Heroes & Generals is a Free2Play Massive Online FPS with a Strategic Multiplayer Campaign, set in the midst of World War II Europe, where Axis and Allies fight for control.
User reviews: Mostly Positive (13,247 reviews)
Release Date: Jul 11, 2014

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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“When we started developing Heroes & Generals it was with the intention of creating a game for the gamers as much as for ourselves. The games we have been creating in the past (back in the IO Interactive days) have all been shrouded in secrecy until they were released and therefore always carried a number of things that players did not like but we were unable to change. Because it is the players that in the end plays the game we think they should have greater influence on the development.

Since the very early days of the project in 2011 (pre-alpha stage), we invited players in to play the game and have involved our community in the making of Heroes & Generals and listened to the feedback from them. So it's a natural extension of the way we develop Heroes & Generals, to also include the Steam Community, by going Early Access.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“We're approaching the end of our Open Beta/Early Access phase, but it's still too soon for us to put a date on when we'll launch.”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“We're still tweaking, fixing bugs and adding new features to Heroes & Generals, and even though we feel that the game is now fun and quite stable, we still wish to get all things 'just right' before we call it 'launched'.

We do not plan to do a full server reset when the game launches.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“We're in the end of our Open Beta phase, preparing for launch.”

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“Heroes & Generals is Free2Play. We wish to create a healthy, solid and well-balanced game and community, where you can get a great experience playing the game, no matter how much money you spend! There is already an in-game economy in place, where you earn in-game credits and warfunds for being active in the game, by playing FPS-missions and/or handling Assault Teams.

You can also buy gold, which you can use to buy practically everything, usually it give you the option of buying stuff ‘early’, so you don’t need to grind that much. We also offer a Veteran Membership to accommodate wishes of having an all-inclusive package, where you earn xp, ribbon-xp, in-game credits and warfunds at an increased rate etc.

Prices are regularly being tweaked now in Open Beta/Early Access and we will most likely still tweak prices at and after launch.”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“We encourage the players to participate in discussions in our forum: http://forum.heroesandgenerals.com/

When you write feedback about the game, remember to try and explain your reasons. Constructive criticism will help us build a better game for you.”
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November 28

Upcoming Feature: Open Faction Fighting

One of the most interesting and also most visible features we are getting ready to roll out is what we call "Open Faction Fighting". We talked a bit about this in the last Devstream.

What does it mean?
You no longer have to commit to a faction before even playing your first battle. From the next update (Spaatz Addon #1) you can play Staged Battles (previously called random training missions) for as long as you want and you can add soldiers from all factions into the matchmaker if you just want to play now!



How does it work?
All your heroes are available to play with and you can purchase new ones on both sides using your hard earned credits.

You just select "Staged Battle" and you can play with all your soldiers.


When DO I choose a faction?
The first time you join a War Battle on the campaign map this locks you to that faction in the war. You can still play Staged Battles on both sides, but ONLY play War Battles (and command ATs of course) on one side.


If you don't want to play with both sides you don't have to. If you always join one side, you can just keep doing that, and you can keep fighting war battles and nothing really changes for you. BUT if you sometime wonder "What's it like on the other side?" then we think you will like this.


What about my friends?
You can always play Staged Battles with your friends, no matter what side they are on, but Squads are limited to one faction, so you cannot mix US and German soldiers in a squad.




We also talked quite a bit about this in the last Devstream so check that out here.

TL:DR; When this feature rolls out you will be able to play Staged Battles only using soldiers from both factions, you will not be able to play the campaign on both sides. If you don't like it, just ignore everything and continue as before.

And remember today's devstream live from Copenhagen on our Twitch-channel.

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November 11

Veterans Day - Veteran Membership

Today November 11th is 'Veterans Day' in the US, 'Remembrance Day' in the British Commonwealth and 'Armistice Day' in France, Belgium and other countries. This day marks the end of the first World War in Western Europe when the armistice took effect at eleven o'clock in the morning — the "eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month" of 1918.



And while this day is not observed in Denmark (we were neutral in the First World War), we thought it would be fitting time to give all players from the greenest recruit to the most grizzled veterans a Free 24-hour Veteran Membership.

NB: If you already have an active Veteran Membership, additional 24 hours will be added.

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About This Game

Heroes & Generals is a Free2Play Massive Online FPS with a Strategic Multiplayer Campaign, set in the midst of World War II Europe, where Axis and Allies fight for control.

The game uniquely merges epic first-person shooter action with a rich strategic layer, where your decisions have the power to turn the tide in an ongoing war among thousands of online players.

Players can choose to play as 'Heroes', fighting in the trenches, flying planes, commanding tanks and other vehicles on the battlefield, or take control of the war as 'Generals', determining the strategic direction and supporting fellow players by managing battlefield assets, army units and reinforcements.

The 'Generals' part of the game is also playable via the companion app 'Heroes & Generals: Mobile Command' which is available for iOS and Android.

As Infantry, Tank Gunner, Fighter Pilot, Recon, Paratrooper or General, your actions can turn the tide of a persistent online war, fought by players across the world!

Wars Aren’t Won By Tanks Alone!

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP, Vista, 7 or 8
    • Processor: 2GHz CPU w. SSE3 instruction set- dual-core
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: ATI HD 2000/NVIDIA 7900 or above (with >512mb RAM)
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 2 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX compatible
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7 or 8
    • Processor: Intel i5 processor or higher / AMD Phenom II X6 or higher
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 series or higher / AMD HD 6870 or higher
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 3 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX compatible
Helpful customer reviews
90 of 116 people (78%) found this review helpful
9.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 13
Early Access Review
I was wondering why I had barely heard of anyone playing this game, or why nobody ever talked about it; it's pretty apparent why now though. It's a wallet warrior's dream, but for those looking for an actual game, look elsewhere.

So I thought this game was really fun at first, gave it a good review and was really enjoying the gameplay. As you get further in, however, the game really begins to lose it's fun, and fast.

You start to see how screwed the ingame economy is. For example, in order to counter enemy tanks, you're going to need the Panzerschreck, which is 35000 silver. That's not bad, if you're a decent teamplayer you get roughly 3000-4000 per match. But when you use it, you're spending thousands to restock it's ammo. Which, if you need to use it a lot in a particular match, often leaves you with a negative balance of silver. In a single match I had to spend over 5000 to replenish it.

Same goes for vehicles, you're going to be spending thousands per match repairing and restocking your vehicles to the point where your meager amounts of silver per match won't cover it, and you'll slowy dwindle your resources until you're forced to use stock gear again. Leaving you ♥♥♥♥ed if the enemy team has a lot of vehicles.

Ontop of that, past the beginner weapons you're going to be expected to spend absurd amounts on new weapons (an MP40 costs 127,000) and that's ontop of grinding ribbons for them to be unlocked, and saving up silver without losing it all from repairs and ammo.

Tired of recieving negative amounts of credits? Want to unlock new weapons and vehicles? Shekel up goyim, and you can have everything instantly :^) you won't even have to level up, paying does that for you!

edit: looks like even the devs acknowledge this. Check out the ultimate packs and the description for them on Steam.
"This pack enables you to get the full Heroes & Generals experience, where you can play all roles as Heroes on the battlefields AND command Assault Teams as a General without first having to spend hours, weeks and even months of playtime to progress your characters and unlock weapons, equipment and vehicles."
They're TELLING US to forget about playing, just fork out money to get the 'full experience', as if having to play is a chore. Shouldn't the entire game be fun, not just when you fork out $110 or spend months grinding? What ever happened to putting time into a game because it's enjoyable? Not because you 'have to' to have fun...
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119 of 181 people (66%) found this review helpful
12.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 3
Early Access Review
Fun game, but in my opinion, only up until rank 3...Before rank three, it puts you into games of 'skirmish' maps, perfect for 10 v 10. Then it FORCES you into maps with people that have more skill, better weapons, etc. Not only does it do that, but the maps it forces you into only has a limit of 20 players playing at once, which is still 10 v 10...on maps that are big enough for hundreds...HUNDREDS of players. Don't let the term 'MMOFPS' fool you...it's match based. This makes 'battle lines' almost non existant due to lack of troops. Seriously, 80 percent of the time I was killed, it was from behind during those maps, because it is SO easy to just walk around the objectives, and due to the size and amount of various types of foliage and terain in the way, no one would ever see you. Ever. Which makes snipers practically dominate...Oh, another thing...the bullet drop and speed of this game is...it's...it's just dumb. Not even 100 yards out and it just drops so hard, or the target moved out of the way because you know...apparently, you are playing with nerf darts in this game, that's how slow bullets travel.

Another thing is...If you are rank three and don't want to pay them money...you're going to get murdered by tanks and planes...a lot...because all you have is a rifle...which does nothing to them. So you have to grind out match after match of either losing, or getting destroyed and barely winning.

So yeah, if you play it, have fun from ranks 1-3 against evenly matched teams on maps that support 20 people and have 20 people.
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37 of 50 people (74%) found this review helpful
9.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 10
Early Access Review
The most frustrating game I have played in a while.

I am really interested in Heroes & Generals. I love the concept as well as the throw back to old WWII shooters like call of duty and battlefield 1942. There are forever a few major flaws in the game which I cannot stand.

1. The game progression is way too slow. You are barely rewarded for kills so I tried spending most of my time capturing points. But even with a descent KD ratio and number of caps, I only seem to get 200-300 XP out of a game. Since it takes 6000XP to reach level 4 from 3 and the class I am interested in (paratroopers) requires level 7 the grind is just too long.

2. The action moments are few and far between. This game is a lot of fun when you get on a kill streak and you are working as a team. But I spend most of my time respawning, running between shortness of breaths and getting killed almost as soon as I get in the fight. Taking a jeep only makes you a bigger target from what I've experienced.

3. Unbalanced. You cannot have fun when you are up against tanks, snipers, and dive bombers when all you have is an M1.

4. Unintuitive. There are a lot of things that don't make sense. For example why can't you switch loadouts between deaths? If the loadout isn't working in a certain scenario i.e. against tanks, why can't I change my loadout or character?

5. Clunky movement. The movement is not meant to be crisp like bf4 or cod, I get it. But I think ithe responsiveness is excessively slow. slowing down, jumping, even running into a doorway is difficult in this game.

6. Money. Just like the latest episode of South Park on fremium games: this game is barely fun unless you sink money into it to get the good weapons and classes.

The game is still in beta and I hope some of these issues will be addressed. But as it stands now, I find the game rather unenjoyable. Which is a shame because I love the concept.
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50 of 78 people (64%) found this review helpful
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
Early Access Review
This game has some decent foundations, but you'll quickly realize it's just a clunky pay-to-win mess. Some of the mechanics are okay, some aren't; shooting is decent, hit detection is atrocious, and the sheer number of hits some people can survive is bizarre. Are people paying real money for armour that lets them become bullet tanks? I hate this game.

Red Orchestra 2 is better in just about every way; better shooting mechanics, hit detection, graphics, ambiance, gritty warzone feeling, spawning, capturing, everything. Red Orchestra 2 is the game to play if you're looking for WW2 combat. Everything you do in that game is a struggle for control of the battlefield and every kill, suppressing fire, and advance is satisfying and helpful for the entire team. Heroes and Generals completely fails to have that in-depth feel.

Strangely enough, I was excited that this game would be MMO and you could traverse the Western Front and choose where to battle, but you can't, it's not an MMO, it's just done in map instances. Even Red Orchestra 2 has more players per match. Way more. Play Red Orchestra 2 instead of this, you won't be let down.

Oh and, Heroes and Generals is pay-to-win. Enough said.
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45 of 75 people (60%) found this review helpful
36.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 11
Early Access Review
Trees are the real enemy.
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12 of 17 people (71%) found this review helpful
76.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 20
Early Access Review
Misleading title. Rename the game to "Scrubs with snipers"

Every single game you'll join will have 1 or 2 blatant hackers, and 60% of the players on both teams, will be bunkered down in the forest, a stick so far up their collective ♥♥♥ that they've apparently impaled themselves on the ground and become immobile. There's no squad system, nor any rewards for playing as a team, so no insentive to do so.

The general idea behind the game is good, but that's not we're here to talk about. The game performs terribly on many systems and have recieved little to no love with regards to optimization, which is a fatal flaw in any FPS. It is horribly balanced against teamplay, and the general power of the long ranged weaponry and tanks, makes it so that there's very few, if only to avoid saying two, viable ways to play this game. Camping with a sniper rifle - stick up the ♥♥♥ in the forest, or camp with a Submachine/LMG inside any given building - stick, still well up the ♥♥♥... But inside a building. The issue lies in the reward system, that is skewed towards promoting defensive play styles, and the complete lack of reasons not to do so. The easiest way to rack up points, is simply to stay on your respective points, killing people as they try to grab it, or alternatively, snipe at the enemy as they spawn, as you are comparatively, massively rewarded for landing a hit frem a distance of around 200 meters.

At it's current build, I see no reason to play this over any other shooter, except for the fact that it's free, and it's somewhat interesting due to the character progression, though even that quickly gets boring when constantly faced off against the native tribe of angry-stick-up-the-♥♥♥-men who roam the forests of Heroes and Generals. And in the end you're faced with the unavoidable choice of being repeatedly shot in the head from a mile away by stick men, or getting your own stick, implating it with surgical precision in your ♥♥♥♥♥♥, and planting your self on the ground, hoping to set down roots, and one day become the king of all stickmen.
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12 of 17 people (71%) found this review helpful
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 17
Early Access Review
You spent 90% of the game running to the front lines and the other 10% getting headshot by people who paid money to buy better guns.

♥♥♥♥ this game.
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24 of 40 people (60%) found this review helpful
80.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 21
Early Access Review
If you like running people over with bikes, chasing people with a shovel, whistling for no reason, and over dramatic deaths play it its a free to play :D
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39 of 71 people (55%) found this review helpful
35.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
Early Access Review
Extremely pay to win, but still a somewhat fun game if you are in the right match with even teams.
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7 of 10 people (70%) found this review helpful
22.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 22
Early Access Review
This game has good potential, but the choices the creators made this a bad game. However I will excuse the fact that this is still in beta, but for now it will be red thumbs down.

The game has a progression system that will start you off with infantry then will go on to a tank crew man, pilot, etc. Welp good luck getting there. You'll start off with infantry and work your way up, but the fact that you only get little exp and credits in each battle even if you do good is slowing your progression down. The prices are dam too high. I was able to unlock the Thompson, but and it costed about 150k credits. And each match will get you 2000-3000 credits, but dont forget the each match take about 30 minutes. And if you make it to the first carrer choice, a tanks man, you have to pay to repair a tank each time and if you want a better tank, pay up, same thing goes for the infantry's vechiles. Get gold to buy it or get a premuim something like that account to earn more each match. So good luck grinding

The combat system is very good auctally, but can be fustrating. This game encourages you to use cover unlike other games. The maps are big so your enemies can by anywhere so you'll be on the alert. And here comes the frustrating part, shooting your gun. This goes for the rifles you first start out with it. I dont even have to explain, if you have bad aim, you gonna suck and its gonna be hard to get good aim. And if you die 1. Respawn 2. Walk with your horrible stanima 3. See a dude 4. Shoot with your horrible accuracy 5. Get rekt in the head 6. Repeat The Process. Don't and once you get to level 3 face on tanks, snipers, planes, ect


Overall its weighed down with its grind, P2W, maybe a frustrating combat system. Hopefully they'll fix these problems and make it a better game.


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16 of 28 people (57%) found this review helpful
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 22
Early Access Review
Drove a bike into a river and it caught on fire and exploded killing both me and my squad..

biking simulator 10/10
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
6.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 25
Early Access Review
If the Nazis replaced all of their tanks with bicycles back in 1939, we'd all be ♥♥♥♥ed.
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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
18.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 20
Early Access Review
Fun an interesting but seems to be a very pay to win kind of game. I don't want to spend 100+ hours of playing to unlock a weapon that I dont even know if I like. Gamplay is smooth and fun until you level up once or twice then you meet all the people who have spent their life savings on this thing.
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9 of 15 people (60%) found this review helpful
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 4
Early Access Review
Pay 2 Win game (who tells its not doesnt understand what p2w means)

Weak graph - 7-8 years old games look much better.

The weapons have ridiculous damage - a combat rifle feels like a .22 toy.

Lot of upgrades, gadgets, skins etc. but only for money. Lot of money. Yes, those stuff can be redeemed by ingame earned score but thats theoretical cuz thausands of played hours wont be enough to get them all.
(And lot of them are absolutely unrealistic in the hands of a front soldier.)

(Lot of bugs. I know, its early access...)

This game is made to be a typical f2p/p2w trap.

There are much better games if u want to play a WWII. multiplayer FPS like Red orchestra / Rising Storm or CoD:WaW and u have to pay only once for them and get all the stuff permanently. As games should be.
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14 of 25 people (56%) found this review helpful
43.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 12
Early Access Review
Signed up, put some money into it to buy tanks. Server comes down for maintenance, go to log back in, queue for a match, get logged out to read iv been banned. No help or word from their support team. Gameplay itself is fun and i personally like it and recommend people try it. However i cannot in good conscience recommend spending any form of money on this game, especially if you can get banned without so much as a peep as to why. That aside it is fun for what it is and i'm still playing on a second account, but i wont be putting in any money again and i advise others not too either.
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22 of 41 people (54%) found this review helpful
7.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
Early Access Review
Drove a car over a rock, car exploded.

11/10

Still its pure freemium. Its a bit of fun but dont expect to progress far without spending your hard earned cash.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
87.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 23
Early Access Review
I would highly recommend the game it’s immensely enjoyable. If you don’t mind a slight grind in the beginning until you find your favorite play style this game will find you dumping many hours into it. Many people complain about how it is pay to play which is untrue. It does take a while to unlock certain weapons. Though they do add a little advantage when you get them it is not so much that a good player can’t still be a killing machine with only the starting weapons. The vehicles do require maintenance but once you’re able to afford a vehicle your rank and pay are more than able to cover it without even really noticing unless you’re just wasting resources. Check in the community for guides on different weapons and combinations.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
6.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 20
Early Access Review
Well, it's pretty much fun for a Freemium.
But just till you reach class 2. Then you've got 4 options:

- Play and keep dying till you got enough money for some stuff (you just need to keep dying through tanks which you can't destroy and snipers who you can't see). Could take a while.
- Pay some cash and get the stuff.
- Cheat (there are many cheaters anyway).
- Deinstall the game.

It's the same as with Ghost Recon Phantoms.
Great game but heavily unbalanced, pay2win, bad anti-cheat measures.

I know it's beta so I hope it's getting better over time.
Anyway, you just could pay 10 or 20 bucks and you're fine. That should be enough for some stuff.
But with the basic free stuff you won't survive for long as soon as you've reached the global matchmaking/class 2.

Recommend for people who are willing to pay or who have no problem with dying a lot.
Not recommend for people who won't pay and play for ages to get some real equipment.

BecauseI still like the concept I give that one an upvote.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
5.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 22
Early Access Review
Like Battlefield, minus the Doritos and dubstep.
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 21
Early Access Review
it does not work this sucks
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