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Steel Division: Normandy 44 is a Tactical Real-Time Strategy (RTS) game, developed by Eugen Systems, the creators of titles like Wargame and R.U.S.E. This new game puts players in command of detailed, historically accurate tanks, troops, and vehicles at the height of World War II. Players can measure their tactical skills against several opponents in big multiplayer battles or against enemies in a challenging single-player campaign.
It's an awesome Game, absolutely recommendable. Technical, well done. The Idea and the Gameplay, great. The single player campaign is a bit short, but that isn't anything to complain about, as the Multiplayer is much more fun and exciting. You can choose bewteen different Divisons, nine of each (axis or allis) and build your own deck for the match. There's no base building. The match is divided into different phases A/B/C, dependent from your chosen deck and phase u have different types of units available which u can send on the battlefield. I really love the idea of a frontline (conquest mode; a destruction mode exists as well) which u can see, there r no command vehicles neccesary, like in Wargame nor the capturing of flags/points. The side which holds more ground will win. The gameplay makes it more strategic, neverthless u need tactics as well. If u liked Wargame u'll love this one and must buy it! If u like RTS and WW2 games, grab it!
Steel Division:Normandy 44 has a potential to be a really great game, just like its predecessors like R.U.S.E and Wargame, because the gameplay is as strong in this game as in those titles. While graphics are nice (R.U.S.E engine) and historical accuracy is nothing to complain about here, the amount of bugs is crazy, from units bad pathfinding to crashes and it is not guaranteed if the game will be fixed or not. As for deluxe edition, there is nothing really making it stand out or really worth the price. The tactical guide is something you will learn by playing anyway and the battle log is pretty much a strategy guide, but if you can't play this game this won't help you much. There are also infamous useless additions like in any other Paradox game, like avatars which you won't use. The only thing making it worth it, but not this price, are the additional aces, although there is nothing earth shattering about them and are not necessary to enjoy the game at all. There is also art book, but since it is WWII game, there are only drawings of units and tanks - if you're into it, then I guess it is worth it, although there is no distinct style about it or anything making it stand out. Overall, great game with promise, but incredibly overpriced deluxe edition. If you're interested in the game, get the vanilla, unless you really care about the aces.
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