Metascore
54

Mixed or average reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic 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. A decent game hampered by a bad camera and frustrating design choices. [Sept 2004, p.24]
  5. Controls are decent in concept but poor in execution. [Sept 2004, p.92]
  6. Nice graphics and solid sound, but the general gameplay and linear nature of the game make this a mindless, linear run-and-gun experience.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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]
  10. The graphics aren’t going to wow you either with less then impressive textures, animations, and just plain graphical quality. The audio follows suit with scripted voice acting and a lack of sound effects that would make WWII come to life.
  11. Everything in this title borders on barely functional, from the blurry graphics (no, that isn't Vaseline on your TV screen) to the imprecise targeting. [Aug 2004, p.96]
  12. It has the most idiotic aiming scheme in any WWII game.
User Score
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User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
  2. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Aug 7, 2014
    6
    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.
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  2. JasonM.
    Mar 17, 2006
    9
    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.