March into the real-time strategy legend, Blitzkrieg, and prepare for war. This legendary WWII RTS blends unprecedented realism and accuracy to form immersive 3D backgrounds and a game where brute force often takes a back seat to strategy and wits.
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Release Date: Mar 28, 2003

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Eisenhower, Rommel, Zhukov; Assume your rightful place among the great generals commanding the Allies, Germans or Soviets as they advance through the decisive battles of WWII. Blitzkrieg is the latest development in WWII real-time strategy gaming combining flexibility, historic accuracy and endless playability into one of the most challenging and enjoyable games yet!

Blitzkrieg's unique and completely flexible campaign structure puts you in control of deciding how your forces will fare in each of the major engagements that comprise three central Campaigns. Hardcore vets have the option of engaging the enemy immediately in a desperate struggle for battlefield dominance, or more cautious players can choose from pre-defined or unlimited randomly generated side missions as they gain experience, promotions and weapons upgrades as well as wear down the enemy before the central conflict.

Historical accuracy is pushed to the edge as each unit is endowed with the actual capabilities and characteristics that existed at the time. Details such as the thickness of a tank's armor down to the range of infantry rifles add a level of previously unprecedented realism. Each campaign has been meticulously researched to provide an accurate depiction of the battles that took place, while still maintaining the flexibility (and fun!) necessary to let you play the way you want.

Two robust editors are Blitzkrieg's keys to unlocking endless game play possibilities. The Mission Editor allows you to generate and add your own missions, chapters and campaigns according to the options you want most, from level of difficulty to type of action. The Resource Editor gives you total license to redesign the game, add or modify units, characteristics, colors, textures, sounds and more - unlimited freedom to play the game on your terms.

Key Features

  • Flexible campaign structure that frees you from standard difficulty and level settings
  • Historically accurate campaigns where you lead the Allies, Germans or Soviets through actual WWII battles in real time
  • Mission and Resource editors let you create new campaigns, chapters and missions as well as completely modify the game environment and units
  • Realistically rendered 3D terrain including over 350 various buildings and objects
  • Command over 200 types of military vehicles and equipment and more than 40 different infantry units that interact naturally, based on their actual physical properties and characteristics.
  • Build bridges, dig trenches and pits, lay mines, resupply and repair units and call in air support when needed
  • Battles feature different seasons, climate zones, and weather conditions that affect game play

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 98 / Me / 2000 / XP
    • Processor: Pentium II 366 MHz
    • Memory: 64 MB RAM
    • Graphics: Riva TNT, 8 Mb
    • DirectX: Version 8.1
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 98 / Me / 2000 / XP
    • Processor: Pentium III 600 MHz
    • Memory: 128 MB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce256, 32 Mb
    • DirectX: Version 8.1
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Germojay
( 66.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
run smootly on win 7
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Jaws_2005
( 14.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 19
If your looking for a review on this game you've come to the wrong place, but if your looking for an outstanding pie recipe you've come to the right place.

Ingredients:
1. 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
2. 1/2 cup white sugar
3. 1/2 cup brown sugar
4. 1/4 cup water
5. 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
6. 1 pinch salt
7. 5 apples - peeled, cored and sliced
8. 1 pastry for double-crust pie

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).
2. Combine butter, white sugar, brown sugar, water, cinnamon, and salt in a saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil, remove from heat and set aside.
3. Roll out half the pastry to fit a 9-inch pie plate. Place bottom crust in pie plate; pour in apple slices.
4. Roll out top crust into a 10-inch circle. Cut into 8 (1-inch) wide strips with a sharp paring knife or pastry wheel. Weave the pastry strips, one at a time, into a lattice pattern. Fold the ends of the lattice strips under the edge of the bottom crust and crimp to seal.
5. Pour butter-sugar mixture over top of pie, coating the lattice, and allowing any remaining sauce to drizzle through the crust.
6. Bake in the preheated oven for 15 minutes. Reduce heat to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C), and bake until the crust is golden brown, the caramel on the top crust is set, and the apple filling is bubbling, 35 to 40 more minutes. Allow to cool completely before slicing.
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^7ja^1co
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 15
Not a game for a fan of this very specific genre, lacks action that would keep me playing or give satisfation.
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Pumble
( 11.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 6
Good ol' game that provides a solid, if sometimes frustrating challenge. Artillery is a bit OP but its fun to completely destroy an entire town and all the baddies inside.
It is a good game with an old-school feel but it can be a bit frustrating at times, so be ready for that.
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tompickard1989
( 1.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 23
I had this game years ago when it 1st came out and i also bought the expansions for about £20 each. I bought it on here on sale for £2 and it honstley is still as awsome as it was then! all around brilliant realistic ww2 game! a absoulte must have i finished it years ago. played it once now and hooked again! play campagins and the battles just keep getting bigger and bigger and hugh! all around Brilliant old school game!
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The Black Knight
( 3.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 16
The art style is dated, but in a charming way that only old sprite based games can be. The gameplay is difficult and punishes your mistakes, but in a good way. I could only make it to the fifth level before the game would glitch out and close. So if you have windows 10 stay away from this game it. I would recommend the game if it actually ran on my PC, but seeing as how it crashes I can't recomend it.
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EVILR32
( 6.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 13
I loved playing this game when I was younger, but god playing it now is god damn irritating. I like the challenge it brings but sometimes the game is just a straight up asshat. Note that I only play single-player so I'd expect the game to be a little more fair in PvP.

My issues with the game are;
- Pathing sucks ♥♥♥. Had countless times artillery trucks just drive into the enemy at the start when I told them to only move to the other side of the warehouse or units getting stuck on each other for no reason and requiring your intervention to pry them apart one at a time.
- Enemy AI artillery is psychic and relentless. You better not hope your map is somewhere cold or dusty, cause if one of your men so much as sneezes, the enemy AI will pinpoint it's arty to fire on him and his buddies. God forbid if you fire your own arty.
- The amount of AA the enemy has is a little on the stupid side. Especially compared to the two you start with.
- Enemy AI also know exactly where your sneaking your troops around and send a scout plane at the area so it can make you feel less like it's cheating when its arty's your ♥♥♥♥

Again, I like this game and its fun if the enemy isn't going to have arty but that's not common later on.
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studabakahawk
( 90.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 2
great fun but eventually it will freeze and I mean thats it Game will not reboot or run ever again. I uninstalled many times nothing opening screen shot and goodbye thats it.
Ive been playing this gme since it first cam out cant get it to run, tried limiting it to single cpu core , done everything nada.
one of my fav games of all time and its just not working any more period
there was a fix for the freeze several years ago i used it then and it worked i cant find it anymore
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garythewhale
( 1.9 hrs on record )
Posted: April 22
awsome game much better than the new one 10/10
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Hetstaine
( 0.8 hrs on record )
Posted: April 22
Good old school rts but the resolution will not go past 1600x1024. This makes it annoying to play as the bottom layer of the controls are off the screen as are some other screen items. Changing the config and deconfig file won't help, either will making it read only, the game simply defaults itself back. From menu screen to in game screen it also defaults from 1024x768 to 1600x900 (or whatever res you set), a pity, used to love this old gem.

You simply can not force it to 1920 x 1080 despite some people saying you can, so be aware. Playing lower than 1600x900 really dates the game horribly imo and you are forced to pause it continually to scroll around the map whereas in a decent sized res you would not have this issue.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
Recommended
11.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 6
Good ol' game that provides a solid, if sometimes frustrating challenge. Artillery is a bit OP but its fun to completely destroy an entire town and all the baddies inside.
It is a good game with an old-school feel but it can be a bit frustrating at times, so be ready for that.
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142 of 160 people (89%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
14.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 16, 2014
The greatest WWII strategy game ever. Buy it..... buy it now!
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94 of 110 people (85%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
Recommended
19.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 9, 2015
I wanted to comment to anybody not liking this game due to it being "unfair" or because the pathing sucks, or because of this, or because of that. That fact of the matter is that you're dealing with total, brutal, and almost perfect simulation of a battle. It has its quirks, and its weak points, but not buying this game is really forcing you to miss out on one of the best WW2 strategy games ever created. Below is a rant and roast of persons saying this game sucks:

Firt, You realize how deadly a fight really is, right? I mean, 80 percent of your casualties are going to be from indirect fire, shrapnel, and explosives anyway. That's a HISTORICAL STATISTIC you can look up. As far as pathfinding, I agree. It is pretty irritating, but that's why you should be using the shift key to manage the path your units take.

Even so, I don't find your review fair, in and of itself. Despite what games like Company of Heroes will display, a tank is not going to bulldoze a damn tree, so not being able to drive through a forest is realistic, open ground means death, cover is an absolute requirement for survival, and stationary tanks and guns are incredibly accurate. A tank or AT gun is essentially a giant rifle, as the grooves in the barrel are pretty much the same as the grooves in a rifle barrel. I found the deadly aspect of weapons refreshing. If you get shot, you're going to die. That's just the way it is. If a round busts through a weak point in a vehicle's armor, its going to be destroyed. Again, that's just the way it is. On some tanks, particularly the German Panther, the armor in the rear is only a few millimeters thick. If that thing gets hit in the rear, either the engine is doomed, and the vehicle is pretty much screwed, or that round is going to travel the length of the tank until it stops. There have been accounts where a bad enough hit on a tank carries enough force to blow the turret off the top of the tank. The HEAT rounds from a Bazooka, PIAT, or Panzerfaust are shape charges, meaning it is designed to literally burn through the armor of a tank and get inside, killing every man in there.

Furthermore, the allied tanks during the war toted weaker armor, less effective weaponry (until high caliber AT guns were placed into them, boasting faster velocities and better ballistic characteristics). Even more, the Germans had the BEST ENGINEERS IN THE WORLD at the time. Most of their military equipment was better in almost every way. The allies won due to sheer numbers and better tactics/strategy. The game boasts encyclopedia knowledge to orient you to the time period and situation, fulfilling a stronger level of immersion. The game's historical accuracy is almost uncontested in comparison to its sequels, and similar games of the time period.

I want to reiterate that you need to realize just how DEADLY combat is. If you make a bad tactical decision, you are going to get your a** kicked. A good tactician takes their disadvantages and turns them into advantages, anyway. Or, he/she mitigates their disadvantages as much as possible to make victory possible.

Although, I do, again, have to agree with you about the pathing. It's really heinous, which is why I downloaded a new ailogic.dll I found online, derived from games based on the Blitzkrieg engine, that fixes the problems the AI is having, and many more mods exist in Blitzkrieg communities to make the game better still.

Your review lacks a realistic point of view, thus I must disagree almost entirely with it. You're dealing with an entirely new breed of strategy game with this one. That's why it's so popular with strategists and WW2 grognards alike. Buy this game. NO, SERIOUSLY, BUY IT...
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61 of 66 people (92%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 16, 2014
I first played Blitzkrieg way back in 2002/3 and played it now and again over the years, and I loved it. And the same is now! Eventhough it may look a bit old, the gameplay is still great. I still need to try multiplayer, but for the singleplayer, it is worth it!
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54 of 57 people (95%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 17, 2014
Blitzkrieg is easily, one of the best WW2 RTS games to ever exist. Although Steam shows that I only have a few hours playing, this game has literally sucked up hundreds of hours in gameplay throughout the last 10 years.

I'm glad we can finally experience Blitzkrieg and its addons through Steam. I'm not sure how much life is left in my 5-disc Anthology package.
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47 of 48 people (98%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
18.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 25, 2014
This game was a gift from a very good friend here on steam to me. I played this game when I was younger but I lost its installer. Now that I have it again. I'm sure that I would play it for hours and hours again!
This game is an RTS game without building bases and stuff. What you have is only what you have and you have to beat the enemy with what you have. The AI was quite intelligent for its time, when you use artillery, the enemy reacts with counter battery fire. When you call air support the AI tries to counter it. The battles are very realistic unlike normal RTS, I think they based it on real life data of the weapons used here. There are many more to say but I don't want to give you the reader a wall of text so I'll just say: "If you want a realistic RTS game without building bases and has very limited resources that is set in World War II. Then get this game!"

I hope this review helps.
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39 of 39 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
71.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 19, 2014
I bought this game in 2003 just after it's release, now in 2014 I find myself still playing it just as much. A few things to know about this game:

THERE ARE NO BASES - There is something awfully appealing about having a certain ammount of units and being told to capture an area without reinforcements.

The Campaign is fairly repetitive after a while. Essentially you will end up doing similar convoy missions, town clearing missions, defend the gun emplacement missions etc to get upgraded tanks and artillery.

Without fail i have hit a point in every campaign where i need a break - Everytime i have played though it (more than two dozen times for each side) I will find that the missions get too repetitive and i need to play something else. I find that this game draws me back like a wasp to jam, and i need to take my units though the campaign so they can go home.

This game is a relic, it is from 2003, so don't expect fancy graphics, or elaborate game plots. This is exactly what it says on the tin, and without fail i would say that it is the best strategy game I have played. True, it has it's bad points, but every game does, but the magic i got when i first played this game is still there, and it's still worth playing!

I notice that i doesnt have much play time on record, truthfully i have sunk well over 1500 hours into this game, but having just bought it on Steam, i have yet to match this.
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31 of 31 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
23.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 4, 2015
Amazing game! I used to play this when i was young :), dont be fooled by the graphics this game gets very addictive and is one of the best ww2 rts strategys out there. Takes into account the armor of tanks and the mm of the tank cannons its so awsome and realistic. When you first start playing it youll find it hard so i recommend binoculars and artillery :D just dont rush in there ;)
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32 of 35 people (91%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
Recommended
33.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 17, 2015
I never picked up this game when I was younger, but man am I sad that I didn't. This game is great fun, and has a diverse array of campaigns and missions. The graphics are for sure quite dated, but I actually really like them.

Pros
+5 Campaigns
+Many single one-off missions in the BH-RT menu
+2 Small extra Chapters in the BH-RT menu
+Diverse array of Random and Historical Missions
+Large Replayability factor as there are many ways to do each mission
+Diverse array of units
+A campaign that follows Patton through the war!
+A campaign that follows Rommel through the war!

Cons
..........................(I can't find any.)
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29 of 33 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
27.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 11, 2015
One of the best RTS games i have ever played. If you enjoyed the rts games war commander or sudden strike then this is the game for you. This game will show you that old games made in early 2000 can still be better than our modern gaming. 3 campaigns which you can be Allies, Germans or Soviets. With the anthology you get 3 expansion packs which are Blitzkrieg: Iron Division, Blitzkrieg: Rolling Thunder, and Blitzkrieg: Burning Horizon.

Pros
3 expanision packs
Nice gameplay
Many hours of gameplay
objects/models are beautiful
limited units so strategy is your only choice
Online is fun (use hamachi)

Cons
N/A

I do recommend this game if you like real time strategy. Its easy to learn and quite extensive.
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