Silent Storm from leading Russian developer Nival is a true 3D tactical turn-based Role-Playing-Game set against the backdrop of WWII. As the conflict rages on the frontlines, you’ll be leading a small multinational squad behind enemy lines to gather information and wreak havoc on your enemies while trying to thwart a mysterious new...
User reviews: Very Positive (343 reviews) - 91% of the 343 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Sep 9, 2004

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Reviews

“Features a surprisingly impressive presentation, complete with realistic physics and some of the most destructible environments ever seen in a game, which lead to some very exciting unscripted moments.”
8.2/10 – GameSpot

“With a combination of destructible environments, a great 3d engine, role-playing elements and challenging turn-based fighting, Silent Storm comes up a winner.”
8.0/10 – WorthPlaying

“I thought going in that it was going to be a Commandos clone, but it turned out to be a fun game in its own right, and I’d recommend it to anybody who enjoys tactical strategy games.”
87 % – Game-Over

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About This Game

Silent Storm from leading Russian developer Nival is a true 3D tactical turn-based Role-Playing-Game set against the backdrop of WWII. As the conflict rages on the frontlines, you’ll be leading a small multinational squad behind enemy lines to gather information and wreak havoc on your enemies while trying to thwart a mysterious new rising power whose plans are even more horrific than anything the world has yet witnessed.

Silent Storm is fully rendered in breathtaking 3D – and includes fully destructible environments, realistic weaponry and unlimited tactical possibilities. Turn-based gaming has never looked this good!

The Story

1943: The world seems to face its destruction in all parts; war is raging like never before. You are the commander of a squad, leading the soldiers you’ve selected into special and top secret operations to change the tide of war in your favour – allies or axis, it’s you choice!


The new Add-On "Sentinels" begins with the end of the WWII nightmare. Veterans from all countries, even former enemies, stand together and form the secret investigation and intervention group "Sentinels", for one purpose only: To stop the evil secret society "Thors Hammer" they have faced in war.

Key Features

  • Turn-based game, heavy on tactics and team-management
  • Flexible missions, 2 different campaigns for axis and allies.
  • 24 missions during night and daytime, each one has to be prepared carefully and is enriched with random events.
  • Multiple options for mission success: brutal force and tactical cleverness can be used in the combination of your choice and in 3 difficulties
  • More than 75 authentic weapons from WWII, including experimental prototypes and rare items
  • More than 40 male and female soldiers to choose from, each one has his / her own character and special abilities
  • Destructible environment opens up tactical options, whether it’s flushing an enemy out of a building via rocket launcher or knocking holes in a wall to make a field-expedient shortcut.
  • Unprecedented realism featuring true 3D, a fully destructible environment, and real projectile physics that take into consideration trajectory, speed, and piercing performance.
  • Includes Silent Storm and Add-On "Sentinels"

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP / Windows Vista / Windows 7/8
    • Processor: 1.8 GHz Processor
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 3D graphics card compatible with DirectX 7
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows XP / Windows Vista / Windows 7/8
    • Processor: 1.8 GHz Processor
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 3D graphics card compatible with DirectX 9
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
Helpful customer reviews
51 of 52 people (98%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
62.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 27, 2015
I've been playing a lot of turn-based squad tactics wargames in my life, every now and then. And of whole this genre (or sub-genre) I place Silent Storm in the top 5 of them all. Even after 12 years, with out-dated graphics (which is still looks quite decent, though), with some flaws in the late progress in the game (yeah, I guess you've already heard of Panzerkleins) - still it is a masterpiece.

Why I praise this game so high? There are several reasons:

1) game's mechanics at first seems quite similar to Jagged Alliance. And that's not a flaw, because JA2 was one of the major swallowers of my time in the early 00's, compared only with Civilization 3 and TES Morrowind... More to it, Silent Storm is not trying to wear JA shoes, it walks its own path, and somewhat similar technical solutions only helps to get familiar with the game.

2) Game's setting puts us in the perils of WW2, but, despite the fact it was created by Russians (maybe because of it), it lacks many of typical unnatural cliche, WW2 games usually so full of. I can't say that a gameplot is a "War and Peace" in a new cover, but it is certainly a result of good thought. It is clever all the way through, it is not using dehumanization, so common in the late media (you know, "good guys - bad guys" pattern). Everybody are players in the plot, which makes it sound like a good spy story, with unexpected trivials and rivals along the way. And all of that still plays like Jagged Alliance! You get it now? Nival created a very distinct game, but was clever enough not to distress people with new gamedesign decisions. So it has a very comforting start, and then the tide catches you, and you swim into completely another world of alternative history, where Nazis was not a menace, but just one of parts of the long-going power struggle, with their own hopes to better future... I don't making excuses for Nazis doings in the WW2, mind it! Many of my relatives died because of them, and I hold that score with me. But then again. Axis warmachine was very far of those mindless Ubersoldiers from Castle Wolfenstein, and it is good that at least somewhere soldiers of Axis block shown as they were.
Oh, well, I'm skidded away a bit, talking about game's topic. Let's just say, game gives a very thorough dive into the WW2 reality... and then adding some spice with technologies-never-existed. Most of the players like the game more without that spicy part, but hey! All other stuff is great without any doubts!

3) And of all of the great stuff in that game, one of the most exciting features is the level of destruction you can add to anything around you. By that parameter, Silent Storm stands proudly above all other tactical games up to this moment! Battlefield Bad Company 2? Mercenaries 2? There are so little games where you can level literally everything to the ground level! But in the Silent Storm it is not only fun to do. You actually training your characters skills with every shot and explosives usage! So please, don't hold yourself! Shoot through walls and ceilings, blow everything apart! Become the weapon of mass desctruction! Groovy!

Okay, let's finish all that praising: game has some minor flaws, but they are very little comparing to the amount of fun that game can bring to you. And it is on sale now! Go for it, right away!
Mark 9.1/10
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28 of 34 people (82%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 1, 2015
i really really want to see something like thah game in 2015-16-17.
level destuction + variety of weapons + class perks + doable AI + nonlinear story - panzershmanzer = super puper
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13 of 15 people (87%) found this review helpful
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 6, 2015
Difficult, but worthwhile! Highly recommended if you are into the genre and want to challenge yourself!
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
208.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 14, 2015
For any of you that remember the boardgame 'Ambush!' (by Victory Games) or the PC title 'Soldiers at War' (by SSI), this game will probably seem familiar to you. It's a full 3D, turn-based, World War II tactical combat game where you control individual members of your squad in special ops missions.

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Pros:

* The AI (while not fantastic) is pretty good - or at least seems pretty good - definitely going to give you a better run for your money than most games
* Everything is destructible – walls, doors, chests, windows, and even trees and floors! It's a game like no other
* It's very addicting. I have over 200 hours playing it and have still not come close to being bored with ANY part of the game yet
* Game physics are amazing - easily beats out some triple-A games with how well they're implemented - nothing beats killing an enemy a level above you by blowing up the floor below him
* The array of weapons and ammunition types are awesome (most completely accurate, given the genre)
* The music is not bad... it'll either get on your nerves or grow on you - or both ;)

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Cons: (in paragraph form with explanations)

Most complain about the dated graphics, but while I love the jazzy newer games like Diablo III, I found the visuals in Silent Storm (or S2) to be quite functional... even sort of impressive.

The voice acting sucks, but the cheesy quips the soldiers (both friendly and enemy) say are so funny, you wind up almost liking it better that way.

The missions are all based on this clandestine what-if slant on World War II (such as fully uniformed Germans operating with near impunity all throghout Britain, or Axis commandos striking targets they never even dreamed of having access to in real life). This (IMHO) is really no issue – just simply pretend everything is happening somewhere in occupied France or something.

A really odd game decision made by the developers was to include (later in the game) such things as laser guns, PanzerKlien (near-impenetrable armor that makes soldiers look like space robots), and modern-day-esque weapons. This has game-altering impact and is the source of many complaints regarding gameplay. There is however an easily found and installed mod that removes all this wacky stuff from the game entirely (replacing it with better equipped enemy soldiers... which works).

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All and all, I love this game and HIGHLY reccomend it to anyone who likes turn-based games and World War II tactical combat. Hell, even people who play games like Jagged Alliance, X-Com or Fallout-Tactics will likely enjoy this as well.
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
75.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 13, 2015
in the old days liked Xcom enemy unknown ? liked original jagged alliance ? Then you will love this game .
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