Men of War
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"_Men of War doesn't need a slick Hollywood narrative to succeed. It does its stunning storytelling on the hoof and on the battlefield. It writes its dramas in blood, and fire, and bullets. _" - Eurogamer.net
"there is a segment of the gaming public out there who is looking for exactly this kind of experience (well, maybe without the awful pathfinding) and for them, Men of War will be a revelation." - IGN.com
Men of War takes place in Europe and North Africa during the height of World War II. The story takes place over three different campaigns and players take on the role of Soviet, Allied and German soldiers. Each campaign has its own scenario and structured timeline, which brings different elements of the war to life.
The game features hundreds of accurately modelled historical tanks and vehicles — including new designs of tanks, APCs and heavy guns — all of which are ready for your command. Dynamic in-game cutscenes enhance the single-player by telling the plot, without pulling the player out of the game experience. What's more, the sounds of war have been given a new lease of life, with more than 1,000 sounds effects of weapons and combat gear; all recorded under real operating conditions.
The single-player campaign also features a customisable user-interface, so players can have the command controls laid out in their own style. One of the biggest changes for Men of War is the inclusion of a comprehensive multiplayer, featuring new maps and modes, including Capture the Flag, High-Value Cargo and more. Also, there's a refined rating system to ensure a fair fight in online multiplayer battles.
Complex damage engine which allows game objects to be damaged on multiple levels
Comprehensive cover system
Precision system of vision that takes into account window, walls, bushes, etc.
Detailed damage system of vehicles and structures, along with ballistic calculation of bullets and shell trajectories
Direct control of any unit
Dynamic landscape, which can be deformed by explosions
Soft fog of war
Volumetric highly detailed grass
Wide assortment of firearms, along with ground, water and air vehicles
Damaging system - The realistic damage system in Men of War makes combat seem extremely life-like and adds an extra layer of tactics. For example, a tank that has its thick armour hit front on by a shell will hardly be damaged. However, an anti-tank grenade accurately thrown into the engine can cause a great deal of damage. Although, it's not all bad, and if you have a repair kit, it's possible to fix any vehicles that haven't been totally destroyed.
Vehicles - Players have a range of different vehicles and weapons they can use to take out the enemy. A few include: automatic rifles, machine guns, jet grenade launchers, jeeps, tanks, anti-aircraft guns, armoured cars and many others. All these are modelled on detailed drawings of real combat vehicles, which adds to the overall realism in Men of War.
Troops and shelters - Troops of soldiers are the basic unit in game. The commander is indicated by a yellow marker, while ordinary soldiers are green. Meanwhile, units that aren't assigned to a squad are coloured grey until they're recruited by a commander. You can appoint commanders yourself, as well as include or exclude particular soldiers and even control separate units. Practically any object can be used by ground troops as a shelter from enemy fire and a handy icon demonstrates exactly how units will use shelter when moving.
Inventory - One of the most exciting features in Men of War is the inclusion of an inventory for each vehicle and solider. The player can search the bodies of fallen comrades, enemies or even vehicles to find useful items, like a grenade launcher or a high-powered sniper rifle. At any time the inventory can be opened up, so that items can be swapped around or removed entirely to make room for more important objects.
Placing mines - As a nasty surprise for any attacking troops, players can place anti-tank or anti-infantry mines along potential routes. Although this tactic might not be commonplace in the single-player, when playing with others in multiplayer it can become the ace up a skilled commander's sleeve.
Tactics - The chance of success or failure in Men of War depends not only on the size of a player's army but also the correct choice of tactics during key moments in a battle. For example using a Sherman tank may potentially tip the fight but you've always got to ensure enemy soldiers aren't armed with anti-tank grenades. What's more cover can be destroyed by heavy fire, so a house that may seem like a perfect defence position one moment, can be levelled by tank fire the next — killing any soldiers hiding inside.
The strategy war game you are looking for.Seibitsu | July 12, 2014 | See all Seibitsu's reviews »
I myself am not a person who pleys a lot of strategy games but still I enjoyed Men of War, for the simple reason it provides true strategy and a interesting campaign. Note also you can install hundreds of mods, like a zombie one or Star Wars so if you don't like war games you can use it to play some good mods.
A Fun Mix of Tactics and RTSicedmetal57 | March 24, 2014 | See all icedmetal57's reviews »
Men of War is very similar to Company of Heroes in many aspects, yet different enough to stand out. One thing that makes it different is the fact that you can control units individually, managing their inventories as well. In a typical RTS you don't have to worry about a unit's ammo, in this game you do. It plays very much like a tactics game, but still with the RTS feel to it. For example you can order some units to guard an area, take direct control of one unit, having them run over to an abandoned tank, hop in and then drive that around to flank the enemy. There's a lot of that sort of interesting, dynamic feel to it. In some ways, this game seems like an ARMA game, but in RTS form, and it's great.
If you enjoyed ARMA and/or Company of Heroes, this game is certainly up your ally. Definitely worth a try.
Best strategy game.DeadReap | Jan. 30, 2014 | See all DeadReap's reviews »
Men Of War is one of the best strategy war games. I really like the strategy controls and gameplay of Men Of War. This game has a lot of dlc and other parts. I never liked strategy games until i tried this. This game is worth award as the best strategy game of all times. Graphics aren't the best but if you like game graphics is not the thing for what you play it. Men Of War contains a lot of action and thinking. This game is really worth a try from everyone on this planet.
Awesome Strategy Game without Skirmishiiilker99 | Dec. 5, 2013 | See all iiilker99's reviews »
Men of War is a awesome World War 2 strategy game that challenges you with its smart AI. Campaigns are good but not perfect , in my opinion. You can take control of one of your soldiers and play like a action game. But the sad thing is it hasn't got a skirmish mode. This is not a base building game. It could be a perfect game with skirmish. However , a RTS fan can enjoy this game. Graphics are perfect , if graphics set to ultra and graphics are very bad ( but fast ) , if graphics set to low. That's weird but good. Overall , this is a good choice for RTS fans who want to play a WW2 game.
Addictive and challengingmichalmichal | Nov. 7, 2013 | See all michalmichal's reviews »
The Men of War series feels like a pretty demanding incarnation of a World War 2 RTS (real time strategy game). It is less casual than some other RTS-es, like the Dawn of War or Company of Heroes games. It can become frustrating or make you quit the game in anger only to find yourself returning to the challenges over and over again until you finally manage to beat them. The game is addictive and challenging. There's little room for mistakes and little tolerance for incompetence. You need to lead your men well, chose their tasks as optimally as you can, and when things get really nasty, you can even zoom in to the battlefield and control one of your men directly. And then you will want to get the next Men of War games...