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: Mostly Positive (96 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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86 of 100 people (86%) found this review helpful
61.5 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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46 of 55 people (84%) found this review helpful
23.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 14, 2014
Good Game, just not worth full price
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19 of 23 people (83%) found this review helpful
23.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 24, 2014
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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24 of 34 people (71%) found this review helpful
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 10, 2014
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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12 of 14 people (86%) found this review helpful
18.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 7, 2014
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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12 of 15 people (80%) found this review helpful
28.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 10, 2014
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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13 of 18 people (72%) found this review helpful
68.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 29, 2014
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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12 of 18 people (67%) found this review helpful
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 8, 2014
Its the same as the old version(i have played them to death years ago) for 40 bucks its a ripoff.

The campaign map is terrible, you'd think if you were going to re-release something it would be at least user friendly.
AI has not changed either with the enemy tanks turning right before yours so you can easily penetrate their sides.

Not much has changed since the 90's versions, it just looks like a money grab.
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11 of 17 people (65%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
9.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 15, 2014
ITS GOOD. THERE R BAGPRIPES
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 11, 2014
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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4 of 4 people (100%) 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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7 of 10 people (70%) found this review helpful
7.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 14, 2014
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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4 of 5 people (80%) 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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3 of 4 people (75%) 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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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
8.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 5, 2014
Yes yes yes! They did not change a thing and its great!
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2 of 3 people (67%) 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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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
7.9 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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5 of 9 people (56%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 3, 2014
Big Close Combat Series fan since '98.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
30.0 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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185 of 207 people (89%) found this review helpful
7.3 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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