Graviteam Tactics: Operation Star is a sequel to Achtung Panzer: Kharkov 1943. It’s an Eastern Front war game with solid graphics and sprawling battlefields that really emphasizes the scope of WWII tank combat. Want to step into the role of a commander in the very heart of Kharkov’s defense?
User reviews: Very Positive (200 reviews) - 84% of the 200 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Mar 22, 2012

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“...“Why can’t more games have campaign systems like Achtung Panzer Operation Star?”. Where most wargames blindfold you, bundle you into the back of truck and drive you miles to a new unfamiliar battlefield, after every victory or defeat, this one forces you to push on, and confront the sometimes-grim consequences of previous actions...”
Rock Paper Shotgun

“Achtung Panzer: Operation Star really is a gem, especially for the addicted wargamer.”
The Wargamer

About This Game

Graviteam Tactics: Operation Star is a sequel to Achtung Panzer: Kharkov 1943. It’s an Eastern Front war game with solid graphics and sprawling battlefields that really emphasizes the scope of WWII tank combat.
Want to step into the role of a commander in the very heart of Kharkov’s defense? You'll have everything the officers had back then: tanks, guns, and fearless soldiers. The success of each opposing force hangs in the balance every day. Your decisions will determine who wins the Battle of Kharkov.

  • 8 operations for the Red Army and Wehrmacht.
  • More than 60 detailed units of the Soviet Union, Germany and UK, including Pz IV "Tiger", MkII "Matilda" and KV-1 with various modifications.
  • Huge realistic landscapes (over 260 sq km), reconstructed by the topographic maps and photo.
  • Quick battle anywhere in the operation areas.
  • Mod utility set and campaign editor.

  • High replayability and flexible AI. It chooses the best strategy based on behavior rather than a script. Scenarios can be replayed using different tactics, as though playing against a human opponent.
  • Real soldier behavior: every soldier has several basic parameters, such as experience level, fatigue, and morale, which affect their behavior and effectiveness.
  • Detailed recreation of weapons and realistic ballistics: bullets and projectiles follow accurate trajectories.
  • Comprehensive vehicle damage system: engine, suspension, weapons, and aiming mechanisms can all be damaged separately, affecting the combat capabilities of the vehicle.
  • Destructible environment: nearly everything can be blasted and destroyed, from ground terrain to houses and enemy defenses. All traces of previous battles remain on the battlefield.
  • Dynamic day, night and weather effects, all of which affect combat through terrain traversability, battlefield visibility, hidden force capabilities, and more, smoke screens, light flares e.t.c.
  • Military encyclopedia with 3D model viewer and detailed data on all units, describing their historical and in-game characteristics.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP SP2 / Vista
    • Processor: AMD Athlon x2 4200+ / Intel Pentium D 3GHz or Better
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: ATI Radeon x1600 256MB / Vidia GeForce 7600 256 MB video card or better
    • Storage: 3 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 8 compatible sound card
Helpful customer reviews
44 of 51 people (86%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
88.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 16, 2015
Do you like strategy wargames? I mean real strategy wargames that reward careful planning and clever execution of a strategically sound battle plan but punish stupidity with cold, ruthless efficiency?

Do you possess the ability to devise a feasible strategy, working within the limitations of available assets, taking into account the conditions on the ground, playing to your own strengths and exploiting the weaknesses of your foe? Are you able to translate that strategy into a series of victories fought on the ground, knowing that each engagement, each success and each failure will directly affect those that follow?

Can you read events as they unfold? are you fluent in the language of nature, do you understand terrain and weather conditions and the role they will play in your ability to prevail?

Can you look through the eyes of your officers on the front, see what they see, feel what they feel, as they attempt to make your vision a reality? Can you hold your nerve, retaining unwavering belief in your own plan as you experience the chaos and carnage of each skirmish, assault and defence, never losing sight of the ultimate Operational objectives?

Do you relish the challenge of managing extremely limited resources? of maintaining supply lines? can you correctly allocate those resources where they'll do the most good? Can you grasp the value of each and every infantryman, of each and every bullet? if success is to be achieved you need to.

Are your shoulders broad enough to bear the burden of responsibility placed upon you? Can you can keep your front line forces in a permanent state of combat readiness? Can you bear to disband brave but depleted squads in order to share out the precious remaining men and ammunition among the rest of the platoon, showing no emotion?

Are you able to maintain the complex and fragile network of battlefield communications that enable your chain of command to function in a way that ensures the prompt delivery of your orders? That enable your Platoons to operate as a single, organised, cohesive and efficient fighting force?

Do you know enough about the many varied tools at your disposal? or the tools wielded by your enemies? Is it wise to throw short barrelled Panzer III's against T-34's? are you familiar with the effective range of your guns, of your enemies guns? Will you instinctively know which battles to seek out and which to avoid? Do you understand that sometimes sacrifices must be made for the greater good of your long term aims?

Herr General, do you have what it takes to make the right decisions under pressure? to smile in the face of adversity? to adapt and revise your strategy as events unfold? Taking the unexpected in your stride, recognising when to sally forth and when to withdraw? Are you able to acknowledge and learn from your mistakes?

Because, once the shooting starts there's no turning back, there are no second chances, once the die is cast the battle must be fought and your men will live or die by the decisions you make. There will be no respawning units, no tank factories churning out replacements, no happy base building or gamey 'balancing' to ease the pain. There is no place to hide, no room here for the weak, the impetuous or the foolish. This game offers no comfort for the lilly livered or those easily intimidated by complexity and steep learning curves.

This is Operational level warfare gentlemen, as real and as unforgiving as has ever been depicted in the digital media, if you harbour any doubts at all, for the sake of your men, for the sake of your own dignity, I urge you to walk away, Company of heroes 2 awaits.

To the rest of you I say this - Welcome to Hell!

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69 of 102 people (68%) found this review helpful
52 people found this review funny
65.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 24, 2015
At first I was like: "Dafuq is dis вullshieeet?!"
But then I was like: "Well cut my d1ck off and call me Caitlyn, dis is sum good-a$$ game right there."

Graviteam Tactics was made by like 10 guys somewhere in Ukraine, it can't possibly be good, right?
You're wrong. You're dead wrong.

First time I played it I was like that kid crying in the mall because he can't find his mom. I didn't understand this game at all. I thought it's not my jam. But then I watched some youtube vids of it and fooled around with custom battles and I was like dayum... this IS my jam! This game indeed has some learning curve but it's not as steep as some people say. Tutorial that comes with the game can be thrown outta window immidiately as it is more confusing than helpful. Instead you can start by reading THIS awesome guide, watching youtube vids of it and of course playing as it's the best way to learn. Don't be afraid to lose battles and campaigns as sometimes defeat can teach you more than victory (and sometimes you can dominate the enemy but the game will mark campaign result as defeat because the scoring system in this game uses algorhythms more complicated than those used by NASA to control trajectory of space shuttles).

There are multitudes of folks who play games like Europa Universalis or Hearts of Iron which are far more complicated. If you aren't a result of generations of inbreeding then I can't see how could this game be too hard for you.

Graviteam Tactics' campaigns have 2 modes: strategical and tactical.

Strategical mode is kinda like a game of chess where you move icons representing platoons on the map. This turn based mode allows you to overall manage your army, add reserve troops to your existing platoons, send squads that lost their combat effectiveness to the rear, etc.

Tactical mode is the crème de la crème of the game. This is what dreams are made of. In this mode you get to command your guys on the battlefield. This game is sort of a commander simulator. This means that you only pass your orders down onto your men who then execute them in a way they see is best fitting. Sometimes they won't take a route you'd want them to, pick wrong targets or simply not execute your orders at all. Micromanagement is not only unneeded but is punished as soldiers may take so many orders before they get confused and end up not executing eny of them. Their performance depends on variety of factors like quality of squad leaders (or lack of them), morale, and so on. This aims to represent how unpredictable the real war is and how often commanders need to change their plans because some of their guys fucкed things up. Sometimes losses are unavoidable.

Game is visually pleasing. Not great but pretty good. Maps are huge and really beautiful. Tracer fire in the night looks absolutely stunning. Tank combat is where this game excels at. Graviteam, having previous experience making tank simulators, developed a great ballistic system. You can see enter and exit holes on vehicles, different velocity and trajectory for different types of ammunition, shells bouncing off the armor, etc. Add to that the enormous ranges, realistically behaving tracks and suspension and you end up with best tank combat ever shown in an RTS game.

Base game offers a few campaigns but then there are the DLCs which, in my opinion, are worth buying. Especially considering that 3 of them are post WWII which makes them particularily interesting.

Now I know what you guys are saying "Dawg this is some weird-a$$ game lemme just stick to muh Company of Heroes shieeeet"
Well, yeah this isn't a game for everyone but if you played titles like Men of War before and you're looking for something more challenging, well look no further!
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10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 3, 2015
i've played a lot non-steam version.

Personally, I'm not a big fan of wargames and hardcore simulators: just average an player who likes challenges. Graviteam Tactics is the best RTS I've for a while. I was worried I wouldn't pass the learning curve, because it would be boring but I dived into the game in the first 30 minutes. I just chose a random scenario, and after that I got the idea. You don't have the direct control of your units. You just command; like real officer, to your comrades.

They will obey, but do the job with initiative and figure the best way to do it themselves. Also, you got to establish and keep radio connection to receive info/give orders, like in real war. Also it has no stupid limits in physics. So if you shoot with an anti-tank rifle it will be the same as it is in real life, no more kiddie's limits like in Company of heroes.

WW2 scenarios are very close to real history, And yea, there isn't stuff like "balance" in this game. You will suffer as you try to stop Nazi armadas with anti-tank rifles and few cannons and no one will help you. Forget about balance. All weapons are accurate to real life, no stupid limitations. So for me Graviteam Wargames is a milestone in my experience, and trust me i've played a lot of RTS, it has great potential. All it needS is PvP and some polish like a shiny engine and style. But Graviteam is a small team of enthuasiasts from eastern Ukraine, Kharkiv. Despite your political views devs need your help with money. Don't let the great idea die, support and enjoy it.

Fresh unique gameplay
Atmosphere of war
Sound(I got an endorphine boost when heard russian winter sound and dog barking in Shilovo42 campaign)
Optimization -- runs smoothly on any 5 years old year Rig
Historically accurate
Good ballistics and physics -- you just feel it, cause its based on real stuff.
Large variety of campaigns. WW2, Afganistan 80s, Africa Cold war 90s.
AI is smart. Always trying to flank you. He is playing for objectives, and doesn't want to destroy you. So you need to surprise him, ambush, suicidal attacks, call arty on youself, whatever is neccessary.

Lack of style, it's just brutal like in any wargame. But, maybe thats the style itself?
Graphical engine is out of date, models are detailed(late DLC) and you can buy new textures for the first DLC.
Ugly «burn the eye» types in menu and in-game

It's on sale now. I advise you to buy Shilovo42 and Operation hooper if you're fresh to the game.
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
112.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 23, 2015
Graviteam would have to be my most favorit Game. I like playing CHO2 and MOWAS2 But Graviteam tactics is somthing els once this game is complete this will be the an amazing historical ww2 game. I have only played about 50hrs of Grav and have so much more to learn! also I havent won much battles because the one battle isnt the same as the last! :) I really hope that they make the ''Battle of the Cherkassy Pocket'' jan-feb 1944 that would truly be the greatest :)

Just giving you a heads up....This game is generaly deep and involved in setting up, you have to think carfuly about each battle in setup mode and understand what your troops can/ cant do! this can take some time. If you are one of those BF4/COH2 ''rush in think later players that cant stand losing!'' this game might not be for you!
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 4
Did you grow up with games such as close combat, the total war series, combat mission, sudden strike & Sid Meier's Gettysburg? Did you relish all or some of those games? Then get this one. As someone who has played wargames for 20 years and served in the military, this is one of the best and most realistic wargames I've played ever. I especially like how the soldiers in the game will listen to your orders, but arn't mechanical robots who will do your every whim. It makes you think about their perspective as well as the bigger picture which is something real life commanders have to keep in mind, and this is the only game that replicates that.

It has a learning curve but considering it's complexity actually only takes an hour or so to pick up. Buy it.
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