This is one of those games that confuse the hell out of you at first. First time I installed it, I hated it and regreted the decision of buying it. I've read some of the other reviews and gave this babe another chance to prove itself.
I spent couple more evenings trying to figure out what the hell is going on on my screen and then one moment it struck me. This game is absolute blast.
I've played 90% percent of the WW2 games out there. I'm wargames nut, I've played old and new games, I've played good and bad games. I've tried almost every popular and obscure WW2 games, it'd be pointless to list them all. But this one, believe me, will deliver you insane amount of fun if you will spend a bit more time learning how stuff works here. Give this gem a little care, treat it carefully and it will treat you in return. It's new, it's fresh, it's gorgeous, beautiful, stunning.
It will suit all your WW2 nut needs. Amazing, breath-taking, crazily ralistic, grim, brutal tank and infantry battles (with some close air support & artillery options). I've never seen a combat in a WW2 game portrayed so gritty. Yet I played Close Combat, Combat Mission, Men of War, Theatre of War (all of which I adore, love and play them) but none of them could reach this level of aestethics. Men will scream, bleed to death, sand will fly in the air, shells will strike the ground and leave you deaf.
It also has such important aspects as realistic radio & wire lines system. Chain of command. And the best thing? You can set everything and anything in this game, extensive number of options let you edit the game experience to you liking, making it either a true, die-hard war sim or arcade RTS, or even mix of both. If you don't like micro-managing stuff too much it's okay, little men on the battlefield are smart enough to act on their own.
Few words regarding the setting and premise of this game. It's set in Ukraine/Russia circa 1941 to 1943. (Not counting the DLCs, which are also awesome, great, cool but set in modern timeline). One thing I'm going to say that is, Graviteam developers has hit the nail here. The land, terrain, nature, forests, atmosphere, air.. Oh my god, it looks stunning. It absolutely perfectly depicts and resembles real places and lands. I mylelf was born in Russia and as a little kid, I used to walk around a lot, exploring all those forests and big, endless lands of my country and let me tell you a thing, if you're a foreigner, who wants to see true russian nature and not stereotypic stuff, play this game. It's art, pure art.
Do you like war movies? Hell, you can just start a battle, grab a glass of whatever favorite drink you like and watch the hell let and break loose.
One of the best games I've got from steam and absolutely deserved money that I paid in the past year.
No doubt, reccomended. Buy and see it for yourself, don't listen to anybody complaining about interface or other stuff, if you love this game, if you let this game into your mind, you WILL get used to it and it's going to be comfortable using it. Also keep in mind, this is not just RTS, it's tactic.
Last thing about DLCs. Yes, yes, yes, get all of them (except hi-res textures, this I don't really respect, bad move for developers. Game looks fine as it is. And maybe Korea war, depends on your tastes. All others, get them.)
P.S. If you get in this game, after playing few battles you might want to get "Aunthetic Battle Sound mod" and the "Uniforms mod". These two are mandatory for even better experience.