Classic gameplay. New experience. Panzer Corps Wehrmacht is the award-winning turn-based strategy game that the press has called “…nothing short of brilliant” and “the spiritual successor to the Panzer General series”, with high rankings and praise around the world.
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Release Date: Jul 10, 2011

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July 8

Panzer Corps: U.S. Corps campaigns flowchart!

Panzer Corps fans, we have prepared something for you!

The U.S. Corps DLCs have been out for a while now, but we've decided to give you a little treat.

Our artists worked to make these flowcharts, showing the scenario progression in the linked mega campaigns!

We hope you'll enjoy them and find them useful.





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May 26

Panzer Corps: U.S. Corps is out!

All-time classic Panzer Corps is coming back with three new expansions for a total of fifty new scenarios. Each one has its own unique theatre of operations and scenarios, but all linked in a colossal branching campaign with complete unit carry over!

In U.S. Corps ’42 you start with “Operation Torch” where brave but inexperienced American “rookies” land in the sands of North Africa and join their allies. They must take the lead on several actions against the French command in Morocco and Algeria and then head eastwards, where they will face the remnants of the Italo-German army in Tunisia in a total of 16 different scenarios.

The second expansion begins the year after. In U.S. Corps ‘43 the goal is to liberate Sicily and use it as base from where to land on mainland Italy. The Allies have to overcome the resistance of the german army and open the road to Rome during another new set of 16 scenarios.

In the third and final instalment of the mega campaign, U.S. Corps ’44 - ‘45, you’ll lead the largest amphibious invasion in history, and with it, the Battle of Normandy. The plan is to land on several beaches in northern France, then to push east towards Berlin and finally put an end to the war for a total of 18 original scenarios!


Also tonight, on May 26, 20.00 (CEST), we are going to give players a sneak peek of the game on our official Twitch channel!

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Reviews

“A solid and loving overhaul of the classic Panzer General”
96% – Gamershall

“Hard to stop playing”
93% – GamerTell

“Panzer General is Back!”
80% – DigitallyDownloaded

New DLC Available



All-time classic Panzer Corps is coming back with three new expansions for a total of fifty new scenarios. Each one has its own unique theatre of operations and scenarios, but all linked in a colossal branching campaign with complete unit carry over!

This new mega pack covers the entire African and European campaigns of the United States!

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About This Game

Classic gameplay. New experience.
Panzer Corps Wehrmacht is the award-winning turn-based strategy game that the press has called “…nothing short of brilliant” and “the spiritual successor to the Panzer General series”, with high rankings and praise around the world. Brought to fruition by a team of experts and a community of hundreds of fans, Panzer Corps - Wehrmacht has evolved into the ultimate strategy classic that will find a home on any wargamer’s shelf!

Set in World War II, Panzer Corps - Wehrmacht puts players in the general’s tent in charge of the Axis armies, across 26 scenarios in one large campaign tree, carrying core forces through the war. This core force can gain experience and upgrade to new weaponry as it becomes available. With over 800 unit types, divided into 20 unit classes there is a huge amount to explore. Make use of your unit’s strengths and your enemy’s weaknesses and seize victory.

Looking for a more ‘human’ challenge? Panzer Corps’ multiplayer is deservedly popular, with thousands of games running on the server at any given time. Find an opponent online quickly and easily throughout the world with Slitherine’s award-winning PBEM++ asynchronous multiplayer system. Play historical battles or balanced scenarios created specifically for multiplayer, where both sides have equal chances to win. Panzer Corps supports cross platform multiplayer, so you can even battle owners of the iPad version of the game!

Developed by Flashback Games and The Lordz Games Studio, Panzer Corps - Wehrmacht replicates a classic wargame and upgrades it to 21st century standards for a new generation of wargamers.


Main Features
• 800 unit types, divided into 20 unit classes with 20 detailed parameters to identify unit’s abilities, 24 terrain types affecting gameplay in various ways. Panzer Corps will celebrate the glory days of strategy gaming with the aim of attracting new players to the genre;
• Campaign: all 26 scenarios are combined into a large campaign tree with several entry points at various stages of the war. Depending on the outcome of each battle (decisive victory, marginal victory or defeat), the player will be faced with different challenges and a progress along different parts of the campaign tree;
• More than 30 nations represented in the game: Germany, Italy, Poland, France, Great Britain, USA, USSR, Norway, Belgium, Netherlands, Albania, Romania, Greece and more.
• Core units that travel with you throughout the campaign gaining experience and that can be upgraded as new weapon technologies become available.


Additional content
For players who enjoy the game, there is a lot of quality content which will keep them busy for months.

The Grand Campaign consists of 10 campaigns that bolt together to create a staggering 150 scenario Grand Campaign which cover the entire war from 1939 to 1945 in great detail. You can play them all linked together or each as a standalone campaign.

The Afrika Korps expansion consists of 24 scenarios, new terrain and units and explores Rommel’s North Africa campaign.

Panzer Corps: Allied Corps is an expansion for Panzer Corps. Allied Corps includes more than 25 new scenarios, over 50 new regular and special elite units, and modified version of existing units to cover the entire war in detail from the Western Allies perspective.

And if this is not enough, Panzer Corps comes with a bunch of modding options and a powerful editor, and there are dozens of free user-made campaigns readily available for download from the Internet.

All Panzer Corps content is also available on iPad, so this strategy gem can be played everywhere!

Reviews
96% - GamersHall.de
Panzer Corps is a solid and loving overhaul of the classic Panzer General. Technical implementation and graphic design leave little room for any criticism.

93% - GamerTell.com
Easy to learn, simple interface, hard to stop playing once you start, you don't have to be a serious wargamer to appreciate.

9/10 - CPU Gamer
When it comes to being Panzer General, Panzer Corps beats the pants off the competition.

90% - Armchair General
Overall, PanzerCorps is one of the best “beer and pretzels” turn based wargame releases in years. The game is very polished and stable. It is fun to play.

90% - PelipPlaneeta.net
...nothing short of brilliant.

9/10 - RTSguru
This was seriously one of the best games that we have ever played. If you do not pick this up, you are missing out.

9/10 - Onet.pl
If one asked how would Panzer General be like if it was released today? The answer is simple - it would be Panzer Corps.

9/10 - EntDepot
Panzer Corps has me dreaming in hexagons nowadays.

A- - GameShark.com
Now that the official review is complete, if this were any other game it would go on the shelf next to other games that have been “finished” but I have every intention of firing it up again.ລ

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP/Vista/7/8
    • Processor: Pentium 4 or equivalent
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 64Mb Video Card
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: If you use a newer OS than Windows XP, you will need at least 2 GB of RAM
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows XP/Vista/7/8
    • Processor: Pentium 4 or equivalent
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 128Mb or more
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
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No2morrow07
( 460.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 17
I sent my tanks before the infantry in Stalingrad. I'm still the best Panzer commander in the East front.

10/10 would ♥♥♥♥ off Hitler again.
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Anfauglith1
( 35.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 14
Well i loved panzergeneral and played alot. i liked the ability to play each side. When i saw this game i bought it cause i wanted to play the same way BUT its only the german part. Anything else you have to buy as dlc. Another anoying thing is that you have in the campaign battles which never happend. Since when did german locked down stalin or Captured Great Britain and finally the assault on Amerika. omg i really liked it until i met that point. That was too much fiction..
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fotdani
( 1,240.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 13
I love this game. Reminds me Panzer General!
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davtonius
( 32.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 10
Love This Game. Total throwback to PANZER GENERAL. The only negative is the restrictive time limit. Otherwise great turn based WW2 Simulation. Tanks,Planes,Artillery,Infantry, Paratroopers. It has it all !
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zzzms
( 19.0 hrs on record )
Posted: July 10
I started to enjoy this game, played it for a few hours and got some achievements and finshed the first campaign. I went and looked at the achievements and saw that there were one's for playing as the British, America et al, so I went to start a new campaign as one of the Allies...except I can't, unless I buy the DLC, which is hugely expensive! This game is seriously dated - which in itself isn't a bad thing - but when you view the DLC and see the prices...it is a complete and utter rip off! This is a disgusting way of doing business and I will avoid products from Slitherine/Flashback Games/The Lordz Studio from now on, as I believe they cannot be trusted.
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Epik B0mber
( 3.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 8
I find this game amusing, and even though I have fun with it, I found another game by the same makers: Order of Battle World War II.

When I found that game it seemed so much better, as it was free and was also 3D! Although campaigns cost, I find that one to be just a tad better than this one; along with the part this is 2D, pays a lot to get.

I do have to say, free Editor and more campaigns!
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N u G G e T
( 168.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 2
I can highly recommend this game if you ever played and liked Panzer General and its succesors.
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sjm8
( 1.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
Got this on the summer sale, can't beat the price. I loved playing Panzer General and it seemed this was very similar.

Had some trouble getting the resolution to work right at first. Firgured out if I lowered my computers resolution to 1280x768 and the DPI to 100%, then restarted the computer it worked great and was much easier to see.

So far it seems just like Panzer General and all seems to be working correctly. Will play on easy until I remember the rules and am looking forward to playing more.
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Broseph Wallin
( 2.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
its dun kinda hard at first but you will get used to it and will like it. also if you like the hearts of iron series you will like this.
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rifleman188
( 1,065.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 21
As an Old tyme player that missed the original general series (Panzer I,II, II,Allied, Peoples, Pacific And Space) I was delighted to discover this was a remake of the original series with a modern tech bump. It is one of the most easy to play yet challenging turn based WWII stategy games I have found yet. The Interface is very easy the strategy not so easy on high difficulties. I'm another old guy who does not need to be dazzled with special effects or incredible graphics. PanzerCorp, like the original General Series takes me back to my Avlon Hill Board Game days. If you do not know what I mean by Avlon Hill Games you are either Rather Young or are not a serious gamer. Since I'm to old to be taken seriously by the RPG players anymore, turn based strategy and first person shooters takes the place of my television. So Kudos to PanzerCorps------------------------------ I Give this Series 6 stars out of 5 for all aspects and I have all of the campaigns and downloadable material thus far and probably 500 hours of game play. Where' s The Pacific Campaign ?? we want Pacific !!!!!!!!!!!!!! A thought for the designers how about a Korean War and an Israel/Arab Conflict series. Really want to go all out, how about a US Soviet Long Term Clash starting in 1945 up until....................

If you ever need a playtester feel free to call me
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 30
Got this on the summer sale, can't beat the price. I loved playing Panzer General and it seemed this was very similar.

Had some trouble getting the resolution to work right at first. Firgured out if I lowered my computers resolution to 1280x768 and the DPI to 100%, then restarted the computer it worked great and was much easier to see.

So far it seems just like Panzer General and all seems to be working correctly. Will play on easy until I remember the rules and am looking forward to playing more.
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
Recommended
168.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 2
I can highly recommend this game if you ever played and liked Panzer General and its succesors.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
32.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 10
Love This Game. Total throwback to PANZER GENERAL. The only negative is the restrictive time limit. Otherwise great turn based WW2 Simulation. Tanks,Planes,Artillery,Infantry, Paratroopers. It has it all !
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1,240.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 13
I love this game. Reminds me Panzer General!
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190 of 201 people (95%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
Recommended
472.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 25, 2014
If you've played Panzer General before and you liked it, then that's all you need to know. This is basically a direct copy-update of the game.

What you REALLY want though, is the Grand Campaign. That alone is worth the full price twice over, it's literally what it says on the tin. A grand campaign from 39-45 and it is much better paced than the stand alone game. It's also very good at representing what went on in the war and provides a nice learning curve. You'll stomp through Poland with ease, bounce up through Norway, smash the French as if they weren't there (after some minor resistance from the Belgians) and you'll feel epic as a General after having all those conquests. More so when you raid the Balkans.

Then you go off against Russia, and it's easy, you smash them, underequipped, out of supply, un prepared. And you're laughing, over your German beer and with your fraulein sitting in your lap, you're one of the best army generals in the Nazi Regime.

Then reality hits. The Russians mobilise, they get their airforce at you, their tanks roll towards you and the legions and legions of infantry just won't stop. Your puny Panzers' shells can't even stand up to their tanks, your anti-tanks get steamrolled, and its here, right on the battlefield in mother Russia that you'll find out whether your skills as a General are up to scratch. By the end of it, Poland and France will seem like a distant memory.

Reckon you're up to the challenge? Prove it! This game will push you to the limit.
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252 of 293 people (86%) found this review helpful
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Not Recommended
21.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 6, 2015
This is one of those games I wish I could give a neutral rating to but since I can't, I'm giving it a thumbs down. This game has great ratings, so you can read many other reviews on why PC is a good game. It does many things right - a neat branching scenario structure, solid foundation and some good voice overs to introduce the scenarios. For me, thats not enough and thus I'm going to explain why I don't think it's good enough to get a thumbs up.

Simply put, PC is a remake of the old Panzer General games. And after playing this for 20 hours and playing those, I still think they're better games for one main reason: the Panzer Corps scenarios are usually very flawed.

Panzer Corps makes the mistake of having too many units on too small of a map. There is little to no room for manuever. Thus the game is more puzzle-based than it is tactical. It's just a matter of figuring out that at "x" chokepoint I need 3 infantry, 1 arty and a tank to bust through. Once I know that, it's a matter of going to the next chokepoint. The time frames are always very tight, which rewards perfect unit usage and not necessarily good tactics. Seriously, whether you win or lose in any given map is often decided by your first half dozen combat results - if they're very favorable you're golden. If not, you're probably totally screwed.

There are two types of battles - you're on the offense and you're on the defense. If you're on the offense, the AI is going to just sit back and let you come to them. There's no ebb and flow here - it's all a matter of finding the "right" way to knock down yet another brick wall. After playing a number of these scenarios, I felt like the Allies trying to fight through the German hedgerows - frustratingly slow, brute-force combat tactics because you can't manuever. It gets old, fast.

If you're on defense, you can expect overwhelming odds since the AI isn't as effective as a human. So those scenarios are gamed up to present a challenge in numbers since the AI can't do it otherwise. They were, in a nutshell, disappointing.

There are other issues as well. I find the map to be muddled and not attractive. It's a wargame, I know, and it doesn't need to be beautiful. But I'd personally rather have counters than the muddled color scheme presented here. The branching campaign is pretty neat but has some real issues - for instance, if do well enough as Germany and you're going to presented with an almost unwinable scenario in the USA. Do slightly worse and delay the US invasion by two years and you'll have a far more winnable scenario. That's just bad design. Sea power has almost no part in the game as well, so it's all ground and air combat. Combined arms need not apply in most scenarios.

But it all goes back to scenario design - too many units, too small maps, no manuever and thus no imagination. I found them constricting. So why would I advocate paying for Panzer Corps (and don't get me started on the absurd DLC prices) when the old Panzer General II does it better? I can't. I'd rather play PG than PC and therefore PC gets the thumbs down. For those who are interested in the genre, I recommend Order of Battle: Pacific. It's a very similar game with larger maps, more fluid combat, combined arms and the maps aren't as muddled. To me it's a far superior game and easily worth the price difference.
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87 of 95 people (92%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
1,028.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 24, 2014
Overall: 9/10

Some 700 (seven hundred, holy.....!) hours later, and after over 220 scenarios I believe I am entitled to write a review of Panzer Corps, Panzer General's successor.

When I played the original Panzer General, back in '94, I remember the ashtrays quickly filling up as I kept on playing with a friend (swapping chairs when it was the other's turn). It was the first time I enjoyed a wargame on a computer, while my first grognard experience happened some ten years before when I was "inducted" through Avalon Hill's Third Reich boardgame. So, yes, I like my wargames.

Since this is a videoGAME review, I will try and wear the gamer's hat, rather than the hardcore grognard's helmet.

This review is based on a playthrough of the Grand Campaign, Afrika Corps and Allied Corps, so all the "DLCs", the full enchilada.

Pros:
- While the replayability is quite low, if it takes 650 hours to play through: even at full price, the cost opportunity is pretty good like 10 cents an hour.
- Each scenario is different and there's never a dull moment.
- The game is easy to learn and quite hard to master.
- The number of units (and the very different way to employ each and every one of them) as well as the historical research to build the scenarios is quite impressive.
- The game is virtually bug free. This should be a given, but it's worth mentioning considering the amount of junk that is unleashed on customers these days (Football Manager 2014, Rome Total War 2, and so forth).
- It runs smoothly on pretty much every rig / OS / graphic card.
- Far from being flashy, the graphics do their job.
- The addition of heros makes the experience more personal.
- The heavily scripted AI does its job at keeping you challenged.

Cons:
- Increasing difficulty beyond General level, rather than giving you more challenges, just increases the number of enemies / or their equipment quality (to very ahistorical levels).
- The basic game feels like a demo compared to the Grand Campaign. definitely get all the DLCs.
- The hero traits are too random (ok, this is the grognard talking, but, seriously, Artillery units with "spotting" traits and Air units with "movement" benefits are really useless / non-sensical).

So, whether you are a gamer with a casual interest in World War 2 tactics or a tough wargamer who looks for something more relaxing, this game is damn near perfect.
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69 of 74 people (93%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
477.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 18, 2015
A Panzer Corps Review

As a wargamer and a WW2 enthusiast I might not be that objective when I'm saying that this game's pretty damn good! At the same time however, the hours spent (not only on this but other wargames as well) trying to beat the campaign on Field Marshal, testing my skills with people on multiplayer, exploring the game on many levels, do grant me a well thought out opinion of this game, I hope :P

On with a brief presentation of the game!
Panzer Corps Wehrmacht (PC) is a light, turn based (Igo-Ugo) strategy game and a reimplementation of the old school Panzer General (PG). If you liked PG you'll almost definitely enjoy PC and the opposite of course. The idea is simple. You start the second world war commanding part of the German army, starting from the invasion of Poland and decide its fate with possibilities ranging, depending on your performance, from its historical demise to a *minor spoiler* glorious blitzkrieg through the entire US.

The fun of the game derives through its tactical simplicity though it leaves a lot of room for depth—for those willing to look for it.
All you have to do is move and fire your units in any order you desire. Simple enough, huh?
Sure, but in order to master the game, you have to grasp many subtle mechanisms. Panzer Corps features: a variety of terrain with unique characteristics, unit suppression, an interesting initiative system, unit retreat/surrender, a weather system, supply (albeit in an unrealistic form due to the lack of supply lines), entrenchment, zone of control, strategic redeployment and many more interesting elements.

Furthermore the game comes with many units that, besides chrome, offer many tactical opportunities. Will you plow the battlefield with slow moving King Tigers or blitz with Panther tanks? Will you dominate the skies with a combined fighters/dive bombers force or follow a fighter-bomber doctrine? Due to the many different unit types offered, the efficiency of combined arms really shines.

Another aspect of Panzer Corps is its subtle yet engaging strategic element.
You are given command of a core force that you control through the entire game, in contrast to a couple of secondary/temporary units that are provided for a single scenario. This core force can be expanded by buying/upgrading units between or during the scenarios but, friendly note, don't try to figure the scale; units may represent divisions, corps, or even armies, depending on the scope of the scenario. In addition, every unit gains experience through combat and the dilemma of how to replace loses, through regular (inexperienced and cheap) or elite (battle-hardened and expensive) replacements, arises. This of course means I have to explain prestige as well...

Prestige (the game currency) depends on your performance on the scenario. That is the capture of objectives (primary/secondary) and the battle outcome (normal/decisive victory or defeat). A decisive victory may have to come many times through attrition which may cost in the long-run. Even more choices!

However not everything's great...
To begin with, the A.I. is relatively uninspired. It doesn't act terribly ahistorically or plain silly (besides two rare situations) but the difficulty of most scenarios comes through the numerical advantage of the enemy. Then we have the repetitive objectives, at least in Wehrmacht, "Capture all cities in X turns". A few people nag about the lack of replay value as well but I beg to differ. Besides the branching campaign and the multiplayer scenarios (can be played both online and hotseat) there are a lot mods at your disposal for free!

Another thing that bugged me is the fact that, although there is an option of a detailed battle sheet both before and after each combat, the game lacks detail both in the tutorial and the manual. This leaves those eager to dig deeper no option other than to go through many forum posts. For example artillery has a rate of fire stat that isn't mentioned anywhere in the game! Every basic piece of information is covered however and the interface, in most cases, is intuitive and elegant.

Finally, the realism issue arises. Due to its abstract nature this game is far from a simulation at a strategic level. The lack of many important details make it unrealistic at a tactical level as well. At its heart however every decision the player makes is realistic, in a sense that the same dilemmas arose to WW2 generals as well. Somehow, through the careful deduction from realism, this game manages to remain true, as much as a light wargame can, to the nature of the war.

All in all, Panzer Corps is a strategy game I would recommend to everyone; both the uninitiated who wants to discover the joys of wargaming and the grognard who wishes for a less complex game.

Rating: 9/10
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111 of 144 people (77%) found this review helpful
Recommended
59.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 12, 2014
Panzer Corps is a modern version of Panzer General, and I have to say that it's been improved in every way. Although it's new to Steam it was originally released back in 2011 and I've been playing it for over two years, so don't let my Steam game time fool you.

GAME MECHANICS

One of the best things about this game is that it uses what I think of as "chess-like" or "rock/paper/stone" mechanics. While there are many hundreds of different units in the game, they're all grouped into specific types (infantry/tank/recon etc.). There are 9 different types of land and air units, each of which has distinct characteristics (just as different chess pieces move differently). Using those characteristics to their best advantage is key to success in the game, especially in combination with other units.

For example, infantry are best for attacking a city, but the city may be defended by an artillery unit behind it which gets a free attack against the infantry. So you could send a tank around the city to take out the artillery, but it's protected by an anti-tank gun. So then you send a tactical bomber in to bomb the artillery, but guess what, it's protected by an anti-aircraft gun! A successful assault against a city therefore, can often be a "chess-like" puzzle to solve. It's not just the strength of the units that counts, but the type of unit. Combined arms warfare is a must.

GRAPHICS

Although it still uses the classic 2D interface, the unit models are now displayed with a semi-3D look rather than side-on as in the original. They're higher res and detailed enough to make the many different unit types easily recognisable. The map graphics are still pretty basic compared to modern games but are a lot more detailed and pleasing to the eye than the very plain original. There are now two levels of zoom as well as the strategic map.

SCALE

The game is operational in scale, rather than tactical (individual battles) or strategic (whole war), and the actual scale is variable depending on what's being represented. So a scenario may cover the invasion of the whole of Norway, or just the island of Malta. In spite of the big difference, it works well. Tanks and infantry have to be adjacent to attack, while artillery can typically fire 2 to 3 hexes. Planes have a large movement area and need to be refuelled so can't stay in the air indefinitely.

SCENARIOS

The 26 scenarios cover the main battles throughout the course of World War Two in Europe. They can be played standalone as either side or as a complete campaign from the German perspective, allowing your core force to gain experience and upgrade throughout the war.

The scenarios themselves cover mostly the same battles as in the original Panzer General but they've been redesigned, often at a different scale, so the maps are not identical.

UNITS

There are many more unit types available in this version, including some very rare units not often seen in WWII games, giving considerably more tactical diversity. The AI has also been improved. New terrain types have been added, for example railways, which allow quick transportation between cities once you control them, which adds an interesting extra dimension to the transportation possibilities.

COMBAT CHANGES

The combat mechanics are basically the same as the original, but have been tweaked to be more user-friendly. For example, whereas a unit had to both move and fire before selecting another unit, now movement and firing can be done at different times during the turn. For example, previously if you moved a unit then selected another unit before firing the first one, it would lose the ability to fire. Now it doesn't, so you can move unit 1, then move unit 2, then attack with unit 1. This gives you a lot more flexibility in how you organise your combined attacks.

Also, artillery can now be fired after moving. Perhaps not so realistic, but a lot easier to manage. Previously, when advancing, the artillery was always playing catch-up and often took a long time to get into position before you could actually use it. Now, you can move a melee unit forward, advance an artillery unit into the hex it just vacated, fire with the artillery, then attack with the melee unit once the defenders have been suppressed. Much more convenient! Additionally, many artillery units now have a longer range, 3 hexes instead of 2, making it even more useful.

CONCLUSIONS

As a long time wargamer (starting with Panzer Blitz in 1979), I'd have to say that this is possibly the best ALL-ROUND wargame I've ever played. It's a lot more polished and bug free than most other turn based wargames, it has enough depth and strategy to satisfy experienced wargamers, yet it's still accessible enough for newbies to the genre to enjoy, which is quite a brilliant balancing act.

It's definitely not a grognard's game, it doesn't contain complex spreadsheets and have hundreds of units to move every turn, but that's a good thing IMO. I've played overly complex strategy games in the past and quite frankly, the depth of detail can become tedious and take much of the fun out of the game. This game has relatively small numbers of units in each scenario and is quick to play. It has a very high fun factor that more serious games lack, whilst still containing plenty of strategic depth and a lot of detail and accuracy for the history buffs.

CIV V SIMILARITY

It's been admitted by Firaxis that the new combat system in Civilization V was partly based on Panzer General. Therefore all those Civ 5 fans who enjoy the new 1 unit per hex combat system would probably find this game very appealing, since there are a lot of similarities there. The big difference is that Firaxis over-simplified the combat system, whereas in Panzer Corps it's more detailed and realistic (and thus more enjoyable if you're purely in the mood for combat rather than developing an entire civilisation).

VERDICT

I highly recommended this game for all turn based strategy fans, especially those interested in historical recreations of actual battles in World War II.
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16.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 1
I am an old guy who was excited when Panzer General came out. I have played Panzer Corps since it was released by Slitherine. I have enjoyed every aspect of the game. I am not one of those detail guys that weighs every apect of the nuances of the game. I am just some old dude that after working all day really enjoys invading and smashing all those foolish enough to deny him his destiny. I give the game good marks. It is totally worth the investment for the hours of game play. I think it is a buy.
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