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  • Summary: Fight in the theatre of war that changed the world forever. Battle alongside your compatriots on some of the most inhospitable environments of the Eastern Front in Red Orchestra: Ostfront 41-45 RO places you in the most realistic WWII first-person multi-player combat to date on the PC,Fight in the theatre of war that changed the world forever. Battle alongside your compatriots on some of the most inhospitable environments of the Eastern Front in Red Orchestra: Ostfront 41-45 RO places you in the most realistic WWII first-person multi-player combat to date on the PC, allowing the player to fight through some of the most intense combat of the war. You can play as infantry, using a wide range of infantry weapons, or crew one of the many armoured combat vehicles available in the game, from half-tracks all the way through to the most famous German and Soviet heavy tanks. You can engage the enemy with everything from your bayonet at close quarters up to the massive 122mm cannon on the Soviet IS-2. And if that isn't enough, find an officer and a radio to call in thunderous artillery strikes to shake the enemy loose. [Tripwire] Expand
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  1. Positive: 20 out of 22
  2. Negative: 1 out of 22
  1. As frantic as it is visually stunning.
  2. Don't expect to like Red Orchestra Ostfront 41-45 right off, as it's downright nasty for the first couple of hours. After that, however, the depth of the game and the emphasis on skill becomes apparent. [July 2006, p.59]
  3. Because Red Orchestra is not reliant on a story or linear gameplay and has plenty of variety, it remains a fresh and a different experience just about every time it's played.
  4. 80
    The stern difficulty level might upset some players, as might the lack of 'safe' features such as crosshairs and medical packs. However, if you really want your World War FPS' to be real, like, really real, then Red Orchestra is just about your best bet.
  5. As usual, the online-only nature makes for a steep learning curve, but the excellent community that surrounds this game makes RO an even stronger value. For players that are sick of Normandy, put in for a transfer to the Eastern Front - you'll love every minute.
  6. Just like a real orchestra, Red Orchestra requires a concerted effort to get the most out of it. It may not be the most popular mod right now, but it has one of the strongest communities and anyone willing to invest a little time to become a part of it will be well rewarded.
  7. 40
    If effort counts, then Red Orchestra is not a bad game, and it might even be a very good one. But playing games is about having experiences, and the experience of playing Red Orchestra will leave 95% of the gaming community out in the cold. That other 5% will have the time of their lives though.

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  1. Negative: 73 out of 526
  1. Aug 7, 2011
    10
    The game is unique, providing combat in a video game unlike any other in a unique, highly sought after WWII environment. Its realistic,The game is unique, providing combat in a video game unlike any other in a unique, highly sought after WWII environment. Its realistic, gritty, tactical, and requires great skill. not for those NEW to he FPS genre. if you want an intense gaming experience this WAS the game for you. but it always had a very small server community. despite this, red orchestra players like myself never let that stop them from thoroughly enjoying the game, with certain very good high population servers and clans/groups that kept the game alive and interesting. i give a lot of respect to tripwire, who even took the time to update the game a LOT after it game out. just goes to show dedication (and tripwire does it for ALL of their games, very well at that). there are only a few minor glitches and errors that arent even bothersome or inhibiting with bombs going off around you. and these glitches are few and far between. the game is immersive and a gem of an FPS. WWII buffs and realism junkies loved it. i say loved because with the NEW red orchestra: heroes of stalingrad coming out, the first game might become a little dated. i encourage you all however to buy the new one. tripwire is a very unique and talented game developer, and i encourage anyone who :loves WWII, loves FPS, loves realism, looking for a challenge/something new. to get it. although really i encourage any and everyone to check it out. im usually hesitant to dish out 50 bucks for a new game, but after playing the first RO, i have complete confidence that its worth the money and supports tripwire to make more games i love. Expand
  2. [DF]VARG[RUS]
    Oct 18, 2006
    10
    Very realistic. You've just forgot about all world around when you drive in the tank or when you prey to a god under artillery fire! Not Very realistic. You've just forgot about all world around when you drive in the tank or when you prey to a god under artillery fire! Not just a multiplayer game, it's real war! Now RO available in Russia. Za Rodinu! Expand
  3. WallyG.
    Mar 27, 2006
    10
    Best WWII shooter I have ever played, period. brings the term "realsim" to a whole new level. no run & gun kiddie arcade crap here. Just Best WWII shooter I have ever played, period. brings the term "realsim" to a whole new level. no run & gun kiddie arcade crap here. Just total immersion into a realistic WWII envoironment. The tank combat is thrilling as well. Expand
  4. WayneS.
    Nov 12, 2007
    10
    This game is great and different from all other FPS's I have ever played... If you want realism this is about as good as it gets, once This game is great and different from all other FPS's I have ever played... If you want realism this is about as good as it gets, once you get in to it you will go back again and again, it's so intense... I hope Tripwire will do one for the Western Front some time in the future too... I'd also like to see them have a go at the Vietnam conflict as well... This will keep me busy until then. Expand
  5. LouB
    Aug 20, 2006
    9
    Very fun, very realistic well worth the $25. Not for everyone because not everyone will have the patience to get used to a sim as apposed to Very fun, very realistic well worth the $25. Not for everyone because not everyone will have the patience to get used to a sim as apposed to an arcade game, but if you think you have the patience buy it. Expand
  6. MattB.
    Aug 31, 2007
    8
    A milestone in "realistic" games. However; its pretty much love it or hate it. I love it. I can see this game being optimally fun with a A milestone in "realistic" games. However; its pretty much love it or hate it. I love it. I can see this game being optimally fun with a group of people who use teamwork and VOIP. Really fun if you're into realistic shooters, and hell its only $20. Expand
  7. SerdarA.
    Mar 26, 2006
    0
    I pre-ordered this game thrusting steam would not put anything worthless in their system. This is by far the worst game I have ever played. I pre-ordered this game thrusting steam would not put anything worthless in their system. This is by far the worst game I have ever played. It is a waste of time money and bandwidth. The movies and the screen shots looks great but that is not what you get in the game. Movement is slugish the graphics are based on the outdated Unreal engine (yes this is not a source engine game). And if plan on playing a slodier you may forget that as well. the maps are huge and you "have to" drive something. and of course you are seeing everything from a 1x4 inch screen. The only people who will love this game are the snipers who like to camp in one position. I would have donated the money wasted on this game to a charity. at least it would have done some good. Now it is used by Tripwire to make more useless games... I w?ould have give -10 if I was given the option. Do not buy! Avoid like the plaque. Expand

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