User Score
7.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 14 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 14
  2. Negative: 3 out of 14

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  1. May 8, 2014
    4
    It's as real as you'll get in an RTS combat game. But that's its biggest problem: it's TOO real. It's overly complicated and overly sophisticated. And that leeches all the fun out. It's still an interesting game to check out.
  2. Jan 21, 2014
    3
    Being fan of strategy games..and Close Combat series I was happy to hear about this game.

    It goes towards realism pretty hard..you never seen before. But it croses line where its actually any fun to play it or to undersand it. Game is done is such not intuitive way that i think it son purpose.. For example deployment mode: germans - red color, russina - blue ? WHY THE HELL? Game
    Being fan of strategy games..and Close Combat series I was happy to hear about this game.

    It goes towards realism pretty hard..you never seen before. But it croses line where its actually any fun to play it or to undersand it.
    Game is done is such not intuitive way that i think it son purpose..
    For example deployment mode: germans - red color, russina - blue ? WHY THE HELL?

    Game is very complicated..and im mean VERY.. menu is awfaul looking ..and not intuitive at all.
    It would be really great game with bigger dev. team and budget..but for now its unplayable.
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  3. Aug 13, 2010
    10
    In 1996 was released first of wargame's series "Close Combat". Now we have one really lawful heir of great series is "Achtung Panzer: Kharkov 1943". That's most realistic tactical
    wargame with a beatiful graphic. Only disadvantage is interface which still need to work.
  4. Aug 13, 2010
    0
    In 1996 was released first of wargame's series "Close Combat". Now we have one really lawful heir of great series is "Achtung Panzer: Kharkov 1943". That's most realistic tactical
    wargame with a beatiful graphic. Only disadvantage is interface which still need to work.
Metascore
70

Mixed or average reviews - based on 6 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Has good turn-based, operational mode, that unfortunately is not backed up by solid tactical combat. The commanding feels clumsy and unintuitive, and information feels like it's hidden from the commander. The old masters of tactical WW2 combat still remain unbeaten. [May 2010]
  2. Achtung Panzer: Kharkov 1943 is a challenge for tacticians and for those who want to be this, but not for somebody who has to ask for the way ten times although there is a map available.
  3. If developers of real military simulations try to develop games, things can go terribly wrong regarding the balance between complexity and fun. Despite the great AI there’s not enough fun in there. Try again, please.