The player can take control of American, British, Russian, or German forces to play out battles that are set in World War II. The game is primarily a strategy game, but the player can take control of his or her forces and direct them with the keyboard and mouse for additional depth of control.
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Mostly Positive (148 reviews) - 79% of the 148 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Jun 29, 2004

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About This Game

The player can take control of American, British, Russian, or German forces to play out battles that are set in World War II. The game is primarily a strategy game, but the player can take control of his or her forces and direct them with the keyboard and mouse for additional depth of control.
  • Command or commandeer over 100 authentic vehicles and weapons
  • Battle through a variety of ultra-detailed terrain from coastal waters to Normandy villages
  • Fire from cover or hide from the enemy with totally interactive scenery Fight as British,Americans, Russians or Germans through more than 30 intense missions
  • Get into the thick of the action with Direct Control of each unit, or command your elite squad with RTS-style gameplay
  • Engage cunning AI enemies as they counter your plans with real battlefield tactics
  • Multiplayer: LAN. Internet multiplayer is possible with the help of third-party software

System Requirements

    • Supported OS: A 100% Windows 2000/XP-compatible computer system (only)
    • Processor: Pentium III or Athlon 1GHz
    • Memory: 256Mb RAM
    • Graphics: Supported 32Mb Graphics Card
    • DirectX Version: DirectX 9.0b
    • Sound: DirectX 9.0b Compatible Sound Card
    • Hard Drive: 2GB Hard Disk Space

    • Supported OS: A 100% Windows 2000/XP-compatible computer system (only)
    • Processor: Pentium 4 2Ghz or AthlonXP 2000+ and above
    • Memory: 512Mb RAM
    • Graphics: Radeon 9xxx and above, nVidia FX and above
    • DirectX Version: DirectX 9.0b
    • Sound: DirectX 9.0b Compatible Sound Card
    • Hard Drive: 2GB Hard Disk Space
    • Recommended Specification Cards: ATi Radeon 8xxx, 9000, 9100, 9200, 9500, 9600, 9700, 9800
      nVidia nForce 1 & 2, GeForce 2, GeForce 3, GeForce 4, GeForce FX 5200, 5600, 5700, 5800, 5900, 5950
      Not compatible with all integrated sound/graphics solutions including laptops

      In order to play the game on modern operating systems, it has to be run in Compatibility Mode (Windows XP SP3).
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19 of 21 people (90%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 18, 2015
The starting point in the genre of tactical RTS. «Soldiers: Heroes of World War II» marked the beginning of a series. At one time there was a breakthrough on many points, such as graphics, physics, gameplay, and even now, eleven years later, it looks worthily. This is the main index of the living classics. It never gets old.
Now about the pluses, a sizeable number of which we have.
Let's start with campaigns. It’s four of them with 5-6 missions each. Given the fact that each map will take at least 3-4 hours of game time, we heve more than 80 hours for the first walkthrough. It all depends on your natural talent, skills and patience. Plus, the mission completely replayable.You can always try the other, unbeaten way. Can, and will likely want to, because the number of possible tactics is huge. It is not my first strategy, neither the second, and I know that the starting missions of the campaign is usually takes you by the hand by its plot and slowly show all mechanics and the perspective of easy victories. «Soldiers: Heroes of World War II» from the start makes it clear, that you are in a meat grinder, to get out of that and, even more to win, will be not that easy. It gives you to understand the responsibility of choice and the value of human life. You can not throw units lives. Firstly there are few of them, but number of enemies, waiting for you is incalculable. You start first map of the campaign with one tank, one armored vehicle and two foot soldiers. And that's all. You need to calculate every move, to act covertly, gently, and then maybe, I repeat, maybe, you will win. And that, for a moment, in the first map, which is usually taught to build barracks. No construction, by the way. And that's great, because not everyone is interested in building “Theme park” in the game about World War II. If you, comrade, like to focus on killing enemies, rather than taking care of flowerbeds, then “Soldiers” just for you.
The visual component, as I said in a brief introduction, is good even now. It does not hurt the eyes, and sometimes even surprising. And this, for a moment, in 2004. I remember this year. Then released “Warhammer: Dawn of War” and “Rome: Total War”. So «Soldiers: Heroes of World War II» looks on par, and in some places handicaps such titans as above. Especially impressive is destructible, and the ability to use anything and everything that is on the map. Want to swim in the water, want to hide behind a haystack, want to bring down a monument to Stalin with the tank (i did). And you can do this and much more. The map has no blind spots. All that you see is interactive. You can damage, destroy and explode practically everything. No vehicles scale of lives, as a plus. Vehicles are divided into components, each of which is also interactive. Shot down a caterpillar, as a result, the tank is not going anywhere, hit the tank’s turret, and it will never shoot more. At least until you repair it. Yes, you can repair vehicles parts. As i said, fully interactive.
But the biggest bonus is inventory for any unit. Yes, yes and vehicles too, which by the way is stuffed by a crew of 2 or more people, fully playable and with their own inventory too, of course. Other words, playing «Soldiers: Heroes of World War II» you control all! So the game will be interesting not only for hardcore strategy fans, but roleplayers too. And direct control mode will attract shooter fans. In other words, it is almost for everyone. But there is one limitation - not for the faint of heart. If you want a jaunt or a Pulp Fiction, this is not the case. «Soldiers: Heroes of World War II» - is James Joyce of RTS.
«Soldiers: Heroes of World War II» as delayed onset muscle soreness. Yes, it hurts, but that's okay, because you know that pain makes you stronger. After all, what is the life without a challenge.
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10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
39.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 19
I highly recommend trying this game out even if it is old. This game is by far better than anything else we have found (as of january 2016) in terms of 2-4 player co-op WW2 micromanagement of squad level.

You start out with one or few soldiers (and maybe a vehicle or two). Each soldier, gun and vehicle has it own inventory. Soldiers have stamina and health. Vehicles have each part as a component that can break and an inventory for ammo and other stuff, for example repair kit. Soldiers have primary weapon and a secondary slot (can have multiple of each if inventory has space). Between and during the fighting you spend time looting for ammo, guns and explosives, repairing vehicles. For example a track can get blown off of your tank and you will have to get a repair kit out and try to fix it maybe under fire. Tanks and big guns have their own caliber so you have to check the ammo you find. Your vehicles have fuel and it can run out. In that case you can take a Jerry can or an oil barrel and loot fuel from other vehicles. You can complete missions in many different ways; for example there is a tank that has its crew outside smoking cigarettes? take the crew out and steal their tank.

Vehicles have slots for driver, gunner, loader, commander and you can also sit guys on top of the tank. If you have less than full crew in a tank, you can't for example drive at the same time when they load the gun and so on.

You can lay mines against tanks and against infantry and you can find a mine detector. You can find pistols, assault rifles, grenades, smoke grenades, bazookas, submachine guns, machine guns, normal rifles and sniper rifles and there is lots of variety on them. Each soldier also has 'skill' on how well they can use specific weapons (that little white dot or two above the gun). You can loot machine guns from tanks and also replace that damn Bren on the british ones with MG-42 if you want. You can mount a field gun or a Nebelwerfer you find and use it to shoot indirect fire.

You can drive all vehicles by either clicking on where they should go, or even better (This is the best part of the game), you can press CTRL and control the vehicle directly (or soldiers for that matter). Driving a tank around and shooting is VERY satisfying feeling. All buildings also crumble when you shoot them with HE shots or AT grenades. You have to select AP ammo when trying to take out a tank, or you could throw an AT grenade or Molotov cocktail on the engine. Everything is thought out and just works.

Missions are often quite hard and unforgiving; There is no save possibility within the missions. You can (and should!) have Fog of war on to have more realistic gameplay. Missions take 15 mins to 2 hours depending on the playstyle. You start most of the time with only few soldiers and few clips of ammo and your task is "ambush the convoy" or "destroy enemies in town". Normally your soldiers have revive kit of three charges to help out a bit.

We play LAN over internet by using Hamachi and it works perfectly well.

This game also has very few bugs, I don't remember seeing more than one or two in 11 years of playing.

You have 4 single player campaigns as well as CO-OP campaign missions but you also have more game styles, such as Deathmatch, Assault, Escort (don't remember all).

In addition you have domestic animals such as cows and chicken. You can give out your soldiers to your co-op partner and vice versa. You can accidentally light yourself on fire. You can swim over rivers or lakes, you can drown in swam.
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58 of 60 people (97%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 2, 2014
I played this game many years ago when it first came out. So I bought it on Steam to to preserve until the end of time...

This game is absolutely fantastic! This is a RTS game but basically you take control mostly 4-5 soldiers per missions. So it is commando like and more tactic than gathering resources and build build and train troops... You always have to focus on the mission objective and you can solve any way you want to get the job done. Maybe this sentence as an example will be a bit spoiler so I warned you: the mission is to destroy 2 battery guns, you have 4 soldiers against lot of enemies, you can easily sneak to the first battery gun and instead you blow it you can use to take out the other gun on the other side of the map rather fight your way through the enemy... then just blow the first one and get out.

Spoiler ends.

If you start with only handguns, kill a few enemy and take their weapons. There are 4 campaigns, each with 4-5 missions. If you preserve your troops from the beginnig, you can use the same troops on the following maps with the same inventory. Note however, the American campaign a bit different.. and if anytime you screw the map and have to restart a mission you loose your own man and will get default troops. So keep saves on different slots.

You can destroy anything if you have the correct weapon in your hand or under your a+s+s... Oh, you dont have tank, kill its crew then repair and use it. Your tank have run out of ammo, neutralize another one (dont blow it) and take its ammunation. You dont have AT weapons but there are strong vehicles in your way? hmm.. you have molotov cocktail! Aim at the engines and watch the firework! Use covers all the time, lean from edges or just lure the enemy out from a field with lighting fire. Are you surrounded with enemy troops, blow a hole in the wall and escape. There are 50+ enemy heavy tanks, you have katyusha......

Do you like write history again? Then you are a Hero of World War 2.
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90 of 111 people (81%) found this review helpful
28 people found this review funny
19.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 22, 2014
You can throw chickens at enemy soldiers
11/10 game
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58 of 67 people (87%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 22, 2010
Great game, if you like Men of War, you will love Soldiers Heroes of World War II. Again its not your run of the mill RTS. You can take direct control of units, and every unit has an inventory. ANY weapon an enemy is using you can kill and take, tanks have different types of ammunition, different weapons use different bullets, full destructable terrain and buildings, realistic physics for tank shells and bullets.. the list goes forever GET THIS GAME.
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