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  • Summary: September 1944, General Montgomery mounts the most daring Allied offensive of WW2. The plan is ambitious. Drop thirty thousand airborne troops deep behind enemy lines, seize the vital bridges across the Rhine, secure the highway to the Reich, advance the Allied armies into the German heartland and end the war by Xmas. Take command and with the aid of the world's most advanced wargame engine fight the battle and change history. The Airborne Assault game engine revolutionizes wargaming. Its pausable, continuous time game play, the most advanced artificial intelligence of any wargame, powerful and intuitive user interface and unique command system provide the most realistic and enjoyable simulation of operational warfare. Command like a real General, under real time pressures to achieve real objectives on a real map all within the fog of war. Issue orders to your powerful AI controlled subordinates or take total control of every unit. Fight the worlds most advanced AI opponent or match wits against your friends online or over a LAN. [Matrix Games] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. One of the most realistic wargaming experiences in years. [Apr 2004, p.74]
  2. A distinguished sim of the most fascinating and closely run campaing ever fought on the Western Front. Grognards will love its depth, and newbies can catch up fairly easily. [Mar 2004, p.77]
  3. This is truly a grognard's game. If you don’t know what that means, you’re probably not one. If you do – and you are – you will be refreshed and inspired.
  4. The elegant gameplay system makes it one of the most accessible operational-level wargames we've ever played, and it's worth your time if you're a veteran wargame fan or if you've been thinking about jumping into wargaming.
  5. As good a war simulation as this is, it tends to be so thorough in its attention to historical accuracy that unless you wear a lot of tweed and smoke a pipe, you’d probably do well to stick to your Battlefield 1942 mods. Fast-paced this ain’t.
  6. Takes the original game, upgrades it slightly, expands its cope, and adds and editor. Put together, it's a pretty good package. [Feb 2004, p.91]
  7. There’s tons of play time with 34 different scenarios, and the ability to modify existing ones or create your own (plus multiplayer) just adds to the replay value of the game. The downside is that the game is also extremely confusing and challenging due to the detail.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 1 out of 4
  1. RicardoL.
    Mar 9, 2004
    Wow! what a nice game! I recommend it!
  2. PaulC.
    Aug 16, 2006
    Cracking game - loses one point for the AI being not "quite" as good as they make out. If you get caught out on either offensive or defensive operations, your nominated commander's decision making skills go "walkies" . I think the exit strategies they try to employ are very long term, where in some instances a "get out of there asap and screw the consequences" approach would be better. You end up having to micromanage these situations. But not bad all the same. The "Combat mission" series is particularly bad at this, you are a divisional commander with literally thousands of units of all kinds under your control, and you end up having to tell a guy in a building to kneel down and crawl forward 3 yards to get a better line of sight. At least this game tries to be consistent - you are a divisional level commander who"occaisionally" has to micromanage. Combat Mission has you doing both in a round after tedious round of micro management to the nth degree over. So a better game than that. Can't wait to see the new release from Panther, coming soon. Expand
  3. RaskolnikovR.
    Jan 26, 2004
    This is a great game but you HAVE to love the genre, if you're the type willing to put some thought and effort into a game youll LOVE this. If not please avoid for your own sanity sake, go play quake arena or something :p Expand
  4. GunnyBunny
    Jan 11, 2004
    Does not have Play-By-Email ( PBEM ) It is a two-dimensional ( 2D ) game only in a time when we all have powerful video cards :(