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  • Summary: Soldiers is a third-person tactical action game that plays out like a blockbuster war movie. 30+ missions, More than 100 vehicles, 25+ weapons. Pitching the player headlong into the war-torn battlegrounds of Europe. Direct control for targeted shots to take out a tank track or execute aSoldiers is a third-person tactical action game that plays out like a blockbuster war movie. 30+ missions, More than 100 vehicles, 25+ weapons. Pitching the player headlong into the war-torn battlegrounds of Europe. Direct control for targeted shots to take out a tank track or execute a headshot for the quick kill. Real ballistic physics and truly destructible environments. Group control a team of elite special forces soldiers. Advanced AI - the enemy will attack in formation; retreat if necessary; look for cover; ambush you, etc. Over 100 different human animations in the game providing realism and detail! [Codemasters] Expand
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  1. One of the biggest surprises of 2004 became a whole lot better with the latest patch that included innovative and fun new multiplayer modes. We want more! [Jan. 05]
  2. If there is a hint of helplessness it's in those marvellous moments when Soldiers' fabulous physics, rich environments and imaginative AI produce such totally unpredictable results, you can only look on in amused dismay. [PC Gamer UK]
  3. The graphics are gorgeous and the game engine has some excellent physics. With the excellent sound effects and music, the game drew me right into the atmosphere, and these days, all gamers should be demanding no less.
  4. With the direct control system, insane level of detail and physics modeling, exciting and interesting missions, modding support, and incredibly fun gameplay, the game is hardly stale and makes it easy to recommend to players who are sick of playing "Command & Conquer" clones.
  5. A solid RTS game, one that fans of the genre will probably enjoy. However, anyone who’s growing bored of playing the same WWII sim game in different forms wouldn’t find too much to write home about.
  6. If you’ve enjoyed other tactical strategy games, then you might want to take Soldiers for a spin -- its 28 mission should provide well over 50 hours of gameplay.
  7. It's the sheer tedium of every moment that prevents any enjoyment of the cool features it offers. [Aug 2004, p.106]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 20
  2. Negative: 1 out of 20
  1. EricH.
    Jun 16, 2004
    10
    This game is amazing!
  2. Jul 5, 2011
    10
    This game and the Men of War series is in my opinion the best RTS WWII games. The thing that lets this game stand out is it's difficulty. IThis game and the Men of War series is in my opinion the best RTS WWII games. The thing that lets this game stand out is it's difficulty. I couldn't even make through the first levels in the easy difficulty at first. Afterwards I started to understand the tactics and finished the game. I must say, It was worth it. Expand
  3. JohnS.
    Jul 5, 2004
    10
    Wonderful!!
  4. Bigfoot
    Apr 1, 2005
    10
    THE rts game. (not some lazy-ass factory-builder tactical game...) nuff said.
  5. KelR.
    Jul 11, 2004
    10
    Holy (beep) this game kicks (beep). This is the greatest game ever created!!! FINALLY the industry got it right. Play 4 players in the coop Holy (beep) this game kicks (beep). This is the greatest game ever created!!! FINALLY the industry got it right. Play 4 players in the coop mode and you'll know what I'm talking about. Blow the (beep) out of everyone and everything, experiece the most authentic vision of WWII since "Call of Duty, but in RTS!!! I will hunt you down if you bad talk this game, if you do you need to pull your head out of your (beep). Expand
  6. Dec 30, 2011
    8
    Soldiers: Heroes of World II is a mixture between RPG, RTS and FPS. How is that possible? Well, it has inventory management, some progressionSoldiers: Heroes of World II is a mixture between RPG, RTS and FPS. How is that possible? Well, it has inventory management, some progression (You might occasionally keep troops and items after having completed a mission), there's the ordering your units about from a bird's-eye view and then there's directly controlling one of your units by using the keyboard to move and the mouse to fire.The latter isn't absolutely necessary to do but it can make firefights a lot easier and it's a lot of fun. Especially when you manage to get a hold of a vehicle. The game is divided up in several campaigns and some bonus missions that you can either play through with one (1) player or co-operatively with four. (4). More in the case of the deathmatch game-modes which I have not played. It is highly recommended that you get as many friends to play with you as you can as this simply takes a lot of micro-management of your hands and makes the game so much more enjoyable despite its rough edges. That being said; friendly AI is horrible. It'll shoot back, it'll run away from grenades and it'll reload but that's where its autonomy ends. You'll be babysitting your units a lot. Given the already very high difficulty of the game (Don't turn on the fog of war or play on hard difficulty unless you've got a few hours of game-play under your belt!) you'll end up cursing the horrible interface, standard button scheme and the friendly AI quite often. Despite all its flaws and my dislike of RTS games, Soldiers has got me mesmerised. There's just so much to do. You're free to go about objectives whichever way you see fit, you can pretty much blow up or run over anything you come across and vehicles are simply impressive. You can blow off tracks, wheels, turrets and sometimes the physics system causes vehicles to fly sky-high a or be knocked on their side (hilarity ensues). Looting items is a lot of fun and due to time-pressure or simply a lack of useful supplies, you'll find yourself improvising a lot. This makes sure that you're kept on your toes throughout most of the missions. Soldiers isn't for every one but those who have the patience to dig through the sturdy exterior will find a game the likes of which they've probably never seen before. Recommended to everyone who liked Fallout Tactics: Brotherhood of Steel, Silent Storm and Jagged Alliance. Expand
  7. BillM.
    Jul 5, 2004
    0
    Sucks.

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