East Front 2
Board games and video games can get along quite well, they can both include strategy, organization, and rules. And back in the day, videogames similar to board games were more common than you might think. This is where East Front II comes in. Developed in by TalonSoft, and released in 1999, East Front II is not a sequel, despite what the name implies.
The II stands for a second revision of the game, but let's not get stuck in that and move on to the game itself!
About the game
Just like the board game by the same name, East Front II is a strategy/hex wargame. The turn-based action is pretty similar to something you'd find in a board game of the same style. Each turn lasts about six minutes, and most scenarios usually last about two hours. You have to build up your army and create a strategy to defeat your opponent, but be very careful, and consider every situation possible.
The original East front was apparently released in a rush, so they didn't really polish everything out before launch and left a lot of content out. Not only this, but the very mechanics of the game were buggy and the AI wasn't very good. Now they added 52 new scenarios, including a what-if scenario design mode. With this, you can create different kinds of new scenarios using pre-existent settings.
This helps a lot when it comes to replayability. There's also a new dynamic campaign mode that can help make things a little bit faster, and polishes some of the already existing mechanics. The visuals were also improved, and even the soundtrack and sound was enhanced. The menus received a makeover, making them more intuitive and easy to navigate. So, overall you could say that this is not really an upgrade of the original game, but rather the way it was meant to be released.
Even though it is outdated, this title was amazing for its time. So many scenarios and possibilities in a nice presentation. Somehow it never became a popular title, but if you're a fan of strategy, board games, history, and military games, you should really check this one out.
Sure, it may not be the most modern or well-looking game of the genre, but it will give you many hours of gaming and strategy to have fun with.
Graphics and Visuals: The hexagonal map works perfectly in this game, it looks nice and detailed enough. But even for its launch time, it was a little bit outdated, especially when it comes to the menus and the art itself of the game, or rather the lack of.
Gameplay: This improved version of the original game adds a lot of missing mechanics and modes that greatly enhance the gameplay of this game. Not only because it made it easier to control, but also because it adds replay value.
Sound: The sound in this game is not great, it is just ok. You'd be better off just turning the volume all the way down and listening to the music of your own while playing this game.
Download East Front 2
- PC compatible
- Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP
Eastern Front II is the latest - and the best - in the evolutionary line-up of Talonsoft's tactical WWII wargame series. An updated and expanded version of the super-realistic original Eastern Front, it features all the rule, unit and terrain improvements that appeared in the follow-up game Western Front, as well as revised versions of all the extra scenarios, minor nationalities and campaigns from the Eastern Front expansion CD Mission Pack 1.
But before you dismiss it as simple repackaging, be aware that Eastern Front II contains another 50 all-new scenarios and four more full campaigns, making a staggering 148 scenarios and 19 campaigns in all. More importantly, perhaps, there are new multiplayer capabilities so that up to eight players per side can battle it out over the Internet or a LAN, and some revitalising rule changes that really boost the game's flavour.
Some of the best changes include the ability to set up opportunity fire ranges for individual units, rather than unit types; the introduction of command posts to bring in low-level leadership; the inclusion of boats, barges, paradrops and glider-borne reinforcements in the major combatants' orders of battle; and experimental armoured units like the German Maus, Jagdtiger and Soviet lend-lease equipment. Graphics have been tweaked considerably, and vehicles now sport different camouflage patterns depending on the stage of the war. New terrain types appear too, such as beach, shallow water, stone walls and high walls, plus new contoured hexside graphics, and improved graphics for paths and railroads. Oh, and there's a new, much-needed option to speed up the human player's unit animations as well as the computer player's.
The scenario and map editors remain as functional as ever, and while Eastern Front II uses a slightly different file format, you can still load and play custom scenarios created with the original game.