Reviews for Faces of War

80

Pleasantly surprised

vvhitevvolf | July 8, 2013 | See all vvhitevvolf's reviews »

I believe Faces of War is the second game in the "of war" games, The first was Soldiers: Heroes of World War II. It was followed by games like Men of War and Theater of War and I think it is a great place for people to start the series. It has a good tutorial that explains how to play the game. If I had to give a quick summary of Faces of War I would describe it like a mix of commandos and company of heroes.

You control a small squad of soldiers similar to commandos and each soldier has his own strengths like in that game except it's not quite as focused on having each soldier only being able to perform certain actions. With that said, you still have a lot of options at your disposal. You can take direct control of each individual soldier and have him use items he comes across throughout the missions. You can search dead soldiers for items like health packs, ammunition, grenades and weapons. You can also take control of tanks, jeeps and machine gun nests ect. that you come across. This really makes the game interesting and makes it stand out from games like Company of Heroes.

Faces of War is much more action packed than commandos and that's where it is similar to Company of Heroes. You don't build bases like CoH but like CoH you are usually having to react quickly and think about where to position your troops to keep them alive while dealing with a variety of dangerous enemies as you progress through the level. Faces of War is much more intense because you won't be calling in wave after wave of cannon fodder to accomplish your mission like in CoH.

Faces of War will require some strategy as you will almost always be outnumbered and outgunned. Also, the environments are destructive as seen in CoH so hiding in one spot to long may lead to some tense moments as you find yourself exposed after having your cover destroyed. The levels are well designed and offer a wide variety of missions. You might be sneaking into a base at night on one mission and driving a tank the next. It's surprising that this game was not more popular because I find it to be just about as good as CoH.

The only real flaws I have with Faces of War is that the AI pathing is sometimes pretty bad. You tell your troops to move to an area and they run directly in front of dangerous enemies instead of trying to move using the safest path. So that requires some micromanagement. Also the commands take some getting used to. Getting your soldiers to do what you want sometimes feels more difficult than it should. Especially when you are under fire and in that moment every second counts. But of course the more you play the better you get at the game and the controls will get easier, so stick with it.

Finally, the graphics are really good considering how old the game is and the sounds of the war going on around you are all done really well. The voice acting is one downside to the game because they don't get the accents correct for each campaign type . There are 3 campaigns to tackle. Russian, German and Allies and they are all fun and provide many hours of game play. Faces of War is a great game for anyone who is looking for some good old WW2 RTS action and at the price its going for it may just surprise you how such a great game slipped through the cracks. I highly recommend Faces of war and give it a 8 out of 10.

85

Enjoyable gameplay

Lekes | Feb. 24, 2013 | See all Lekes's reviews »

This is a worthy successor to Soldiers: Heroes of World War II. Brought to you by the same team that made that fine game, this one is more polished and you have more commands at your disposal. It plays pretty much the same (if you haven't tried the other, go get it immediately!), but is deeper and richer due to new commands and maps that are better designed. A lot of strategy/tactical games have overly complicated controls and more of your game is spent trying to get the controls to do what you want them to. Not so here.

75

Second best in series

pharaoh13 | April 10, 2012 | See all pharaoh13's reviews »

This game is made by the same people who did Men of War, one of my all time favorite WW2 games. As my title indicates, this game rates a notch lower than Men of War, but is still well worth buying and playing, especially if you have played through all the Men of War campaigns (in my case I played them all twice). Scenarios aren't as challenging and the story line not as compelling in this one. Plus, some of the controls aren't quite as good. For example, if you set your soldiers to stay in position, don't be surprised to find them running around after being fired on. Plus, my favorite, the guy who insists on healing himself while being shredded by machine gun fire.

86

Great Game, Needs a Little Polish

gypsy39 | Aug. 10, 2011 | See all gypsy39's reviews »

I am enjoying this game a lot! For those of you who don't know this is the second game in the Men of War franchise, after 'Soldiers: Heroes of WW2', and prior to 'Men of War'. Initially I didn't like the game play as much as 'Men of War', but this title has grown on me in a big way. I had trouble figuring out how to play the next mission, this game doesn't automatically select the next mission if you press continue, you must select it manually by clicking the mission picture cards at the bottom of the screen. I'm not sure if this was Ubisoft's influence on the game or not, but the layout is definitely not as good as other titles in the series. It also has a more arcade feel to it, as if it was being targeted for a younger audience. Here's an example: The distance you're able to shoot is way too short. I know they can't have realistic ballistics in a game like this, because take an "Eighty-Eight" German gun for instance, which had an effective range of over 14km! That said, I found that in 'Men of War', the in game range for weapons was more reasonable. In 'Faces of War' a machine gun is barely able to shoot 30 in game feet, which becomes frustrating quickly. I found an awesome solution to this however: there is an excellent mod called "The Fronts", which makes the game way more realistic and enjoyable. All you need to do is create a folder called Mods in your 'Faces of War' folder, extract the mod files there, then under options in the main game menu there is a Mods tab, simply add the two part mod and enjoy. (CapsuleGames/FacesofWar-PC/Mods) I loved this game so much more after adding that mod. Be warned though you will be taking fire from a long way off, this can help and hinder you! I even went back and replayed some missions after adding this mod it was that good. On a more positive note, there are some really enjoyable missions in this game that are very well designed, making it well worth checking out. If it ever irked you in other titles in this series that they are reluctant to let you use tanks, it is not so in this title. Everyone loves commanding a tank and there are plenty of opportunities given here. Like all games in this series, it includes a neat GEM editor so you can set up your own epic battles which adds a ton of replay value. While this game isn't quite as good as 'Men of War' because I found it needed a little sprucing up, it does have many redeeming qualities. This is not one to miss troops!

70

Empty

hotmando1 | July 5, 2011 | See all hotmando1's reviews »

Singleplayer is fun. but what is lacking is multiplayer. Sometimes I give this a run but sadly no one plays it online anymore. I would buy this game just for the single player. The mechanics are really done nicely. It's almost like company of heroes except cooler. Shooting animations need some work. Lots of animations are static. The story is also your typical go-figure WW2 story. Enemy there, do this, and that. Lots of destruction in game, get a rocket launcher and boom! It's like Bad Company 2 except TPS. Rock,paper,scissor mechanics are also in play. This kills that and this is weak to that. Graphics are okay and bearable, gameplay is what makes thee game attractive. Get the game for good old fun.

80

Best tactical WWII RTS

keeveek | April 5, 2011 | See all keeveek's reviews »

If you liked Company of Heroes, youll definitely love this game. Youll love it even more! Cause, in my opinion, it's more realistic and complex than COH. For example, vehicles do not have health bars. Every part of the vehicle can be damaged and make it unoperativeable. For example if you blow off a tire, the vehicle won't go any further but will be able to shoot when it stands. You may also direct control any unit and vehicle present in a game and i have to tell you - there is nothing more satisfactory than bombarding units with mortars and artillery by yourself and see the mayhem. Wonderful mayhem, because almost everything on the map is destructable. If you cannot kill a sniper that is hiding in the window, you may consider blowing him up with Panzerfaust! With a little piece of wall ofc ;-) There is nothing here like safe cover before tanks. Graphics are nice and smooth, you may see details such holes on the walls or in the ground, pieces of shredder armor are flying around, pure awesomeness.