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  • Summary: No, this can't be! Initial outpost reports showed only armored infantry, but some serious hardware is headed this way! How could two 70-ton German Königstiger battle tanks simply be overlooked?! Well, no time to lay blame, just aim the bazooka and bring up the tanks from the rear. Only a direct hit can destroy them. ? Codename: Panzers thrusts you into the high-powered battles of World War II. Whether played in towns with bullet-riddled buildings, bleak mountain landscapes, or treacherous swamps, Codename: Panzers offers real-time combat rampages with awesome 3D graphics. Create your combat force from over 100 finely detailed units, from a flame-throwing squad to a Soviet Stalin organ rocket launcher to a German Königstiger battle tank. Be the commander - demolish the enemy with clever tactical maneuvers. Experience the nerve-jangling thrill of strategic gaming - in Codename: Panzers! [CDV] Expand
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  1. Positive: 32 out of 38
  2. Negative: 0 out of 38
  1. The detail that has gone into this title is breathtaking... Codename Panzers has entered the stage as a virgin and almost instantly become the ‘meat and two veg’ of the WW2 RTS genre, in actual fact we challenge you to find a better RTS alternative altogether.
  2. It provides plenty of interesting units and destructible environments to play around with, and it contains a ton of content, including three big campaigns, all of which result in an excellent, all-around real-time strategy game.
  3. Codename: Panzers has seemingly appeared from nowhere – at least on these shores – yet has effortlessly succeeded in being one of the best RTS titles of the year so far.
  4. The only disappointment is the somewhat static AI and unbelievable damage model. But the fast and fun gameplay and the diverse missions make up for any of these shortcomings.
  5. Codename Panzers does an effective job of stripping away the standard base building options and replacing them with a strategic core for battles that is thoroughly engaging.
  6. Yes, that's what it is: it's Second World Warcraft.
  7. It sounds promising but, to be honest, there really isn’t anything here that we haven’t seen a hundred times before, and for that reason alone it’s very difficult to get excited about Codename: Panzers. [Sept 2004, p.117]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 19
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 19
  3. Negative: 1 out of 19
  1. Jan 2, 2013
    10
    This is one of the best WW2 srategy game.
  2. May 31, 2014
    7
    The whole thing comes across as very bland, claustrophobic and by the numbers. Naturally- it doesn't give me the same sense of control (or complete lack of) that the Men of War series does. Maybe I just really don't dig this kind of gameplay, but even just looking at the few opening missions it makes you wonder how you're supposed to keep track of all your units to begin with. The soldiers are astronomically small versus say a tank, realistic of course, but alas this means its very difficult to tell if that's a sniper, a riflemen, or a submachine gun squad your clicking on by just visual feedback alone. Everything must be kept track of on your UI, which is terribly small and seems to be built for a different game entirely. I can't tell if the game is supposed to be more like the Men of War titles in terms of unit conservation mixed with Command & Conquer's sparse "here is some units- get through the mission without losing all of them" gameplay. Its terribly unintuitive in either case. Its almost like the developers couldn't make up their mind about the games actual presentation, since it looks like an arcade RTS, but then upon losing a few units, you'll realize that it doesn't play by those rules whatsoever. If I could figure out what people thought was so amazing about this game- I'd be more likely to figure out its inner workings, but for now it feels like I've already played it- just from being around the Men of War series for so long. Expand

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