Metascore
77

Generally favorable reviews - based on 45 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 34 out of 45
  2. Negative: 0 out of 45
  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. 91
    The detail of the environments, the splendour of the graphics, the wonder of the physics engine, all these things combine with the dangerously entertaining gameplay to make SHOWW2 the best game of its kind, and one of the most refreshingly enjoyable games I have had the pleasure to review.
  3. Plenty of gloriously explosive action is complimented by depth and variety.
  4. Offers the arcade intensity of a first person shooter combined with the cunning challenges of a top-notch strategy game and it does so with aplomb.
  5. The complexity of the game is very natural, which is a side-effect of the producers desire to make the game as real as possible. But despite this, the complexity of the game doesn’t seem forced or overwhelming for a minute.
  6. 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]
  7. Even the impossibly hard missions are horribly addictive. [Aug 2004, p.83]
User Score
8.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 43 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 19
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 19
  3. Negative: 1 out of 19
  1. 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. Full Review »
  2. 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. Full Review »
  3. Sep 16, 2011
    10
    This is an excellent game that is very... very difficult and should be played with others in cooperative mode for higher rate of success. YouThis is an excellent game that is very... very difficult and should be played with others in cooperative mode for higher rate of success. You will need to bring the best out in you and do thorough planning, learn how to use which guns, where and when. DON'T try to rush head on or you will be dominated and crushed, the AI in this game can and will counter attack you as well...
    Odds are you will never finish a single map in this game but good luck and don't give up, its one of the best games ever..... one last thing.... it isn't over until its over, you'll remember these words when you have played a few maps. GL
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