Close Combat: Gateway to Caen is the latest release in the critically-acclaimed Close Combat series, and the final release of the current game engine. Gateway to Caen focuses on the largest, concentrated British offensive since the Normandy landings in an attempt to penetrate the German lines west of Caen and cross the Odon River to get...
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Release Date: Jun 6, 2014

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"Anyone familar with Close Combat series will always recommend the series. Same formula of bird's eye RTS. Can get repetitive. Good accuracies and detail"

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February 25

The battle for Caen is today!

Join us as we fight in Normandy with Close Combat: Gateway to Caen!

Follow us on the battleground at 8 pm CET/ 2pm EST

Check it out today on the official Twitch channel of the Slitherine Group

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February 4

A multiplayer patch released!

Today the latest game in the fan-favourite Close Combat series is receiving a new update to make your multiplayer experience even smoother. Indeed, thanks to some bug fixes and UI enhancements, you have now no excuse to lose during your merciless duels!

Please find below the complete list of changes included in patch 1.02:

Bug Fixes

  • Correct error message is now displayed (instead of unknown Error・) when the serial number check fails during lobby login.
  • Fixed a bug that could crash on a multi-player client if the currently selected team on the client was a friendly vehicle and that vehicle was abandoned.
  • Fixed a multi-player bug where an airstrike could cause a crash if it completely destroyed a unit.
  • Fixed a multi-player bug where the client could crash if the currently selected team surrendered.
  • Fixed a multi-player bug where teams renamed by the client player were not renamed on the host.

Improvements
  • The multi-player client will no longer hear the 'call for fire' sound cue when the host calls for artillery or mortar support.
  • If a gun is destroyed while being towed, the towing vehicle automatically dismounts passengers.
  • The Team List now reappears correctly when you switch to Overview mode and back.
  • Double clicking a message from a team now selects and highlights that team, in addition to moving the point of view.
  • Double clicking a message to view the reporting team works correctly even when the Team Info panel has been moved.

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About This Game

Close Combat: Gateway to Caen is the latest release in the critically-acclaimed Close Combat series, and the final release of the current game engine. Gateway to Caen focuses on the largest, concentrated British offensive since the Normandy landings in an attempt to penetrate the German lines west of Caen and cross the Odon River to get the stalled advance moving again.

With Close Combat: Gateway to Caen you can play at the strategic and tactical level, putting yourself in the boots of both the generals and the platoon commanders. You can move or combine your battlegroups on the strategic level and decide the outcome of battles on the tactical level. You will command squads in close combat situations, using small arms, mortars, machine guns, armored cars, and tanks to triumph against the enemy. You command artillery and mortar barrages and even air strikes. You will get to know individual solders, platoons, battalions, and the larger brigades and battle groups which they comprise.

Players can experience the desperate situation of the outnumbered, but well-armed Panzergrenadiers, or the daunting offensive mission of the fully-supported British infantry advancing across the treacherous Odon Valley. At your command are Churchill, Cromwell, Firefly, Sherman, Stuart tanks and more. Panther, Tiger, Stug, and Mk.IV tanks will arrive to support German Panzergrenadiers as they try to hold the line against a concerted British attack.

The historic scope of Operation Epsom is captured in single battles, operations, and the grand campaign. The strategic battlefield offers over two dozen individual battlefields with over three dozen accurately portrayed German and British battle groups. British infantry regimental history is reflected in name among the various battalions. You can deploy your battalions as they actually fought in the struggle for the Odon. The game includes all new maps and a range of upgraded effects.

Features

  • Completely revised graphics that elevate battle effects, units, and maps to a new, detailed level in the Close Combat Series.
  • Thirty new battlefield maps accurately reflect the Odon Valley west of Caen, France.
  • 65 vehicles, 36 infantry units, 77 weapons.
  • New vehicles and guns including Churchill, Cromwell, M-10 Achilles, and Firefly tanks; 17-pdr AT guns, Loyd Carriers, and more.
  • Improved graphics and effects and new soldier voices.
  • Revised terrain files that represent the specific conditions of the Odon battlefield: tall cornfields and hindered, muddy movement during rainy weather.
  • New features including Rolling barrages and dug-in/camouflaged tanks and anti-tank guns.
  • Historic regimental names and battalion organization.
  • Mount troops or guns on vehicles.
  • Integrated multi-player lobby and match-making forums.
  • Enhanced Scenario Editor - Create your own "what if" Scenarios.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP SP2+ / Vista / 7/8
    • Processor: 800 MHz CPU
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256MB Video RAM
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Hard Drive: 3 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: DirectX 9 compatible and capable of 1024 x 768 resolution or higher
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows XP SP2+ / Vista / 7/8
    • Processor: 1.5GHz+
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 512MB
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Hard Drive: 3 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: DirectX 9 compatible and capable of 1024 x 768 resolution or higher
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30 of 33 people (91%) found this review helpful
61.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 5
A more up-to-date version of the CC classics.
I will edit this review later, but first off I want to say something immediately.

I see people claiming to be CC "fans", give it thumbs down, and post stuff like "you can't pause the game".
Guess what, you can.. just hit the "pause" key on your keyboard. Now, that wasn't so hard, was it? And if you truly had played any of the predecessors, you'd realize that this version works just in the exact same way.

As for the price, I had to get it, not nescessarily because it's fairly priced (although I don't find it that steep) but because I want to support the making of anything CC, since the series are one of the few classics that stand out with great quality, which in my opinion should get all the support it could get. We have enough throwaway games today published by companies that care for nothing but money, with employees that have no passion for it whatsoever. Please support quality guys.
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21 of 25 people (84%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
12.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 1
Close Combat is a series you either just get, or you don't. Gateway to Caen is the last of the traditional 2D CC games, for better or worse.

Pros-
Beautifully drawn maps
Varied, interesting, accurate forces (Though, not as much as say the earlier game, Last Stand Arnhem)
Realistic pace
Simple UI, improved over previous CC titles
Detailed morale
Scalable difficulty
Hedgerows :)
The new 32bit effects are really, really nice for sprites!

Cons-
Pathfinding still a little weak, much improved though.
Armor doesn't automatically turn to face threats
Out of game menus aren't full resolution, campaign map is a little wonky to navigate. (4:3, switches to your full resolution in the tactical game)
Maps a little too big, Earlier games had somewhat quicker, more vicious fights.
Hedgerows. :(

Misc.-
Since Panthers in the Fog the series has used a Platoon, rather than team based battlegroup selection, this is more realistic, but I really preferred putting together my own battlegroup in earlier titles.

I have some issues getting mods to run, I think this may be a steam thing, the custom shortcut always dumps me out at the loader, rather than in game. Very annoying.

Would like to see this thing go on discount. Also, previous titles on Steam would be nice!

All in all, if you enjoy RTS, want a really historically accurate one, and don't get all huffy any time you see drawn sprites, you'll enjoy GtC.

Also, your Sherman is already on fire, even though you haven't bought the game. Just FYI.
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10 of 13 people (77%) found this review helpful
14.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 17, 2014
Great new CC game. I own every single one including the remakes and this one is quite good. It has an easy to use and smooth multiplayer system as well which my friend and I have been playing with lately that is similar to the one used in panthers in the fog.

If you are a CC fan this is a must by. The updated engine is sharper and nicer, and the battles are bigger and more epic.

The only downside to this one is the vehicles (common problem in CC). They move INCREDIBLY slow and just cant pathfind all that well still. I have not played that long yet, but there is enough in this game to keep me coming back for more.
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7 of 10 people (70%) found this review helpful
8.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 11, 2014
This is Old School Close Combat with a slight upgrade. If charging $40 dollars helps to support continued expansion and further development of this game, I am all for it and it is the reason why I put my money where my mouth is.

Is it perfect?

Nope, but, it does what it's supposed to, and remains faithful to the old school genre. If you want to play or expected an up dated version of this game, then go play Company of Heroes, because that's not what this is.

I highly recommend this game for the folks who like to keep things simple and don't need to feel like they're playing a hyperventilated version that is better suited to people with A.D.D..
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7 of 11 people (64%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
26.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 10
I like this game Its so much more realistic then most strategy games based around the same time period. However a few things really irritate me. One is the price! its utterly ridiculous and greedy by the developers they haven’t added nearly enough in the way of improvements or balancing to the game to warrant that price tag. This isn’t a HD remake or anything to that regard its just the same game with a few tweaks. The Second is the games lack of support after launch. Where’s the patches? Literally where’s any attempt to improve the game or fix some of hit detection issues or ai bugs. The game has a terrible UI it really does , its so awkward you have to learn a fair few hotkeys to get anything done. I want to like this game more I really do its something so different and simulation esc but at the same time I cant stand the lack of support after release instead relying on fans to make the patches? Its scandalous. I feel sorry for diehard fans because from what ive read there’s better games in the Close Combat series its just this one is on steam so of course people will buy it. I mean I did the same with Age of Empires two … the fool
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7 of 11 people (64%) found this review helpful
17.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 20, 2014
Played this game as a kid. Still fun and one of the better RTS's I've played. Wish there could be updated graphics but still fun!
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
59.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 22
The user interface for the menu's and suchlike is lacking a bit but this more than makes up for the in-game qualities this title offers. The level of realism that is created by a few simple things (limited ammo, psychological state, veterancy) takes this title miles away from any 'spawn infinite armies'

the negative: menu's are not always clear (some buttons suddenly take you to the main menu without being labelled something like 'menu' or 'exit'), ingame interface takes a bit of getting used to.

the positive: a great deal of realism with armour vs armour penetration, HE/AP, veterancy, mental condition all mattering.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
105.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 8
I've been a great fan of the close combat series all the way back to the second installment "A bridge too far". The third edition was by far the best. I played all the other sequels but I got bored quite easily and kept going back to the 2nd and 3rd installments. With Gateway to Caen, I'm happy to say that it is just as great fun as the forementioned games. Great balance and lots of good single player action. AI is quite good even though the opponents sometimes holes up forever despite having a superior force, which is a bit annoying.
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5 of 9 people (56%) found this review helpful
11.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 6
Great addition to the series but the community kinda sucks, this game would have been perfect if you could actually invite people to play through steam.
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4 of 8 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
79.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 24
I downloaded the game yesterday and have none stop problems... I am running windows 7 and the game constantly crashes at the end of each battle... The game has been out for over 5 months why are these problems not resolved. I have never had this problem in all the years I have bought games on steam... please sort these problems out steam... this product is not fit for purpose.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 29
This game will frustrate CC fans. The game is like a beta version. Definitely not worth $40. You get a few maps to enjoy but the unrefined menu screens and limited in game options (found in previous versions!) are irritating. Track down CC, Bridge too far, or Russian front. Replaying those games is time better spent.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
54.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 5
This was a great game and had been looking forward to playing it over the Easter holiday. As so often with Steam products it just stops working one day. Same PC same software.
It must have patched or sometihng automatically.
In this case it was not cheap so i really am hacked off with this

hence the review.

The close combat genre of squad level wargames were unique and have not really had an equal even after all these years.
Closest thing to the Squad Leader type of board game.

A real let down.
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4 of 8 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
10.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 5, 2014
Yes yes yes! They did not change a thing and its great!
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4 of 8 people (50%) found this review helpful
44.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 31, 2014
The last Close Combat game I played was the CC III Russian Front, this close combat has kept all the good qualities from the old one and added some more. Highly recomend any strategy gamer to pick this game up. It is without a doubt the most accurate warfare simulator of WW2 at the company scale. Can't wait for CC The Bloody First 3D to come out!!
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: April 18
It reminded me of an old turn based game I had years ago and thoughtt it RTS with pause so I bought it thinking I would really like it but I don't. It's hard to see whats going on. It's har to controle your troops. Bottom line, it's just not fun to me. If you like RTS maybe you would like it. The price is way to high. I took a gamble and lost.
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187 of 210 people (89%) found this review helpful
7.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 6, 2014
I promise anyone who looks beyond the seemingly dated graphics will find an unrivalled strategy game.
Each and every soldier on the battlefield has a limited supply of ammo, and each situation your men face during battle will affect their stamina, morale and emotion...

Stick with it and you will love it.

Even better against human opponents!

The only con is the price.
Don't expect any major price reductions as Matrix Games titles have always been a bit steep in my opinion.
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90 of 101 people (89%) found this review helpful
5.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 7, 2014
Brought me back to playing CC2: A bridge too far. I love the close combat series and this does not dissapoint for me. May look a bit dated but the gameplay is what it's all about and I can't think of anything that matches it. A thinking man's strategy game.
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95 of 109 people (87%) found this review helpful
62.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 7, 2014
i have not played a CC game since a bridge too far(1997) which was one of my all time favorite games. i was happy, suprised and a little disapointed to see that not much has changed in that time. game play is good but not much different from 7 years ago, altho the campaign mode is a little more refined than the last CC game i played in 1997. if you have liked the game series in the past you will like this one also. the graphics are a little better than 7 years ago, but no where close to the level they should be.
if this game was $20 i would give it 9/10, but at $40 i will give it 5/10. way to expensive a game that is in essence a slight improvement from 7 years ago. if you are a die hard fan of the series i am sure you will like it, or if you are new to the series it might be worth the money. i can not recomend it for the current price.
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95 of 115 people (83%) found this review helpful
9.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 6, 2014
Don't let the old school graphics fool you, this is one of the best tactical war games to come out in a long time. If you have never tried a Close Combat game before, do yourself a favor and pick this one up. You won't regret it!
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71 of 83 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
23.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 14, 2014
Good Game, just not worth full price
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