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...
User reviews: Very Positive (86 reviews)
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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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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35 of 47 people (74%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 25
Feels like a re-skin of their old games with few improvements. i dont count a little cooler smoke effects enough to warrant a $40 purchase for a game that feels unchanged since 1998. Even if i could zoom in i wouldn't, units are made up of a limited amount of pixels. i loved the old games but expected a moderate boost in visual appearance, was not impressed
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27 of 36 people (75%) found this review helpful
61.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 7
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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12 of 14 people (86%) found this review helpful
23.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 14
Good Game, just not worth full price
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10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
23.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 24
game needs a decent patch, panzerfaust single units do not fire AT weapons at all. (they just look at the tank. Germans are a little weak on AT weapons, a little over powered on smg's hehe. Decent game but needs work.
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
27.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 10
Old School that never grows old. Close Combat - GTC is a phenomenal RTS that has aged well. If you can get past the annoying bag pipe music at the beging of every battle, you are in for a treat. Eastern Front and Battle of the Bulge Campaigns need to be added.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
9.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 15
ITS GOOD. THERE R BAGPRIPES
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
12.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 7
If you're a fan of the classic Close Combat series, you'll probably be satisfied by the refined gameplay and updated graphics. The campaign mode is improved from the original, as it adds in a turn-based strategy layer to define how the real-time tactical game plays. The multiplayer matchmaking is not very effective, and I think it relies upon a forum to find opponents. Overall, I think the $40 price is too much for the scope of the game. There are plenty of campaigns, operations, missions, and you can create your own, to create several hours worth of gameplay. However it's limited in terms of scope, as you will always be fighting in the hedgerows and towns near Caen with British and German units. Watch for it on sale - definitely worth it around $20. I hope the publisher adds more of the recent Close Combat remakes on Steam and bundles them for a fair price.

Bonus points for bagpipes.
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8 of 11 people (73%) found this review helpful
67.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
Close Combat with little changes. Still haven't found a game like it. This is not a build and kill game.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
85.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 29
Beautiful game
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12 of 20 people (60%) found this review helpful
77.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 3
Another CC game. Same game engine, same UI, just different maps and some mixing up with the troop selection. If you had fun playing other CC games then this fits the bill. Lack of a good multiplayer match up limits you to single player which the CPU isn't particularily challenging. The difficultly is simply the CPU getting more resources that you. Nothing tactical or strategic about the CPU play style. No tactical retreat makes battles an all out brawl instead manuevering and fighting to put battles on prepared battlefields.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
13.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 25
Good game. Just like all the older ones. Wish there was more options in troop picking. But love the strategy in this type of game.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 3
Big Close Combat Series fan since '98.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
7.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 14
This is one of the best tactical and squade based game series ever..... Best version yet fellas.....
one of the aspects i enjoy and find refreshing is that you cant just out exploit or mine or build,
You need to manage the troops you have and the tactics become the diffrence between victory and defeat.
under the heat of battle the troops some times have thier own ideas....manage moral and be sure to out last your enemy.
this game lets me feel like a commander on the ground in ww2, a tottal compliment to band of brothers movies......
after every episode, comes the urge to command the troops...... this game fullfills the urge in every manner...
every wanted to play army guys with a friend????? this is the game for you.........
beautiful work devs... i love it... i dare you to make another......
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9 of 15 people (60%) found this review helpful
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 10
I did not like this game. While I am a fan of close combat 2 and 3 I feel that the series has peaked. Problems with this title are mainly the large number of units (compnay sized elements) and the very, very, small resoultion of the screen. As there is no pause to this game I find it overly diffcult to give orders to all my units in a timely manner. Bouncing the camera from the front to the 6(!) mortar teams and then dragging the camera back to the target is not fun. This game engine is almost same as it was in the 90s and is best suited for platoon plus sized battles.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 11
it has been more than 15 years I have been playing Close Combat series, I can easily and confidently say that CC is the best, most comprehensive and realistic strategy game ever. I'm seriously sad that this game was not further developed, yet still, even with its old graphics and interface, it is the best no matter what.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
54.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 25
Best Close Combat game i have played to date and i have played all of them apart from panthers in the fog
sounds better, looks better, tanks Ai is still clunky but this takes nothing away from the game.
the multiplayer is even better than single and if you can find a friend to do a campaign with its truly EPIC!
a must for any WW2 strat fan
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
85.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 4
One of THE best war sim's ever. Just as good as I remember it from the 90's. Look past the graphics... This is not your call of doody, son. You will get pwnd. Easy to play, tough to master. A single little battle can take be over in a flash or last an hour or longer. Especially if you obssess in the setup phase as I do. It also pays to be cautious in your orders, which is the smart way to play this one. The only negative I have for this game is the unability to give orders and/or scroll the battlefield when paused. Otherwise, this is a MUST BUY for any true wargamer.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
27.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 7
Good representation of the series, but nothing really new is provided. Still fun to play.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
36.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 13
Great single played when played on the hardest settings. Haven't experienced any problems. Look forward to the next game. Cheers
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 6
I recently reviewed Gateway to Caen. You can find the review here: http://rgz.ca/gaming/close-combat-gateway-to-caen-review/
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