Theatre of War 2: Kursk 1943, the historically accurate and detailed real-time tactical war game, welcomes military history fans to the battle which gave the Red Army the strategic initiative for the rest of the war.Read full description
Theatre of War 2: Kursk 1943, the historically accurate and detailed real-time tactical war game, welcomes military history fans to the battle which gave the Red Army the strategic initiative for the rest of the war.
The new project in the award-winning Theatre of War series depicts the initial (defensive) stage of the Kursk battle.
Assuming the role of either the Russian or German battle group commander, acting under direct orders of division commanders Ivan Chistyakov or Valter Hoernlein, players will control their troops in historical scenarios on precisely reconstructed authentic battlefields.
Five days of July
In Theatre of War 2: Kursk 1943, you control the units of the battle group belonging to German division Grossdeutschland or the forces of the Soviet 67th Guards Rifle Division and 3rd Mechanized Corps, which participated in the defensive stage of the Kursk battle at the south face of the Kursk salient.
There are two campaigns – German and Soviet:
Fiery Salient (forces of the Soviet 6th Guards and 1st Tank Army, July 5-10, 1943)
Operation Citadel (German division Grossdeutschland Kampfgruppe, July 5-10, 1943)
Each campaign consists of up to 9 engagements and puts you in charge of a typical military unit from that period. Each soldier and officer is a unique personality with characteristics and skills which can change during the campaign. Careful planning and troops selection is recommended before each engagement.
Take control over the mighty Soviet or German battle group in one of the battles which changed the history of the world
Simulation-level visibility, ballistics and armor penetration systems.
All vital vehicle systems and crew members are individually modeled
Two historical campaigns (up to 18 missions total) and an unlimited number of customizable engagements waiting to be created with a few mouse clicks using the built-in Mission Generator
Sophisticated AI for both enemy and your own units
Over 60 Soviet, German and lend-leased US and British player-controllable units (not counting various infantry squads)
Unsurpassed management of battle personnel. You can choose, assign, promote and award up to several thousand people with various characteristics. You can even rename units for easier recognition in the heat of battle
Team multiplayer for up to 8 players (control of key points or assault/defense) with reinforcements, artillery barrages and air strikes
Tools for creating your own missions and maps (built-in Mission Generator, wizard-like Simple Editor, full-blown Mission Editor and 3D Map Editor).
Theatre of War 2 Kursk 1943 is a WWII strategy game that aims to recreate in detail one campaign from WWII instead of focusing on the entire conflict or an entire front like most WWII games do, making for a more focused and historically accurate campaign. Due to the focus of the game you will only be able to play as the USSR or the Germans. The campaign is enjoyable but for those who want more options the game also comes with a mission editor. You will set up your forces from different infantry, artillery, and tank types and engage in battles that are in real time but allow you to pause the game in order to issue orders to your troops. You will order your artillery to hit positions and your troops to assault and provide covering fire while taking enemy positions. Your soldiers are able to pick up better weapons from fallen enemies and allies. Being able to promote and rename units can make you more personally attached to your units. While I believe it has been surpassed by other games like Graviteam Tactics this is still a good buy for fans of WWII strategy games, and is going to be simpler than Graviteam Tactics for those that want an easier game to get into.
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