Men of War: Condemned Heroes
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Men of War: Condemned Heroes tells the story of one of the infamous Soviet penal battalions during the WWII. These battalions are famous for being formed under Stalin’s "No step back!" order #227. They consisted of court-martialed officers that were given a chance to redeem their crimes, or incompetence, in blood by serving as the lowest enlisted rank in a battalion that was assigned the most dangerous tasks. These battalions’ images are surrounded by many myths, and this game tells the truth about these regiments based on real evidence from their former members.
Take command of one of these notorious companies and lead it to victory against all odds through most of the war on the Eastern front. Fight from desperate battles in 1942 in the area of Volyn in the Ukraine, to the massive operation “Bagration” in the Brest area, Magnush bridgehead and Warsaw area in Poland and finally to attacks on the German Altdam and Stettin near the end of the war.
Ultimate single player experience – 4 campaigns telling the story of the penal company from crucial 1942 to victorious 1945.
Truth about Soviet penal battalions from their former members.
New ultra-detailed photorealistic human models, faces and uniforms.
Bonus single player missions focusing on other non-penal army units.
A standalone game that's not up to its Franchise.Smashbuttons | Feb. 16, 2014 | See all Smashbuttons's reviews »
As a MoW Franchise fan, I can't believe how BAD this game is.
Story: It's an RTS that narrates a lot of the stories (most of them exaggerated) of the infamous penal platoons that served in the eastern front on WWII. It's not dramatic, and the stories that could've been told with this jewel were thrown to waste. Maybe because Russia now tries to "forget and erase" the mistakes that the Soviet Union did, but who knows...
Gameplay: It's the easiest of the MoW franchise, the level design is LAME, because of it's a linear map in most if not all cases. It doesn't give you strategic options, you have to go in a straight line killing everything til you reach the end of the map. I can't believe this are the same guys that made the First MoW, that is a Jewel on WWII RTS games.
Music and Sound: The music it's one of the best things of this game, because it manages to transmit the heroic feeling of being on one of those death squads, but the sound, perhaps the biggest MoW flaw, it's still unpolished. The studio should've learnt by now that they need to recreate a battlefield sound, not a peaceful and quiet landscape if "nothing is happening".
Multiplayer: It's the SAME multiplayer that's been going since MoW 1, which it's really good, but we have to criticize the lack of innovation.
Innovation: No one.
Difficulty: It's really easy. I should recommend to you this game if you're new to strategy and even more if you haven't played a MoW game before, or any RTS. But if you're not a noob, this game it's not a challenge, it's almost a 2D - Scroller.
Overall: YOU DON'T WANT TO BUY THIS GAME. This could've been perfectly a DLC for MoW 1 or MoW: RT, not a standalone game. This one in particular is a way to steal money.