Wow, what a blast from the past! I used to play this game religiously when it was first released almost 20 years ago. Having it remastered and re-released for modern operating systems is, quite literally, a dream come true. I thought I'd never play a Close Combat game again.
Despite the decades old, hand-drawn graphics -- which are a totally charming aspect anyway -- this is another Close Combat which sticks to the forumla and delivers an unmatched tactical experience. This game really brings home what it is to command a Company in combat. Every last detail of your soldiers is considered, their ammunition, fatigue, morale, suppression, accuracy, and courage or cowadice. You will revel in their success and you will cringe at their destruction. You alone are responsible for both.
Notable improvements include revamped explosion graphics, the addition of waypoints to movement orders, and, finally, persistent tracking of individual soldiers between battles. Your men maintain their kills, awards, and performance. A word of warning, don't become attached to a particular Platoon, because there is nothing more gut-wrenching than watching a decorated, three battle veteran, finally succumb to his own bravery.
My rating: 9/10. I cannot recommend this game enough. I am a biased reviewer, that's for sure, and if you're new to the series then perhaps you'd want to wait for the price to drop. However, if you're looking for a visceral, challenging, and realistic tactical strategy game, then you cannot go past Close Combat. There is literally nothing like this on the market.