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  • Summary: Theatre of War is a World War Two real-time strategy game. Theatre of War depicts authentic battles of World War II between 1939-1945. Command hundreds of different unit types in 5 historically accurate campaigns (US, UK, Soviet, German, French and Polish). This isn't just another WW2 RTSTheatre of War is a World War Two real-time strategy game. Theatre of War depicts authentic battles of World War II between 1939-1945. Command hundreds of different unit types in 5 historically accurate campaigns (US, UK, Soviet, German, French and Polish). This isn't just another WW2 RTS click-fest, but a Real Time Combat Simulator with an emphasis firmly entrenched on realism and detail, historical accuracy, and real world military tactics that will challenge even the most battle hardened armchair general. [Battlefront.com] Expand
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  1. Positive: 4 out of 13
  2. Negative: 2 out of 13
  1. Thinking gamers will appreciate the fact that Theatre of War presents them with a series of tactical problems rather than simply a chance to rack up the body counts. And anyone who's been jaded by the ease of other mainstream RTS franchises will enjoy the fact that this is a game that doesn't coddle its players.
  2. 80
    It's been far too long since another game of such scope, breadth, and originality hit computer screens. Theatre of War--while having some significant problems--is a game well worth looking at.
  3. Its tactical focus and total absence of resource gathering or base building make the learning curve a little twisty for tank-rush types. However, the authenticity and atmosphere bring the Second World War to life in impressive fashion.
  4. 70
    The environments, repetitive though they are, are simply stunning.
  5. Theatre of War ultimately ends up being a “nice try”. There is too little feedback and too little variety for its size to recommend it to hardcore wargamers and it’s too frustrating on too many levels to recommend to the neophyte.
  6. This is totally outclassed by new stars like "Company of Heroes,", "Faces of War," and old favourites like the "Close Combat" series. [July 2007, p.68]
  7. 40
    How two quality ops managed to screw up Theatre of War is anyone's guess.

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  1. Positive: 1 out of 4
  2. Negative: 2 out of 4
  1. MikeW.
    Oct 1, 2007
    10
    It took me a bit of time & effort to get this baby to run smoothly, but if your a serious wargamer and enjoy realistic wargames such as the It took me a bit of time & effort to get this baby to run smoothly, but if your a serious wargamer and enjoy realistic wargames such as the Close Combat series of games then this is the one for you. Having tried Sqad Assault, Combat mission and all the other WW2 games out there, finding them all lacking in some way or another this is the first title to satisfy me since playing ladder games on cc3! Expand
  2. Jul 29, 2013
    6
    I game that has a lot of potential and looks great suffers from some repetitive game play as well as some weird AI. However worth pushingI game that has a lot of potential and looks great suffers from some repetitive game play as well as some weird AI. However worth pushing through as a decent RTS leaning stronger to the sim side than action. Expand
  3. Jan 2, 2011
    4
    i don't know what everyone else is saying about great graphics and all. The characters and tanks on my screen look almost god awful. I ami don't know what everyone else is saying about great graphics and all. The characters and tanks on my screen look almost god awful. I am glad i got the game on sale because i am going to delete it. The AI behaves funky, not following orders, or wandering. Polish antitank guns take my tanks out from miles away it seems before my guys can even fire on them. The 20 mm cannons on the Panzers really didnt do much. The artillery, is just god awful. I called on it on more then several occasions and i realized it was just a wasted effort. kudos for realism, but garbage for the game play. Expand
  4. Jul 2, 2011
    0
    Seriously one of the worst combat sims ever made. Horrible AI, enemy units that never miss even though they have no line of sight, and alliedSeriously one of the worst combat sims ever made. Horrible AI, enemy units that never miss even though they have no line of sight, and allied troops that run right up to enemy troops to get shot even though you are clicking attack and they have a machine gun. So glad this was on sale and part of a bundle....I should have read more reviews before buying. :( Expand