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  • Summary: Now you'll fight for the Cotentin peninsula, from the landings at Utah Beach to the siege at Cherbourg. In the dense hedgerows of the French countryside, AT teams may be lying in ambush almost anywhere. By placing a premium on infantry tactics, Invasion puts the capital "C" back into CloseNow you'll fight for the Cotentin peninsula, from the landings at Utah Beach to the siege at Cherbourg. In the dense hedgerows of the French countryside, AT teams may be lying in ambush almost anywhere. By placing a premium on infantry tactics, Invasion puts the capital "C" back into Close Combat. [Mattel Interactive] Expand
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  1. Positive: 11 out of 17
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  1. Unquestionably a triumph, marking a great improvement over the last game... It relies on gameplay rather than on cutscenes and ephemera, and the variety and suspense of individual battles combined with the simple but effective campaign system mean that it will stay on a good many hard disks for a long time to come.
  2. Effective integration of the psychological aspects of war and first-rate gameplay customization.
  3. While this latest chapter in the acclaimed series doesn't offer much in the innovation department, it's a quality product, a lot of fun to play and has obvious replayability value.
  4. Luckily, it doesn't sacrifice gameplay for the sake of simplicity.
  5. Combines solid graphics and exceptional sounds into a top-notch war gaming experience.
  6. A solid game that feels like an add-on. This series needs a 3D overhaul. [Jan 2001, p.157]
  7. Even though very customizable, Close Combat: Invasion Normandy's gameplay can get very repetitive after repeated play.

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  1. Positive: 12 out of 13
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  1. Sep 27, 2013
    10
    Most realistic tactical-level war real-time simulation by far, Close Combat is one of those underrated gems that few people know. "CC5Most realistic tactical-level war real-time simulation by far, Close Combat is one of those underrated gems that few people know. "CC5 Invasion: Normandy" is probably one the best games in the series, which was remade in 2012 with an extended campaign as "CC: The Longest Day". This game challenges you as a commander of troops with realistic behavior, and emphasizes stealth, ambushes and unit pairing over "win by numbers" usually seen in other games. Even battles that seem lost can be won with the right choices and smart use of the troops at your disposal. This is definitely one of the best tactical games I've played along with CC3 and CC4, and I'm still playing it sometimes. Expand
  2. Jan 2, 2014
    10
    This game needs to be rebuilt in 2014. To this day this is THE BEST WWII combat simulation game. It is still WAY better than Company of HeroesThis game needs to be rebuilt in 2014. To this day this is THE BEST WWII combat simulation game. It is still WAY better than Company of Heroes 1+2, or anything called 'Man of War' or anything developed in Russia. What is sad is that the game finally lacked a big fan base and so resources were never employed to upscale the maps. enhance the graphics or build a larger, longer campaign. This game is a war game done RIGHT. There is real line of sight. Realistic limits on ammo, Realistic morale, and it requires realistic tactics and thought. Units are not build out of unlimited resources. When tanks are destroyed they are gone. when men are dead their force is depleted. There is ambush, hiding, moving out of line and sight, smoke for cover, artillery and air support. Ways for tanks to dominate and ways for infantry to be useful, or to win the game, and eliminate armor when used properly. In many ways it remains in the top 5 games I ever played, and it could be so much better if rebuilt with even a portion of the game making knowledge that has accumulated in the last decade. Firaxis went and rebuilt X-COM and did it pretty well. We need someone to go and rebuild this too, and show the world how a WWII game can be among the BEST EVER.

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  3. Oct 3, 2012
    10
    Easily the best operational level historical wargame yet made. The year is now 2012 so the challenge is out there for another developer to tryEasily the best operational level historical wargame yet made. The year is now 2012 so the challenge is out there for another developer to try and match and improve what was achieved here. Expand
  4. FreddyS.
    Nov 22, 2001
    10
    I love it!
  5. BillD.Cat
    Mar 4, 2002
    10
    This is one of the best games I have ever played, and with the proper tools it quickly becomes one of the most adaptible ever. I have yet to This is one of the best games I have ever played, and with the proper tools it quickly becomes one of the most adaptible ever. I have yet to get tired of playing it, and if I ever do, I can just use friendly Qclone to edit it! Expand
  6. MikeW.
    Aug 1, 2007
    10
    This game is superb, its even better when played multiplayer. It has to be the best WW2 RTS ever produced i just wish Matrix Games would This game is superb, its even better when played multiplayer. It has to be the best WW2 RTS ever produced i just wish Matrix Games would combine it with Korsen Pocket to make a very involving multi-level Grand & Tactical Strategy Game. Expand
  7. StephenP.
    Feb 8, 2003
    5
    If this represents Normandy, why then did the allies have so much trouble? Poor graphic's and the easiest of all Close Combat games to If this represents Normandy, why then did the allies have so much trouble? Poor graphic's and the easiest of all Close Combat games to play. No challange at all for experienced CC players. Expand

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