Computer Wargames

Panzer Command: Kharkov — Review

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Panzer Command was an interesting tactical WW2 computer wargame. It was based on miniature wargame mechanics yet took advantage of the computer for fog of war. The Wargamer has a nice review of Panzer Command: Kharkov the latest game in the series.

Heroes of Stalingrad — Video

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Heroes of Stalingrad
Heroes of Stalingrad

Matrix Games posted some videos of the upcoming computer wargame Heroes of Stalingrad based on Lock ‘n Load Games’ Lock n Load WW2 board wargame. Overall the game looks interesting and appears to be even more of a direct port of the board wargame than we initially thought. Hopefully the AI will be good enough for a challenge.

Heroes of Stalingrad

Lock n Load: Band of Heroes

Combat Mission: Shock Force – Marines Announced

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Battlefront announced a new add-on for Combat Mission: Shock Force.

We are proud to officially announce Combat Mission Shock Force – Marines, the first expansion to Combat Mission Shock Force, one of the most detailed and sophisticated tactical ground combat simulations available. Shock Force – Marines is the first of several planned expansions of the Combat Mission contemporary warfare setting.

This first Module, adds a significant number of new formations, units, weapons, equipment and vehicles for both the US and Syrian sides, as well as brand new missions, maps and an all new campaign. General game engine improvements (such as Tactical Artificial Intelligence improvements, tweaking cover values and so on) are included as well, although they will also be made available to all existing Shock Force customers. This ensures that everybody plays by the same rules and experiences the same basic gameplay.

Panzer Command: Kharkov Released

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Matrix Games quietly released Panzer Command: Kharkov. This is a World War Two, tactical, computer wargame. It is an update to the original Panzer Command: Operation Winter Storm game from two years ago.

I have only played the training mission so far but it looks like a minor update to the original game. PC: Kharkov now has smoke but some of the same movement and AI annoyances still seem to be present. But I will provide more details once I have had more time with the game. The original PC:OWS was a solid game; It had some issues but was enjoyable. PC: Kharkov will probably be at least as good.

The Wargamer has a preview of the game.

If you enjoy World War Two tactical wargames you should give it a look.

Get the 1.01 update.

[Updated: 28MAY08]

Patton Drives East Announced

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Battlefront announced a pre-pub offer for Patton Drives East, its upcoming expansion to its Strategic Command 2 grand strategy game series. Unlike previous expansions, PDE takes SC2 into one of the great hypothetical conflicts of World War Two — What if the U.S. Army, led by Gen. Patton, had attacked Russia? Patton Drives East is scheduled for release in May.

[Update 8MAY09: Patton Drives East is now available.]

The Best Games Not Yet Published, 2008

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With the New Year upon us we thought it might be interesting to present the games we are most anxiously awaiting in 2008. Our 2007 prognostications did pretty well so we thought we would try it again for 2008. There is no guarantee any of these will be published in 2008, nor that they will be any good if they are, but we are always hopeful.
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Jutland — Preview

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JutlandThe Wargamer has a short preview of Storm Eagle Studios’ upcoming Jutland game based off of their Distant Guns engine. In addition to the landmark battle, the game features scenarios that take place before and after Jutland as well as hypothetical scenarios. It even includes Zeppelins! This is looking like a must get game for all naval gamers.