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.
User reviews: Mostly Positive (55 reviews)
Release Date: Jun 29, 2004
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"An excellent strategy game to play in coop with a friend - challenging missions with tons of detail and explosions. Single player is also fun."

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July 4

The game is back in Steam store, Russian language added!

We are proud to present you this classic that started famous Men of War series. In addition to English, German, French, Spanish and Italian, the game can now be played in original Russian as well. If you bought the game earlier, before it was removed from the store, you'll also get the newly added Russian language.

Первая игра серии "В тылу врага" снова доступна в магазине Steam, на этот раз в комплекте с русским языком! Если вы купили игру раньше, то русский язык тоже добавится.

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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

    Minimum:
    • 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

    Recommended:
    • 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).
Helpful customer reviews
54 of 71 people (76%) found this review helpful
19.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 22
You can throw chickens at enemy soldiers
11/10 game
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64 of 90 people (71%) found this review helpful
5.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 6
One of the best strategy games around
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20 of 21 people (95%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
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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17 of 17 people (100%) found this review helpful
486.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 27
This is one of the best ww2 rts games I've played. It is fully in 3d and you control soldiers, cannons and armor to complete your Commandos-like mission. In every map you are outnumbered at least 10 to 1 and it is a pure joy to defeat the enemy with these odds. Many things are interactive, like railroad switches, blowing up bridges and buildings (it has great physics), burning down forests (with matches) to flush the enemy. It has a ridiculous amount of units types anything from a tiny motorcycle to a king tiger and lots of weapons such as mp44, panzershreck, and mg42. You can heal soldiers and repair tanks and even strip weapons from them (you can grab a 50 cal from an american jeep and walk around Rambo-like).

I've had a blast with this game and what makes it even better is that the sequels such as Men of War are even better. I give it 8.5/10 , you should try it. (Note: This is a Russian made game so it may be brutal difficulty-wise. I recommend you start on Easy mode).
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26 of 34 people (76%) found this review helpful
33.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 1
The Grand-pa of all Men of War.
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16 of 19 people (84%) found this review helpful
10.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 14
One of my Fav Games of all time.
Multiplayer game is Beautiful like nothing else.
i got 3 copys already to share with friends and play. :)
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15 of 18 people (83%) found this review helpful
10.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 8
I cant speak highly enough of this game. Very good RTS. Graphically still holds up as well. I had it when it first came out, and its well worth a look.
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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 4
This Game is really fun. I've played a good amount of top down RTS (especially WWII style) and this one stands out. It's a steal being so cheap! Give it a shot!
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 5
Difficulty in the campaigns is all over the place, some missions are insane, some are super easy, usually in that order. I had a couple of issues where you get the objective to get to the point X, the game never tells you where it is.

But I like it.
It's gameplay is a mix of XCOM and WW2 with surprising attention to details, such as physics, weakpoints on tanks and enviroment destruction..

For example, once I ended up having to fight a heavy scout car, that was impervious to small arms fire. Ofc I had no AT weapons, so I hoarded a bunch of HE grenades on one guy and spammed them at the scout car to see what happens.
It's tires blew up on one side and the moment the last tire flew off, whole vehicle flipped over to that side, rendering it useless.

Buildings can be destroyed in a manner similar to Battlefield Bad Company 2, but much simpler. You can colapse them with tanks and most armored vehicles, sometimes a really too tactic to surprise attack a tank is to move behind the building trough which the enemy cant see you, boo! You're within 20 meters of the tank (preferably the backside).

Even though it has its flaws and the resolution support is a bit wonky, I have never played a more complex and realistic WW2 RTS. And yes, I have played CoH 1 (much simpler vehicle system) and 2 ("butthurt" button spam) and neither come close to this game.

8/10 - Had to take off some points for horrid voiceacting and badly done campaign. But the gameplay itself is stellar. Just take note, some key's cannot be changed (use macro keys on your keyboard for these) and the default keybindings aren't meant for a human being with two hands.
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10 of 13 people (77%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 7
For all the people having trouble playing right click the game in steam games list go to properties>browse local files>soldiers.exe>rightclick>properties>run in compatabillity for win 7 > run as admin apply done
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 2
This game is very fun and detailed for such an old game, plus you get a lot for the price. However, it is VERY unfair, almost seeming like it wants to make you rage and quit playing it. Several levels it gives you 2-4 men with nothing but pistols and tells you to take out 50+ enemies by themselves, giving you no help whatsoever.

Also, there is no autosave, so even if you do manage to have one person survive and take out half the map, one mistake and it's back to the beginning.

All in all, worth picking up just to experiment with the mechanics and gameplay, but not a long lasting game you'll want to come back to, (unless you're a masochist).
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
12.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 13
I now understand very well why tanks tend not to do well in urban combat.
(It takes too long to destroy everything with HE so you actually have a clear field of fire.)
AT grenades. I hate AT grenades so much. D:<

On the plus side, Michael Wittman driving into Villers-Bocage with one Tiger and leaving with five Shermans, a Chaffee, and a Matilda is one of the most fun things I have done in a long time. Even if it's totally ahistorical. Especially if it's totally ahistorical.
It's a pity the Katyusha mission only gives you three men, or I would have driven away the entire tank company, and the trains, too.

It's the sort of game that I sit down and decide to play half an hour of at 8pm, and look up after a while and it's suddenly seven in the morning.

tl;dr:
10/10 battlefield looting simulator
would loot again
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
15.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 4
I played this game when it first came out years ago. Great game, Absolutley worth the buy if it on sale - witch it is now. $1.24 - Unique RTS feel mixed with 3rd Person shooter aspects - control your own individual soldiers and thier realistic inventory. I reccommend.
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 12
this game>sex
10/1.
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5 of 8 people (63%) found this review helpful
67.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 8
Great game of strategy and simulation on world war 2 that combines third person shooter gameplay style.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 17
This is the game that defines having ridiculous fun with your friends.
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48 of 55 people (87%) found this review helpful
0.1 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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32 of 48 people (67%) found this review helpful
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 26, 2012
A game that gave a birth to Men of War.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
353.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 13, 2011
um its the best 5 bux i have ever spent on a game or damn near anything lol
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 14, 2012
Having played this game when I was about 12, to come back to it at the age of 17, five years on, was absolutely incredible. This game is hard to get on the shelves, and is even harder to install on a computer that runs anything newer than Windows XP. So when I saw that Steam sells the game, relitively cheap I should add, I was overrun with joy. The installation was quick and simple, and even though I had bought it previously, only to find that it didn't work on my computer, I didn't mind paying another 7 or so pounds to get this game in my Steam Library.

Now onto the game, anyone who likes Men of War should easily be able to familiarise themselves with the way that this game works. Although the game can be frustratingly difficult, I think it offers a challenge that not many other games of this type, *COUGH* Faces of War *COUGH* Too f*cking easy! *COUGH* brings. Graphics are desent, AI is a bit stupid - but it's an old game so I wouldn't expect anything less. GET IT.
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