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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?
Release Date: Mar 22, 2012
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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
    • Hard Drive: 3 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 8 compatible sound card
Helpful customer reviews
33 of 39 people (85%) found this review helpful
247 products in account
5 reviews
0.1 hrs on record
If you are into deep, thoughtful tactical simulators this is the game for you.

GTOS is a game that allows you the time to consider the options and react accordingly. The battlefields are huge, and your resources usually limited, so you'll need to deploy and use your troops taking a lot of factors into consideration.

While GTOS is an RTS, this is not a game played with "clicks-per-minute" and macro spamming, but with thought and tactical finesse. But when the sh*t hits the fan you'd better know how to react or expect your troops to be suppressed and panic in no time. However there is no need to micro-manage, the AI will defend themselves.

The vehicles have proper penetration values - there are no instant fireball when tanks are hit here. What kills a tank is mostly unseen things - crew is killed by shrapnel, engine destroyed, internal fires, weapon broken. But devastating hits do happen, and a burning tank often leads to pretty explosions of ammo cooking off a long time afterwards. You get the feeling a tank is a really hard thing to kill - as it should be, but beware of getting too close to infantry - Molotovs and AT-grenades can still kill or disable a reckless tanker.

Weapons are realistically modeled, and guns can be fired over long distances. Artillery takes a long time to call in and needs to be planned correctly - but when it does hit it's truly devastating. Nothing says "we need to move NOW" like the blasts of artillery pinpointing your position.

The game is far from easy to get into - there is very little tutorial and hand-holding, and the manual can be hard to understand, in bad English or simply outdated. The AI can be on the quirky side or just plain stupid side at times, and the process of applying patches to the game is sometimes a challenge in itself...

But if you are into realistic war games, consider yourself a war gamer or "grognard", GTOS is well worth the investment.
Posted: February 12th, 2014
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16 of 18 people (89%) found this review helpful
212 products in account
2 reviews
7.7 hrs on record
Definatly not for the average strategy gamer, if you don't like complex and realistic games, this one will probably not be in your taste. If you are a fan of Combat Mission, Close Combat, Theatre of War, or any other games of that nature, i would recomend it. It has excellent sound elements, good weapons balistics, and an overall feel of authenticity. Graphics are not overwhelming, but they go look nice on the large scale.
Posted: February 12th, 2014
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11 of 12 people (92%) found this review helpful
198 products in account
2 reviews
53.2 hrs on record
A masterpiece of a WW2 game. Not for the impatient, as it has a steep learning-curve and a depth of realism not seen since combat mission (at a fraction of the price, i might add). I definitley recommend this for anyone looking for an in-depth strategy game that they can really sink their teeth into.

Would recommend watching the Let's Play videos on YouTube for a more in-depth tutorial if you're having trouble and the in-game is kind of lacking.
Posted: February 14th, 2014
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
509 products in account
8 reviews
14.7 hrs on record
Let me preface this by getting the bad stuff out of the way because the bad stuff is nothing compared to how great this game is.
It is a little buggy. It is a Strategy First release. It is almost never on sale (except sometimes on Gamersgate).

Now for the good.
First of all, it has a demo. Try it. That was enough to convice me to buy the game.

This game is a turn-based/real-time strategy game. There are turn based planning phases with real time battles, which you can pause, speed up or slow down.
Due to the nature of variables this game has an inexhaustible amount of combinations possible for each battle. In other words, it is infinitely replayable and no two games are the same.
If you desire a change in campaign, Graviteam has you covered. There are some Eastern Front WW II DLC you can get... or you can purchase the China-Russia 1969 border conflict DLC, the 1979 Russia fighting Iran in Afghanistan DLC or the 1988 Angola Bush War DLC. These DLC are unfortunately not cheap, but there are sometimes sales.

This game will kick your ♥♥♥. The A.I. is superb at actually engaging in tactics, which is something that is missing in a lot of strategy games. I've had to rush in order to protect my flank because the A.I. actually learned that they weren't getting in the front door and they turned the tables on me in a way that I couldn't have anticipated, but at the same time it is fair. The A.I. doesn't cheat, unless you want it to (options menu setting).

The game also requires you to manage fatigue, morale, fuel and ammo.

If this sounds like something that would interest you then you cannot go wrong with this title.
Posted: April 3rd, 2014
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35 of 63 people (56%) found this review helpful
526 products in account
9 reviews
1.7 hrs on record
this game is literally amazing, and it's probably the best strategy game i've played since the orignal Combat Misson games

the atmosphere in the game is also worthy of praise: it is simply stunning. it'll vividly remind you of films like come and see or stalingrad
Posted: February 11th, 2014
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