Order of Battle: World War II is breath of fresh air for all strategy fans. It is a game that takes wargaming to a new level by upgrading every single game element and rebooting the genre for a new generation of players.
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Release Date: Apr 30, 2015

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July 21

Order of Battle: Winter War is out!

Order of Battle has reached the frozen lands of Finland!

Winter War, the latest DLC for the highly praised Order of Battle: World War II, is now OUT for PC and Mac!

Never before have the Winter War and the Continuation War been recreated in such detail. Developer studio The Artistocrats brings these under represented conflicts to your screens.

With a radically different terrain and tactics, gameplay has been greatly altered. Employ ski troops to outmaneuver the enemy on snowy fields! Cross frozen lakes to catch the enemy unaware! Launch ambushes in deep forests! Use mud and frost to slow down the enemy advance then lure them into huge pockets, cutting them off from supply routes, then eliminate them and capture their vehicles!

Take command of the Finnish army and resist the red tide as the Soviet Union assaults you in the Winter War, then take the initiative and launch an offensive to regain lost ground in the Continuation War.

A new campaign with 13 new scenarios, 90 new units, a whole new environment: Winter War revolutionizes the Order of Battle formula. Will you be up to the task?

And if you’re interested in Winter War, don’t miss tonight’s Twitch live stream on our official twitch channel at CEST 8 PM / UTC 6 PM / EDT 2 PM.

Remember: you can try the first scenario for free by installing Order of Battle: World War II and launching the Winter War campaign! Give it a try, it's free!



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July 20

Order of Battle: World War II v. 2.6.7 Patch!

With Winter War coming out tomorrow the developers are really busy preparing the ground for it!

We are releasing a new patch for Order of Battle, including so many additions, balance changes and gameplay fixes. We hope you’ll enjoy it!

Important note: with this patch you’ll be able to play the first mission of the new DLC, Winter War. The DLC will be available starting from tomorrow, July 21st.


Here’s the full changelog:

Gameplay:
• Major rebalancing of all ground units, mostly focused on tank vs tank performance in anticipation for European tank clashes.
• Artillery now deals less damage against low-strength targets, making them less effective at "sniping kills" from long range.
• Paratroopers have "supply stash" which delays the out-of-supply effects for a number of turns.
• Paratroopers have "Quick Entrench" trait, allowing to to dig in faster than normal units.
• Units with "Light Freight" trait can disembark from a train on open hexes.
• Units with "Heavy Treaded" trait suffer double terrain disruption penalties from moving through difficult terrain.

Multiplayer:
• 2 new maps added: Winter War based "Arctic Fox" and Morning Sun based "Double Dragons" cooperative map, playable as the Chinese.

Bug fixes:
• Some black screen on start-up issues fixed.
• Campaign end screen fixed (no longer displays nonexistent scenario location).
• Disband button and tooltip display fixed when it is unavailable.
• Switch from Strategic Map fixed when using 2D tactical map display.
• Bonus Zundapp Motorcycle unit for owners of Heroes of Normandie game fixed.

Editor:
• Dozens of new Soviet, German and Finnish units available.
• Objectives can be changed (added and/or removed) in the middle of a scenario.
• Popup dialog can be called to offer the player unique tactical, strategic or political choices during a scenario.
• 'AI Team Split" trigger effect can move units from one team to another split based on their strength. This can - for example - be used to split damaged AI units to a different team and retreat them to the rear.

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Reviews

“Fast, approachable, and challenging, it is everything I want in a wargame.”
9/10 – PCGamesN

“Overall, this is the Pacific Theater of Operations Panzer General many gamers have been waiting for”
88% – Armchair General

“Order of Battle: Pacific is the best strategy title of the year so far”
8.5/10 – Softpedia

Just Updated



Winter War, the new DLC for Order of Battle: World War II, is OUT!

This new expansion for Order of Battle: WW2 includes the Winter War (1939-1940), the Continuation War (1941-1944) and the Lapland War (1944-1945). Players take control of the Finnish Army and, according to the shifting tides of war, allied troops from Germany or the Soviet Union.

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About This Game

The free version of the game gives you access to the unique Boot Camp campaign as well as a taste of the first chapter of every other campaign pack. This means that new free missions will appear as soon as a new campaign gets released!

Order of Battle: World War II is breath of fresh air for all strategy fans. It is a game that takes wargaming to a new level by upgrading every single game element and rebooting the genre for a new generation of players. Detailed terrain, rich animations and a slick interface, all within a traditional setting and with the elements that are familiar to experienced players - Order of Battle: World War II follows in the footsteps of all time classics, such as Panzer General.

With a selection of over 700 unique looking and behaving units, players can build and manage their army, fleet and air force throughout the campaigns set in the various theatres of operations during WW2. A unique system of specializations allows players to customize their forces with special units, bonuses and abilities that reflect the difference in strategies and mentality of the various factions.

A set of unique Commanders – split between Generals, Pilots and Captains – is gradually unlocked in the campaigns. These can be attached to specific units to provide unique bonuses to anything in their command range. While good use of unit types and tactics remains the player's priority, clever use of Commanders can tip the balance in an offensive operation or buy just enough time in defense to turn the tide to your favor.

In Order of Battle: World War II, a unique supply system also plays a key factor that directly affects the combat efficiency of the units. Landing on an enemy island without any support ships will prevent the invasion forces from building a solid beachhead, and breaking the supply lines of your opponent, isolating his units and making encirclement maneuvers are the strategies required to achieve an ultimate victory.

Add an intuitive in-game scenario editor, up to 4 player multiplayer support through Hotseat or Slitherine's PBEM++ server system and you have a game with endless re-playability.

  • Classic turn based, hex based gameplay with an intuitive UI and great depth.
  • Play in dynamic campaigns with unit carryover and multiple "what-if" scenarios.
  • A rich 3D world with detailed animations and effects. Turn-based wargaming has never looked this good!
  • 20 different Specializations give a unique feel to each faction including Banzai Charge, Bushido Code and even the Manhattan Project.
  • Over 700 different unit types, including infantry, tanks, ships and aircraft, each with unique visuals and animations
  • Attach unique commanders to your units to give them additional offensive and defensive bonuses
  • A deep but intuitive supply system allowing breakthroughs & encirclements.
  • 4 player multiplayer over PBEM++ and hotseat, supporting last-man-standing, teamplay and cooperative against AI scenarios.
  • An extensive, user-friendly in-game scenario editor with a what-you-see-is-what-you-get design.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
    Minimum:
    • OS: XP, Vista, 7, 8
    • Processor: Pentium 4 or equivalent
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 512 Mb DirectX 9 video card with shader model 2.0
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX compatible sound card
    Minimum:
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.7+
    • Graphics: DX9 (shader model 2.0)
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
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Rogal_Dorn
30.5 hrs
Posted: August 26
You will get a good 6 hours of solid fun and engaging play in the boot camp campaign for free. Then you can pick campaigns ala cart if you enjoyed the free campaign and enjoy. I am four missions out of 11 into my first purchased campaign and it's taken ten hours. I fully expect to get another dozen or more hours of fun out of the one campaign I purchased. The game is fun, challenging, and easy to pick up if you have a basic understanding of strategy. There are NO MICROTRANSACTIONS!!!

This is the first free to play game I have ever really enjoyed. Download and give it a try yourself. Hopefully I can dig into the multiplayer at some point with my mates!
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darkbbq
6.1 hrs
Posted: August 25
Pros:
- Free bootcamp campaign (three scenarios which take 3-5 hours to complete but only has a limited range of units)
- Nostalgic throwback to Panzer/Allied/Pacific General
- Finally, a decent WW2 turn based strategy
- Multiplayer support

Cons:
- Cost. This is the killer. At the moment it costs $80 US for all five campaigns, which is about the same as any new AAA game. In my opinion I would rather shell out for something with a bit more 'production value' than a 2D hexed based game that clones the general look and mechanics from a game I remember playing in the early 90s
- Some unit models are indistinguishable (aircraft in particular look the same)

Personally I want to love this title but would recommend waiting for a sale.
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yankeefan1930
0.6 hrs
Posted: August 22
I had allot of fun with learning the boot camp training. Concepts are good and fun. Thanks
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SwordDancerFromHeaven
25.1 hrs
Posted: August 20
Played for 13hrs for free! still enjoying it.

Easy yet deep gameplay, 4/5!
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T@X
14.3 hrs
Posted: August 20
Don't be fooled by the bad reviews of people who doesn't even bother to understand that you get a very good and long-lasting FREE campaign here; you also get access to every first mission of each DLC's campaign. You can try the game extensively FOR FREE and decide if it's for you before shelling-out on the full scenery's dlcs.
Simply amazing hex turn-based wargame indeed. It's similar to classics like Panzer General and Steel Panthers, maybe even better in certain areas.
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AndersMolin
169.0 hrs
Posted: August 18
One of the most engaging strategy games I have ever played. Lots of play/replay value for the cost (yes you will have to pay for the campaigns).
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dvir200
1.3 hrs
Posted: August 18
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super_aaron77
6.6 hrs
Posted: August 9
One of the best games of 2016.
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fish
322.1 hrs
Posted: August 8
I've never played such perfectly designed game, and I've been dicking around with games since before the internet.

It is well worth the time of anyone who grew up on Panzer General. Everything about the spiritual ancestor has been carefully improved upon to create a truly fantastic experience.

Carrier/sea gameplay is a nerve racking experience -- but in a good way. The AI is very good and will keep you on your toes even at the highest difficulty level. Indirect fire on heavy infantry is an awesome change. The intuitive but deeply powerful supply system removes a lot of the PG cheese and adds value to units -- like strat bombers -- that always seemed to lack a role. The UI guides you to the information you need to make the right decisions without obfuscating, hand holding or getting in your way.

I've gotten around 300hrs out of this game and I've only got one of the DLCs + the original two campaigns. I've beaten the America campaign and gotten most of the way through the Japan and China Invasion campaigns. The value for dollar is insane.

I can't wait for them to get into the European Theater of Operations and the Eastern Front.
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Kodyd194
4.7 hrs
Posted: August 7
Order of Battle: World War II is honestly one of the better free to play strategy games I have played as of late. I feel like anyone interested in a free to play Strategy game should give Order of Battle: World War II a look. Turn based gameplay, multiplayer, a pretty large selection of units, all these things make for a game that could be pretty fun. I dont have that much time with the game yet, but I recommend anyone interested give it a try, especially now that the game is free to play.
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34 of 36 people (94%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
456.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 29
Look at the people's reviews with high hours played - including myself who has 442 hours booked on Steam plus I was a beta tester for every expansion booking over another 100 hours. This is an outstanding turn based war game and the next generation to Panzer General and Panzer Corp. If you want a great war game with realistic rules of supply and logistics that nevertheless do not bog you down in minutae - this is it - excellent play on land / sea / and air.

Also highly recommended for military veterans who want a taste of the authentic. ( such as me - retired Royal Canadian Engineers )

On the other hand if you are looking for another FPS, something with tactics a 5 year old can understand or just anything with "free" in the description please look elsewhere.

Look at this face - did I ever lie to you? I rate this game as 9 / 10 and getting better
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19 of 19 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
279.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 30
I must admit I was somewhat wary of trying OOB: WWII due to some of the negative reviews. I have been playing strategy/hex games since Panzer General and Norm Kroger's Operational Art of War series, and I must say that playing this game did my heart a whole lot of good. Modern graphics and animation breathe new life into the genre, as well as a supply system that makes sense and is easy to grasp. For those that play Panzer Corps (myself included) there are some features that will be familiar, but also many more that make the game more robust and realistic than Panzer Corps is at times.

The base game is free to download, and includes a bootcamp campaign and sample scenarios for some of the DLC campaigns which will cost you a few dollars. This is by no means a bait and switch, as many people who have written reviews seem to think. This is actually an extended demo with a generous amount of content which allows you to get a great feel for the game before deciding whether or not to purchase. There are a couple of issues which need work on this otherwise fantastic game---

1) The game can become very choppy and slow even on machines which exceed the minimum requirements. Hopefully in the near future the devs can work on optimizing the coding.

2) Artillery is quite weak, although in this game its stated purpose is to disrupt enemy efficiency rather than kill them. Bumping up the killing power slightly would make artillery far more relevant in the game. As of now, I do not deploy artillery at all unless I have extra command points.


9/10 All in all, it is a solid, fun, and addicting game that is well deserving of a try by any strategy fan.

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14 of 14 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 7
Order of Battle: World War 2 is a turn-based strategy game developed by The Artistocrats and published by Slitherine Ltd. It was released in April 2015. It is set in World War 2 and there are multiple paid DLC campaigns that unlock new settings based on 'What Ifs' in the war. For instance, Winter War is a paid DLC that covers Finland. Order of Battle primarily is free to try, and this means that with the free version you can play the boot camp tutorial campaign and try the various paid campaigns. Furthermore, if you want to play more campaigns you need to buy them and if you want to play multiplayer you need to own at least one DLC.

Gameplay
Order of Battle incorporates fun strategic and realistic elements. Notably, there is an excellent supply system which alters the course of battle. For example, if your army controls one island and want to invade another island, you need supply ships so when you gain a foothold on that other island you can resupply and build units. But, Order of Battles' basic premise is turn-based hexagonal combat. This is very similar to the Civilisation V game in which you build units, capture territory, and move using a turn-based system. Each faction also has specialised units, which relates to the realistic aspect of history. These units, such as the M1 Stuart Tank, have special abilities and obviously are stronger or weaker than other units. For instance, tanks are stronger then infantry.

Tactics are essential to outsmarting your enemy and this is also apparent with the enemy AI, which can easily outsmart you and cut your troops off from support. Lastly, I adore the mission completion system. Specifically, in mission two I captured both island checkpoints, but did not complete the optional objective of destroying an enemy submarine. This resulted in the enemy submarine appearing in the following mission, providing a very realistic tone to the game because in war, if a unit retreats he will regroup with the rest for following missions. Overall, I really do like this fresh take on the strategy series through an alternate history turn-based style game. There are multiple consequences to think about, such as whether you complete all objectives, or where you should move onto the map. In other words, choices and tactical thinking matter.

Graphics
Order of Battle features beautiful artwork. The artwork is cartoon-like, which I compare to the upcoming Civilisation VI. The idea of the artwork is that with a more friendly approach to characters and the UI, it allows for more information to be presented to the player in a simple and non-cluttered way. Furthermore, I believe the cartoon-like graphics showcase the brilliance in map design and elements within such as the terrain, the landscape, and even friendly or enemy units.

Conclusion
This is a very good game. I enjoy the gameplay and the alternate take on history through campaigns in various settings. I like the game mechanics in how balanced they are, but also how game mechanics affect the overall game. There are a large amount of units that differ with factions, meaning things are not repetitive, rather each faction feels fresh. The UI is user-friendly and the graphics fit the nature of the game. My only negative with the game is the lack of a free portion. I do not like I have to spend minimum USD$9.99 to play a major campaign or even just play multiplayer. Personally, it turns me off. In saying that, as a mild-loving strategy fan, I highly recommend this game to strategy fans. Furthermore, as I am not one to put hundreds of hours into strategy games nowadays, I do not see this as an everyday must play game, therefore, I recommend the DLCs on sale.

As a side-note, I understand I have only played this for about 100 minutes, but I was quick to grasp the game mechanics and overall strategic gameplay style.

Rating
7.5/10

Pros
- Turn-based gameplay that feels fresh and smooth.
- Beautiful graphics that balance land, units, and information on screen.
- Variety of units that separate factions.

Cons
- The lack of free content due to the dependency on paid DLC.

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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
46.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 28
I haven't played many strategy games, but I got this one because of the Winter War DLC (few games have this interesting theater). I'm completely hooked now.
Without DLC, there's about 10 hours (probably less for hardcore strategy enthusiasts) of gameplay in the Bootcamp campaign, plus the first mission of every DLC campaign, plus an entire Battle of Britain free DLC campaign. It's certainly not lacking for free content.
I played through the Boot Camp campaign first and had a great time. I hadn't wanted to buy the DLC in case I didn't like strategy games, but the Boot Camp campaign convinced me I'd love it.
I'm now playing through the Winter War DLC and, at this rate, will be getting the other DLC later too. I'll wait to leave a review for them until I've finished them, but I consider it well worth the $15 I paid already.

The units are interesting and feel different from each other and other nations, it doesn't seem like a "puzzle" like the few other stategy games I've played (it feels like there's a lot of ways to win, rather than finding the exact combination that will win), the sound and visual design is great, and the game is very fun for me.

I'd elaborate more on what I like, but really, you've got 10 hours of free content (ignoring the free DLC and first campaign levels) to figure out if you like this game or not. If you're interested, give it a try.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
322.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 8
I've never played such perfectly designed game, and I've been dicking around with games since before the internet.

It is well worth the time of anyone who grew up on Panzer General. Everything about the spiritual ancestor has been carefully improved upon to create a truly fantastic experience.

Carrier/sea gameplay is a nerve racking experience -- but in a good way. The AI is very good and will keep you on your toes even at the highest difficulty level. Indirect fire on heavy infantry is an awesome change. The intuitive but deeply powerful supply system removes a lot of the PG cheese and adds value to units -- like strat bombers -- that always seemed to lack a role. The UI guides you to the information you need to make the right decisions without obfuscating, hand holding or getting in your way.

I've gotten around 300hrs out of this game and I've only got one of the DLCs + the original two campaigns. I've beaten the America campaign and gotten most of the way through the Japan and China Invasion campaigns. The value for dollar is insane.

I can't wait for them to get into the European Theater of Operations and the Eastern Front.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
25.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 20
Played for 13hrs for free! still enjoying it.

Easy yet deep gameplay, 4/5!
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 6
It's a good game. The business model isn't great, but we're not reviewing the company. We're reviewing a game.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
Recommended
40.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 30
The game is great in which it takes the middle ground complexity of strategy wargames , not so hard it takes days to read the manual but it is challanging enough to sweat through the game XD

and the fact that the DLC and mod support gives the whole WW2 possible scenarios possible in this game , all in one game (i hate it when one company just makes mutiple games for the same set up , i prefer one game with many expansions / DLC)
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
Recommended
14.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 20
Don't be fooled by the bad reviews of people who doesn't even bother to understand that you get a very good and long-lasting FREE campaign here; you also get access to every first mission of each DLC's campaign. You can try the game extensively FOR FREE and decide if it's for you before shelling-out on the full scenery's dlcs.
Simply amazing hex turn-based wargame indeed. It's similar to classics like Panzer General and Steel Panthers, maybe even better in certain areas.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 22
I had allot of fun with learning the boot camp training. Concepts are good and fun. Thanks
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