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?
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Very Positive (227 reviews) - 85% of the 227 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.

Features:
  • 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

    Minimum:
    • 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
19 of 21 people (90%) found this review helpful
341.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 3
it's a good simulator of the eastern front.


the first thing you must learn about the eastern front is the eastern front is ♥♥♥♥ing TERRIBLE.

there are three colors (at least in the taranovka campaigns) grey, white, and red (red being entirely blood)
survival is brutally difficult, victory is harder. often even winning doesn't feel like winning; casualties of over 50% on both sides are common, first you'll run out of support, then you'll run out of rifle ammunition, then you'll run out of men. often campaigns come down to two almost entirely destroyed formations desperately grasping at the other's throat in a series of maneuvers by exhausted, out of ammunition, panicked soldiers who have been on the front for far too long.

essentially the game nails exactly how brutal the hinterlands of russia are to fight in, along with a very realistic model of the vehicles and arms involved makes it a fantastic game if you can handle the despair.

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17 of 19 people (89%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
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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17 of 20 people (85%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
34.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 24
Great game, The realism is amazing. It's not your typical balanced Strategy game like COH2 or Men of War etc... It is realistic and gritty. Your units can get ♥♥♥♥ed and run out of ammo. Have their moral smashed from watching their brothers die around them. Engagement ranges unlike most strategy games arent within 100 feet they are longer. The realism of being able to destroy lightly armored stuff with MG fire the lines of communication and the gritty realism it has is 10/10

Would and will spend many more hours in this game.
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12 of 14 people (86%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
10.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 26
I-have-no-idea-what-I'm-doing-simulator 2016

This game is legitimately awesome but I just really really suck at it.
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23 of 36 people (64%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
25.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 8, 2015
This game has a very steep learning curve and is not for the faint hearted. I've played a lot of RTS games and I'm a big Totalwar and Wargame fan, but this game proved a challenge both for my skills and my patience. The biggest challenge is just working out how the game works, never mind trying to work out how to win it. Until you fathom out the former the later is an impossible dream.

If you have the commitment and patience to overcome the poor interface design the game itself is well worth the effort. But don’t buy it unless you have the determination and time to invest in establishing the mysteries of the interface. It's really unnecessarily complicated and cryptic to say the least.

Basically, great game hampered by a poor UI.
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