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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 aNo, 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. There are no elements that stand out as revolutionary, however it’s rare something goes wrong. It’s impossible not to enjoy this title but those looking for a new challenge should board another tank.
  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. 80
    The interface is especially straightforward and the game is simple to play yet provides a breath of order and commands for your units.
  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. RaoulB.
    Oct 8, 2004
    10
    This is simply the best WW2 strategy game ever played. Fast gameplay, awesome graphics, fun story.
  3. ChrisW.
    Sep 22, 2004
    10
    What an AMAZING game! truly awesome... Not too realistic, but great fun!
  4. PeterP.
    Oct 23, 2004
    10
    FANTASTIC!
  5. VictorG.
    Oct 8, 2004
    9
    This is an absolute MUST HAVE. It has great graphics and is real fun to play.
  6. A.Wood
    Oct 13, 2004
    9
    Outstanding , easily the best WW2 themed RTS on the market. Above average AI, excellent graphics. Urban warfare is a blast and filled with Outstanding , easily the best WW2 themed RTS on the market. Above average AI, excellent graphics. Urban warfare is a blast and filled with tension one wrong move can easily hand you defeat. Well done. Expand
  7. S.Vest
    Aug 12, 2005
    4
    I seem to be the only one who sees the numerous flaws in this game. It strays so far from historical reality that it's little more than I seem to be the only one who sees the numerous flaws in this game. It strays so far from historical reality that it's little more than a video game. Air power was the key to beating the Germans in Europe so why is it so seldom available to offset the German superiority in tanks? It's VERY limited in the number of vehicles that are available to the player. Why, in a game with landmines (and where ground troops are essentially helpless) are there no SherDozers or Crabs available to clear mines? The AI for even your own troops is clueless. Vehicles will choose to go into discovered minefields unless you watch them closely. Self-propelled artillery, when told to directly attack a target will come up to point-blank range (and become easy targets) rather than lobbing shells from a distance. Also, on map artillery cannot attack an area of the map unless one of your troops is observing that spot. That makes NO sense. People looking for a MUCH more enjoyable WWII strategy game should check out Steel Panthers World at War. It's not as pretty but it makes for a lot less frustrating (and more fun) experience and it's a FREE download. Expand

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