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  • Summary: World War II. June 6, 1944 - D-Day - The downfall of Nazi Germany's occupation of Europe begins with the Allied invasion of France. The campaign is supported by more than 17,000 U.S. and British paratroopers, dropped behind enemy lines prior to the assault on the beaches of Normandy. These brave troops pave the way for the Allies by attacking the German forces from inside occupied Europe, fighting their way through enemy territory to thwart the Nazi war machine from within. Their battles lead them through rolling hills, open plains, small farms and war-torn cities throughout France, Holland and Belgium. Eventually some prove themselves worthy of the ultimate challenge: preventing German development of a weapon that could forever change the face of Europe; the atomic bomb. This dangerous mission takes them into the very heart of the Axis; The Fatherland. More than 40 varied and immersive missions that recreate the toughest battles of WWII, including D-Day; Operation Market Garden and the bitter winter defense of Bastogne. Two-player, same screen co-operative gameplay. Rise through the ranks - begin as a Private and through battle experience earn promotions and that allow the customization of characters with new skills and abilities. [Acclaim] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 12
  2. Negative: 3 out of 12
  1. Do the front lines give you the shakes? Then skip the "let's go boys!" bravado, settle into a more comfortable overhead viewpoint, and orchestrate 40 missions that include famous battles like D-Day and Operation Market Garden. [Aug 2004, p.90]
  2. The graphics are refreshingly crisp and clear, while the battlefield sound effects are spot on, incorporating a medley of explosions, machinegun fire and desperate battle cries.
  3. Combat Elite makes an ideal rental title, three days being a good length of time to gauge whether you can tolerate quite so many invisible walls and German soldiers shooting you from nowhere.
  4. 55
    With a redesigned targeting system, more advanced controls (duck and shoot should not be the extent of it), a tweaked camera and a campaign with story and character to ferry players from beginning to end, Combat Elite could have been fantastic. But that's just wishful thinking.
  5. Unfortunately, the game ends up feeling pretty shallow, with an odd control mechanism and camera angle, as well as a light RPG system that doesn't seem all that balanced.
  6. The only snag: You spend most of Combat Elite shooting at offscreen Germans, placing you at a natural and frustrating disadvantage. [Sept 2004, p.100]
  7. It has the most idiotic aiming scheme in any WWII game.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
  2. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. JasonM.
    Mar 17, 2006
    This game is a fantastic WW2 game. Perfect for the begining gamer but to easy for the advanced. Since I am begining in this genre I give it a 9.
  2. Aug 7, 2014
    Combat Elite: WWII Paratroopers is a...well it's a decent game. I've certainly seem better but at the same time, I've seen far much worse. So I'll give it a bit of leeway in terms of my rating of it. The system may be clunky, what with Germans shooting you off screen. As well as a basic RPG element that really doesn't belong there. But the game is still fun, it'll keep you busy for quite a while, maybe even for a second playthrough. But this is weighted down by the issues above, add in a confusing mission layout, what with missions lasting anywhere for twenty minutes to like, twenty seconds. As well as basically useless allies in combat and a generic story.

    While it isn't the best game, Combat Elite: WWII Paratroopers gets a 6/10 from me. It has a few fun elements to it, but the overall bad system lowers its score. It's only above five because it kept me busy, I played through all three characters yet I wanted more. Fun but flawed game.