Mixed or average reviews - based on 29 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 29
  2. Negative: 1 out of 29
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  1. PC Gamer
    If you're a more casual type who's not anal about realism, Desert Rats will satisfy your inner tank commander. [June 2004, p.66]
  2. Better multiplayer support along with the ability to create quick matches by including AI opponents would have gone a long way to extending the replay value of the title and the game’s overall enjoyment.
  3. The visuals are simply amazing, particularly for a title from this genre, and the depth of the units isn't too shabby either, however it lacks that finishing polish and precise execution that would have made it that much better.
  4. A game that looks good and plays reasonably well, but is likely to test your patience more than your military skills.
  5. 72
    Hitting the balance between historical authenticity and compelling gameplay is very hard. Desert Rats vs. Afrika Korps walks this line pretty well but still suffers from too much specialization, particularly among infantry units, to be easily comprehensible.
  6. The graphics are superb and has audio to match but is let down by dodgy path finding and to a lesser extent the humorous voice acting. As it stands it is a competent if somewhat flawed RTS in a very competitive genre.
  7. And although the game lacks the visual splendor of "Ground Control 2," or the physics engine of "Soldiers of WW2," it has a lot more problems at launch than these two titles had.
  8. Ignore the trivial narrative, focus on the grim business of war and you should find this a satisfying and challenging game.
  9. If Desert Rats can address its most severe problems - a very variable AI and a rather stunted mutliplayer - then it might be able to up itself to an [80] rating.
  10. Unfortunately the multiplayer modes don’t offer any extra gameplay depth, only offering the usual death match and capture the flag modes, coupled with a few tacked on others for up to four people.
  11. The raw elements of DRvAK should please hardcore strategist, but it needs a little more polish in terms of pathfinding and formation options (which are extremely limited).
  12. We’re left with a terribly flawed gem that catches the light one moment and cuts with a jagged edge the next. We hope the dozens of glitches, bugs and random crashes can be wiped away with a patch.
  13. Makes good use of the material and provides some thrills when battles play out explosively, but as good as the game looks, some flawed mechanics and a general lack of polish keep it from being as fun as it should be.
  14. Computer Gaming World
    A good historical RTS, desite flawed infantry and some puzzlelike maps. [July 2004, p.71]
  15. 60
    The attempt to support an RTS with a compelling storyline is not a new idea and it has certainly been done with more imagination and style.
  16. Pacing and AI problems hold this back from its potential. [June 2004, p.135]
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 8 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 2 out of 8
  1. SSGWentz
    Feb 21, 2006
    control of troops is great and the ability to use differnet tactics and capture equipment. ( like real war).
  2. JhonnyM.
    Apr 29, 2004
    Better than Generals. BEST GAME EVER.
  3. RichardP.
    Mar 19, 2004
    Very very good.