October 22, 2009 - Update Wargaming.net has released free Downloadable Content for Order of War. The DLC will download automatically the next time you launch the game. This DLC contains all the formerly exclusive pre-order items which include: Heavy Bomber Squadrons - Addition of German Arado and Allied B-24 Marauder heavy bomber units...
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Release Date: Sep 22, 2009

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"A stunning game…" - http://gameinformer.com/games/order_of_war/b/pc/archive/2009/10/06/review.aspx (8.25 out of 10)

"Great mechanics and a beautiful presentation make Order of War shine brightly among some incredible WWII strategy games." - GameZone (8.2 out of 10)

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October 22, 2009 - Update
Wargaming.net has released free Downloadable Content for Order of War. The DLC will download automatically the next time you launch the game. This DLC contains all the formerly exclusive pre-order items which include:
  • Heavy Bomber Squadrons - Addition of German Arado and Allied B-24 Marauder heavy bomber units to air support
  • Infantry Mortar Launchers - Addition of infantry mortar units
  • Off-Map Heavy Artillery - Addition of heavy artillery strikes to the air support menu
  • Survival Mission Mode - New survival mission mode where you fend off waves of attacking enemies for as long as possible
 

About Order of War

In the summer of 1944, the Second World War entered its end-game when the Allies launched two major operations that would drive back German forces on both the Western and Eastern Fronts at once.
Their names were Overlord and Bagration. Overlord famously commenced with the D-Day landings in Normandy and ended in the Liberation of Paris, while Bagration - a far less well-known but far larger Russian operation - crushed the invading German forces in the east, leading to their complete withdrawal from Soviet territory. Had either operation been unsuccessful, history could have been very different.
In the ultimate test of military strategy, Order of War will challenge you not only to lead America's finest to victory in the west, but also place you in command of the German forces charged with repelling the Red Army's seemingly unstoppable offensive in the east. Even the keenest military minds will find that it's one thing to make history, but quite another to change it.

...Do you have what it takes to command?

Key features:

  • Experience WWII warfare on an epic, cinematic stage; that truly captures the intensity and scale of the battlefield.
  • Take Command of an entire armoured force consisting of up to 1000 soldiers, tank divisions, armoured vehicles, heavy artillery and air force.
  • Players can choose between two different campaign modes offering completely different storyline, missions, objectives and environments.
  • Experience the unique dynamic camera that allows players to command troops over huge geographical scale whilst maintaining movie-like vistas and detail.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows® XP SP2/Windows Vista SP1/Windows 7
    • Processor: 3.0 GHz, DUO 2.0 GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB
    • Graphics: 256MB NVIDIA GeForce 7600/Radeon HD2400
    • DirectX®: DirectX® 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 10 GB free space
    • Sound: Sound card
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows® XP SP2/Windows Vista SP1/Windows 7
    • Processor: DUO 3.2 GHz or better
    • Memory: 3 GB or better
    • Graphics: 512MB GeForce 9800/Radeon HD4850 or better
    • DirectX®: DirectX® 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 10 GB free space
    • Sound: Sound card
    • Note: Increased performance will be noticed on an Alienware Area 51® X58 Desktop
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Mostly Positive (217 reviews)
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SickTouch
( 32.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 14
U CANT DO ALT TAB IN THIS GAME I PLAY MISSON 3 HOURS AND IT JUST CRASH PLS FIX IT AND ADD AUTOSAVE CUZ GAME IS SUCH A BUG BUT IT IS GOOOD FFFFUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUCKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKK
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Whiteswart
( 129.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 10
With all my sincere respect for the developer of this WWII strategy game, Wargaming-dot-net studio, I'm having a hard time with actually recommending this game. At least there, on Steam, with its current unpatched state. You see, this game heavily suffers from the memory leakage bug, which ends up in crushing after every mission or even during the long ones (especially when they interrupted by videoclips). There is a cure, sure, but you have to look for it yourself, and it will not be a quick search. So I clearly understand some of the people, who wants to buy that game, but Not-On-Steam, considering the fact Steam is really, really Slow with updating non-mainstream games, even if it's obvious gems like Fallout 1&2, which was unplayable on Steam (with modern system) for several years!

Now, when I said that, let's get on with an actual review. Order of War is an interesting approach on the field of modern strategies, when everyone knows one-two games, three at most. So, generally, no, it is not like the Company of Heroes, totally another scale, more like in the Total War... quite different in details, but close at feeling out of the game session.
For many people, Order of War is looking like World in Conflict... well, yeah, there are some common points, like lack of many core elements of "classic" strategies, like building units, push-pull struggle for resources and other "micromanagement" - all gone. You have some regiments under your command, and for successful operations, you'll be gaining some "points" to upgrade your troops (for better attack, defence etc.) Sometimes there will be small tasks like to conquer 2-3 AA-guns or bunkers, and 1-2 squads for you, and sometimes you'll be ordering full front assault for dozens of tanks, managing large scale army successes. And all that according to history books: paratroopers landing and storming the coasts in Northern France, stalemate at Bulge, and all other noticable operations - all there. I've seen some whinings from people who trying to play for Nazies, like "upgrades costs too much, there are less reinforcements and resources for Germans, that's not fair!" Oh, yeah, it's fair. Here's a short morale lesson: it is always easier on Bad side at first, and miles-harder at finish. And in the year 1944 it was almost the end end of Nazi conquest, their numbers were greatly diminished at East, their productions were at pieces thanks to Allies bombardments... no doubt it is Hard to play for Germans at 1944! Well, think of it as of challenge: a hardest level of it. Save every soldier possible, maneuver like Mars himself, and fight like Leonidas to secure the borders of Vaterland... and postpone the unevitable.

Other than disbalance between sides (which Was really nerfed in skirmishes, BTW), the only real blame I've seen from people about Order of War is that by terms of gameplay you just gotta send your troops straight on frontal assault, every time. That remark shows really how far those critics moved into the game... as that tactic works in first mission, and partly in second. They are kind of tutorial, see - so the player get the flow, such as effective distance of fire, grenade throws, effectiveness and weak points of artilliry and tanks... First mission is forgiving the errors, but if you can't catch the drift, you'll be lost very quickly (maybe the easy setting is different, but who's playing strategies on easy?)

Okay, in the end, I recommend Order of War to all people who have any interest in real-time strategies. There are not enough of them now, as you know... This game provides real battlefields of WWII, with realistic maps of battlefields and ability to resize the view from very close one, where you notice projectiles flying over the ground, to the mile-high-observation post, to see the whole town at once - and your units sieging it from all sides, for example. Also, there are quite enough background info to sink in, as usual in the games from Wargaming, so think of it as of history discourse of sort. The level of challenge is raising from mission to mission, so, even when you see all the map from the start of mission, that certainly doesn't mean you see all on it. That means the game is not simple as it seems at start, when you don't notice "fog of war" and shouldn't count the reinforcements. It's all comes later, when you presumably learned the basics.

The only real downside is that that game has no particular reason to buy it through Steam. If you'll find another source, where you'll be knowing that memory leak problem is already taken care of - maybe it would be better choise to get it there.
Mark 7.2/10.
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Meto_[TR]
( 12.5 hrs on record )
Posted: April 17
One of the best strategy game about II.WW Easy to play. Nice graphics.Dozensof different type of units to control.
10/7
Ofc everytime i say .W8 4 Sales to buy...
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greens8
( 82.6 hrs on record )
Posted: April 8
This i an amazing game with great graphics and a good campain, the only problem is the german tanks aren't better than the american tanks other than that its a great game i recommend it!
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cbunce322
( 25.8 hrs on record )
Posted: April 8
an outstanding game I enjoy it very much because you can play it and replay it
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JamJon1822
( 36.8 hrs on record )
Posted: March 14
Very enjoying to play, makes you think and use your head a bit but i had to stop playing as my game crashed every 3 mins due to not enough space error or i had to completely resart a mission due to an error whle loading a file. Very dissapointed i cant play the other 12 mission :(
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FOR GABEN
( 0.7 hrs on record )
Posted: March 12
It's a really good game if you are in to it's type of strategy,but other than that it can be difficult to just terrible. This isn't saying the game is bad, it's just saying the game is not a good one if you prefer game sliek CoH2 and expect thsi to be like it, if you think it's like CoH2, be ready for a suprise.




Good game, just not my type of game :L. I would recommend trying it though.
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iLam
( 5.2 hrs on record )
Posted: March 10
Really good game, only downside is the lack of skirmish maps. Other than that, really easy to pickup.
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supreme soviet
( 5.3 hrs on record )
Posted: February 27
great game but needs custom setups like i hate my enemy instantly spaming an army and in 2v2 the enmy right next to you pease fix
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Soromus Leliel
( 7.3 hrs on record )
Posted: February 7
Did not enjoy this game, I think the interface is lacking, the gameplay is uninventive, the soundtrack is nail biting. Just a dry game, 3/10 rating perhaps. I will give it a few points for plainless enjoyment. You are able to play this game without feeling anything at all.
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Capitalism-chan
( 6.7 hrs on record )
Posted: January 27
When I bought this game I thought it will be similar, or identic, to Company of Heroes, or Men of War. Happily I were mistaken. The way Order of War handles some features is unique. I like the unit size and conflict size which is completely new thing to me when it comes to world war II strategy games. It reminds me of tabletop miniature games like Warhammer 40k, or Flames of War, where whole unit of tanks or vehicles is controlled.

On the other side there are some things lacking on physics and the game system. Vehicles and infantry could cooperate bit more. Another thing I would like to see is mechanized infantry using halftracks and stuff like that. Also the role of normal infantry is a bit lacking, as Infantry automatically starts crawling as they approach the enemy.

When it comes to my final opinion... I like this game. There are definitely ways to improve it, but I give it a good mark.
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forgotten army
( 13.7 hrs on record )
Posted: January 9
nice games and where russia campaign
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Ekoz3
( 5.3 hrs on record )
Posted: January 4
Nice game, really fun.
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ofdor
( 28.5 hrs on record )
Posted: November 26, 2015
Game is meh, nothing special but cheap enough to warrant a buy. It's no WIC but it's decent.
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scarfaced_puma
( 25.0 hrs on record )
Posted: November 20, 2015
asome
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Tank330
( 2.7 hrs on record )
Posted: November 15, 2015
Quite enjoyable for its age, mostly meaning the engine itself is a bit old. otherwise a very fun and enjoyable game to play with a friend.
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ProCctus
( 0.5 hrs on record )
Posted: October 8, 2015
Another blunder from WarGaming. User interface is barebones while having no mouse cursor. How can I play this game with no mouse cursor.
Anyway, this game was a gift from someone that they got for me to play against. But the game is terrible and not worth $2 even.
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Nightmare Moon
( 40.7 hrs on record )
Posted: September 27, 2015
Played it long ago, good and bad game. Was considered a flop by companies but most still held it as a fun time killer. Good graphics for a old game and fun units, annoying slow painful turtling through the entire game. Your units sit around and get shot at when they try to fight and make NO effort to evade.
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TrueSights
( 23.3 hrs on record )
Posted: September 21, 2015
5/10 for the game

This is an ok game, has some nice touches in it with a lot of unit variety. It's basically as another reviewer said Company of Heroes but a big scale (for example your tank units come with 5 in each section) so you feel like a real General rather than a company commander. It's also in my opinion more realistic in some ways - infantry get slaughtered, tanks get knocked out pretty quickly vs the right defences like anti tank guns or tank destroyers and artillery really does play havoc when it lands accurately. You can play as either the Americans invading Normandy or the Germans fighting on the Eastern front in the campaign. In Skirmish mode you can play as America, Germany and the USSR (Russia) which gives nice unit look variety.

However there is still a lot to be desired - the gameplay does become easily boring as it's pretty much the same. You call in reinforcements using credits you earn from capture points (no base building) and can win every map just by dominating in artillery if you plan it right. In some maps I only needed one tank unit and the rest was anti tank guns and artillery destroying everything that moved. Units like infantry are basically obsolete and they will be wiped out the second anything fires so it doesn't allow many tactics apart from tank rushing in my opinion. The units are pretty much identical however for all nations - I've not noticed any special tactics or way of playing myself.

Overall if it's on sale (around half the asking price now) it is certainly worth a buy and you'll get a good few hours out of it.

I also have read that the multiplayer has gone offline - while this doesn't bother me personally that would be a downside for most. The option still is in the menu though so I'm not sure what is going on with that.
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Tszaluok
( 5.6 hrs on record )
Posted: September 17, 2015
stay away from this game, just go back to searching, you didnt find what you want here, trust me.
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17 of 19 people (89%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
129.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 10
With all my sincere respect for the developer of this WWII strategy game, Wargaming-dot-net studio, I'm having a hard time with actually recommending this game. At least there, on Steam, with its current unpatched state. You see, this game heavily suffers from the memory leakage bug, which ends up in crushing after every mission or even during the long ones (especially when they interrupted by videoclips). There is a cure, sure, but you have to look for it yourself, and it will not be a quick search. So I clearly understand some of the people, who wants to buy that game, but Not-On-Steam, considering the fact Steam is really, really Slow with updating non-mainstream games, even if it's obvious gems like Fallout 1&2, which was unplayable on Steam (with modern system) for several years!

Now, when I said that, let's get on with an actual review. Order of War is an interesting approach on the field of modern strategies, when everyone knows one-two games, three at most. So, generally, no, it is not like the Company of Heroes, totally another scale, more like in the Total War... quite different in details, but close at feeling out of the game session.
For many people, Order of War is looking like World in Conflict... well, yeah, there are some common points, like lack of many core elements of "classic" strategies, like building units, push-pull struggle for resources and other "micromanagement" - all gone. You have some regiments under your command, and for successful operations, you'll be gaining some "points" to upgrade your troops (for better attack, defence etc.) Sometimes there will be small tasks like to conquer 2-3 AA-guns or bunkers, and 1-2 squads for you, and sometimes you'll be ordering full front assault for dozens of tanks, managing large scale army successes. And all that according to history books: paratroopers landing and storming the coasts in Northern France, stalemate at Bulge, and all other noticable operations - all there. I've seen some whinings from people who trying to play for Nazies, like "upgrades costs too much, there are less reinforcements and resources for Germans, that's not fair!" Oh, yeah, it's fair. Here's a short morale lesson: it is always easier on Bad side at first, and miles-harder at finish. And in the year 1944 it was almost the end end of Nazi conquest, their numbers were greatly diminished at East, their productions were at pieces thanks to Allies bombardments... no doubt it is Hard to play for Germans at 1944! Well, think of it as of challenge: a hardest level of it. Save every soldier possible, maneuver like Mars himself, and fight like Leonidas to secure the borders of Vaterland... and postpone the unevitable.

Other than disbalance between sides (which Was really nerfed in skirmishes, BTW), the only real blame I've seen from people about Order of War is that by terms of gameplay you just gotta send your troops straight on frontal assault, every time. That remark shows really how far those critics moved into the game... as that tactic works in first mission, and partly in second. They are kind of tutorial, see - so the player get the flow, such as effective distance of fire, grenade throws, effectiveness and weak points of artilliry and tanks... First mission is forgiving the errors, but if you can't catch the drift, you'll be lost very quickly (maybe the easy setting is different, but who's playing strategies on easy?)

Okay, in the end, I recommend Order of War to all people who have any interest in real-time strategies. There are not enough of them now, as you know... This game provides real battlefields of WWII, with realistic maps of battlefields and ability to resize the view from very close one, where you notice projectiles flying over the ground, to the mile-high-observation post, to see the whole town at once - and your units sieging it from all sides, for example. Also, there are quite enough background info to sink in, as usual in the games from Wargaming, so think of it as of history discourse of sort. The level of challenge is raising from mission to mission, so, even when you see all the map from the start of mission, that certainly doesn't mean you see all on it. That means the game is not simple as it seems at start, when you don't notice "fog of war" and shouldn't count the reinforcements. It's all comes later, when you presumably learned the basics.

The only real downside is that that game has no particular reason to buy it through Steam. If you'll find another source, where you'll be knowing that memory leak problem is already taken care of - maybe it would be better choise to get it there.
Mark 7.2/10.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
82.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 8
This i an amazing game with great graphics and a good campain, the only problem is the german tanks aren't better than the american tanks other than that its a great game i recommend it!
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
12.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 17
One of the best strategy game about II.WW Easy to play. Nice graphics.Dozensof different type of units to control.
10/7
Ofc everytime i say .W8 4 Sales to buy...
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 27
When I bought this game I thought it will be similar, or identic, to Company of Heroes, or Men of War. Happily I were mistaken. The way Order of War handles some features is unique. I like the unit size and conflict size which is completely new thing to me when it comes to world war II strategy games. It reminds me of tabletop miniature games like Warhammer 40k, or Flames of War, where whole unit of tanks or vehicles is controlled.

On the other side there are some things lacking on physics and the game system. Vehicles and infantry could cooperate bit more. Another thing I would like to see is mechanized infantry using halftracks and stuff like that. Also the role of normal infantry is a bit lacking, as Infantry automatically starts crawling as they approach the enemy.

When it comes to my final opinion... I like this game. There are definitely ways to improve it, but I give it a good mark.
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82 of 115 people (71%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
28.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 19, 2014
Before i start - keep in mind that many reviews have been posted before Multiplayer was abandoned by the developers. Anyway:

Order of War is a game of deloying units and taking flags - there is no base building.

It has some good features:

*There is a certain level of tactical gameplay. This is pretty much simply decision-making about which reinforcements will be needed to counter your enemy's deployments.
*The units have a solid WW2 feel if not a little aged in graphical quality.
*There is a good variety of units with various infantry, motorised and armoured units to choose from. Adding to this there is a limited selection of air units available that can be countered by anti-air units.
*There is satisfaction to be had from breaking through the enemy front line and advancing to the next objective (objective meaning 'flag' because the game is essentially 'capture the flag').

Order of War however also has some issues that in my opinion stop this 2/5 game being rated maybe a 3/5 or 4/5.

*There is no Multiplayer any longer. By lack of Multiplayer I also mean no LAN either. This is a major show-stopper as the game seems almost geared towards Multiplayer than Single player. I can see the potential that Multiplayer would turn the routine flag stealing from a tactically-naive AI into an epic struggle of egos.
* The campaign feels a bit routine and by the numbers. It is a fairly monotone experience of basically capturing and defending flags.
*So with no Multiplayer at all and a join-the-dots campaign we need a good skirmish experience to compensate.
The Skirmish option allows some limited customisation but simply borrows campaign maps, uses them as a blank canvas and asks you to capture all the flags - a victory theme we are getting a little too used to in this game. And to limit things even further the developers offer you only a handful of maps.

Don't get me wrong. If you like WW2 RTS games you will still have some fun with elements of this game, but it will only be a temporary distraction from games with more replayability.

I would highly recommend the game if the developers simply:

Added more skirmish maps and make skirmish more customisable.
& Re-implemented LAN and/or MP capability. Why, when developers shut down servers, do they not replace online Multiplay with LAN is beyond me.

It's thumbs down until they restore at least LAN to the game and add some more content. The game feels half-baked.
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24 of 30 people (80%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
52.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 19, 2014
Order of War is an awesome WWII strategy game, it has decent graphics giving you a better feel for the game. This game puts you in command of the American, Soviet and Nazi German war machines. Its simular to the Company of Heroes series but in a wider scale. Its a real test for your skills in strategy and over all its an awesome game which I definetly recommend!
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19 of 25 people (76%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
6.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 29, 2013
Great game the graphics are really good and the terrain on the battfield gets all torn up one of the better strategy games ive played
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
40.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 27, 2015
Played it long ago, good and bad game. Was considered a flop by companies but most still held it as a fun time killer. Good graphics for a old game and fun units, annoying slow painful turtling through the entire game. Your units sit around and get shot at when they try to fight and make NO effort to evade.
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10 of 13 people (77%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
11.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 8, 2014
I like it so far, Ive only played skirmishes so far and they are very good I love the huge infantry-tank charges. To bad its not multiplayer anymore. But I recommend it to people who like Massive warfare, but you may think it looks complex but its really not if you've played any Total War games, or Men of War, or Company or Heros, Ect...
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
Recommended
23.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 21, 2015
5/10 for the game

This is an ok game, has some nice touches in it with a lot of unit variety. It's basically as another reviewer said Company of Heroes but a big scale (for example your tank units come with 5 in each section) so you feel like a real General rather than a company commander. It's also in my opinion more realistic in some ways - infantry get slaughtered, tanks get knocked out pretty quickly vs the right defences like anti tank guns or tank destroyers and artillery really does play havoc when it lands accurately. You can play as either the Americans invading Normandy or the Germans fighting on the Eastern front in the campaign. In Skirmish mode you can play as America, Germany and the USSR (Russia) which gives nice unit look variety.

However there is still a lot to be desired - the gameplay does become easily boring as it's pretty much the same. You call in reinforcements using credits you earn from capture points (no base building) and can win every map just by dominating in artillery if you plan it right. In some maps I only needed one tank unit and the rest was anti tank guns and artillery destroying everything that moved. Units like infantry are basically obsolete and they will be wiped out the second anything fires so it doesn't allow many tactics apart from tank rushing in my opinion. The units are pretty much identical however for all nations - I've not noticed any special tactics or way of playing myself.

Overall if it's on sale (around half the asking price now) it is certainly worth a buy and you'll get a good few hours out of it.

I also have read that the multiplayer has gone offline - while this doesn't bother me personally that would be a downside for most. The option still is in the menu though so I'm not sure what is going on with that.
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9 of 12 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
35.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 25, 2014
Game is ok, nothing more nothing less, but considering it's cheap it's a must for every rts fan even though it has oversimplified unit commands and is only a challenge due to poorly designed missions. Wargaming does have a lot of lessons to learn.
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9 of 14 people (64%) found this review helpful
Recommended
23.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 3, 2014
Great game for the price. The graphics and the gameplay are sure to make this game a no-brainer for hours to come!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
28.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 14, 2015
op game good battles and all of that, but it misses a lot of good levels i mostly play my favorite only. still this game is worth
recommending. good game and if you play with your friends it becomes absolutely awesome
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 25, 2015
It is like Face of War. Tactical actions. Always interesting
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4 of 7 people (57%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 28, 2015
I have enjoyed this game alot. even though it has been abandoned by the devolpers , plus it has had its multiplayer removed. but it is fun to play an its mostly a matter of a opinion weither or not you this game, i personally liked it an play it still. but if you buy the game an start hating it because its not what you expected then you shouldve been smart an check the reviews.
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5 of 9 people (56%) found this review helpful
Recommended
18.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 25, 2014
If it wasn't for this not having multiplayer i would say this is a 10/10 a must buy but it has no multiplayer only LAN so i would give this game a 7/10 mainly because it takes forever to start ONE game and it has no multi other then that i would recommend this game.
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6 of 11 people (55%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
12.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 19, 2014
I like to refer to call this as bag of crisps RTS, by the meaning of that it has the graphics and visual quality that gets pretty epic,especially when you use cinematic camera,but it has simplified water down game play that might disappoint those who are looking for a more tactical approach, also there is a lack of maps when it comes to skirmish and multi-player is none existent, although that can't be helped due to the collapse of game-spy, otherwise It is pretty impressive visual wise and I recomend this game if you want something to talk about at lunch break at work.
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8 of 17 people (47%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 2, 2014
Order of War is a largely missunderstood RTS game, and negative reviews are usually based on user's inaccurate assumptions of what they had thought it should have been. At the same time, if you look at the game as what it's intended to be, it's still just about average.

First, the campaign is dull and frustrating, and no RTS that was ever made should have ever been purchased to even try the campaign - these games are all like AAA fps games, Battlefield and Call of Duty, which are usually bought souly to just play the multiplayer side of things, or in an RTS game's case, the skirmish. The campaign lacks any excitement because it's an RTS game. Reviews based on anything to do with the campaign at all are pretty much a waste of time. We don't give Battlefield bad reviews for bad glitchy campaigns, we give it great reviews for the multiplayer. Same thing.

So we look at what deserves attention - the skirmish. Order of War is what Total War would've been if it had been based in WWII. There is no base construction and the maps are very large and open, always cutting teams in half so that you never spawn next to them. Units have no abilities, and there are only three factions. To choose a faction, you must play in multiplayer online, or stage a LAN game - as the skirmish mode limits you to senarios. Both provide bots. You can play as USA, Russia, or Germany, but all are almost exactly similiar, enough to not totally matter.

You purchase units based on they're effectiveness versus their cost kinda system. In other games, a better player will overcome a tank if fighting the same tank used by a bad player. This isn't the case in Order of War. You buy the bad tank, the good tank, or the best tank. The bad infantry, the good infantry, or the best infantry. It's not as strict as it sounds, fast firing shorter range mortars aren't camparable to long range slow shooting artillery guns, and you can get a few differing units like anti tank infantry or mobile artillery vehicles, but you understand. The store page mentions and shows off planes and junk, but these aren't actual units, only off map abilities and strikes.

Units move slow, and AT pieces, artillery guns and infantry must be consiously transported via truck by the player, otherwise they'll jog about to destinations at a mind numbingly ineffective, slow pace. These normal movements are more to change facings or to slowly advance, or to hide behind the OTHER side of a building if you take hits, and not to go attack an area, meaning so long as it's not a tank, you cannot shoot and move at the same time.

For all of these reasons, classic RTS strategy doesn't really apply to Order of War - the outcome of all battles are largely predictable because the units are either bad, good, or the best you can buy. This is probably the largest reason Order of War ever gets bashed. The strategy is missed because it's not the same as other RTS games, and people burn it down for not having the things it wasn't intended to have in the first place. It's like ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ on Call of Duty for not having Creepers and no resource collecting. What?

The game doesn't play like Company of Heroes or Men of War, and the strategy is completely focused on timing and movement. These are important in all RTS games, but in this game, it's the ONLY element to focus on. You buy cheaper units to occupy the space, and to distract, as there are no real indicators as to units taking damage. The maps are big and you have to keep your eyes on everything. The fun is completely based on troop movement, and being at the right place at exactly the right time. Infantry can't truck up to AT guns and take them out, they'll get blown away, so intercept them while the AT getting trucked themselves and have them set up just as you dismount infantry next to them. Things like that. If your enemy has bought nothing but the best tanks, they've got no resources and you can go ahead and buy some extremely cheap AT guns without the worry of taking an airstrike, and get a bunch of cheap tanks to rush the map once your AT has killed all of those scary bad tanks. There is no fog of war in this game, and once you realise it's about watching the other guys and moving your ♥♥♥♥ around instead of building strongpoints or bases or using some kind of grenade ability or something, then you'll realise what a fun fast paced game it really is. It's about moving around AT and artillery and tanks and infantry more than just sending ♥♥♥♥ off to fight, seeing as you'll already know which battles you'll win or lose. If you play it right, you won't lose a unit, and eat the other guys, and that's where the fun is <.<

At the same time, compared to just how addictive the gameplay is, it's not, the maps all look the same and so does the combat, unlike Men of War which has too much micro to ever have similiar firefights, or Company of Heroes which is too cinamatic to ever be boring. Knowing what kind of RTS Order of War is, it's great, but as a game in generally - and as you can see by my play time - it's >.> okayyyyyyyyyyyyy lol

Can you spam? Yes. Can you attack head on? Yes. Should you ever do any of these? Never. It's a game that's enjoyed only if you know how to play it :/ which at the same time, makes it slightly less user friendly. It doesn't look like there would be a large learning curve, but there is. If you just want to see mindless destruction, you can easily play the game the WRONG way too <.< which is what most bad reviewers have done.
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6 of 13 people (46%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 16, 2014
Allowed me to send in endless waves of soldiers as cannon fodder.
Since there are no WW1 games this one is an good alternative with the right mod.
9/10 love this strategy game and the AI is not the dumbest.
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3 of 7 people (43%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 6, 2014
This is one of the best WW2 strategies made to date!!! I think this game can be closely compared to R.U.S.E although I think it is superior in every way. I mean it has amazing multiplayer which we have been playing over the years with few of my friends but also two VERY deep campaigns.
Now, while American campaign is good - it just reminds me of COH, it does the same things, it is in the same theater etc...
German campaign is AMAZING, probably only game that offers all battles from final year of the Reich, so each fight is a desperate struggle.
Graphics is dated by now but this is a 2009 title which still playes very well - how many games can say that?
Another amazing thing for such an old title - this natively supports surround resolutions making battles a lot of fun!
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