Men of War is a stunning Real-Time Strategy game that takes place during the height of World War II. Intense battles span Europe and North Africa as gamers play as Soviet, Allied or German forces across 19 massive single-player missions.
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Release Date: May 6, 2009

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Includes 11 items: Men of War: Assault Squad, Men of War: Assault Squad - MP Supply Pack Alpha, 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, Men of War: Assault Squad - Skirmish Pack 2, Men of War: Condemned Heroes, Men of War: Red Tide, Men of War: Vietnam, Men of War: Vietnam Special Edition Upgrade Pack, Men of War™

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

 

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Men of War is a stunning Real-Time Strategy game that takes place during the height of World War II. Intense battles span Europe and North Africa as gamers play as Soviet, Allied or German forces across 19 massive single-player missions. Both online multiplayer and single-player conflicts feature authentic vehicles and weapons of the era and brutal combat that will take players into the heart of the fight.
Features
  • The Direct Control feature allows gamers to command any single unit on the field at any time. Players have complete control over the unit's actions and can change, upgrade and repair equipment and vehicles.
  • Three evolving storylines in the Soviet, Allied and German armies, comprising 19 missions in total.
  • Realistic models of armament and military equipment recreated in accordance with design drawings and historical documents.
  • Highly detailed WWII environments and characters faithfully recreated with a cutting-edge graphics engine.
  • The single player campaign features a fully customizable user interface.
  • Online play features a unique faction (the Japanese) and numerous gameplay modes including Capture the Flag and High-Value Cargo.

Men of War is affected by the GameSpy shutdown on the 31st of May. You can continue to play the game through LAN, DirectIP and GameRanger.

System Requirements

    Minimum
    • Operating System: Microsoft® Windows® XP SP3 / Windows Vista SP1 — This product does not support Windows 95/98/ME/2000/NT or XP x64/Vista x64!
    • Processor: Intel® Pentium 4 3.0 GHz or AMD™ Athlon™ 64 3000+
    • Memory: XP – 1 GB RAM / Vista – 2 GB RAM
    • Hard Disk Space: 6.5 GB + 1 GB Swap File
    • Video Card: 3D Hardware Accelerator Card Required – 100% DirectX 9.0c compatible 128 MB Video Memory. ATI® Radeon® 9600 or Nvidia® GeForce® 5900
    • Sound Card: DirectX® 9.0c compatible sound card
    • DirectX® Version: DirectX® 9.0c
    • Network:

      Internet(TCP/IP) or LAN play supported

      Internet play requires broadband connection and latest drivers

      LAN play requires network interface card with latest drivers

    Recommended
    • Operating System: Microsoft® Windows® XP SP3 / Windows Vista SP1 — This product does not support Windows 95/98/ME/2000/NT or XP x64/Vista x64!
    • Processor: Intel® Core 2 Duo 2.33 GHz or AMD® Athlon® 4400+
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Hard Disk Space: 5.5 GB + 1 GB Swap File
    • Video Card: 256 MB 3D Hardware Accelerator Card with Shader 3.0 support ** - ATI® Radeon® 2600 or Nvidia® GeForce® 8600
    • Sound Card: DirectX® 9.0c compatible sound card
    • DirectX® Version: DirectX® 9.0c
    • Network:

      Internet(TCP/IP) or LAN play supported

      Internet play requires broadband connection and latest drivers

      LAN play requires network interface card with latest drivers

    ** NOTICE: Some 3D accelerator cards with the chipset listed here may not be compatible with the 3D acceleration features utilized by Men of War. Please refer to your hardware manufacturer for 100% DirectX compatibility.

    Supported Chipsets: ATI Radeon 9600
    , ATI Radeon 9700
    , ATI Radeon X300
    , ATI Radeon X600
    , ATI Radeon X700
    , ATI Radeon X800
    , ATI Radeon X850
    , ATI Radeon X1050
    , ATI Radeon X1300
    , ATI Radeon X1600
    , ATI Radeon X1900
    , ATI RADEON HD 2400
    , ATI RADEON HD 2600
    , ATI RADEON HD 2900
    , ATI RADEON HD 3450
    , ATI RADEON HD 3850
    , ATI RADEON HD 3870
    , ATI RADEON HD 4850
    , NVIDIA GEFORCE 5900
    , NVIDIA GEFORCE 6600
    , NVIDIA GEFORCE 6800
    , NVIDIA GEFORCE 7300
    , NVIDIA GEFORCE 7600
    , NVIDIA GEFORCE 7800
    , NVIDIA GEFORCE 8400
    , NVIDIA GEFORCE 8500
    , NVIDIA GEFORCE 8600
    , NVIDIA GEFORCE 8800
    , NVIDIA GEFORCE 9600
    , NVIDIA GEFORCE 260
    , MOBILE CHIPSETS:

    Supported Mobile Chipsets: NVIDIA GEFORCE GO 7900
    , NVIDIA GEFORCE GO 7950
    and NVIDIA GEFORCE GO 8400
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
38.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 10
This game is brilliant.

I know that's not a proper review so let's go into more detail: this game is really ♥♥♥♥ing brilliant.

Okay seriously now...

I have just spent 27 hours completing the first campaign with the Soviets, on normal. Yes that is my entire playtime. No I do not suck at wargames. This game is hard, and not always for the right reasons. Aside from the fact that I traditionally play as a virtual Montgomery (yes, the WWII Field Marshal known for his caution and methodical attacking strategy), Men of War throws things at you that I guarantee you you've never seen in any other WWII RTS. Let's get the bad out of the way first, so we can gorge on the good for dessert.

If you don't like micro-management of units in an RTS, steer clear of this game. I personally consider this a good aspect of the game, but because it's on such an intense and vast scale, it can be...overwhelming. You may be in command of many dozens of men at any one time and because each and every individual gets their own inventory (more on that later), that's dozens of people whose weapons and ammo loadouts you generally need to keep an eye on.

What really gets on my nerves, and will get on yours, are the small terrain bugs. This is a problem that applies mainly to vehicles and large equipment like anti-tank guns. This may be a tech constraint more than anything else but it seems where they've tried to map out terrain accurately, they've ended up not quite getting it right, so your vehicles/equipment sometimes end up going very, very slowly over pieces of terrain that are not completely smooth. The whole issue is a minor thorn in your leg but it's still bothersome.

Finally, the game is often difficult because you are given barebones assistance in terms of objectives. To be clear, yes you are given objectives and yes there's a red arrow that points to objectives during missions. But it's a thick red ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ that really only points to the general region of your objective rather than the specific item or area, and your objectives are not always explained clearly enough. What I mean by that is, the game tells you what to do but it doesn't do it specifically enough. Minor spoiler ahead if you want more of an explanation on that: Take the final mission of the Soviet campaign for instance. There's a point in it where you have to release a submarine from a small pen and the game instructs you to do this, but not how to do it. I spent ten to fifteen minutes trying to figure it out, launching Panzerfausts at the dock power station, thinking blowing it up would achieve my aim (and because it usually does in many WWII RTS games- silly me). It doesn't, and I'm left puzzled as to what I need to do. Turns out there's a small console on one of the power pylons which will open the gate to the pen. GO FIGURE.

Now, if you can at least tolerate all that then please, please, stay for the brilliance.

Anyone who is familiar with games like Company of Heroes will feel right at home with this game. Only you're not at home because THIS. IS. MEN OF WAR. First thing you might notice is how there's no base. Instead you're given a complement of troops each mission. Every single soldier you can click on has their own inventory box. Literally every single one. They can pick up [and use] most anything and everything you can find on the battlefield, ranging from helmets and grenades to ammunition boxes and rocket launchers. You could probably play this game as some kind of Inventory Collection Simulator 2009. Now, the best thing about this is essentially unit customization.

You cannot customize the looks of your men but by ♥♥♥♥ you can customize damn near everything else. Want to go into battle with a squad of bazooka-armed Nazi officers? Done. Want to strip your men to the bare bones and send them into battle as nothing but trained martial artists? You're covered there. Just want to craft a well-armed, well-rounded squad with rifles and a couple of light machine guns? Go for it! The game practically begs you to do this and the system is self-perpetuating because EVERY SINGLE soldier on the battlefield has their own inventory, even your opponents. On a special forces mission and in need of some heavier weapons? Tough luck. Oh wait, I can hear the deep growl of a truck coming this way, get ready lads...

Another highly celebrated feature of this game is the Direct Control system. Using this you can essentially play through entire missions as one soldier or one vehicle. The system does precisely what it claims to do and gives you control over a single entity in the game, thereafter moving it around with the arrow keys and aiming/shooting with the mouse. This is not only massive bucketfuls of fun but it's paticularly useful if you want to accomplish specific tasks or turn the tide in a small tactical skirmish. I can't explain in words how satisfying it is to have one of your squads in trouble, losing men fast, only for their prayers to be answered as YOU turn the corner in a T-34, traverse the turret in the direction of your enemy and BOOM, ♥♥♥♥ YOU. Yes, the game has those moments, providing you want to make them.

You can of course play this game completely as a traditional RTS and it's likely you'll spend more time directing squads and tanks at the strategic level than "on the ground". But it's those "on the ground" moments that really drive home the fun- ahem I mean, brutality of war. Graphics-wise the game is nothing particularly special. It was released in 2009 but it uses a slighly older engine so don't expect too much polish. You can still observe troops getting pulverized into a fine mist by 20mm FlaK fire, let's put it that way.

Another great feature, though more minor in comparison to the others, is the way the game crafts what I like to think of as a "persistent battlefield". In most missions you will be accompanied by AI-controlled friendly troops. These guys all have their own programs and will get on with hurting the enemy wherever they can. They will even accomplish main game objectives for you in some instances. One mission I had, focused on the titanic struggle for the Seelowe Heights (anyone who knows their history will know this is a particularly bloody episode in the book of WWII) in 1945, ended up with me relying on my AI friends to clear out the enemy towards the end of the mission, as every assault I made had been pummeled into near nothingness and I ended up having no reserves left to commit. Instead, all I had left was one squad of tank crewmen.

Now, if there's one thing this game teaches you like nothing else ever will, it's that failure is not the end. Only the beginning. This is where anecdotal value really comes into its own...

You know what I did with that tank squad? Yeah that's right. Instead of giving up I searched the battlefield and, lo and behold, found myself a Mark IV Panzer that still had all its parts on the same vehicle (as opposed for instance to the turret being found hundreds of metres away having been blown clean off). With a heart full of vengeance, I commanded my squad to retrieve a repair kit from the inventory of an earlier destroyed T-34 and set about repairing the Panzer. My crewmen and I looked in disgust at the white cross. "We'll drape a red flag over that cross soon enough brothers", thought I. In minutes, to my deep satisfaction, my crewmen had a fully functioning Panzer, armed with a 75mm main gun on the turret and the deadly MG-34 in the hull and coax positions.

I would love to finish that story (the bulk of it is we unleashed that vengeance) but Steam only lets me type so many letters. Anyway, the point is, if you hadn't already got it, this game is a main course of amazing with a starter of hard and a side order of occasionally frustrating. Do yourself a favour and buy it.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
62.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 31
This game is so difficult to explain. It is a challenging WW2 real time strategy game where every soldier and vehicle has their own inventory and can be controlled directly for your pleasure.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
31.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 11
They should make it so that people can make custom levels to put on a steam workshop so that other people can download the level and play it.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
54.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 15
Voice acting that rivals Resident Evil and Tommy Wiseau.
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156 of 191 people (82%) found this review helpful
188 people found this review funny
Recommended
14.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 23, 2015
- Captured enemy war base using only a knife

- Saw Sasha Kovlevski speaking in perfect english

- Destroyed a King Tiger with a molotov

- Threw a knife through Halftrack's armor and killed it's driver

- Spawned myself a tank in editor and enjoyed rolling through hordes of little enemy cars.

- Killed a Nazi and wore his hat

11/10 would kill Nazis for hats again
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101 of 126 people (80%) found this review helpful
138 people found this review funny
Recommended
66.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 22
- Plays Men of War
- Mother Russia rules all
- 5 year old sister walks into room
- Sees guy getting mowed down by German Machinegunner
- Laughs like a psycho at the carnage, screaming "More blood!" as comrades die
- Penal Batallions become her favorite topic
- Goes to school for Demo Day
- "What do you wanna be when you grow up?"
- "I wanna be a Penal Batallion and kill people with machineguns."
- Principal suspends
- 8/8 would get little sister suspended again
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64 of 71 people (90%) found this review helpful
17 people found this review funny
Recommended
41.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 24, 2015
Hmm... how should I put this?
Imagine Arma, okay? Imagine all of the realism, immersion, tension that has Arma featured. Now, since Arma set in modern world, how about change them into WW2. Nice, isn't it? Alright, now change the FPS camera into isometric top down that can zoom in into your unit's scale.

Now you get Men of War.
10/10
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114 of 150 people (76%) found this review helpful
72 people found this review funny
Recommended
98.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 12, 2014
this game is amzaing, but the voice acting is....... IS THE BEST THING EVAR. I MEAN IT SOUNDS LIKE THEY HIRED REAL RUSSIANS AND GERMANS TO VOICE ACT THE TROOPS, AND IT TOTALLY DOSEN'T SOUND LIKE A CHEAP AMERICAN ACTOR TRYING TO SOUND RUSSIAN.
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62 of 71 people (87%) found this review helpful
85 people found this review funny
Recommended
12.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 3
Why you should get men of war no matter what
-I got the game when it was on sale
-finished the mission the first mission then the second
-got the hang of it
-went on to third mission
-was really good at using infantry
-had too face lots of panzers
-desided to nade tard my way out of it
-killed many panzies
-thought i was done
-more panzies
-no more nades to kill panzies
-lost my defensive line
-had almost 97% of the train loaded (when its fully done you win)
-fricken germans killed all my loading civilians
-only had 1 tank crewman named chevclishovski
-chevclishovski looted bodies of some germans
-little chev found one of his friends another tank crewman hiding behind a wall
-found empty panzer
-wreck havok for a minute
-arty kills my panzer
-my little chev is burned alive
-I hear little chev and his friend screaming whenever I go to sleep
10/10
would get night terrors of little chev being burned alive
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49 of 54 people (91%) found this review helpful
Recommended
468.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 23, 2013
This game is my favorite game ever! In the single player it makes you feel cunning and smart but is still tough! While in the multiplayer you get annihilated. But the biggest and best feature of this game is... the editor! It is very useable and powerful you could use it for a great mission or you can just have silly fun! (Most of the time I'm doing the second) My only complaint is the defence missions! No matter what you do you either win or lose it's a matter of luck! When you have a line of defence and a enemy army there is nothing to do besides watch and hope it does well! But really this is a great game I would recommend this any day.
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schnozzalee
32.0 hrs
Posted: October 1
Sudden Strike meets Commandos meets Operation Flashpoint, but in less depth.

For £3.99 this game is well worth the money and I give it 7.5/10, due to the graphics - I prefer 2D for RTS.

The difficulty keeps this game interesting (even on easy) and I've only just completed the 3 campaigns (30 hours).

There are bonus missions included for the 3 factions - Allies, Axis and the Soviets, so I plan to play these next.

I bought this game for the Single Player content and not the Multiplayer.

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Jason
149.3 hrs
Posted: September 27
My favourite game of all time
You will love this game especially if you are into RTS Games. But...this game is kinda dead. That's why you need some friends to play with you unless you download gameranger. There are some people who still play the game. It's just once gamespy got shut down. It seems like no one plays anymore. If you do eventually buy the game. Add me and hit me up, I got a lot of friends who play it and wouldn't mind some new extra players.
But overall this game is one of the best games I have had ever played.
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Imperial_Command
24.4 hrs
Posted: September 27
10/120 would destroy my friend again
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350.1 hrs
Posted: September 23
An old classic not worth forgetting.
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1.7 hrs
Posted: September 22
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simon_fairhead
64.8 hrs
Posted: September 17
Men Of War is an exquisite, visceral game of chess. Each piece, each soldier, each tank and artillery weapon has its special strengths and weaknesses. But our little battlefield avatars, seen from the god-like heights, or joined in the mud, are not fixed, unchanging. They can pick up a bazooka from the hands of a dead grenadier, they can forage amongst the ammo dumps for rifle or machine gun rounds. They can hide behind walls and creep through long grasses to ambush and surprise their enemies. And if their new-found bounty is not enough, they can lob a grenade into a half-track and take control of the vehicle. They can capture tanks and motorcycles, ack-ack guns and rocket-cannons, and repair them if they are damaged, re-fuel them if they are out of petrol. Like no other game before, Men Of War has the dynamics and flexibility to be a classic. Now we need more period warfare (sort out some hand-to-hand animation for medival battles, please) and perhaps it is time to dive into the future. I for one can't wait to see what they come up with next!
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QuickSilver999x
10.7 hrs
Posted: September 10
Its great but it has a steep learning curve and the larger units like tanks and such dont preform well like the infantry. It needs a lot of tweeks but I am looking forward to going intot he next games to hopefully find a fair balance.
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