Reviewed on 10 December 2004
As kids, we all pretended at some point or another to play war Ė with friends, family or the school bully. Campaign pits you in charge of assorted sized groups of soldiers, with a variety of different strengths and abilities. Entrust your soldiers with orders and watch them carry out the set of tasks you ordered them to do, and react with cunning and speed as they come under fire from Axis troops, tanks and machine gun posts.
The game is played over head, and movement is actually quite smooth with noticable line of sight and gunfire paths to allow you to get your troops into the thick of danger and back out to safety when needed. Think Call of Duty as a top-down slower version, with more real-time strategy feel and less randomness.
The game takes you from the shores of Normandy after the D-Day landing, across half of France as you cross the Rhine to down the Axis in the final battle as you guide your troupe of Tanks. Throughout the game there are several types of groups to make use of including infantry, heavy machine guns, bazookas and tanks, each able to demolish different types of enemy armour.
There is a bit too much button pressing at times, with almost 6 presses needed to manage the moving and fighting for a single unit and even more if you make a mistake. In the middle of a fight, this can become a little tricky, especially if youíve left some of your troops out in the open. The game gets quite difficult as you get deeper into the game, and if you loose a single unit itís a good idea to start the mission again if you want to stand a chance of finishing the mission. Oh, and make good use of available cover or you might find your troops turned into good French fertilizer.
This is quite a hard game to master, and definitely not for the faint of heart, but will keep you focused and enthralled as you hunger to finish mission after mission and move the front lines forward to the final showdown. The AI is top-notch and forever watchful, so again, stay behind shrubbery or dying will commence.
We give this game 7.5 out of 10.
Nokia 5100, 7210, 6230, 3200, 3100, 6100, 6220, 6610, 6800, 6820, 7250, 7250I, 6600, 3650, 3660
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