World War 2

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a game by Koei
Genre: Strategy/War
Platform: Sega GenesisGenesis
Editor Rating: 8.5/10, based on 2 reviews
User Rating: 8.2/10 - 9 votes
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See also: Best RTS Games, Military Games, WW2 Games
World War 2
World War 2
World War 2
World War 2

When it comes to strategy games for the Sega Genesis, I would say that World War 2 or as it is better known, Operation Europe: Path to Victory is one of the best to grace the console. This was brought to us by the good people at KOEI and it is a truly fantastic game and a game that I feel does not really have a rival on the Sega Genesis.

The Big 6

For a console real time strategy game, Operation Europe: Path to Victory or if you prefer World War 2 is pretty stacked with what it is you are tasked with doing. The game is as you would expect set during the Second World War. I was not prepared for just how much was actually going to be here and for how authentic it was too.

The campaign has six missions for you to play in. These are based on the invasion of France, the battle of the bulge and the fight for Berlin to name just a few of them. These are done very well and they feature many of the iconic historical figures that you learned about while you were in school.

War Is Not Pretty

Putting a game like World War 2 on a console like the Sega Genesis was no easy feat and this is most evident in the graphics. Things in Operation Europe: Path to Victory are very basic and I would not say that it ruins the gameplay experience for you, but you certainly have to use a

The Trails Of War

Taking a strategy game like this and putting it on a console is never easy, but KOEI managed it really well here. The game has you move your various units around the battlefield and make decisions on what you are going to do. You can play as the allies or axis and you can play on your own or against a friend.

The battles have a time limit which adds to the tension. I was surprised at how many units there were ranging from standard soldiers, tank commanders, and bridge builders. There is a lot of strategy at play here and I think that the controls, considering the Genesis only has three buttons on its controller are very easy to get to grips with. The six different missions have a lot of replay value as it is fun to go back and try and beat them with different units and officers.


I was very impressed with what World War 2 on the Sega Genesis offered. This was an absolute blast and I am surprised I never heard about this back in the day. Operation Europe: Path to Victory is a great game and a true hidden gem on the console. I know that there are other versions of this game out there, but this Sega Genesis version is awesome and one of the best strategy games I have played on the console.


  • The game is challenging but fun
  • Lots of units to make use of
  • The game tries hard to be historically accurate
  • Take part in 6 massive battles from World War II
  • One of if not the best strategy game on the Genesis


  • The game is not that good looking
  • Not sure this is the best version of this game

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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.

Game Reviews

As a big-name developer ever since the early days of gaming, KOEI has a famous history of creating games that might not get the reputation or popularity they deserve. One of the best examples of this stems from 1991 release World War 2. The game was released in various names across numerous platforms. What the game always was, though, was a polished combat strategy game that came with two player action to take part in a Second World War themed story environment.

How good, though, was this? Was it a missed KOEI gem? Or another one for the bargain bin?

Sophisticated military strategy for the SNES era

If you are someone who finds military strategy games fun, then you might want to check out this title. The turn-based strategy nature might remind you of other games made on the same engine, such as Nobunaga’s Ambition or Romance of the Three Kingdoms. You are asked to take on a wide range of military objectives and to defeat either the Allies or the Axis depending on what side you happen to have chosen.

You take part in warfare across various continents and regions. By using a map view and a whole host of figures, you get back a lot of information that you need to process. The games graphical power for the time comes into play when soldiers come into conflict, with battlefields shown. The games impressive (for the time) AI was able to crunch massive numbers and come up with intriguing end results that would make playing fun.

Depending on what version you play, you can pick from various game modes including the Campaign. The Japanese edition came with more story modes and content, though, with major content cuts for the North American release.

A relic of the era – in a good way

While today games like WW2 have been blown away in terms of what it can achieve, today the game holds a very interesting reputation among strategy fans. It was applauded for having outstanding AI for the era, with enough of a challenge to keep singular players coming back for more. However, most praise went towards the massive campaign content, with huge amounts of play time and data stored into each campaign.


For the time, it was a bit of a technical marvel. However, the lack of action makes it tough for those who are looking for military strategy with a bit of actual action. Really, this is an early era style ROTK or even Football Manager style game where you spend more time focusing on the numbers as opposed to any true action taking place on the screen. If you love deep numbers analysis and the like, though, World War 2 (also called Operation Europe: Path to Victory) offers a compelling title to investigate even today.


  • Interesting style and layout
  • Great attention to detail and numbers
  • Lengthy campaigns and content with great AI


  • Lacks detail and visual representation like modern titles
  • Content changes depending on the edition being played

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