Men of War: Red Tide
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"Men at War: Red Tide is a little dated but when it comes to gameplay, this is the highlight of the title. So put on your black coat, grab your gun and start liberating a country! BANG!" - ImpulseGamer.com
"if you enjoyed the rich scenarios of previous games in the series you probably own this game already. If you don't, and if you're looking for an entry point into the phenomenon, this is as stellar a place to start as any." - CPUGamer.com
Men of War: Red Tide is a sequel to the critically acclaimed RTS Men of War. Red Tide introduces a new story driven campaign based on the writings of Soviet scribe Alexander Zorich, it also includes dozens of new or upgraded units and weapons.
Men of War: Red Tide is a stunning mixture of RTS and a third-person action that introduces a new fighting force known for its brutal efficiency during the height of World War II. Played out across more than 20 missions, Men of War: Red Tide allows to take command of the feared “Black Coats,” the nickname given to Soviet Marines, an elite combat group specializing in engagements near the shoreline.
The player has direct control of new game units including the Black Coats, tanks, self-propelled guns, armored trains, landing craft, artillery and new enemy emplaced weapons to capture and use. New air support options include fighters, bombers, hydroplanes; cruisers, destroyers and gun boats which provide naval fire support.
Fighting during the Black Sea Campaigns of WWII, history buffs and WWII aficionados will recognize theaters of battle such as Odessa, Sevastopol, Theodosia, Eltingen, Nikolaev and Constanta.
23 missions - Soviet, German, Romanian and Italian forces
Six intense historical battles and landing operations during 1941-1945
Over 100 different military units: tanks, artillery, armored cars, planes (fighters, bombers, transporters), war ships and boats (cruisers, torpedo boats, gunboats)
Men of War on steroidsLSD | April 1, 2015 | See all LSD's reviews »
Red Tide focuses exclusively on the Crimean front of WW2, told exclusively from the Russian perspective, mainly focusing on the Black Sea Marines. Like the other MoW titles, it features the same great RTS mechanics, micromanagement of individual soldiers, and macromanagement of whole squads. That's about where the similarities end, though. Whereas the other MoW titles feature some pretty difficult missions, Red Tide centres exclusively around them. The very first mission, aptly named "Baptism by Fire" involves you landing on a defended beach with just 3 squads under your command and a bunch of allies being killed all around. Since your allies won't do anything, you have to clear defended trench after defended trench with those 3 squads, fighting machine guns, mortars, and even an artillery piece. As if that's not enough, once you start making some progress, enemy reinforcements arrive with tanks, right in your flank... So basically, if you haven't got experience with the MoW series, this probably isn't the game for you.
Though the game lacks multiplayer seen in other MoW titles, it makes up for it by having a great story. The same poorly-done voiceovers are still present, but the story covers real-life actions on the Odessa front, and even features unlockable memoires of soldiers on the front, which are really interesting to read.
There's also some new vehicles, including gunboats and midget submarines, armed with torpedos and calliope rocket launchers.
Eastern Front wargame done properlytzarinakatarina | Oct. 28, 2013 | See all tzarinakatarina's reviews »
Men of War: Red Tide takes you again to the eastern front of World War Two. It will be the Russian campaign, so you will be replaying battles between Germans and Soviets for most of the time, with some additional appearances of Romanians. The game is even better than Men of War, as brutal and probably even more unforgiving. Some fighting will take place around the Black Sea, some will feature some interesting units (Black Coats!) and the whole campaign of over 20 missions is driven by great storyline that binds the battles together and turns them into an unforgettable experience. I am still trying to finish this game, and am enjoying every bit of the struggle.