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  • Summary: In Secret Weapons of WWII, players will engage in war with a choice of up to 46 vehicles to control. In addition to the 30 vehicles introduced in the original game such as fighter planes, tanks, and aircraft carriers, players can operate 16 new vehicles including the Horton HO 229 "Flying Wing" that is equipped with 30 mm machine guns and missiles. Other vehicles consist of a US Sherman tank with a T-34 Calliope rocket launcher, U.S. T95/T28 Super Heavy Tank, the Sturmtiger (naval gun mounted on Tiger tank), U.S. Goblin jetfighter, C-47 cargo plane that will serve as a mobile spawn point, the American Armstrong Whitworth AW-52 advanced fighter, the German Wasserfall guided anti-air missile and the German Natter rocket plane. Also, for the first time, Secret Weapons of WWII will give players the chance to fly and fight at the same time with a top secret German prototype Rocket Pack. There will be seven new weapons including one-shot kill knives, the Bren light machine gun, Remington Auto 5 shotgun and the Mauser K98 grenade rifle. The game introduces British Commando and German Elite troops while enriching gameplay by adding a new "objective based" gameplay mode. [Electronic Arts] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 18
  2. Negative: 1 out of 18
  1. Offers a lot of content, much more so than what was available in "Road to Rome." The fact that it comes bundled with the v1.45 patch means that players will be treated to a slightly improved physics model, more player animation and better sounds, as well as numerous bug fixes and other minor tweaks.
  2. While single-player practice against AI teams feels drab and slow-paced, a full-blown multiplayer melee with more than 20 people per team is flat-out amazing. [Dec 2003, p.136]
  3. 88
    The balance is still superb, the physics system embraces the new jet-powered vehicles, and the new maps allow for gameplay almost as compelling as you'd find on Wake or Market Garden.
  4. 80
    Considering that some of the maps in the "Road to Rome" expansion were spectacular, it's hard to justify dropping $30 on another set of maps and some vehicles.
  5. What's going to annoy people most is that the purists will want things like the mobile spawn point of the C-47, but won't be able to have them without the jet fighters and flyable missiles. And ultimately, that might mean these Secret Weapons remain completely unknown to most. [PC Gamer UK]
  6. If the fantasy element turns you on then go for it. Otherwise, you’re not missing much. The old formula is beginning to look dog-eared.
  7. They don't feel much different from regular guns and planes. [Dec 2003, p.86]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. CountZr0
    Sep 5, 2003
    BF1942 = Best Game Ever. BF1942:SW = Better still!
  2. AliM.
    Sep 24, 2003
    It's a game that beats the most of fps games there is.
  3. PaulT.
    Mar 11, 2004
    This games is fantastic. there is so much scope and room for you to explore the game in your own way. with so many different vehicles, planes,ship and many more its very difficult to get bord. if you don't like this gam then you are a complete billock. Expand
  4. JohnV.
    Sep 9, 2003
    A solid addition to the Battlefield series, this expansion offers more content then Road to Rome. The objective based gameplay makes teamwork a much more necessary part of the game, Overall a good buy if you are a fan of the series. Expand
  5. MatthieuR.
    Sep 8, 2003
    Not bad. I love BF1942, and this provides more good stuff. The maps are uneven, however; some are really good, while others are frustratingly geared towards anti-aircraft battles. The new planes and weapons are cool for a while, but get old. The only exception is the shotgun, which RULES! Expand
  6. ALFtheCALF
    Sep 8, 2003
    Good new stuff, good update. But the Game needs a greater and better physics update to look more realistic. I'm sick of flying planes that behave like paperplanes ;) Expand
  7. Macke
    Oct 7, 2003
    Played the Orginal 1942 too much, and the Road to Rome expansion.... So this wasn´t worth the money, too little new things. Disappointed! And the intro wasn't the best I've seen, the contruction during the intro of the new weapons killed the feeling of them. But the idea for 1942 is good so it gets a 6 from me. But I really would like to kill all the people in the other team before I win. Expand

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