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 (81 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
Helpful customer reviews
5 of 6 people (83%) 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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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
23.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 14
Good Game, just not worth full price
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4 of 7 people (57%) found this review helpful
64.0 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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10 of 50 people (20%) found this review helpful
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
Simply terrible, slow boring and half the time you have to go looking for the enemy only be instantly destroyed. There isnt any real tactical gameplay here just a really poor rock paper scissors approach to a very old and exactly the same crappy graphics game, it doesnt even run smooth just slow jolty action. stick with wargame red dragon etc.

for $40 this is a total absolute rip off, crap game play and bad graphics. maybe try it for $5 tops when this title is in the well deserved trash/bargain bin
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184 of 206 people (89%) found this review helpful
7.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 6
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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87 of 98 people (89%) found this review helpful
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 7
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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94 of 113 people (83%) found this review helpful
9.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 6
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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64 of 75 people (85%) found this review helpful
7.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 6
Best Close Combat game Ive played. One of the best Tactical games out there. There isnt much like this on steam right now, not for children or the faint of heart. I HIGHLY encourage anyone who like stratagy or tactical games to play this. 2D grafix, BUT they are beautifly hand drawn.
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54 of 75 people (72%) found this review helpful
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 6
I have to say long over due for Steam to have a game like this I enjoy it brought me back to the old Close combat games I used to play back in the day on windows 98. I say for the price is right go for it play to play this game a lot just like I used to would say to all my game friends go for it....
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22 of 28 people (79%) 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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16 of 18 people (89%) found this review helpful
41.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 7
Just bought it, played many single battles and started the big Campaign : its the true -upgraded- Close Combat spirit here : awesome fun and Tactic !

I played all CCs and this one is excellent !
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14 of 15 people (93%) found this review helpful
16.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 10
Like many players of my generation, i have played the hell out of Close Combat, Close Combat: A Bridge Too Far and especially Close Combat III: The Russian Front. After being away from the series for many years and losing a bout with nostalgia, i have decided to give it a second go. I must say that it feels like i have never left...

Indeed, Gateway to Caen simply takes the old CC games (admittedly mostly the good parts) and adds a touch of polish and a new setting. The explosion, smoke and sound effects are much improved and the campaign/strategic map is nicelly done. I also like the new, more realistic mortar and fire support systems. I know that other factors have been revamped (weather, moral, weapons) but i think those changes are hard to see and the troops pretty much behave like they did back in the day.

I have also seen many complaints about the price of the game being too steep for a fairly simple ''reboot''. I must say that in this day and age it does feel a little bit pricey but that in the end, you will probably end up spending hundreds of hours on this game, which makes it pretty cheap by the hour.

Recruits: Enjoy this vintage game. Reading the manual is a must!
Veterans: Indulge in nostalgia. In this case, it's a good thing.
Experts: You know what you're in for.
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13 of 15 people (87%) found this review helpful
24.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 7
As a fan of tactical level squad/commander games (Jagged Alliance, XCOM, Wargame) I purchased this title on a whim, but was very happy to see that it offered what I expected - and more. At first look, the game might appear to be quite simple, but as with any strategy game, the complexity is in lieu of your opponent. Although the A.I. is 'ok' the real gem of this title is it's multiplayer. There is room to improve multiplayer matchmaking as I only found one game all evening; however, I expect I will be playing more with friends than with random people online so I cannot really complain. The visuals are quite nice for a 2D game and sound effects are fitting. All in all, this game is perfect for a hardcore realism fan!
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13 of 15 people (87%) found this review helpful
9.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 6
I wish to show this little game that is a few expensive, even with the -13%. It's the last version of the Close Combat Series, and i think the first one on Steam. It's about World War 2, and if you pass through the 2D low graphics, it's a very, if not the best, realistic simulation of battles. When they are shot, men don't run: they hide and they get fear, when they are hit, they are wounded or directly killed. With the right click on an unit you can give several orders like fire, launch smoke, run, walk, sneak, defend and ambush, with very different effects on your men or on ennemies, also you have infantry, leaders, tanks, guns, machineguns, mortars, anti-tank support, flame-throwers as units and airplanes/mortars/guns as support. And there is a lot less, if not at all, "mouse skill" like still in total war, where fast clicking can help a lot. Here all is in position and orders (with still a random factor).
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25 of 37 people (68%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 9
What a shame!
Such a step back from Close Combat Russian Front, Battle of the Bulge and Invasion Normandy (and even Cross of Iron and The Longest Day)
The new graphics makes your soldiers small and hard to track and unreasonable map sizes make terrain evaluation extremely tedious.
Pratically no freedom to modify your platoons (just like Last Stand Arnhem)
NATO symbols for squads are real turn offs.
If you compare this to free outstanding mods crafted by the community over the years for previous CC (Stalingrad mod, kharkov mod, Scheldt mod) it's borderline criminal to sell this for 40$
The only thing positive here : the explosions are beautiful ...lol
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16 of 21 people (76%) 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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11 of 12 people (92%) found this review helpful
15.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 7
I played the original games and loved them. Given that this appears to be the same engine (with some cooler explosion effects maybe), the price is a con.

I don't regret buying it, and I will get my moneys worth from the game, but $35 is 3 times what it should be sold for.

Thumbs up because its still a great game, and I have more money than sense. If it seems to steep, go dl the earlier versions for free.
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
80.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 9
The best WWII RTS since 1997 ! Must buy for all those with real passion for WWII and RTS
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
43.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 13
Solid strategy. Not the most in-depth one, but I've always liked how fluid the gameplay is for the most part in Close Combat. The new effects and sounds are a welcome addition, really brings the battles alive and the sound of a MG42 opening up is as terrifying as ever. The AI in combat is OK. I find it really depends of the scenario and difficulty. I stalled the Allied advance almost instantly in the Grand Campaign playing as Germans, but after playing 5 turn of operation "Digging in" as Allies, the AI is putting up a good fight. I also see improvement in the driving AI, it's still not perfect and tanks often swirl around like idiots, but once I ordered a Tiger tank to drive down a road just barely big enough for it, it did follow it flawlessly.

Some might say the graphics are dated, but I would disagree. This is a top-down strategy game. Graphics rarely matter in this genre, and I must say, it does look rather good compared to the older games in the series.

The only gripes I really have are the new mortars introduced in PitF. Basically, when you order your mortar to shoot at a target, it takes 20-25 seconds to aim the first round, 5-6 seconds to aim the second and after that it starts to hit very accurately. This is devastating if you are not inside a multistory building. Also, the MG42 is a bit too accurate in my opinion. Most german infantry squads carry one and they fire 8 rounds per burst, making the extremely effective against the Allied infantry.

But all in all, it's a very good game. Of all the CCs I've played (CC2 through PitF), I rank it among the best in the series.

8½/10
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
15.8 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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