Theatre of War 2: Kursk 1943, the historically accurate and detailed real-time tactical war game, welcomes military history fans to the battle which gave the Red Army the strategic initiative for the rest of the war. The new project in the award-winning Theatre of War series depicts the initial (defensive) stage of the Kursk battle.
User reviews: Mixed (29 reviews)
Release Date: Mar 9, 2010
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Includes 6 items: Theatre of War, Theatre of War 2: Africa 1943, Theatre of War 2: Centauro, Theatre of War 2: Kursk 1943, Theatre of War 2 - Battle for Caen, Theatre of War 3: Korea

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Includes 16 items: Soldiers: Heroes of World War II, Men of War™, Men of War: Red Tide, Theatre of War, Theatre of War 2: Africa 1943, Theatre of War 2: Centauro, Theatre of War 2: Kursk 1943, Theatre of War 2 - Battle for Caen, Men of War: Assault Squad, Men of War: Assault Squad - MP Supply Pack Alpha, Men of War: Assault Squad - Skirmish Pack, Men of War: Assault Squad - MP Supply Pack Bravo, Men of War: Assault Squad - MP Supply Pack Charlie, Men of War: Assault Squad - Skirmish Pack 2, Men of War: Condemned Heroes, Faces of War

 

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"Real time strategy set during the Second World War (Eastern Front). More tactically sophisticated that CoH. Best of the series.Hardcore rating: medium."

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June 17

German version available

A small gift for our German customers.

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About This Game

Theatre of War 2: Kursk 1943, the historically accurate and detailed real-time tactical war game, welcomes military history fans to the battle which gave the Red Army the strategic initiative for the rest of the war.
The new project in the award-winning Theatre of War series depicts the initial (defensive) stage of the Kursk battle.

Assuming the role of either the Russian or German battle group commander, acting under direct orders of division commanders Ivan Chistyakov or Valter Hoernlein,
players will control their troops in historical scenarios on precisely reconstructed authentic battlefields.

Five days of July

In Theatre of War 2: Kursk 1943, you control the units of the battle group belonging to German division Grossdeutschland or the forces of the Soviet 67th Guards Rifle Division and 3rd Mechanized Corps,
which participated in the defensive stage of the Kursk battle at the south face of the Kursk salient. There are two campaigns – German and Soviet:
  • Fiery Salient (forces of the Soviet 6th Guards and 1st Tank Army, July 5-10, 1943)
  • Operation Citadel (German division Grossdeutschland Kampfgruppe, July 5-10, 1943)
Each campaign consists of up to 9 engagements and puts you in charge of a typical military unit from that period. Each soldier and officer is a unique personality with characteristics and skills which can change during the campaign.
Careful planning and troops selection is recommended before each engagement.

Key features:
  • Take control over the mighty Soviet or German battle group in one of the battles which changed the history of the world
  • Simulation-level visibility, ballistics and armor penetration systems. All vital vehicle systems and crew members are individually modeled
  • Two historical campaigns (up to 18 missions total) and an unlimited number of customizable engagements waiting to be created with a few mouse clicks using the built-in Mission Generator
  • Sophisticated AI for both enemy and your own units
  • Over 60 Soviet, German and lend-leased US and British player-controllable units (not counting various infantry squads)
  • Unsurpassed management of battle personnel. You can choose, assign, promote and award up to several thousand people with various characteristics. You can even rename units for easier recognition in the heat of battle
  • Team multiplayer for up to 8 players (control of key points or assault/defense) with reinforcements, artillery barrages and air strikes
  • Tools for creating your own missions and maps (built-in Mission Generator, wizard-like Simple Editor, full-blown Mission Editor and 3D Map Editor).

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP/Vista
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo or AMD Athlon64 X2 (2,4GHz or better)
    • Memory: 2GB
    • Video Card: nVidia GeForce 6600 or AMD Radeon X1900 with 256MB RAM or better
    • Audio Card: DirectX 9-compatible
    • HDD: 3.5GB free hard disk space
    Recommended:
    • OS: 64-bit Windows Vista or Windows 7
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 or AMD Phenom II X550
    • Memory: 4GB
    • Video Card: nVidia GF 8800 or AMD Radeon HD 4850 with 512MB RAM or better
    • Audio Card: DirectX 9-compatible
    • HDD: 3.5GB free hard disk space
Helpful customer reviews
9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
13.8 hrs on record
Great game!....Released in 2010 and still better than most CM today. A must to experience for people loving than genre!....It is realistic and historically accurate, what is there to dislike?....
Posted: July 7
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2 of 5 people (40%) found this review helpful
9.9 hrs on record
Way to complicated to control. You are encharge of an entire Task Force and you have to manage them down to the individual.
Posted: July 16
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2 of 5 people (40%) found this review helpful
12.4 hrs on record
great game for us RTS gamers.
Posted: September 5
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
This game doesn't ♥♥♥♥ing work, where is my money.
Posted: September 15
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
14.0 hrs on record
As a sequel I simply can't recommend this game. It seems to take several steps back, and in doing so hits it's head against an open cupboard.

Firstly, there's the issue of why Theatre of War 2 comes in 2 games, each with their own add-ons? The answer to which illudes me completely. The original game had way more content, more nations, and a wider time period. Poland and France have been removed, and Italy and the USA needlessly funnelled off into their own game (which is also suffers from a severe lack of content). The British only have equipment they had at Caen, and not even all of that is present (have you ever heard of the RAF, 1C?). Are we to believe the feed back for the first game was "there's too much stuff, I want less choice"? Obviously it wasn't, so this is another quandery with no real reasoning.

Secondly, there's a grand total of one new mechanic. It's not even pluralisable. Just the one thing that's been added. It's not a terrible one, just poorly executed. The new mechanic is points. You spend points on the task force which you take on missions, and you get points for destroying enemy units. This in and of itself works fine, although knowing what's worth what would be quite nice, as you've no way of knowing in the middle of a battle (or in the menus for that matter). The only real downside is that your support now costs points. So you need at least 3000 points before you can call in artillery. Given that the average tank kill gets you about 400~ points, you need to wipe out roughly an entire battalion of tanks before High Command decide the situation looks a little hairy, and grant you off-map arty support. I'm not sure why this change was made, as artillery and air support were finite resources anyway, so you could quite easily blow it all on a not-so-serious attack and only realise later there's still another 300 dudes to kill, and your 6 remaining shells probably won't do the trick.

These are just the starkest of the games faults. There's so many little things going wrong as well, from unforgivably bad sound design (Brits speaking in American voices and the generally empty feel of the soundtrackless battles (the music slider is actually greyed out but left in)), all the way to awkward, but sadly compulsary, infantry micro-management (I shouldn't have to manually give my MG ammo while I want to be flanking a Tiger with my SU-85). It's just so frustrating to have a beautifully rendered WW2 battlefield, and then feel consricted and fustrated by mechanics of the game.

Wait, why am I spending 3 paragraphs moaning about a 4 year old game nobody even plays? Perhaps I'm passionate about the subject? Or just unemployed?

It's the second one. Hey 1C, give me a gig as a play tester you f**king hacks!
Posted: September 22
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18 of 22 people (82%) found this review helpful
3.3 hrs on record
I reward this masterfully crafted piece of art, this top AAA-act, with the privileged "Seal of Ultimate Approval" - no doubts, no regrets!

Rating: 9,1/10
Posted: March 21
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