Unity of Command is an innovative and refreshing operational-level wargame that covers the entire 1942/43 Stalingrad Campaign on the Eastern Front.
User reviews: Very Positive (266 reviews)
Release Date: Oct 17, 2012

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“Wargames this fresh and friendly tend to inspire deep loyalty.”
86/100 – PC Gamer

“A traditional hex-based wargame of unusual elegance, one that is perfect for genre newcomers but equally satisfying to veterans."
9/10 – PC Power Play

“Accessible yet deep, attractive and with an AI which teaches you the core of the game by beating you around the head.”
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About This Game

Unity of Command is an innovative and refreshing operational-level wargame that covers the entire 1942/43 Stalingrad Campaign on the Eastern Front. Playable from both the Axis and Soviet perspective, it strives to recreate the strategy, the forces involved and the general tension of that crucial period in World War II.

Experience the highly fluid, enormously large battles of maneuver in a turn-based strategy setting. Take command in this mobile, back-and-forth sort of war where logistics and poor weather are often the decider, and defeat and victory are sometimes just a mile, or a day, apart.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS:Windows XP
    • Processor:1.6 GHz
    • Memory:1 GB RAM
    • Hard Drive:150 MB HD space
    Recommended:
    • Processor:2.0 GHz
    • Memory:2 GB RAM
    Minimum:
    • OS:10.6
    • Processor:1.6 GHz
    • Memory:1 GB RAM
    • Hard Drive:150 MB HD space
    Recommended:
    • Processor:2.0 GHz
    • Memory:2 GB RAM
    • Processor:1.6 GHz
    • Memory:1 GB RAM
    • Hard Drive:150 MB HD space
Helpful customer reviews
10 of 10 people (100%) found this review helpful
54.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 6
As a Military Historian and a fan of Strategy games I can say without a doubt that this game is worth the buy, especially with the DLC. This is the most realistic WWII game I have played. Every decision you make has a consequence and that powerful armored thrust that you think will win you the battle, can suddenly turn on you when they're cut off and surrounded making your job even harder. This game gets so much right when it comes to being a general. You have to plan 2-5 moves ahead so you can not only find the proper strategy but outsmart a THINKING AI.
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25 of 38 people (66%) found this review helpful
35.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 19
"MUH SUPPLY LINES"

This expression indicates Player's confusion and lack of understanding. When confronted with mechanic he cannot understand, Player mumbles "b-b-but muh supply lines" or "muh supply lines mutha♥♥♥♥a". This is usually followed by getting encircled and losing all his panzer divisions.
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
25.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 5
Very good game, nice playing mechanics, a challenging game (achieving brilliant victory is very hard, at least for me) and very good graphics style and gaming music, it's the kind of game that seduces any strategy gamer and makes him love it.
Totally recommend it to all turn-based strategy games fans. I believe it's one of the standout TBS games that were released in the last years.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
30.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 5
If you've never played a turn-based, operational-level strategy game before, this is the best starting point. The intuitive UI and the kind of cartoony art assets make for a game that feels very inviting. However, this game is hard, but in a good way. Your onus as the player is to be clever, to examine the situation and find weak points in your enemy's defenses and assess risk and reward. You end up thinking like a World War 2 general after you play a little bit, and that's really cool.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
32.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 11
Easy to learn and hard to master strategy game. Challenging AI is a plus (and sometimes pain in the ♥♥♥♥). If you like turn-based strategy games there is no better choice than to buy this one.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
7.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 27
This game is by far one of the best strategic games I have ever played. I am in love with it.
The soundtrack gave me goosebumps and sent chills down my spine. The game can be played without a tutorial; it's that simple.

I seriously hope they make more additions to this, perhaps a North Africa or a Pacific add-on.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
38.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 22
I was really missing Panzer General series and its operational level simulation. This game delivered but also gave me something new. The main innovation, suppy lines, has a big effect. One must think about encirclement and weak points instead of wiping out every unit in one's path. It's also important not to leave your supply lines exposed as having them disrupted even once can mean the difference between victory and defeat.

The mechanics are fairly easy to master and the game can tell you how many units you can expect to destroy/lose in any given encounter. There are many interactions to consider (terrain, weather, entrenchment) and since its an operational level game you can be winning individual shootouts yet lose the big battle because you are acting too carefully. The game takes about 20 hours to fully master but provides replay value as you can try to win every battle with a brilliant victory or just try a slightly different approach.

Unlike PG you can finish each scenario in one sitting. The size of the maps is pretty manageable. There's no such diversity of units as in that game but I didn't really miss it. Ultimately the most interesting thing about the game is making decisions of how many units to commit, where and for how long and doing it all without outrunning your supply lines, often this requires coordination between units.

My two complaints are: the AI is a little weak, enough to provide a challenge but not enough to really surprise you and often committing foolish errors; the other is that battles can only be played in a pretty strict sequence. So if you finish a campaign and want to replay a battle from near the beginning, the later battles will become inaccessible.

I loved the game enough to buy all the expansions and play them through several times.

My wish for the game would be that units carried over somehow. It was great to see my units in PG progress from green to elite and encouraged me to be careful and avoid throwing units into meatgrinders. Although bashing at a city while suffereing bad losses in order to achieve your objective is often needed in UoC and is an interesting part of the game since it forces you to take risks.

I'm still looking for a game that would combine this kind of battle simulation with an economic simulation since as they say WWII was won in the factories.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 2
Though it has quite a bit of a learning curve, Unity of Command is an excellent turn-based strategy game, and is very realistic in the sense that spamming infantry simply won't work if you opponent is well set-up. The Supply Line feature is also very realistic. While it allows you to potentially thrust deep into enemy territory along the railroads, any enemy presence on those lines will cut off supply.

The game is good for both a defensive and offensive strategy, where units can entrench themselves, making a line of them near-impenetrable even with tanks, or by equiping your units with "specialists," or specific units, such as StuGs, T-34s, or Engineers, you can give them a huge advantage on the frontline. But above all, my favorite feature is the one that urges you to minimize loss of life. If a unit is destroyed, the overall morale will drop, and your troops will be less inclined to stand their ground.

Overall, this is a strong choice if you want a turn-based strategy game.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 30
Broke through the Soviet lines, out ran my supplies, Russians counter attacked, quit before losing. 9/10


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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
123.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 14
After well over one hundred hours invested, I can say I highly recommend Unity of Command to any gamer that likes strategy games. My congratulations and thanks to those that made this game for getting their history right. The individual divisions and corps that are in the battles in this game were in the actual battles as well, along with the correct opposing generals. Those involved in making Unity of Command really did their homework!! As a newbie, I appreciate the individual scenarios starting 'easy' and working their way up to difficult. It allowed me to learn the game, although for an old man, those 'easy' senarios were anything but. The game is well thought out. Like the real Eastern Front campaign, you fight the weather, supply lines, terrain and the Russians with panzer, motorized and infantry divisions. The original game features the Stalingrad campaign, the DLC features the Russian offensives of 1944, with additional DLC taking on the 1941 German invasion of Russia. My favorite is Operation Typhoon, the battle for Moscow. Like Field Marshall von Bock, you command six entire armies and over two million men, the largest land force under one commander in history. Unity of Command is a strategy video game and chess with panzer divisions all in one. It's challenging, frustrating, addicting, but most of all, it's fun. I highly recommend it!!
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
51.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 12
Turn Based Strategy game centered on the eastern front during WW2.

The game mechanics however feel more like a puzzle than a strategy game.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
16.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 21
I love this game! I'm a huge fan of strategy games, mainly WW2, and I have to say it's my favorite eastern front/ww2 game. It may look cartoony like on the battle maps, but it is very detailed. The history of each map is right on and goes into detail. You can beat your enemy by numbers, air power, taking supply points, and many other ways. You can also have Italian, Romanian,and Hungarian units fight by your side playing as the axis. The units are also very detail and the division names are historically accurate. Great game! I have to get the DLCs soon!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 8
A beautifully crafted hex-based wargame with an intuitive control scheme and gripping music. Could serve as an introduction to wargames for masses.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
56.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 27
Absolutley fantastic operational strategy game. Beautiful design, great, cerebral gameplay. Reward this developer for their great work and buy this.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 17
Well I must admit I couldn't get into this game. But it's mainly because of my low patience, not because the game is bad. Unity of Command has very nice cartoon-like graphics and thought-out gameplay mechanics. It should be enjoyable for any player who likes turn-based tactical games.

Maybe I didn't like the distinct puzzle-like nature of the game. Maybe I was driven away by the supply mechanics adding (rather unnecessary in my opinion) complexity to the game. Or maybe I'm just not one of this kind of players, who knows :)
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
42.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 26
A wintry beauty of a strategy game; intricate and maddening like a strange puzzlebox, yet pleasing, making you want to click every button and perform every action just to watch how it unfolds. Only marred by the obtuse campaign system (often requires repetition of old missions to progress) and luck-based weather system. Artistically and strategically wonderful, overall; be prepared for an arduous but fun learning curve.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
25.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 30
Excellent. While it is very quick to learn to play, there is also an impressive depth and detail to the game. My only negative is that I wish there were more battles to play, so maybe the Red Turn and Black Turn DLC would be a good investment.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
15.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 24
Easy and fun to play wargame of introductory level, though providing some depth and requiring to think quite a lot. AI acts a bit strange sometimes and some of the scenarios don't have enough details they should have, so 8/10
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5 of 9 people (56%) found this review helpful
14.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 31
The game had potential, I liked the units, interaction, and alternate history option but the game suffers form lack of strategy in that there is only the one way to win their way. No save option during scenarios so lose and start all over this can be a lot of time lost, lack of fun gameplay it just feels like a constant grind rather than playing a game, lack of decent tutorial and for as simple a game it is they could have added more options like more unit customizations and upgrades. I don't recommend this game there are better WWII games out there.
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5 of 9 people (56%) found this review helpful
39.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 13
Unity of Command is a simplified strategic turn-based look into the eastern fronit during WW2 - similar in many ways to the classic Panzer General, while adding some fresh ideas of its own (such as the concept of supply, which enables increasingly realistic maneuverig in the spirit of the historical blitzkrieg. Having said that, the game also suffers somewhat from oversimplification, repetitiveness and rigidity. When considering buying the game, consider:

Pros:
-Easy to get into, yet challenging enough to try and master

-Some tactical planning and thinking required, luck and chance is involved so there is some variety in gameplay.

-Quite immersive, the total seems more than the sum of its parts.


Cons:
-The AI seems quite simple: you make a certain set of moves and it always reacts similarly.

-Unrealistic winning objectives - sacrifice your army simply to gain possession of a few winning hexes for one turn and you suddenly have "won"?

-No air units available

-Only scenarios where offensive is to be taken (AI lacks the ability to launch a coherent offensive?) - some defensive scenarios would be welcome

-"Brilliant victories" often depend on chance (e.g., chancing in-game weather), yet proceeding in the campaign in some cases requires such victories - the game therefore makes you grind several scenarios over and over again.

-The scenarios always start the same - some alterate starting positions would be welcome for variety.

-After you win the campaign, there's a smiple "Campaign completed" message and nothing else - really?

-Music can get repetitive and the graphics are not the selling point of the game.

Overall, I tend to recommend the game for people interested in the topic and looking for some easy-to-get-into strategy gaming - not at the level of Metacritic (average 84/100), but rather at the level of the user reviews (7.2/10).

In other words, it's quite ok.
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