Heroes & Generals is a Free2Play Massively Online FPS with a Strategic Multiplayer Campaign, set in the midst of World War II Europe, where the United States, Germany and the Soviet Union all fight each other for control.
User reviews: Mostly Positive (23,458 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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April 21

Utz hotfixes incoming!

We're currently redeploying the servers and hotfixing a number of issues and tweaks on the Utz update.

Hot Fixes - Build 103323
  • ATs that was deployed in last war in Timoshenko "Julius - War for Europe 229" get a free redeploy (full resources) as they did not get refunded when the war ended.
  • Adjusted the resource production numbers to pre-T values
  • Major City configuration changed to US:London+Edinburgh, GM:Berlin+Rome, SU:Moscow+Leningrad
  • Removed Liverpool and Rybinsk as major cities
  • Added Stockholm and Belgrade as major cities
  • Do not carry over war production values from previous war - recreate production values from static data every time
  • Campaign battles have a 5 minute delay before they can be joined (instead of 10 minutes)

Reintroducing 1 & 90 day veteran memberships
We have seen on our forums, on reddit, Facebook etc. that a lot of players preferred to have 1-day and 90-day memberships available. So we are reintroducing these options. We will introduce different kinds of membership in the future, this is most likely around 3-months away.

AND when we introduce the new memberships we will make sure that players who have the "old/current" membership won't be affected in a negative way (ie. we will do a refund or conversion or continue to run with old/current active membership until it expires - all still TBD).

You can also find the list in the changelog.

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April 15

Update ‘Utz’ introducing the new Forward Airfield map is now live!

This brand-new update brings a much requested new feature – a brand new map! The update is named Utz (after General Willibald Utz) and here’s a quick overview of the new features we’ve added for you to enjoy!


New Map: Forward Airfield
The new map is an assault map called ‘Forward Airfield‘ and it represents the small forward airfields built all over Europe during the war. We have published a handful of blogposts detailing the objective on the map so click the links to learn more about 'the village church', 'the bridge and village' & 'the airstrip' itself.

Weapon Tweaks
We have made a handful of tweaks to weapon handling of grenades, semi-auto rifles and LMGs. Read more about the tweaks here!

Character Update
This update also brings an update to the characters in the game. They now look much better running and when standing on sloped terrain due to the improved IK and banking. We have also adjusted the control of the character while jumping to make it look and feel better.

Other Changes
Here is a list of some additional features in the Utz update.
  • Vehicle AT crates now spawn with the first weapon ready
  • Weather Settings tweaked and updated
  • Performance optimization of visual effects
  • Performance optimization of campaign map (esp. visible when having many ATs)
  • Combat Badge tweaks – see changelog in forum for details
…and much more…

Mobile Command
Mobile Command on Android has been updated to support the newly added the Utz build. We’re still waiting for the final confirmation on the iOS version.

For a more detailed changelog take a look at: this forum thread or jump straight into the action and see for yourself!

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About This Game

Heroes & Generals is a Free2Play Massively Online FPS with a Strategic Multiplayer Campaign, set in the midst of World War II Europe, where the United States, Germany and the Soviet Union all fight each other 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

    • 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
    • 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
345 of 471 people (73%) found this review helpful
60 people found this review funny
12.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 2
Early Access Review
Do you want to be spawn camped consistently? Do you want to be spawn camped by tanks constistently? Do you want to be spawnkilled by tanks that are cheaper to buy than anti tank rocket launchers that everyone cant afford so you are forced into a deeper cycle of spawnkilling and hatred? Do you want to actually be able to blow up these spawn camping tank but be stopped before you pull the trigger by bullets fired in every direction by max level snipers in ghillie suits inside bushes? Do you want to smack someone with a shovel from behind three times only to have them do a 360 no scope and blow out your brains while you wonder what the **** is wrong with your shovel? Do you want to read the longest run on sentence you've ever read before? You don't, right?
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153 of 240 people (64%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
48.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 7
Early Access Review
Is it a grindfest? Yes.
Do you get blown up by tanks every 5 minutes? Yes.
Do people like to snipe your ♥♥♥ while you're riding your sexy bicycle? Absolutely!
BUT Heroes & Generals does bring a lot of fun and enjoyment, especially if you are willing to invest a bit of time into the game and also if you are ready to tactically approach every single encounter - once that is achieved, the game does award you handsomely for it. It's more of an MMOFPS than anything else, so if you want to immerse yourself into a WWII-themed World of Warcraft, you should definitely try this out!
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75 of 111 people (68%) found this review helpful
43 people found this review funny
104.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 21
Early Access Review
dev banned me. thought i cheat. never cheated. best compliment ever.
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89 of 137 people (65%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2,969.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 15
Early Access Review
Great game, really is a grindfest as after more than 2000 hours there are still things for me to grind for. Of course as a paying player I could have skipped allot of the grind, Doesn't feel Pay to win as I'm competative without spending money. Don't normally write reviews but seeing the multiple thumbs down felt it was worth shouting out and saying yeah it's great. It's feels allot like DOD in FPS side except there are tanks/jeeps/motorcycles/tank and planes, has massive maps and a great RTS side that you can only access by grinding or paying, As an expirenced player I feel you can have a FPS character on a level playing feild in about 1-2 hours. However it does help to have many characters set up differently so you don't have to try and jack of all trades. If you do play this game and enjoy the crece (lvl 0-3) but then hit a wall try and find a clan as this game benifits from squading up with voice chat immeasurably
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88 of 145 people (61%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
140.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 6
Early Access Review
Great game but be prepared to team up with some of the worst FPS players of all time.
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17 of 24 people (71%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
8.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 20
Early Access Review
Honestly, this game started out very fun. Everyone had more or less the same weapons, vehicles were rare, and it felt very rewarding capturing objectives and holding the enemy back. But that's only during levels 1 and 2.

Once you hit level 3 with any soldier (you can play a soldier from each faction, and they level up according to how much you play them), matchmaking sets you up with the rest of the playerbase in a "balanced" game where just about everyone is 5 or 6 ranks above you and they can all drive tanks. That's basically what this game becomes. Tanks. Go play world of tanks and you pretty much have played this game. I still have my weapons from level 1, with an upgrade thrown in here and there, but it doesn't matter. Nobody plays infantry other than to snipe from 200 meters away, and everybody else is playing a tanker. Here I am, noob weapons, no vehicle to speak of, and I usually end the match at like 1/6 K:D (Before level 3 I would almost always be at the top of the leaderboards with at least a 2.0 KD and a lot of captures). Never mind capturing points, the enemy tanks will just swoop in as soon as they see their objective point being captured. So I guess you should buy an anti tank weapon, but oh wait it costs like 30,000 credits and you only unlock it for one soldier. Each game gives you around 2000 credits, more or less. But anyway, play the soldier with the anti tank weapon so you're not so useless. Try to sneak around the map to come up behind the enemy and shoot a rocket in their ♥♥♥. Oh too bad, you got sniped.


Will update my recommendation when I play again in a few months and when the developers update the game so that it's "balanced". Not very fun when you're thrown in with high level players when you're barely grasping the concept of the game.
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17 of 24 people (71%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
194.9 hrs on record
Posted: April 19
Early Access Review
One battle will earn you on average 700 xp and that is genorous, to get from level 12 to 13 you need 59000 xp, each game last approximately 20 minutes. To gain one level you will need to put over 100 hours into the game.

This came about two patches ago when te upped the xp massively meaning anyone who is just a casual gamer will never be able to level up in this game without paying gold, really cheap move from reto and i did used to love this game but after that zp increase i cant progress anymore, please do not waste you time on this game unless you have a thousand hours to pout into it because it will not be worth it.
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136 of 245 people (56%) found this review helpful
13 people found this review funny
96.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 6
Early Access Review
I love this game.
I hate this game.
I love this game.
I hate this game.
I love this game.
I hate this game.
I love this game.
I hate this game.

You'll understand if you play it.
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13 of 17 people (76%) found this review helpful
10 people found this review funny
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 22
Early Access Review
I beat a sniper in the head with a spade and then got blown up by a tank
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53 of 94 people (56%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
110.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 6
Early Access Review
I have been playing this game nopw off and on since release. The concept is awesome . The actual play is garbage, connection is intermitent at best. The game balancing is horrible, I don't think the developers have any clue as to what balance means to be honest. They make the game Free to play ( pay to win) and cannot even provide functioning purchases in game. I bought a simple jeep upgrade to allow me to have some way of dealing with a tank ( infantry vs tank with no anti tank mine = your dead likely). This anti tank supply crate which you have to buy with in game currency took my money at purchase but when I go into mission low and behold... my supplies I bought are not on the jeep and I am staren at a tank rapen my team..... Rampant cheating, sniping tanks, laggy as all hell on good days( pretty sure they do not even have a North American server.) So ....total inability to provide proper purchasing. 1/10 and that being generous.
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41 of 72 people (57%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
39.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 3
Early Access Review
It really shouldn't be early access anymore. It's just an excuse at this point. Important items such as a wrench to repair your vehicle are locked behind an extreme pay wall which of course you can bypass entirely by paying real money. Physics is like a bar of soap and will flip out everwhere, and by flip out everywhere I mean prepare for your tank to start doing barrel rolls at the slightest touch of a rock. If you're infantry prepare to get sniped and nothing but sniped. ♥♥♥♥♥♥ game. Avoid at all costs. Do not recommend.

Edit: Me and a friend both got banned for writing negative reviews.
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24 of 41 people (59%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
11.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 19
Early Access Review
This is a game I tried to avoid for months but then my friend said you can send people to the moon with 'nades, he was right....

So this is an amazing game I only played 5 hours and im in love with it. There's MANY things that need to be added, updated, fixed, and nerfed but trust me, it is alot of fun.
Here's a list of what needs to be fixed.

-Lots of intense moments and BattleField like gameplay and strategy.
-VEHICLES!!! Seriously BattleField is not the only one to do this.
-Guns, and if that don't work, use more gun. Lots of guns though i only have 5 hours so i don't have them.
-TeamKilling your friends and sending them the moon.... There is a report button if they do teamkill.
-Big Teams for an all out Warfare in one little spot on the map.
-FORESTS THAT PEOPLE ACTUALLY GO IN!! :D I had a 1v1 with a Nazi in the forest, he threw 'nades at me and I just shot him 'till i ran out and got a headshot and started moving on only to get blown up by a 'nade he dropped....
-Stealth??? I guess you could sneak up on the enemy by hiding in the bushes? My friend did.
-PlanetSide 2 real time war thingy. There's a war thing where you pick a faction just like PlanetSide 2 and well yeah...
-Fences that may be torn apart with a magic item called A JEEP.
-Sort of like a realtime FPS i guess. You have to repair and re-load your weapons between battles with either In-game $ or IRL $$$ if you're a P2W. Also Repair Vehicles.
-Weight system!! I don't know how to describe it but it's amazing.
-Many WW2 jokes with friends, we are horrible people.....
-Day/Night cycle!!!

CONS: (WARNING) There is alot of cons but remember, THIS IS EARLY ACCESS IT WILL HAVE CONS!!!
-Very high recoil with the Starting Rifles, just tone down the Recoil by like %10-%15 with Rifles
-Low EXP per round making leveling up sort of difficult : /
-No time limits to a game also when you join a battle you're stuck in it 'till it ends.. This *Jarate'd* me off last night -_-
-You get a bunch of $$$ after a match but after repairing you got 1 quarter of it to spend :(
-Because this game runs on a server i guess different from Steam, You have to add friends to invite them.
-Sometimes the guns don't make any sound upon shooting so i got absoulutly destroyed last night by ninjas : /
-You have to complete a challenge that takes a long time to get your first pistol and even then you need $$$ to get it
-Ribbons basically unlock gameplay. Yes, you need to get ribbons to get new stuff
-Jeeps that within 30 seconds of spawning turn into Party vans. (Too many people allowed on a jeep at once)
-No spawning on capture points that you control and are clear of any hostiles. Have fun walking into getting teamkilled.
-Slow crouch movement speed, it's almost as slow as prone but walking is like sprinting.
-Few things that require Gold ($$$ that is bought with $$$ from your wallet)
-The Gold Memberships are not permanent, like 1200 Gold=30 Day subscription just so you can get more EXP and more slots for weapons and equipment and such
-The turrets on Vehicles are really wonky and wavy it's almost impossible to aim straight with it.

So last thoughts: Really fun game with high potential and I hope it is successful. I hope there are more game modes, more maps, more servers other than the one Julian server, Easier EXP and $$$, more options for new players (pistol), and please let me spawn on captured points that are clear!! I suggest this game to BattleField fans looking for a nice WW2 themed game or anyone looking for WW2 stuff.

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24 of 41 people (59%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
394.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 21
Early Access Review
I don't understand some of the really bad negative reviews. Pay to win? Is it hell. There's nothing wrong with default rifle and SMG. Give me a grease gun and some grenades and I'll r4pe an enemy area killing a whole bunch of guys to capture the objective and win the game. Don't believe me? Check my screenshots. yes I use Thomson now or PPSh-41 but I ranked quickly due to defending points and capping points using my grease gun and grenades.

There are a couple of major flaws which need fixing.
1: Noobs ruining the campaign war (should play the "staged battles" before moving in to "war battles") . They should be forced to take tutorials. A game is won by capping objectives....and I'm constantly the only one capping while noobs are running around wasting people's Assault Teams. People need to be taught the objective and how to defend/win. The most newbies join allies, and allies are outnumbered massivel. I am fed up of this in the campaign / war mode of the game and it is a big bad point.
2: The hitboxes / hit reg must be pretty huge, it does get a bit annoying being 1 shot by a sniper when I am bouncing up and down on a motorbike and changing direction frequently (or have done a split second ago), now don't tell me "he must have been off target and you drove in to his bullet" as it happens far too often to be chance. However, on the flip side, I can spray my SMG in the general direction of an enemy far away (even if he is driving over rough terrain) and get a kill...still, I don't like it.

Don't like infantry? You can soon try being a pilot or tank crewman....even a para...and one day a useless sniper who hugs a tree and never captures the objectives. HOWEVER, it is HIGHLY ADVISED that you DO NOT CHANGE YOUR MAIN CHARACTER FROM INFANTRY! As he will always get MUCH MORE points and credits by capturing objectives etc and you can use these credits to buy things in game etc.

The development is continuing though perhaps some things are a bit slow. The above things should be address sooner rather than later (if you're reading this RETO). A problem I had with grenades has been fixed (quick release for short distance throws) which is great as it really used to annoy me in CQB being unable to drop a grenade quickly and is one of the reason I have up the game some times, also a new map has been added which is good. Perhaps some different textures would be good for different areas of Europe, more fields and hills in Devon, more rocks in Cornwall, maybe winter mode for some parts of Europe. (You could have a campaign change weather conditions?)

The game has great action and funny moments. My first few hours I wasn't very good at it (using the rifle) and I quit a few times, also some things annoyed me (mentioned before). I gave it a couple more tries and realised that I am a CQB person and am Rambo with my SMG and some grenades and am dominating the FPS/CQB side of the game usually. I have not paid to unlock anything, but did subscribe to veteran for double XP, as I wanted to get some Assault Teams of my own to use in the campaign mode of the game and am pushing for promotion all the time to make progress quicker :)

Enjoying the game apart from those 2 points above...and now need to have a break from the game due to being frustrated by point 1.
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
56.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 18
Early Access Review
Ok well I have only played 5 hours but I love the game and the feel of it.

BUT, crash after crash is making this game crap. Like I know it is expected at this time but not as much as it has been happening.

I love the ranks and how you can earn a lot of the in game things and all the weapons and vehicles are very cool too.
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10 of 16 people (63%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 18
Early Access Review
I try to get into 1 game and play with a friend... Thats all I wanted to do

What happens the game goes and uninstalls itself.

Verifys Integrity of Game Cache and all files are missing...

Oh it also told me my drivers where out of date... My A** their out of date.

Common issues that several other users have had. Should of been fixed a while ago.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 1
Early Access Review
I have played this game for a few hours and i have enjoyed.The game is very fun so far and i have no problems with it.The game has not given me any bugs,issue or server problems which is always good.The game also looks beautiful.I have not tried out general yet but from what i've heard its good.Not only that but the game is free and for me its one of the best World War 2 (WW2) games out there.No one can deny that this game is good.I have not reached maximum rank yet but im sure excited and happy to see this game's limit.Im looking forward to a lot of stuff in this game on the future.Overall the game is good I would recommend it to anyone looking for a great fps game or a World War 2 game.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
87.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 29
Early Access Review
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
67.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 17
Early Access Review
This is quite fun, even if you don't pay real money for extra guns and other items.
Recommended for war lovers.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
8.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 24
Early Access Review
Is very nice game :3
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
74.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 21
Early Access Review
Pay2Win (yes yes, u can get everything with time, gl with that). Paying player also get to use 2nd ribbon (stats) that non-paying customer wont get.

No balanced matchmaking, not a working one anyway.

Extreme snipefest. About half of ingame weapons have sniper accuracy, including LMG's and Tanks.

Only way to kill tanks AND be able to maintain your ingame cash is to use mines (don't expect them just stand there for you to place that mine though)..... any other option like anti-tank nades or bazookas are impossible to maintain. 1 rocket cost 700~, tank takes atleast 3 and ofc there is like tens of them each match (u make 5k~ if u god mode in the match).

Prepare to be camped by lvl 15-18 players who own planes.... just gonna poop bomb on your face.

Annoying as hell torso 1-shots... NOT headshots, but TORSO SHOTS. You will roll your eyes and facepalm alot when these gonna happen i tell you that. Ofcourse they happen very often.

GL facing tanks with your lvl 1-4 toons.

If you still gonna play... just buy yourself magnetic anti-tank grenades (with real cash ofcourse as they require lvl 11 anti-tank badge, 70h~ in i still dont have it). You welcome.

Stamina..... is facepalm worthy. You can sprint for aprox 2-4 seconds (depends on the loadout) before you as a SOLDIER run out of it. Like WTF! You can't even jump without it. How many times you will get killed because your char wont jump over obsticle to take cover..... eh, you will roll your eyes.
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