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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October 22

Blitzkrieg: German Units Preview!

Order of Battle: Blitzkrieg, the new upcoming expansion, brings Order of Battle to the european battlefields. Playing as Germany you will show the world what it means to unleash a devastating blitzkrieg on unsuspecting foes!

It has a scope and a scale never seen before in an Order of Battle DLC, making it the most ambitious campaign up to date. Start in Poland in the September of 1939, move to Denmark and Norway and then off to France and Belgium! Subjugate the Balkans and Greece, and then it’s time to face the Soviet behemoth in Operation Barbarossa… two years of warfare, and a huge roster of units.

Today we’re going to have a look at some of those units! A nice selection from 1939-1941: some are iconic, others are a bit more original, but all of them represent mechanized warfare at its finest!

170mm Kanone 18

One of the highest ranged artillery units in the game: devastating. When you hear this beast roar you know that it will soon start raining hellfire.

Focke-Wulf Fw 190

One of the best fighters of its time, and virtually superior to the British Spitfire in almost everything. An absolute protagonist of the Blitzkrieg timeframe.

Armoured Train

This is a special unit the Wehrmacht can capture by completing a secondary objective! A unique unit with high mobility.

Junkers Ju 87 aka Stuka

It’s hard not to think “Stuka” when you hear “Blitzkrieg”. One of the most famous dive bombers of the whole war, it can be used to extremely destructive effects.

Panzer 38(t)

Originally a czech tank, it was adopted by the Germany army after the annexation of Czechoslovakia, and saw action in all fronts of the Blitzkrieg period.

Panzerkampfwagen III aka Panzer III

A medium tank the Wehrmacht employed extensively throughout World War II, in game it is -the- anti-tank tank. A must to support heavier vehicles and defend them from other tanks.

Panzerkampfwagen IV aka Panzer IV

The most widely built tank, used in all combat theaters involving Germany, and the only German tank remaining in continuous production throughout the whole war. The Panzer IV couldn’t be missing. It’s a very powerful unit but especially deadly against infantry and in shock assaults with his short barreled gun.

S Boot S26

Torpedo boats are always handy, right? This beauty will be available for operations in specific scenarios (Dunkirk? Coughs) – its specialties, coastal harassment and hit & run tactics against transport ships.

Sd.Kfz. 7

The motorised quadruple 20mm gun is an excellent platform to keep the fast-moving panzer division under a constant umbrella of AA protection.

StuG III Ausf E

The StuG can be used both for direct fire (assault gun, higher damage to enemy strength and efficiency) or short range artillery. The perfect solution to (almost) any kind of problem: blast it with superior firepower.

These are but few of many new units coming with Blitzkrieg (over 200!). Do you want to see more?


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October 10

Order of Battle: the new Import tool

Last week we spoke of the specialization system coming with next patch, but today we’re going to talk of something different, something new.

Order of Battle: World War II will have a Import core army tool, allowing linked campaigns in which players can carry over their core armies. The idea is to link together campaigns which will form a larger mega campaign. At first it’ll be only Morning Sun linked with Rising Sun, but we plan to make use of this future as we release more campaigns (for instance, we’ll certainly link the upcoming Blitzkrieg with any future-and-yet-unannounced-but-certainly-coming campaign featuring the Wehrmacht).

How does it work? It’s quite simple. At any point during a campaign (although it’s best if you do it once the campaign has been completed) you’ll be able to select the button Export core from your campaign -> Core army screen. You can then save your Core army.

At that point, start the next campaign. You’ll be prompted with this screen, asking if you intend to import a Core army.

Click yes, and you’ll be able to select which one you’d like to import.

Select the one you want to use, and there you go! Now you’ll start with a set of units carried over from your previous campaign. They are not free, though! You still have to buy them like you’d buy a new unit, but they retain the name and 30% of the experience they had, as if they had been destroyed. That is, naturally, for balance purposes.

That would be all regarding the Import tool, but there’s something else we’d like to show you today. Players who own the Winter War DLC will have access to a unique division in Blitzkrieg, after they research the Waffen SS specialization: I’m talking of the SS Wiking division, a completely unique division unlike any other in the Wehrmacht.

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“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.


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

Mac OS X
    • 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
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.7+
    • Graphics: DX9 (shader model 2.0)
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
495.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 30
If you're a fan of Panzer Corps then you will love this game. It's easy to learn and fun to play. I'm a huge fan of secret/what if weapons in my World War 2 games and I do see quite a few in this game. I would love to see more in the upcoming updates, you can never have too many! Well worth buying.....
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
63.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 6
I greatly enjoy this game. I was looking for an old school World war 2 Hex based game and i found this little gem. I really enjoy the game play and the artwork of the game. I Would like to have seen as least one of the 5 campaigns ( soon to be 6) to have been free. You do get to play the tutorial which is 4 maps and the first map of each campaign. I think the prices for the campaigns are a little high ranging from 10 to 20 dollars. I do plan to pay for some of the campaigns but not all of them at this time. I hope to see more for this game in the future. 9/10 Rating
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
312.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 11
I highly recommend the basic game (Rising Sun/US Pacific): Grade A. It covers the highlights of WW2 in the Pacific and is fun to play as either Japan or the US. You keep a core group of units that can be upgraded over time. Units include land, naval and air units. Even a nuclear armed bomber is available at the end.

As for the rest:

Battle of Britain (free mod): Grade F. Not worth the time to describe all the problems because it is unfixable. I recommend not downloading it because it creates an extra step in starting the game. (You have to pick between the basic game and the mod).

Rising Sun: Grade C (meh). Could have been so much better if I could play as the Chinese. What if China had been well led and had received the right equipment? Not much challenge to win as Japan. Some scenarios are badly designed requiring a rush to take objectives that otherwise would be very easy. You can win the entire campaign without ever buying armor or aircraft. Russian pilots flying for China and no American Flying Tigers? Some scanarios are ok, but overall not as good as the basic game.

US Marines: Grade D. All of the scenarios have short time limits because otherwise it is just a matter of time to win. New units include the Buffalo Brewster, a piece of crap airplane. The raider unit is good, but is wasted because the islands are so small there really is not much need for recon units. (They can't take territory and end up getting in the way.) If you want a heavy weapons platoon, (you really do), then you have to pick an army unit because the USMC does not have one. In fact, you could play the entire game with army units. Why is this called "US Marines"? At least 1-2 of the few scenarios came from the basic game with tweaks, and not much was new or interesting. Kind of a rip-off. Not recommended.

Winter War: Grade D. I played the first (free) scenario, but did not buy this one. The Finns just do not have an exciting army; no aircraft, no ships, and fairly poor armor. The Russians would be unstoppable if not for the dumbing down of the AI, Russian tanks can't figure out how to go around poorly armed infantry. That may be historically true, but it is not fun. Not recommended.

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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
119.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 15
I have played Panzer Corps quite a bit. This game is similiar in play but more challenging. I really enjoy this game more since you have to think a more carefully before moving units. It adds new, or improves on, tactical dimensions including: flanking and encirclement bonuses, unit suppresion, in and out of supply conditions, as well as concealment and entrenchment. Engineers can plant and remove minefields and blow up bridges. Keeping supply lines open and preventing flanking adds additional challenge. There is not a back or undo button, as far as I know, which makes you think carefully before moving your units. The scenarios provide unexpected bonuses for achievements. Scenarios have varied and multiple goals to keep gameplay interesting. Money to purchase or repair units is a bit too low for my taste, I've used the editor to add more money. This can be good since it forces you to make tough decsions like determining unit repair priorities. I would prefer an option that allows you to select different levels of earned income in between scenarios. There is not a file browser tab for file import on the editor. You have to copy files from the Program Files folder to the My Games folder, edit them, and then move the edited files back in to the Program Folder. Once the scenario objectives are met there are not any incentives to push forward and capture other cities. Even though they are not objectives they still should provide a reward. This could be money or even a surprise bonus: hidden gold, extra unit, new leader, etc. I have nearly completed Winter War. It did not provide Unit Specialisation, maybe I did somethehing wrong. The scenario 12 folder, 12_Viipurinlahti, does not contain the required text english, .png, and .scz files to play that scenario. Overall it is an awesome game! Panzer Corps now seams flat in comparison. I'm looking forward to playing the Blitzkrieg and other follow on versions.
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6 of 11 people (55%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 9
They say it is a free game, but it is not. That's the biggest issue. Why lie and waste my bandwidth?
In terms of game play it seems ok, except that it doesn't run properly on my computer.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
372.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 8
Order of Battle: World War II is in my opinion one of the best strategy games out there right now. I own the original game and all expansion packs and I have to say I am really impressed with what I have seen so far. The game I think is better than Panzer Corps, Panzer Tactics, Frontline: Road to Moscow and Frontline: Longest Day. (I own all these games and have them in my Steam Library.) I like the game graphics along with the great sound effects and music. I think the AI is pretty good in the game. I highly recommend you to buy this game if you like World War II strategy games.
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4 of 12 people (33%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
5.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 2
Would not recomend this game unless you are willing to pay $70+ for a game worth about half as much. Thats not to say the game is bad, simply that there isn't enough features with the base purchase for it to be worth the effort.
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1 of 6 people (17%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
6.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 16
have to buy dlc to play multiplayer and to do other missions only play 4 missions
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114 of 132 people (86%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
65.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 6, 2015
For full disclosure, I have never played any of the Panzer General titles (which seems to be the point of comparison for most players). Instead I will review this game based on its own merits.

TL:DR? See Conclusion

Order of Battle: Pacific is a Turn-Based Strategy Game (TBS) developed by The Aristocrats and published by Slitherine Ltd. It features the classical hex-based gameplay with a dynamic campaign mechanic and technology system that changes depending on player choices and game style.

Play either as the US-led Allied Powers in their desperate attempt to fend off the invading Japanese Empire and liberate the lost Allied territories or, on the other hand, play as Imperial Japan and alter the course of history as you lead it to ultimate victory over the Pacific theater of World War II.

+ Graphics and art style is well suited for the genre
+ Streamlined gameplay but with enough complexity on the game mechanic to give it depth such as, but not limited to:
  • Supply Chains
  • Flanking
  • Terrain difficulties
  • Unit Fatigue
  • Unit Experience and Reinforcement mechanic
  • 'Digging-in' / Unit Fortification
  • Range Penalties (for ships)
  • Maneuvers and Evasion system (for ships)
  • Fuel system (for planes)
+ Lengthy campaign time for both the Japanese and the Allies
+ Dynamic campaign with secondary objectives that yields both benefits and consequences on the up-coming battles
+ Unit variation with different skills and attributes
+ Satisfying naval combat
+ Relatively accurate historical campaign scenarios
+ Hotseat multiplayer support

- AI has suicidal tendencies such as, but not limited to: (Note: I played on Difficulty 3 on my first playthrough and 4 on my second)
  • Forcing 1 health units back to into battle where perfectly healthy units could have taken its place
  • Not reinforcing wounded units
  • Abandoning tactically advantageous / well entrenched positions
- Bug that causes substantial FPS drop after the AI's turn (solved by simply saving and loading)
- Limited hotkeys
- Multiplayer is limited to 2 vs 2
- Tutorial is a bit lacking in information (though it was presented in a really good fashion)
- No Godzilla unit if you're playing as Japan

-/+ No undo button (the game will require you to think before you act. 'Touch-move' as it is called in chess)
-/+ No voice acting during the campaign briefing.

GREAT GAME and comes highly RECOMMENDED for strategy fans and World War II game fans. Order of Battle: Pacific is a deep hex-based strategy game that features a lot of strategic and tactical complexity that results in a satisfying experience.

I can RECOMMEND this game even at full price since the $39.99 or your regional equivalent price tag is well worth the game time it gives you, however, if you feel that the price is too steep, then wait for a SALE and purchase it if the price goes down to $29.99 or your regional equivalent.

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55 of 66 people (83%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
123.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 21
I would like to start off with saying I a form of dyslexia from a head back tramua I received in 2004 so excuse the grammer and spelling ,with this being said I want give this game a fair honest review . I am the person when reading reviews I look at how long the player played the game , amount of games as well as how many reviews .
I have been wanting this game for 6 months or more but could not afford the full price . I pay for my games do not get them in exchange for a 30 minute play and possitive review.
Okay first seen a lot of negitve game reviews about FREE Game and all you get is the "Boot Camp " on steam I did too . But since I play a lot of the games from Matrix I subscribe to the news letter ,They stated you get the first senerio of every DLC or base game . I deleted local content here went to Slitherine down loaded there version , Bam got all the first senerios .
and a Steam code as well as registerd copy from them . I forget the marine mission but was nice fast good learning mission . You get Pearl Harbor in the WWII pacific campiagn , You do not do to much but learn some movement activation of air fields then you get to dog fight , you get slaughterd But save a battle ship at least one .
It takes you into the next mission as you set up says need to buy this DLC .
Okay what they did was brak up the game give you a tatse of it lowered prices on the different campiagns now offered .
I bought one the WWII pacific it follows the major battles . I am about 4-5 mission into the game still learning and redoing the mission for 4th time on easy . This is much like a board game before computers you need think out your moves and replacments renforcements ,upgrade as well . you get only so many and depends on the mission also .
The game follows real time for new Items you can deploy .
Now I like turn based startery games ,graphics are 9/10 the game and developers try to balence game play with real life /game life .
example people have complianed about dive bombers being able to bomb drop several times until fuel runs out there is a counter saying how many turns you have left before you need get back to a friendly landing site ,if not you start losing planes until they all go down. They (Devs) explian this in the forum on the web site.
I am still learning all the little details this game has to offer, such as a button you slick on the chosen unit to rest/sleep . when not in front line this is handy to simulate a Hot meal and shower . My dad was in every major engagement as a marine . They were almost always short of supply ,medical, weapons Supply plays big part in the game make sure you have good supply for the ZOC in combat areas .
I seen some compliants about a poor AI , saying units attack for no reason under manned will lose . Hey this is the Japanese Marines fanatics . Play more then one senerio and find out the unit that just charged you . well you WON but you got no rest suffered a "shock" rating used vauable supply for your attack. now you resupply for a turn meanwhile the AI moved in fresh supplied troops into the gap you lost the advatage .
I found out the hard way keep your resource points up and units ready in reserve . You get beaten just by not being able to throw in 1-2 units of fresh troops for others to R&R .
another gripe I read you can add units any place Nope at the starting point and in cities areas that have enough Supply to support them . exception are Marine Raders and airborne . they do not suffer from supply penilties . they are not cheap but when you need keep a couple to get in behind the Japanese to mees there supply /

I could go on and on this game is not COH2 or the assult squad serise , RTS game it is not . not meant to be It is the old style board games you played with your dad when growing up before computers . The computer does the math , and has a tuff AI system that you may not under stand why you need do this !! because later in the war it will make life easier .
Example . I saved a few Battle ships at Pearl damaged but afloat . Surprise at Coral sea I got one where there was not one in History . It gave me the advantage I needed to win , not just a draw Needed take two jap carriers I took out 3 and some heacy capital crusuers damaged the Yamottoe (SP) from 10 yo a 2 so it will not come into the game for a long time if it does at all .
Okay sugestion down load from Slitherine to get all the free stuff regirster here . Play it sleep on it then pick out one DLC you like for 10 bucks on DLC cannot go wrong You will also get a few Mods free installed "Battle of Britian "by devs
Oh it looks really simple a senerio maker . you can even submit battles to the forum
sorry for ramble Just hate negitive reviews when the person plays it for less then a hour or does not even ? where are the rest of free dlc stuff
Bob C
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51.1 hrs
Posted: October 26
I purchased the game. I purchased all DLCs ... and I will purchase all FUTURE DLCs. This game is phenomenal. A little old school hex, a little Panzer General/Panzercorps and a little Unity of Command. My sleeping hours have shrunk due to this game and I have bags under my eyes, but the challenge of completing a scenario a little bit better because it carries over to the next keeps me coming back for more. Tough to find a Pacific theater game like this and throw in Winter War and the upcoming Blitzkreig addition and my smile only widens. Here's to a Tobruk/El Alemein and Monte Cassino in future updates. HIGHLY recommended. Cheers!
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4.4 hrs
Posted: October 22
A good basic strategy game that keeps you coming back, the replayability is great. Fun all around. Not extrememly detailed, but very approacable, you can learn it quick...
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32.3 hrs
Posted: October 18
Not a bad game for turn-based strategy, can't wait for the European game to come out soon
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0.6 hrs
Posted: October 16
Another game that says it is free to play yet they charge you money just to play a mainstream campaign it's not how much they charge you it's that they charge you to get a basic feature. the turn based startegy is nice but go play a game that gives you a campaign for free
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211.7 hrs
Posted: October 12
Great game, something like Panzer General but it has more naval missions. Each DLC seems to be expensive, but every DLC is at least 8 h campaign, so totaly worth it. Looking forward for Blitzkrieg DLC.
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118.3 hrs
Posted: October 10
Order of Battle is a great game, a nice fresh look on games like Panzer Corps and Panzer General. If you like or love these games this one will give you a little bit modern look while honoring the old mechanics mostly.

- The game has a fresh supply system that gives you the chance to isolate enemy units in pockets without supply. These units cannot get reinforcements and loose a lot of fighting power.

- Experience looks a bit useless at the start but while playing some more I started to note that the extra stamina (not fighting power) that the experienced units have makes them less likely to retreat and they less easy loose there fighting power due to 'tiredness'

- In the free part of the game you can try the first scenario of all campaings. I read some comments that the game was not really free, well, luckily these great game designers charge money for the great contents. With the money they will eat, feed there family and make more great games. With the DLC options you can choose the campaigns you like. I my case I prefer the ground combat over sea battles so I won't have to pay for the campaigns I don't like, bravo for this solution.

- The graphics can be 3D or 2D (Panzer Corps like but more fluid and nicer). 3D is fun but I like the clear view of the 2D graphics.

- The scenarios are reasonable challenging (for me) on normal difficulty. It is fun to try to win but also finish all secondary objectives. These objectives give you nice extras, like a special unit, a commander or just more cash, which you need enough off.

- In some campaigns you also get to choose a specialization after winning a scenario, nice touch. I read they will make the system even nicer, give you the option to spent specialization points in stead of having to choose a certain specialization (of two) at a certain moment, seems more flexible and even more fun.

All in all I played this game for more than 100 hours without even noticing that I played it much, that's a plus as well.
I focused on the Marines expansion first, which is an Island hopping affair. Smaal islands filled with a lot of units sometimes. It can be a little frustrating, walking in a wall of units and bunkers with your brave marines, but it gives the right frustrating feeling. You want to pass these bunkers but it takes a long time, there are snipers everywhere, you loose your speed, get hamered.. it's like it should be. Second choice was the Winter War DLC, filled with Finnish sky troops. These scenarios are more open and they give you a lot of opportunities to catch teh Russians in small pockets and destroy these units, if you manouver well. Distinctly different from the Marines DLC.

I recomend this game very much, after 100 hours playtime I like it more than at the start. Now go play it! :-)
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