Reviews for Theatre of War [Legacy]



DanielZo0 | June 12, 2013 | See all DanielZo0's reviews »

It took me a bit of time & effort to get this baby to run smoothly, but if your're a serious wargamer and enjoy realistic wargames such as the Close Combat series of games then this is the one for you. Having tried Sqad Assault, Combat mission and all the other WW2 games out there, finding them all lacking in some way or another this is the first title to satisfy me since playing ladder games on cc3!


Welcome to the theatre...

ccccp | May 31, 2013 | See all ccccp's reviews »

What matters here is strategy. Or rather tactics (yes, shame, still no total war 39-45). And at tactical level, this is good ... very good ... Swing your men in the open and there will be a small pile of dead flesh in three bursts. Stash your men with a blanket of tanks or artillery when you can and you will maintain a strategic point several minutes time to launch a minor side attack with armored units. We feel the fragility of units,but also the usefulness of some of them. Be advised to use the infantry to check for Panzerfausts. We are obliged to attempt a foot movement ahead of our tanks to prevent adverse armored responses . It is very realistic and well done. Otherwise, it's ugly, but it has the merit of making a huge effort (if farcry enjoyed a valid scenario, you do not spit it, here it is the reverse). I don't think it is easy to handle (but do not hesitate to try the world of wargaming then open to you).


Ok game, just not for all.

mevidek | Aug. 18, 2011 | See all mevidek's reviews »

Much like Men of War, Theatre of War is a very hit-and-miss game. Promising highly detailed and realistic strategic gameplay, this game may not appeal to some, but will to others. While games such as Company of Heroes and RUSE may pick up the award for better graphics, more entertaining gameplay and generally more polish, Theatre of War is similar to a cult film. Some dislike it, but those that like it love it. Anyway, if you're interested you should get this, but if not then steer clear, for I will not try to sell you this game!



newn | Aug. 11, 2011 | See all newn's reviews »

This game is different than most RTS games. It is different because you have so much control over everything, that is so detailed... That it's incredibly hard to master the game. I am a good gamer, but I still haven't mastered it with about 30 hours of gameplay. I believe it would require me another 30 to be even close to mastering what is offered by the game, however I didn't play it that long, I went for an FPS at the time. There are five large campaigns - Russian, US/UK, German, Polish and French, several missions each. You will get small troops, as in most RTS games in the beginning of each mission, and will get reinforcements when certain objectives are completed. You will also have off-the-map artillery to help you fight the enemy, so the missions will be a bit easier. But that won't make them easy. This game is actually very hard, one of the hardest RTS I've ever played. It might be that hard because everything was made realistically, or at least a good try of it. Realistic morale, line-of-sight, shooting, damage. However there is a little problem - the battles and environments seem to be a bit monotonic. Every map has yellow fields, same roads, same farmhouses and hills. The only difference is the weather. So the game is very interesting if you don't mind to play a hard game in monotonic environments. But if you do - then you probably won't like it. I, however, liked it a lot, I've spend 30 hours playing it, and would've spend more if I would've gotten a birthday present of a good FPS game. Besides - now it costs only ~6.5€, and it's definitely worth the price. However I wouldn't pay 15€, but on this site - discounts aren't uncommon. And that's why I love this site - just wait for a discount and take it. :)


Retreat hell!

awesomedude2306 | May 4, 2011 | See all awesomedude2306's reviews »

Let me set one thing straight with you. Theatre of War is going to kick your butt. Odd introduction aside, it is also going to be the most rewarding RTS experience you've ever had. Micromanaging ammo consumption and soldier morale is always a complicated affair, but ToW kicks it up a notch by making you manage hundreds of soldiers. This is not a game for pansies, so if you're use to Company of Heroes, you can throw that logic of play out the door. This game is equal parts Men of War and the Total War series. In other words.....HARD AS CRAP. But enjoy!


Awesome WW2 RTS.

wahidasoldier | April 7, 2011 | See all wahidasoldier's reviews »

Theatre of War has gotten quite a bad bunch of reviews from these posters. To be honest with you all, I'm not sure why. The game has plenty intuitive control, and the tutorial covers everything from movement to line of sight. Theatre of War offers some of the most detailed controls of any RTS, which are complex and take time to get used to. Using preset functions your squad AI is decently enhanced, and you can focus on the big picture more. Don't think you can leave them sitting though, soldiers need orders. The main thing about Theatre of War that is unique is the size of engagement zones. No longer is the battle taking place on a small farm, it's taking place across a massive length of fields and countryside. The enemy is excellent in the game, and puts up a hell of a fight. No battle is a pushover, which means you have to work to win. You won't appreciate the game fully if you don't have a love of realism and a want to play one of the most challenging and realistic WWII rts games.