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Close Combat is the first installment of Microsoft's Close Combat series that bases its power more on a strategy, then on real-time battling. You're placed as the battlefield commander as you command your troops in Normandy. Choose either to play as Axis or an Allies.


Close Combat Windows Troop deployment
Close Combat Windows Titlescreen
Close Combat Windows Pitched battle between church and forest
Close Combat Windows Mission or campaign selection

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Alternate Titles

  • "戰鬥神將" -- Chinese spelling (traditional)
  • "Project X" -- Working title
  • "Close Combat: Take command of men who act like real soldiers" -- Tag-lined title
  • "Close Combat: Prenez le commandement de véritables soldats" -- French tag-lined title
  • "Beyond Squad Leader" -- Working title
  • "Advanced Squad Leader" -- Working title

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Critic Reviews

GameSpot Aug 01, 1996 9.1 out of 10 91
PC Games Oct, 1996 A- 91 1996 90 out of 100 90
Online Gaming Review (OGR) Jul 13, 1996 9 out of 10 90
PC Player (Denmark) 1996 83 out of 100 83
World Village (Gamer's Zone) 1996 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Oct, 1996 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
Power Play Sep, 1996 65 out of 100 65
PC Player (Germany) Aug, 1996 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
High Score Oct, 1996 2 out of 5 40


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The concept of Close Combat had been in the works for a long time. The basic game design already existed as Project X at the time Atomic Games was working on the V for Victory games for Three-Sixty Pacific, Inc., later became Advanced Squad Leader and Beyond Squad Leader when Avalon Hill wanted them to do a Squad Leader video game, and it was eventually called Close Combat when Atomic Games teamed up with Microsoft.
MAT (186091) added Close Combat (Windows) on Jul 15, 2000
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