I played this for three hours, went to work, someone dropped a plate and I ♥♥♥♥ myself.
Now for the actual review.
Regardless of any technical issues, this game is a truly underrated multiplayer experience. It is a beautiful perspective that can put you first person inside of a tank when an explosion hits, and you look around to find your commander missing. You later discover that your commanding officer's leg is now sitting in your lap, and realize the task that you must now complete while down a man. You may be traveling through the trenches only to have your buddy get his head ripped apart by a sniper round, while the lower body of your team's sniper flies right past you. Sure there are some glitches and bugs, but this game is truly different from any other fps in that you feel as if you're actually in the action, losing your friends to snipers and grenades.
"When your squad falls around you, it's up to you to hold that position until reinforcements arrive. It doesn't matter how many times you've been hit, what percentage of your friend's body is intact, or how many men are trying to kill you. It's when you see dwindling numbers on your team's resupply that you realize how many men have died for you, and so you better do them proud. But when the count reaches zero, it's time to make your final stand."
-Lt. Woofel, Squad Leader One, Red Army
Reinforcements remaining 0/800
For anyone who wants to read a story about a valient battle and sacrifice, keep going. I'm just going to rant on about how much fun I've had with this game.
Our Russian army had decided to take the Bridges of Druzhnia (I think thats spelled right) against an overwhelmeng German force. The initial assault on A and B lasted nearly fourteen minutes and cost us nearly 150 reinforcements. Further attacks up past D and E cost us an additional hundred. Fueled by our losses, my Squad headed the assault on G, when the roar of The Buzzsaw was heard from the upstairs window. Rushing forward, we made it to the wall but at the cost of six good men. I sent my men on a dual flank before tossing a grenade through the upstairs window, watching as the LMG fell from the window followed by a grey-sleeved arm. Our Commander linked up with our group and commended us for our actions, before pushing us onward. The success of our assault with minimal casualties earned us a feared reputation and a simple, yet accurate nickname: Alpha Squad.
At this time, we quickly rushed our assault forward and knocked out the next positions with ease, until we came to the final bridge, section N. Fifteen minutes remained on the clock, and only a hundred of our reinforcements were still alive. We recieved an order from our commanding officer to halt, and recieved the most motivational speech of all time, as we prepared to fight against all odds. Once all of our teams were strategically placed, we recieved the final order to charge the position from three sides.
The following events took place over approximately ninety seconds:
Our original plan failed catastrophically. Our initial force was obliterated within seconds by the enemy artillery and machine guns. Two unnamed members of Alpha Squad plus myself and our MG moved underneath the bridge to hit with a surprise attack so that our engineer could take out the tank traps. The enemy fire was too intense however, so our engineer only had time to deploy the charges before a Buzzsaw across the river cut him down. During this time, our sniper and commander were to be located on our side of the bridge, laying down cover fire, but they were no match for the German beast and were forced to get into cover. The other four members of my squad were not so lucky, as they had just seen the flash before it ripped them to pieces.
While the suppressing group was pinned and taking heavy fire, the Germans brought their Antitank rifles out to take down our T34. However, my smoke grenade had impaired their ability to properly aim, and so fortunatley most of the shots missed the tank. However, the sniper was hit by one of these stray rounds - his body was only partially recovered. I felt tremendous guilt over the loss of a friend, but continued to push onward.
Our CO got right up in the action, using the tank as moving cover while he laid down fire with his PPSH. When that was empty, he simply tossed it to the side and pulled out his revolver. After being hit and bandaged three times; a shot to the right arm, one in the leg and another in the stomach; he was on the verge of dying. In his love for the mother country, he pulled out a grenade and rushed forward, taking two more Germans with him.
Our MG gunner used the distraction to set his position and took out seven Germans, including their Commanding Officer before a grenade landed just behind him. The explosion took off both of his legs and killed him outright, along with the other two soldiers that were coming up behind us. The blast also crippled my left arm, and in a fit of rage over my dying comrades, I didn't bother to bandage it. Being the final surviving member of the most elite fighters on the Eastern Front, I rushed forward with my PPSH, fully loaded with 71 rounds. It was my job to make sure that the tank made it to the final position, regardless of the cost. While firing at the exposed Germans, a sniper caught me in the chest with a single shot, which I immediatly knew would be fatal. The screen slowly faded to black, but my final breaths would not go silently. I died with my finger still squeezing the trigger, finishing off two more jackboots that tried to stop our desperate assault. Our sacrifice was minimal compared to the 800 Russians that were lost in the assault, but it had allowed enough time for our final remaining men to capture the position and win the game.
In memory of:
Your Local Soviet - Commander of the Red Army - Grenade Sacrifice
Woofel - Commander of Squad One "Alpha Squad" - Sniper round to the chest
jpstorf - Alpha Squad MG - Enemy Grenade
thewayneman - Alpha Squad Engineer - "The Buzzsaw"
FatheadPanda126 - Alpha Squad Sniper - Stray AT round
Six Unnamed Soldiers of Alpha Squad - Enemy Grenade, "The Buzzsaw"
800 Brave Red Army Soldiers
(Obviously this is a dramatization, but this is basically how I felt during the entire game)
More dramatic quotes about Alpha Squad:
"Although the Red Army was pushed back to the top floor of the grain elevator with only twenty men remaining against the two hundred Germans, we would fight to the death to hold our positions. When the smoke cleared after twenty brutal minutes, we emerged from our posts, beaten and bandaged, looking out among the hundreds of bodies. Only two of us survived this attack and would return to the motherland. We are Alpha Squad. We fight to the death and beyond."
-Cpl. jpstorf, Squad One Machine Gunner, Red Army
-Sgt. thewayneman, Squad One Rifleman, Red Army
"We are absolutely stonewalling them. They're literally unable to take a single inch of ground. Fifty minutes on the assault, and they've only gained -200 feet."
-C.O. Your Local Soviet, Commander, Red Army
"I just killed 450 of their 800 men in half an hour......."
-Cpl. jpstorf, Squad One Machine Gunner, Red Army
"They're simply unstoppable. Alpha Squad is to be feared. No, they are to be the basis of nightmares for our army."
-C.O. Johannes, Commander, Wehremacht Army