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.Read full description
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.
Steel Division: Normandy 44 allows players to take control over legendary military divisions from six different countries, such as the American 101st Airborne, the German armored 21st Panzer or the 3rd Canadian Division, during the invasion of Normandy in 1944.
Command Over 400 Historically Accurate Units:
Whether fighting for control in intense multiplayer battles with up to 10-vs-10 players going head-to-head, playing alone or working with friends in ranked matches, players will need to coordinate their selection of historically accurate infantry, tanks, aircraft, and support vehicles to counter enemy units in this Tactical RTS game.
Battles rage over three distinct phases, where different units unlock over time, mimicking the movements of real-world armies and adding variety to the ever-changing theatre of war. A dynamic front line illustrates the ebb and flow of the conflict. Pin down your opponent's infantry to gain the advantage and force a retreat, or push through with a perfectly executed plan.
Using the latest version of Eugen’s IRISZOOM engine, players can smoothly zoom from a tactical aerial view all the way down to a single unit, and see 400 different real-world vehicles and units designed with careful historical detail and accuracy. Maps are designed based on actual aerial reconnaissance photos of Normandy in 1944, requiring real-world tactics and strategies to cover and control.
Outplan, Outsmart, Outgun:
From battlegroup customization to troop positioning and maneuvering, winning battles requires cunning and strategy, not just raw firepower. Each unit lost presents a growing tactical disadvantage, and players will need to fight to gain – and keep – the upper hand.
From commanding historically accurate infantry, tanks, and vehicles, to troop positioning and real-time engagement with the enemy, players will need to be clever and resourceful in order to win. Every unit counts as the battle presses on, and raw firepower alone will not be enough to claim victory. Whether viewing the entire battle from an aerial perspective, or following a single tank into a firefight, players will need to cleverly manage the dynamic front line in order to execute ambushes and advances.
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I came into this game having not played similar RTS titles like Men of War, except Company of Heroes which I thoroughly enjoyed. I thought this game would be similar to COH in its "immersive-ness" and WWII-esque feel, but this is on such a larger scale compared to the small time, squad based fights in COH. In SD:Normandy 44, the maps are absolutely massive, with all sorts of terrain available and all sorts of different tactics that can be utilized to beat your enemy. There is a lot of stuff to do, but it also may take some getting used to the controls and morale system, which were strange to me. Overall, this is a great game with a lot of excitement, but I'd also say $30 may be a more appropriate price.
If you have played and liked any of the Eugen Wargame games this is a no brainer. Excellent graphics and sounds make this game really pop. The excellent blend of serious simulation and more lightweight arcade style of RTS is something I have really come to enjoy. Unless you have a strong aversion for WW2 or the Wargame series this is a must buy.
Steel Division is a game made by developers responsible for well-received strategy games like R.U.S.E. and Wargame and here they don't disappoint. It is actually more or less the excellence and quality of Wargame - graphics are nice, although nothing to write home about (it uses the same engine as R.U.S.E), setting and overall history are accurate, the sound is solid and gameplay is well known, addicting RTS mayhem. Problems are the same as with Wargame - bugs. The amount of them is crazy and it feels more like beta/early access rather then full release and you can't even be sure if all of them will be fixed after Wargame Red Dragon, where they promised to fix things and never did. If they will fix bugs, this will be RTS of the year or pretty close to the top, because the gameplay and multiplayer are solid when it works. For this price, you can't go wrong with it, really.
As a game fan of the wargame series and a person who likes RUSE, now I can confidently say that we are getting a fantastic title. I must say that the idea with front lines is really good. Developers improved graphics and morale development. This game is a treat for strategy lovers especially in the days when real strategies are harder to find.
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