Theatre of War developed by 1C Company (creators of the award-winning IL-2 Sturmovik series and Pacific Fighters) is a real-time tactical strategy title depicting the most significant battles of World War II during 1939-1945.
User reviews: Mixed (53 reviews)
Release Date: Apr 19, 2007
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Includes 9 items: Men of War: Red Tide, Men of War: Vietnam, Men of War™, Real Warfare 1242, Real Warfare 2: Northern Crusades, Theatre of War, Theatre of War 2: Africa 1943, Theatre of War 3: Korea, XIII Century – Gold Edition

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"Flawed, but interesting. One of the rare games that include playable nations that aren't of the common big five. Steep learning curve but can be fun."

About This Game

Theatre of War developed by 1C Company (creators of the award-winning IL-2 Sturmovik series and Pacific Fighters) is a real-time tactical strategy title depicting the most significant battles of World War II during 1939-1945.

Players will command a special task force composed of different kinds of units, including tanks, APCs, field guns, mortars, various infantry regiments and will also have an opportunity to call for artillery and air support. With a focus on unit detail and combat realism, would-be generals are faced with authentic battle scenarios, taken straight from actual World War II records and maps.

  • Unequalled level of realism
  • Over 40 historically accurate missions
  • Human Resources Management
  • RPG elements: soldiers gain experience and skills, system of promotions and decorations
  • Detailed Unit Micromanagement: hundreds of units including infantry regiments, tanks, artillery and aircraft from all major nations involved in WWII; all units are based on real data from military sources
  • Top class character animation
  • 5 campaigns Soviet, German, French and Polish
  • Over 30 maps designed according to historical land maps
  • Over 150 vehicles, about 200 uniform types, over 100 small-arms types

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP or Vista 32 bit
    • Processor: Pentium IV or Athlon 2.6 GHz
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Hard Drive: 3 GB
    • Graphics: Video card with a pixel shader support of 2.x series GeForce 5700/Radeon 9600
    • Sound: Compatible with DirectX 9 and EAX 2.0 support
    • DirectX®: DirectX 9.0c
Helpful customer reviews
17 of 20 people (85%) found this review helpful
10.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 29
Me like...lots of thinking involved. Strategy does play a part in the mechanics of the game. the AI does seem to deduct to the best course of action once it gets going. That said, the opening moves of each map are obiviously scripted. But this game does have all the cool tanks and all the cool things to do, and to get this game and all the other ToW games for under 15 bucks, hey, what a deal!
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18 of 25 people (72%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 24
Excellent game to play, especially at the price now. Challenging strategy, not for those stupids though
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12 of 16 people (75%) found this review helpful
8.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 31
This is what I expected the Codename Panzer series to be (which was an huge disappointment beyond the graphics) and it is everything I have been looking for in a RTS/RTT type game. The level of realism is well beyond any other game of this type out there. Improper planning and use of tactics are punished over and over again by a good AI. Hundreds of units are modeled and at your fingertips and variants within each vehicle type are meticulously researched and detailed. Elements such as range, armor penetration and the intangibles such as shock and moral are accurately represented. I love the fact that you can actually use infantry for more than cannon fodder and can build an actual combined arms plan of attack for a given objective. For those who are saying this game it too difficult or the scenarios take too long, fret not there is always the arcade build and unit-spam RTSs out there like Command and Conquer and Age of Empires……this one is for the big boys.
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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 31
fun game but if you were to lose a battle you have to start it over again instead of losing a territory
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
29.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 23
Steam must upgrade ToW because sell it without warning that the game doesnt work in Windows 7 or 8
I bought ToW - the first - wich I consider a masterpiece of its kind, better than ToW2 Africa & Kursk, but I'm not able to play... The game seems doesnt work with Windows 7 & 8.
Moreover I've wasted so many time to find a solution or even a explanation for it without success.
I dont understand the Steam support team omission in this case!
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3 of 6 people (50%) found this review helpful
9.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
Frustratingly fun game.
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45 of 53 people (85%) found this review helpful
62.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 16
This, is a game for Die Hard Strategy fans, and I mean DIE Hard, the kind that will micromange and face extreme Difficulty and Realism, wait hours for anything to happen, and still be entertained. Well, I come from this point of view.
This Game is not for the faint of heart, so if you've only played basic, or no RTS games, you really should steer clear of this one, and try some more popular titles. As for those who are experienced, this review is for you. Theatre of War is a very advanced strategy game, that is very hard, a challenge i'm sure you and I would gladly take. TOW combines Historical Accuracy and somewhat realistic gameplay to create a real platoon commanding feel. Extreme detail had been given to every object and how it interacts with others on the battlefield. You can play as the obvious All-Stars, USSR, USA, and UK, and some underdogs such as poland and frace are included (underdog if you look at it like I do), and each of these playable countries has a wide variety of units and missions to choose from. Missions are usually fun, however sometimes it can get tedious, defend this, attack that, over and over, but it varies in mission and out from time to time. Unfortunately, some common problems do plague this game, as with most realistic, large scale RTS games, the storys are quickly fed to you in a short amount of writing, and then its off to unscripted action, I know a lot of players enjoy a detailed RTS story, so you won't find one here. Further more, unit responsivness is slow, and will not act in a way a real battlefield scenario would play out, standing around, not reacting to rather obvious things, and would stare at an enemy, only firing a weapon slowly. However on a large scale, details can be put aside and the gameplay works and isnt unbalanced, using the right tactics and playing smart will always fetch you a win. This game really reflects 1C as a whole.

--Pros--
+ Realistic and Accurate
+ Long Campaign Time with Plenty of missions
+ Hundreds of different units all very well detailed


--Cons--
- Freindly and Enemy units are slow in response
- Hardly a detailed story
- Repeditive
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16 of 23 people (70%) found this review helpful
28.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 12
Great game runs fine for me don't know why everyone was complaining about it not working. A bit difficult first time you play but after that it gets alot easier and feels rewarding every time you win a battle
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
14.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 16, 2012
Classic ground level rts, a little dated now but still very nice
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
12.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 26, 2012
If you like RTS but want something FAR more realistic (think Combat Mission). This is the game for you.
I haven't seen any other game come close for realism than this.
No building, no pretend physics, just pure war.
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 7, 2013
Its like Men of War, but it does a better job in the armored warfare dept :)
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3 of 6 people (50%) found this review helpful
27.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 12, 2012
His name was Sergei. He was just 21 by the time war torn his life apart. He was given a rifle, an uniform, handful of bullets and an order - defend your country for any cost. He stood in the trench, seeing friendly tanks hopelessly shoot German beasts, his colleagues giving their last breaths with faces dug in the mud. Then, suddenly a new order came - regroup and organise a new line of defense. But he didn't. He ran across the battlefield with a deathwish until a 7,92mm Mauser bullet ended his life. He died because of his own insubordination. If you decide to play this unique RTS you need to prepare to have blood of hundreds of Sergeis on your hands, because nearly none of your men will follow your orders, and if they will it will always be too late.
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 11
dont know what happened to you guys but my problem is that, everytime i try to play this game, it always crashes all the time, if anyone has an advice please write it.....
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10 of 23 people (43%) found this review helpful
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 10
I currently don't recommend this game im running into to many errors with the game trying to open. it will work for a hour or 2 at first then it will go into Runtime error 3#(trap) and from what i've read its not a easy fix to get it running agian. I have tried many things to get it to work but nothing works.
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3 of 11 people (27%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 5
i have to say no on this one ive just paid £6.99 for this game and it wont even start, but my computer is windows 8 so its either that or just that this game has alot of bugs.
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2 of 11 people (18%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 17
Don't buy it, got the infamous error 3 trap.
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0 of 7 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 20
this would we a great game if it loaded for me it alawys crashes never worked once looks fun tho
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10 of 30 people (33%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 19
If you own anything with Windows 8* do not get this, it is bugged and won't run unless you wont to go through the entire process of coding in anti-bug codes in the files, besides paying $10.00 for a 4 yearold game is stupid, so save yourself the $ and don't get it.
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12 of 35 people (34%) found this review helpful
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 6
The game itself is good, with a fairly deep amount of strategy and foreplanning, but it's so utterly plagued by crashes that it turns up not worth it.
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10 of 44 people (23%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 21
Does NOT load. Waste of money. Useless.
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