Men of War: Condemned Heroes tells the story of one of the infamous Soviet penal battalions during the WWII.
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Release Date: Apr 12, 2012

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About This Game

Men of War: Condemned Heroes tells the story of one of the infamous Soviet penal battalions during the WWII. These battalions are famous for being formed under Stalin’s "No step back!" order #227. They consisted of court-martialed officers that were given a chance to redeem their crimes, or incompetence, in blood by serving as the lowest enlisted rank in a battalion that was assigned the most dangerous tasks. These battalions’ images are surrounded by many myths, and this game tells the truth about these regiments based on real evidence from their former members.
Take command of one of these notorious companies and lead it to victory against all odds through most of the war on the Eastern front. Fight from desperate battles in 1942 in the area of Volyn in the Ukraine, to the massive operation “Bagration” in the Brest area, Magnush bridgehead and Warsaw area in Poland and finally to attacks on the German Altdam and Stettin near the end of the war.

Key Features:

  • Ultimate single player experience – 4 campaigns telling the story of the penal company from crucial 1942 to victorious 1945
  • Truth about Soviet penal battalions from their former members
  • New ultra-detailed photorealistic human models, faces and uniforms
  • Bonus single player missions focusing on other non-penal army units

Men of War: Condemned Heroes is affected by the GameSpy shutdown on the 31st of May. You can continue to play the game through LAN, DirectIP and GameRanger.

System Requirements

    • OS:Windows XP/Vista/7
    • Processor:P4 2.6GHz (Athlon 3000+)
    • Memory:1 GB RAM
    • Graphics:GeForce FX 8800 (Radeon HD3850) 256Mb
    • DirectX®:9.0c
    • Hard Drive:3 GB HD space
    • OS:Windows XP/Vista/7
    • Processor:Core 2 Duo 2.33GHz (Athlon X2 5000+)
    • Memory:2 GB RAM
    • Graphics:GeForce FX 8800 (Radeon HD3850) 256Mb
    • DirectX®:9.0c
    • Hard Drive:3 GB HD space
    • Other Requirements:Broadband Internet connection
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27 of 32 people (84%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
9.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 7, 2015
Personally one of my favourites in the series.

This is the hardest of the game, packing a variety of missions that put you in the shoes of the Penal Units of the Red Army who have to earn redemption for their crimes through enemy blood.
The missions are essentially suicide - you get a handful of people against vastly outnumbering positions of your enemies, clearing the field for the main army, doing sabotage and reconaissance.

The game uses well the advanced possibilities of the upgraded Men of War engine looking somewhat better than the original.

I personally love this game particularly because it doesn't give you that much of a story. Men of War typically has bad narrative, so I like to picture it for myself as "just another moment from the front".

People who enjoy a good challenge in strategies will appreciate this titles.
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23 of 31 people (74%) found this review helpful
7.9 hrs on record
Posted: April 2, 2014
I guess that not everyone would be able to enjoy it due to its extreme difficulty level (even on easy), but for hardcore Men of War fans like me, this is a must own.
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27 of 40 people (68%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
8.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 24, 2014
Cool Real Time Strategy game. Not much of a play-again game, because no matter what you do you have the same outcome usually.
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14 of 17 people (82%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
44.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 12
Men of War: Condemned Heroes - Rating: 8.2/10

General Impression
Men of War: Condemned Heroes is a pretty nice strategy game. The graphics and the textures are pretty nice. The atmosphere mostly happens in open fields, villages, cities, forests, and even other environments. The audio is pretty nice. The music is nice. In this game, the music is are stunning and dynamic. Also, the voice acting it probably the best one from the Men of War series. It’s just perfect. When the commander tells you to do something, and it tells it on the right tone, you will damn do it. The gameplay is complex, in each mission you have to accomplish some tasks, alike killing certain enemies, cleaning fields off enemies, destroying some units, reaching a point, capturing a point, etc. The story focuses of the Russian side, but not the normal one: the captured heroes’ one. The penal battalions of it. There is a total of 5 campaigns, with many missions. Many of them are pretty hard, simply because you receive 1 or 2 squads, and you have to conquer an entire enemy battalion. From where, the saying of other reviews: “Here is your squad. Now conquer me this town full of enemies.” The user interface is well-optimized, with no bugs and well-synthetized information. I also like the overall design of it. The controls are pretty good, except with 1 thing: the rotations’ controls of the cameras. I highly recommend you to reset them with the arrow buttons. The engines, just like in every Men of War game, are not perfect. The game has rarely crashes, and when it crashes, you obviously lose the progress of your mission. Try and save the game as often as you can, in order to avoid too much progress lose. You don't want to waste your time by restarting the mission from zero, right? The mechanics are sophisticated, being pretty nice and everything moves well-optimized. Now, I’m going to talk a little about the G.E.M. editor. Just like in every Men of War game, you have a G.E.M. editor. You can create your own battles in it. It is complex and with a various number of functions. What I don’t like in this particular G.E.M. editor: the amount of content. Compared to Men of War: Assault Squad 1 and 2, this game has less content, especially in the G.E.M. editor. But overall, the G.EM. editor is pretty nice, still. Overall, this game offers a nice simulation of the penal battalions of Russia during World War 2.

Positive Points
  • Pretty nice and well-designed graphics and textures
  • Pretty nice audio and nice music
  • Fun and challenging gameplay
  • Many missions throughout the 6 campaigns available
  • Infantry, heavy guns, batteries, cannons, vehicles, tanks, airplanes, and many other units available
  • 3 difficulties available
  • A pretty nice designed user interface
  • Some pretty stable engines
  • Some pretty nice mechanics

Neutral Points
  • Trading cards would be a nice feature
  • More units would be awesome
  • The editor should have more content, including being able to drive airplanes

Negative Points
  • The multiplayer is not alive anymore
  • There are some rare crashes, like in all the Men of War games
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17 of 25 people (68%) found this review helpful
33.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 3, 2013
One of the best Men of War games there is it is quite hard but that is part of the fun a bit repeditive at times like you feel like you have just done something just like the last objective in the last mission but what ever a big like is the new graphics and textures like the new and cool looking faces and uniforms and guns and that sort of stuff but the Men of War games is still my number one Strategy game of all time

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22 of 35 people (63%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
17.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 22, 2014
I very like this game, there are not so interesting missions, but you need to think about every step because this game is hard like i dont know what.

1.-There is a bit similar levels -+
2.-This game is interesting for hardcore gamers. +
3.-I Think many people do not like graphic in game,but i think its cool, even for 2014.+
4.- Those who like games about WW2, can try this game.
5.- All models are almost similar. -

I recommend this game, but not to all people. Better check youtube.
my score is 7/10!
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17 of 26 people (65%) found this review helpful
31.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 14, 2014
Not sure why there are so many bad reviews for this game. Ok its not a step up for the series more of a step backwards but it's still a decent title if you like Men of War. I haven't found any errors or bad progrmming yet and Ive nearly completed the game.
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9 of 11 people (82%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
25.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 11
Okay,so let me get this straight,this game has mixed reviews because it is difficult?
Played through the whole campagain without experiencing any bugs,maybe other's were not so fortunate.
It is,bear in mind it's very difficult at times if not near impossible but portraits well with the challenges penal comapany soldiers had in the second world war.If you like and are capable of finishing heroic missions in MoW:As 1 or 2,then you are well suited for this type of game.The campagain is moderate in its length(about 24 hours)

Here are some tips:
>Save spam.
>Use rifleman if they are availible because of their high accuracy and capability of killing an enemy with 1 shot within 25m.
>Use stealth when you can,entire enemy entrenchments can be eliminated without firing a shot if you go behind the enemy and melee them.
>When encountering tanks,shoot at it with any weapon,retreat to a covered position and use your AT granades.If the tank is out of range flank it with another soldier.
>Special weapons such as Panzershrecks and K98 snipers can be found on some enemy soldiers.Take these and use them to your advantage.
>Loot often,loot wisely.80% of the time your unit will encounter entrenched enemies clustered togather,take them out by lobbing in some granades,granades in this game have an extended range when compared to Mow:As.
>Enemy is in a building and you cant kill him? use an AT granade and aim it under him to collapse the building.
>Rockets(such as ones found on planes)and other explosive material can be used to make a trap and concecuantly,a big boom.
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27 of 45 people (60%) found this review helpful
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 28, 2013
This game is good...After the first 3 missions at least and i never seen a bug in it soo.....
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 12, 2012
Quite good game for hardcore RTS fans bearing few bugs but still better than most of recent releases. Some gaming magazines/sites rated this game poorly, mainly because of AI flaws, physics error or "copy & paste" graphics from previous instances, but it's still good game for MoW fans.
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24.3 hrs
Posted: October 3

Unfortunately, Condemned Heroes tarnishes the fair name of the "Men of War" series.This "game" was not developed by Best Way, but was instead whomped up by a large publisher's team of ham-handed developers. At its best, this "game" is nothing more than a mod with a small amount of graphical tweaks.
At its worst, this "game" is a bundle of bug filled, sometimes nearly unplayable missions.


Back when this game was just announced on one large gaming website, i remember my excitement. A dozen screenshots depicted updated models of Soviet and German infantry fighting in ruined trenches, large towns being overrun with battered looking tanks, and grim winter landscapes that forebode vast, fierce battles. The idea itself also caught my interest. Instead of commanding ordinary troops, Condemned Heroes promised to unfold World War II from an entierly different perspective. Players would command a Soviet penal battalion, a unit that consisted entierly from convicts and prisoners. This was a very interesting theme, one that was barely explored in WWII games before. But as it often turns out to be, the pre-release screenshots were better than the actual "game" itself. It can be concluded now with full confidence, that when making their product, the "developers" concentrated on the visual aspect of the game, completely ignoring the actual gameplay. The first thing that catches the eye are the updated infantry models. As soon as this game was announced, this new feature was shown literally in every screenshot, clearly acting as eye candy. And indeed, if "Condemned Heroes" has at least one positive element in it, its the new infantry appearance. Many players will agree, that the infantry models in Men of War look very simple, and soviet infantry just looks outright horrible (not because of their historical uniform, but because in Men of War, they have the least amount of detail, except those shiny big black boots). It's no surprise that the infantry was low in detail, because Faces of War (the predecessor of Men of War) came out way back in 2006. Condemned Heroes improves this part of the game by replacing the original infantry models with more realistic looking ones. The textures of the uniforms look much more detailed and sharp, and instead of clay little figures we now command tired, realistic looking ex-cons. Vehicle textures have also been improved with more realistic ones. Tanks are covered with rust and mud. The surrounding enviorment also changed a bit, with many new textures and structure models adorning the battlefield.


But be that as it may, a standalone game deserves to be called as such not only thanks to the visual content, but also gameplay (otherwise, it's nothing more than a mere mod, and those are usually free). The only two apparent gameplay differences that i saw in Condemned Heroes in comparison to Men of War is a dozen of poorly designed missions and some alleged tweaks (that are a change for the worse) within the physical parameters of the game. Specifically, heavier armor will usually explode upon being hit with AP rounds, while lighter vehicles will NOT explode at all when hit with HE rounds. This makes the game extremely annoying to play, because your damn tank (which is a rarity in the campaign, save for the first mission) instead of being damaged, will get destroyed, and thus the player is forced to reload the game. For the record, you never get reinforcements in any missions throughout the entire campaign, and will usually have to beat missions with two initial squads of soldiers. Any tank or vehicle that you find HAS to be captured and repaired, thus again contributing to the already annoying gameplay. Enemy AI isn't merely stupid, it feels like it's completely absent. Any enemy sequence or action that happens in missions is triggered by certain factors (like a completion of a secondary objective for an example). Otherwise, enemy soldiers and vehicles simply don't do anything. They just stand in place (usually trenches or buildings) and fire away, often not even aiming at your soldiers, but at your allies (computer controlled units). This gives the player a possibility to crawl and flank the unsuspecting enemy, destroying major threats like tanks and gun emplacements with grenades (if the player has patience to play at this point). Some missions are severely bugged and are almost unbeatable, and those several missions that ARE bug free still don't possess any real quality or complexity, instead being dull, boring trash that was seemingly made by a beginner mapper-modmaker. Instead of a tragic, fascinating storyline (like Soldiers: Heroes of World War II or Company of Heroes) with Stalin's political enemies in lead roles, players get a garbage campaign that has no plot value in it whatsoever. Additional content includes a useless reference about Soviet penal battalions during World War II that nobody is going to read anyways, especially amongst western players (and i can't judge them, instead of teaching the gaming audience about the horrors of the eastern front with TEXT, i suggest writing and designing a good in-game plotline instead). In short - you will not easily find an another such flawed game on Steam, and that's considering the fact, that there is a lot of crap out there.

-Audio Quality-

Music in Condemned Heroes consists of about 3 tracks, 2 of which are so repetative, that it will make your head hurt. The other track played during a few winter missions late in the game is kinda smooth, reminded me of Warhammer 40k DoW's "Outer Reaches". The sound quality is pretty good. Most weapon firing sounds from Men of War were replaced with more realistic, dynamic firearm shots, again contributing to the overall feeling, that Condemned Heroes is more of a mod rather than a seperate game. After all, it ain't hard to change sound files.


"Men of War:Condemned Heroes" AKA "High Resolution Infantry & Lousy Mappack Mod" is a kick in the teeth to all fans of the "Men of War" series. During all my time writing reviews in Steam, i have never "Not Recommended" a single game, often even "Recommending" games that got mixed reviews, and therefore opinions. I always try to see something positive in any game, because i respect the time and effort that developers put into its making. But in the case of this here title, i'm going to have to make an exception. Fellow RTS and Wargamers, if you don't value your money, at least value your nerves and stay away from this "game"... Otherwise, you will just get dissapointed and will go for the uninstall button anyways.

P.S: Had to go through the entire campaign of this torture of a game to get all the achievements... It was hell.
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Saint Aaron
25.9 hrs
Posted: September 3
This is a tough tough tough men of war game! Easy is not even easy!! This game gives you a 6 troops fighting against 100 germans! Its tough

well-designed graphics and textures
Fun and challenging gameplay
Infantry, heavy guns, batteries, cannons, vehicles, tanks, airplanes, and many other units available
3 difficulties availablee

Random crashes
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Kony 2014
21.5 hrs
Posted: August 17
Short, but very challenging and fun. Definitely a must for every Men of War fan.
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20.6 hrs
Posted: August 13
Hard missions.Not for 7 years old kids.It shoudnt be your first Men of War game because it very hard.They added new faces and more detailed uniforms.Mustiplayer is dead but you can play with your friends via lan.Nice game overall worth 8 euros.
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7.1 hrs
Posted: August 9
Compare to men of war AS 2 , the game interface is not good , I like you can right click your mouse in men of war AS 2 to move your squad and use left mouse button to select or disselect squad but you cant do that in condemned heroes, you have to use left button to select squard first and left button again to move or fire .
But the game is interesting and still fun to play , fast pace gameplay , behind enemy line and knock out German tanks , SPGs, anti tank guns , anti tank grenade is powerful .
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☭ Joseph Stalin ☭
31.6 hrs
Posted: July 29
Product received for free
Buy this game!
This is the game with great story! I'm really impressed with it, congrats to the company who made this game!
P.S. It has the best texture of all Men of War games!
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14.5 hrs
Posted: July 17
this game require waiting>>>and keyboard smashing(122 bounced an pz4???)
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17.2 hrs
Posted: July 2
Trench Warfare for Days
If you like trench warfare, get this game, because you will be taking plenty of trenchs. So many missions involve rushing trenchs that I mistook this for World War I.

No, but in all seriousness, so far about 3/4ths of the missions in the game consist of taking trenchs with a squad of men, only to be reinforced by a battlion or two of tanks and infantry. All of this so you can destroy the strongpoints beyond, that are being defended by these trenchs. It is a solid game, just like all previous games in the Men of War series, but my God I have had my feel of trench warfare for the rest of my life from this game.

I highly recommend playing this game in short spurts. You are at an automatic disadvantage in nearly every mission, as it should be for the sake of historical accuracy (Penal Company), but you are definately going to want to take advantage of the infinite save space you are given, as well as the inventory system. You will run out of ammo, and your men will become very familiar with the operation of MP40s and Kar98ks.

Like I said, it is a solid game, as to be expected of the Men of War series, just a hel* of a lot of monotony and annoyance from the seemingly endless trench warfare.
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17.5 hrs
Posted: July 1
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