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

    • OS: Windows 98 / Me / 2000 / XP
    • Processor: Pentium II 366 MHz
    • Memory: 64 MB RAM
    • Graphics: Riva TNT, 8 Mb
    • DirectX: Version 8.1
    • 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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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
30.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 8
Blitzkrieg Anthology is by far the most brutal and most unforgiving WW2 RTS ever.

The game pits you into WW2 onto the Western Front. Giving you the options to play as the...

  • British
  • Germans
  • Americans
  • Russians

During each mission, you are giving as many troops as your high commanders see fit to the mission you lead. One thing I believe makes the game the most unforgiving is it's heavy, but realistic focus on artillery and vehicles. You can basically win every mission with artillery and tanks. Only issue infront of you is other tanks and infantry, but that's besides the point.

This beautiful gem of a classic RTS can only be played by those that wish to be beaten to submission, then turned into hardened RTS players. Think of it this way, Blitzkrieg Anthology is like bootcamp, it'll force you to your knees and break you into submission, only giving you the choice to pursue, or to cower. If you chose to cower, you refund the game with anger in your eyes wondering why you wasted time and money on the game. If you chose to pursue, it will be a hard journey, a path that only the brave and bold are willing to take. Will you take the path of pursuing? Or will you cower like a whipped dog. The choice is yours.

I warn you, it is a tough game, it will make you scream and cry, but do not give up, because that is only step one to your victory. From there, it only gets worse, you will lose masses of units. From infantry collapsing to the ground by a round to the chest or worse, a tank bursting in flames by defeat, artillery supressed into the deepest crater to Hell, planes crashing from the sky, convoys ambushed to death by lines of bullets swiping through the tarps that held young soldiers, and more.

Will you take the stand and lead your faction to victory? Or will you fall like the weak.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
35.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 19
Old WWII RTS with beautiful graphics(beauty is in the eye of the beholder). Not too realistic for casual but still quite. Vast variety of units and different kinds of missions. Game mechanics are great in their own way. Used to play this when it was originally released.
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152 of 173 people (88%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
14.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 16, 2014
The greatest WWII strategy game ever. Buy it..... buy it now!
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130 of 151 people (86%) found this review helpful
10 people found this review funny
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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66 of 71 people (93%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
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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58 of 62 people (94%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
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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51 of 52 people (98%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
23.4 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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44 of 44 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
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
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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30 of 33 people (91%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
33.1 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.

+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!

..........................(I can't find any.)
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9.8 hrs
Posted: October 21
One of the best ww2 strategy games ever made. You actually have to scout out the terrain inorder not to get hammered by the enemy artillery. In mission you choose between various units to take with you on the missions, crews gain experience overtime and perform better, which makes losses more devastating. You can upgrade units to newer and more efficient models but these have to be earned, promotions give you more units to your disposal. Units also have ammo which needs to be replenished etc. However the game is brutal and hard, you will pay for your mistakes or fielding wrong type of units, small mistakes may cost you the entire battle.
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Imperial Kaiser
9.1 hrs
Posted: October 19
I was a little wary of buying this game cause it looked old, but seriously its fantastic and worth it!!.
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9.6 hrs
Posted: October 17
One of the best old-school RTSs about World War 2.
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0.6 hrs
Posted: October 16
Best deal on Steam. Lots of custom maps, units, and mods if you look online. This game does have somewhat of a learning curve, but it doesn't take much to learn. You have to be patient and learn how to preserve your better units. Also, even though one thinks of panzers when it comes to Blitzkrieg, infantry is the most important part of the game. Newbs want to just drive around with their tanks, only to get ambushed. Make Rommel proud, and use your binoculars. Oh, the memories of ambushing the allies with 20 mills, 88s, and tigers in Normandy in multiplayer with friends. Good times!
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0.1 hrs
Posted: October 15
闪电战1 初中的回忆!
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Shlomo Holmes
0.9 hrs
Posted: October 10
This game is more frustrating than it is fun, the pill boxes are too strong. I was also turned off by the fact that I didnt have the option to spawn in more units, which made me feel like i a desperate general without backup rather than conquering one. "Realism" and fun just dosent mix sometimes.
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3.8 hrs
Posted: October 2
So I bought this game because it was on sale and because it had good reviews. People were on here saying that this was one of the best WW2 RTS games they've played. I've noticed that a lot of old games are rated like this. I bought a lot of other old games on sale at the same time and I think that a lot of the positivity comes from nostalgia generated by people who used to own this game. Personally I think that it's way to easy to loose units in this game because you can't see where you're getting shot from and unlike other more modern RTS games, you barely have time to react to something before entire swaths of units get wiped out. I think it's just not a good or enjoyable use of my time so I can't reccomend this game.
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19.8 hrs
Posted: September 5
Absolutely love this RTS. One of my favourite games ever. 110% recommend.
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