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|User Rating:||8.0/10 - 1 vote|
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It's sad to say that the days of going to your local boozer and being accosted by a drunken old bloke who starts to recount, "when I was in the war..are gone. No honestly. However, all is not lost because now you can play Combat Mission and then go to the pub and bore others instead. It's a dirty job but someone's got to do it. Set in Europe after the 1944 D-Day landings, the game puts you in charge of either the Allies or the Axis - in a fight to the death. Did we say it was turn-based and not RTS? Looking at the screen shots you'd be forgiven for assuming the game is a WWII CSC clone, but it isn't. And what's more the game has broken the two unwritten rules of all WWII Strategy games:
1 - Thou shalt always use hex's
2 - Thy graphics engine shall be created from Beelzebub's arse.
Combat Mission makes a refreshing change as it is in spinny-rotaty-3D (as opposed to the usual top-down crap) and uses a tile format.
But eye candy alone does not a good game make. The developers have taken this to heart, as the game is accurate in terms of the troops and equipment available. German Tigers vs British Commandos? No Problem. The only major downside is that the campaign modes are way too easy to complete.
This game is a major step forward, although, even on a high-spec machine, the engine struggles when you play the gigantic maps with loads of units.