achtung Panzer: Kharkov 1943 is the sort of detailed, historically accurate game that hardcore WWII gamers will like. While I would not recommend it to everyone, as some gamers are not looking for quite this much detail and micromanagement, those of you who are into this sort of thing should definitely pick up the demo. You will find a title with enough content to satisfy your tactical inclinations for quite some time.
Cyber Stratege (Apr 25, 2010)
La conclusion de cet test sera sans équivoque, en forme d’invitation : Achetez Kharkov 1943 ! Si vous aimez les purs wargames, les jeux de réflexion/action profonds, les jolis graphismes et les batailles épiques, réalistes, passer à côté de ce titre serait comme d’avoir raté le wagon pour ce qui est actuellement, sans aucuns doutes, l’un des meilleurs titres du genre.
The Eastern Front was a gritty, tough place to be, and Kharkov claimed a lot of lives on both sides. If you feel you’re up to the challenge, Achtung Panzer: Kharkov 1943 will give you a chance to prove your metal. If you can make it here, you truly deserve the title of armchair general, and I for one, salute you.
80 (Feb 24, 2010)
Achtung Panzer: Kharkov 1943 bliver på min harddisk og jeg vil uforbeholdent anbefale det til folk med interesse i strategi- og krigsspil. Det er et af de spil jeg vil vende tilbage til igen og igen. Personligt venter jeg allerede spændt på det næste spil i serien – med lidt flere enheder, måske et par ekstra kort man kan spille på, lidt federe lyd og multiplayer ville Kharkov 1943 nok kunne have fået et 9-tal herfra.
78 (Mar 05, 2010)
Achtung Panzer: Kharkov 1943 on vaikea tapaus. Alun kangertelut ja valikon sekamelskat ohitettuaan pelin suhteellisen yksinkertainen komentojärjestelmä alkaa viehättää, vaikka realismi kärsiikin rajallisten mahdollisuuksien vuoksi. Kun homma sujuu ja panssarit eivät pyöri katollaan, sen kanssa viettää mielellään tunnin jos toisenkin. Joskus kaikki vaan menee reisille ja peli-ilo katkeaa alkuunsa turhauttavien ongelmien takia. Välillä taas on vaikeaa päättää, kummalle puolelle pelin kanssa kallistuu.
EGC Games (2010)
Achtung Panzer: Kharkov 1943 is a squad-based real time wargame, following the footsteps of the revered Close Combat and Steel Panthers series. Instead of a ‘safe’ top-down approach, the developers have opted for a full-blown 3D engine that’s up to the task giving a real sense of combat during World War 2. Historical accuracy, vehicular detail, AI and gameplay will not disappoint wargamers. If only its interface and sound were more polished we could have been talking about a classic. Graviteam has a rough diamond on their hands that can and should be refined further to provide wargame and strategy fans alike with a few titles capable of devouring their spare time. Next stop, Kursk?
Czech Gamer (Feb 27, 2010)
Nemá cenu soudit, jestli bude Achtung Panzer: Kharkov 1943 úspěšným titulem. Vše se rozhodne až někdy nyní po 25. únoru 2010, kdy hra vyšla. Hardcore publikum nebo nadšence Velké vlastenecké války nejspíše nadchne, někteří se nechají nalákat na možnost zkusit si konflikt ze strany Wehrmachtu. Všechny tyto faktory ovšem nepřebije fakt, že pro mainstream to asi není a navíc je zde konkurence podobných titulů (např. série Total War), která velké bitvy zvládá poněkud jednodušeji, přehledněji a s daleko větším počtem jednotek. Uvidíme, jak se z vysokou náročností popasují světoví recenzenti, já ze svého krátkého působení na ruské frontě dávám 75%.
Out Of Eight (Mar 07, 2010)
Achtung Panzer: Kharkov 1943 has a remarkable attention to detail that permeates everything throughout the game.Everything, that is, except for the auxiliary features (...) Achtung Panzer: Kharkov 1943 is certainly better than similar titles like Officers,and those willing to look past the occasional missteps will find a core game that is highly enjoyable in its realistic tilt.
Level 7 (Apr 01, 2010)
Achtung Panzer är ett avancerat strategispel med mycket taktik och mindre action. Utan en tutorial är det svårt att lära sig hur allt fungerar, men ger man spelet lite tid kan man komma över irritationsmomenten. De som vill ha ett krigsspel som är seriöst och realistiskt lär inte bli besvikna på det som Achtung Panzer levererar.
70 (May 12, 2010)
VERDIKT: Po delší době velmi zajímavý mix tahové (2D) a RTS strategie (3D), jenž se snaží oslovit co možná nejreálnějšími bojovými podmínkami a autentickým prostředím. Není to ovšem nic pro příležitostné hráče, ale naopak pro ty náročnější z vás, kteří ocení mimo jiné i propracovanou umělou inteligenci jak nepřátelských tak vlastních jednotek. Nutno ovšem podotknout, že negativ také není málo a ty nezbývá než nějak překousnout a smířit se s nimi. Pochybuji, že by třeba úplně pominutý multiplayer vyřešil nějaký patch.
Girl Gamers UK (Feb 25, 2010)
It hardly needs to be said in this review, but the steep learning curve and micromanagement required to get the most out of Achtung Panzer will not be for everyone. Those expecting another Brothers In Arms or Battlefield experience are likely to be forced into retreat almost immediately. Similarly, the limited scope of the game’s setting could be seen as only appealing to a niche audience – no theatre of war-hopping missions here: you’re strictly limited to the wintry wastes of Kharkov itself.
With the steep learning curve and realism this game will definitely not be for everyone. I recommend it for those who like real war games and in depth strategy titles. History buffs will appreciate the vehicle and tank encyclopedia. For those who like this style of game, you’ll find lots of replay value and plenty of battle action coming your way. Be sure to check out the demo to make sure this game is up your alley first.
65 (Mar 09, 2010)
So let's sum it up: slow gameplay, average graphics, sound only when absolutely necessary, sometimes weak AI... sounds quite negative but if you're a true die-hard strategy fan you might want to pick it up nonetheless. At a budget price.
63 (May 14, 2010)
Obwohl mich das Szenario um Charkow militärhistorisch interessiert, werde ich mit Achtung Panzer: Kharkov 1943 nicht warm. Das liegt noch nicht mal an der völligen Unzugänglichkeit des ukrainischen Strategiespiels, an die man sich auch irgendwann gewöhnt. Wer braucht schon Dinge wie schöne Präsentation, Übersicht oder Durchblick? Es liegt vielmehr an den wenig spannenden Kämpfen, die immer ähnlich verlaufen: Egal ob man in der Schneelandschaft Verteidiger oder Angreifer spielt, die Schlachten gleichen sich. Zudem läuft alles recht zäh ab und es dauert ewig, bis mal was passiert. Wie im echten Krieg wartet man mehr, als dass man kämpft. Dennoch haben die Macher akribisch alle historischen Schlachtfelder und Einheiten rund um Charkow nachgestellt, was Lob verdient. Sogar bei der Bewaffnung haben sie sich im Gegensatz zu manch anderem Spiel keine Schnitzer geleistet. Leider führt der übertriebene Realismus auch dazu, dass der Kampf viel zu spröde und frustrierend schwer ist.
Gameplay (Benelux) (Mar 31, 2010)
Een degelijke en diepgaande RTS die onder povere speelbaarheid en een zwakke afwerking bedolven raakt. Een gemiste kans.
GameStar (Germany) (May 10, 2010)
Tief im Herzen der sperrigen Schlachten schlägt in Achtung Panzer ein genauso tapferes wie cleveres Herz. Die KI zu besiegen ist nicht leicht, weswegen ich mich umso mehr die fummelige Steuerung geärgert habe. Wenn ich mich schon mit der Schmalspurgrafik abfinde, will ich spielerische Exzellenz und keinen Scroll- und Zoom-Schmumpf, der mich von einem Wutanfall in den nächsten schickt. Achtung Entwickler: Nachsitzen bitte!
Rock, Paper, Shotgun (Mar 07, 2010)
Whatever Graviteam’s plans are, I hope they realise they’ve got a gem on their hands here. Achtung Panzer is that rare thing – a convincing WW2 wargame with a campaign system that doesn’t feel like an afterthought. If you’ve been searching for the next step in the Steel Panthers – Close Combat – CMx1 march of progress, this is it.