Operation Europe: Path to Victory 1939-1945

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a game by Koei
Genres: Adventure/RPG, Strategy/War, Simulation
Platforms: Sega GenesisGenesis, SNESSNES
Editor Rating: 5/10, based on 2 reviews
User Rating: 7.0/10 - 2 votes
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See also: Strategy Games, Military Games, WW2 Games

If you've ever wanted to rewrite history, here's your chance. In Operation Europe, you take control of either the Axis or Allied forces in six point-and-click scenarios that cover the major European battles of World War II. Patton and other famous generals are here -- unfortunately, exciting action isn't.


  • If you're outnumbered or outgunned, take direct control of the battle; good tactics often defeat statistical odds.
  • If you're attacked and Supply or Engineering units are involved in the battle, recall them as soon as you can.
  • Save your game before each major offensive.
  • Don't be afraid to delegate command; there's a lot to coordinate in this game.

Two Heads Are Better Than One

You play as the Army Commander with four Divisions under you. Each division is split into as many as eight regiments, and each regiment is split into up to six Battalions. All this adds up to a lot of soldiers to keep track of, but don't worry -- your Division commanders can do it for you. As you plan your moves, you have smooth, straightforward controls that take you through the menus and effectively execute your strategies. The simple controls help keep you from getting confused as the decisions pile up.

The problem with most strategy games is that once you beat them, there's nothing new to try. Koei has solved this problem beautifully by cramming six detailed scenarios into Operation Europe. Each scenario focuses on a different part of Europe, with battles ranging from Normandy to the fall of Berlin. The requirements for each victory are so different that you really have six different games in one.

War Games

Unlike most military-strategy games, the computer is a thoughtful, skilled opponent. So even if you don't have a friend to go head-to-head with, the game is still enjoyable and challenging.

Unfortunately, the programmers spent so much time with strategy, they forgot what makes a great video game. The sound, for instance, is forgettable. With the exception of the powerful music for the battle display, the soundtrack ranges from mildly distracting to totally obnoxious. The sound FX aren't helpful.

Meanwhile, the simple graphics are only average. At least it's easy to tell at a glance what's what.

The Final Solution

Gamers looking for non-stop action/adventure had better look elsewhere. Operation Europe has its shortcomings, but its challenging strategy makes it a game that no serious WW II buff should be without.

  • If you're attacked while Resting, use your surroundings to your advantage.
  • Try to coordinate bombing runs with your attacks on cities. Cities are great stationary targets, and your regiments usually emerge unscathed.

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System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP
  • Game modes: Single game mode

Player controls:

  • Up, Down, Left, Right - Arrow keys
  • Start - Enter (Pause, Menu select, Skip intro, Inventory)
  • "A" Gamepad button - Ctrl (usually Jump or Change weapon)
  • "B" button - Space (Jump, Fire, Menu select)
  • "C" button - Left Shift (Item select)

Use the F12 key to toggle mouse capture / release when using the mouse as a controller.


System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP
  • Pentium II (or equivalent) 266MHz (500MHz recommended), RAM: 64MB (128MB recommended), DirectX v8.0a or later must be installed

Game Reviews

Operation Europe: Path to Victory (known as Europa Sensen in Japan) is a multiplatform war game, where two players can compete in World War II action, and where they uses abstract numbers and figures in the map view and saves the concrete illustrations of soldiers only when they lock horns on the battlefield or in an urban setting. The object of the game is to fulfill any one of the military objectives for either the Axis or the Allied forces. Players engage in modern warfare around Eastern Europe, Western Europe, North Africa, and Central Europe.

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Sega Genesis/Mega Drive Screenshots

SNES/Super Nintendo/Super Famicom Screenshots