Release Date: April 12th, 2012
Developer: Digital Mind Soft
Publisher: 1C Company
Platform: [Reviewed: PC]
Genre: Real time Strategy
Rated: M for Mature
Men of War: Condemned Heroes is the 4th standalone expansion pack to release in the Men of War series. Men of War was originally released in 2009 as the sequel to the game Faces of War. Developed by Best Way and published by 1C Company, Men of War: Condemned Heroes is a real time strategy game that requires some thought, combining both tactical thinking with an action-packed control mode.
The story behind Men of War is pretty simple focusing on the Soviet penal battalions during WWII. Famous for having been formed under Stalin they consist of court-martialed officers. These officers have been given an opportunity to redeem themselves for past incompetences. You will be taking command of these companies. Your goal, lead them to victory. This, however, will not be simple as you are fighting against a raging Eastern front war. You will find yourself in the Ukraine fighting battles from 1942, in a massive operation called “Bagration” that takes place in the Brest area, Warsaw Poland and Magnush Bridgehead, and finally to attacks near the end of the war on the stettin and German Altdam.
You immediately find yourself thrown into battle and unfortunately there is little guidance for all you gamers new to the series. I played under the assumption that most people purchasing this title have played the previous four and already know most if not all the controls. Despite this little hiccup I found myself completely emerged in battle, so much so I didn’t even realize I missed my TV show.
The game is very easy to learn and although it would have been helpful to have a tutorial it is definitely not necessary. I had no problems with controls and my troops did exactly as instructed. It was a little challenging at first adjusting to the game layout but once I got use to it everything seemed to flow quiet nicely. At least until I died.
Don’t let the first 20 minutes of game play fool you. This game is no walk in the park and if you like mindless games were you can just randomly click then this game is not for you. Men of War requires a lot more thinking than you would originally think. The positioning of your troops is very important and don’t forget to keep your eyes on your supplies. I also noticed a few issues with AI troops kind of wandering off, right past trenches of enemies only to fall to their death. This is were your ability to monitor and control multiple types and groups of troops will come in handy. But as long as you keep your eyes on everyone you should do okay.
Graphics are really nothing to brag about but did not affect the game play at all in my opinion. I was too focused on “strategizing” my troops to even really care. I was a little disappointed at the lack of dialogue and cut scenes. I think a little bit more back ground knowledge to WWII and these battles would have given this game an easy 4 out of 5. That being said I love the history behind events and not everyone is the same, but I think we could all agree that this game was a little too quiet.
Over all I wan’t disappointed with this game at all and I actually look forward to some future battles and for only $29.99 this game is a steal. Be sure to check out the system requirements below before making your purchasing.
Replay Ability: 4/5
Overall Rating: 3.5/5
Operating System: Windows XP(SP1), Windows Vista or Windows 7
Processor: P4 2.6GHz (Athlon 3000+)
Video card: GeForce 6600 (Radeon 1950) 128Mb
Sound card: DirectX compatible sound card
Hard disk: 3 GB free hard disk space