the only videogame theme that's been done to death
more than WWII is the entire racing genre. Why don't
the developers all get together and create WWII kart
racer? That way we only have to ignore one game instead
Soldiers: Heroes of World War II, is not like most
WWII RTS games. It occupies a distinct niche in the
genre by combining several gameplay elements and formulating
them into a complete whole - almost. It's not perfect
but it's not unplayable by any means. The few bugs
or oversights probably won't even be noticed save
for a handful of diligent nerds such as myself.
can be considered a classy game. From the graphics
to the subtle music, everything is top quality without
going over the top. The game looks and plays realistically.
Even the odd bug in the system could be considered
an anomaly of war - the price of doing business in
a less-than-ideal circumstances.
place in Europe, there are four major campaigns, each
with a number of missions. Play as the U.S., U.K.,
Germans and Russians. There is plenty of shooting
going on but there are more sophisticated missions
in the mix including stealth and trap placements.
The management issues require lots of thinking and
advanced planning. If you like solving puzzles you'll
enjoy this aspect of the game. Plan on saving your
progress as often as possible. Some of the methods
needed to win the battle can only be discovered by
trial and error. You may get lucky a few times but
the AI is very in tune with your strategy and can
easily adapt when you change plans. Like a game of
chess, there are many ways to win - and many more
ways to lose.
from jeeps to tanks can be controlled not only to
transport troops but to inflict damage on the enemy.
Wall, bridges and buildings will crumble when your
massive cannon lands a decisive blow. Vehicles have
a limited supply of ammo and fuel. When you run out
you can send soldiers to collect more fuel or ammo
from other vehicles abandoned in the field. You can
also send them out to repair damaged vehicles but
this is where you have to be careful. You're still
in the middle of a battlefield and your men are likely
to come under fire.
of vehicles and soldiers is relegated to the arrow
keys. The mouse controls the aiming and the firing
of weapons. All the controls are responsive and tight.
Commands are best issued under direct control although
you can assign them in the traditional manner. Most
of your units will require constant attention. You
won't always receive a warning when a unit is under
your own units can give you grief. Tanks will accidentally
run over some of your other vehicles and fuel supplies.
Pathfinding can also be a problem with troops wandering
around aimlessly, spreading themselves thin when they
should be converging. It would help matters if your
units required a little less babysitting.
the game is gritty and realistic. Like the music,
it's all subtle but there is a lot of detail underneath
the hood. The particle effects are excellent. Blowing
up the surrounding environment results in a spectacular
display of instant entropy. With the fully adjustable
camera angle you can get a great view of the destruction.
All of this beauty comes with a price. The framerate
grinds to a virtual halt when the particle effects
are engaged to maximum effect.
enjoyable as the single-player game is, the co-op
mode is sure to please. The online mode allows up
to 16 players to take place in realistic battles.
You can expect a lot of replay value out of Soldiers.
if your not a big fan or RTS games, Soldiers offers
a unique experience that you'll be hard pressed to
find in any other game in this genre.