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Nations: Fighter Command

Nations: Fighter Command
2

There’s some initial hope with Nations. When you first power it up, you’re greeted with a very sleek interface and several singleplayer and multiplayer options. Developer Psygnosis, unfortunately, isn’t exactly famous for providing realistic flight sims, and while they did shamelessly plaster the game’s presumed adherence to realism, the end result begs to differ. Nations […]

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Codename: Panzers – Phase Two

Codename: Panzers – Phase Two
4

Phasing out the old. Sort of. Codename Panzers was a well-executed, content-rich strategy title that got somewhat overrun in the tank-rush of major releases at the time. Its successor, Phase Two, presents different Anglo-American/German fronts in WWII as experienced by a cast of new characters, and promises to round out the package with even more […]

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Moscow to Berlin: Red Siege

Moscow to Berlin: Red Siege
2.5

From Desert Rats to D-Day, Cristo has done its fair share of real-time strategy games based on World War II, and here is yet another lesser known cookie-cutter game from the same developer – Moscow to Berlin, naturally centering on the Russo-German campaign. Throughout the game you will be bounced from one side to the […]

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Sudden Strike Forever

Sudden Strike Forever
3.5

Sudden Strike, set in World War 2, is partially inspired by the Close Combat series, but it banks more towards the C&C school of design. CDV’s addon disk of the game follows the same mindset, but adds more stuff. We get one new side with their own weapons, vehicles and troops – England – and […]

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Pacific Fighters

Pacific Fighters
4

The guys behind the original IL-2 Sturmovik, Oleg Maddox and his team, gave us a wonderful focus of the war over the snowy expanses of the Eastern Front, where German planes tangled with obscure but lively Russian planes. Since then, it’s gradually migrated closer to a setting more palatable to American gamers, working its way […]

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Combat Mission 3: Afrika Korps

Combat Mission 3: Afrika Korps
3.5

Like a Panzer division roaring into a sleepy crossroads town, Combat Mission: Beyond Overlord shook wargaming. Developed and published in 2000 by the pairing of Big Time Software and Battlefront, it melded turn-based and real-time action, strategic challenge and gripping drama, but with a tinge of easy access that made the thing playable by novice […]

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Desert Rats vs. Afrika Korps

Desert Rats vs. Afrika Korps
3.5

This real-time strategy game is based on the North African battles of World War II. The action begins in March 1941, with Axis forces headed by the legendary Erwin Rommel almost pushing the British to Egypt, followed by the calculated British counterattack that resulted in a massive German retreat and the eventual capture of hundreds […]

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Strategic Command: European Theater

Strategic Command: European Theater
4

Strategic Command: European Theater is a World War II grand strategy game. You get six huge campaigns based on major turning points in World War II: the Poland invasion, the opening days of Barbarossa, Kursk, D-Day, and so on. Thanks to the ease with which you can experiment with weapons research and diplomatic flip-flops, it’s […]

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Across the Rhine

Across the Rhine
3

Across the Rhine is an oddball mix of tank simulation and strategy set during World War 2. It’s also a monster of complexity that will rightfully scare off most people, requiring almost as much time to master as Harpoon or Falcon 3.0. As a combat game, it’s weak. Upon entering battle, I found it impossible […]

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Silent Heroes: Elite Troops of WWII

Silent Heroes: Elite Troops of WWII
3

If Silent Heroes feels eerily familiar, it might be beacuse you’ve already played it before (back when it was called Soldiers: Heroes of World War 2). Except Silent Heroes takes the original real-time tactical game and minimizes it to incorporate fewer units against greater odds, attempting to make it feel more like a squad-based Commandos […]

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