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  • Summary: Steel Division 2 is a historically-accurate WW2 real-time strategy game set on the Eastern Front. Features 1:1-scale turn-based army management and real-time tactical battles with thousands of men at your order.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Jun 24, 2019
    87
    Steel Division 2 succeeds in its challenge of being more complete, epic and tedious. The Army General mode is the biggest addition, and is challenging enough that it should keep strategists on their toes for a while. The available arsenal is colossal, and can be modified in depth so that players can have fun in Skirmish mode on its 28 maps — some of which are gigantic. It's a beautiful, well-finished game, with its only downsides being the poor pathing of the AI and cruel lack of a tutorial for newcomers.
  2. Jun 25, 2019
    80
    Steel Division 2 improves every aspect of the previous Normandy '44, but there isn't a tutorial and this could scare many new players.
  3. Jul 11, 2019
    80
    Compared to its predecessor, Steel Division 2 is even more complex – mainly because of the new campaign mode. Although everything in the game is great for fans of real time strategy, it lacks of a real tutorial. That’s a shame, because without any help the game is much too complicated for beginners.
  4. Jul 18, 2019
    76
    Steel Division is still the best at its best. The addition of the Eastern Front is a very appetizing content for it's community. However, the rest of the novelties are either expendable or do not work. That makes it difficult to justify this second installment as such. It would have been more appropriate to launch it as a great DLC, thus avoiding further fracturing of the player community.
  5. Jul 1, 2019
    73
    Steel division 2 steps on a solid ground above its predecessor. General Mode is a brilliant idea, but it is barely playable due to some serious bugs.
  6. Jun 27, 2019
    69
    Steel Division 2 does almost everything Normandy 44 did as well or better, but just about everything new it tries gets bogged down in the mud.
  7. Jun 26, 2019
    50
    Steel Division 2 suffers from tons of issues, but if you somehow manage to get past them, you'll realize the potential behind it and how Eugan can make it a lot better if they are committed enough.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 13
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 13
  3. Negative: 4 out of 13
  1. Jun 20, 2019
    10
    This is a love letter to the "beautiful game" of RTS. This is everything that gaming should be. It's an ode to real time strategy and militaryThis is a love letter to the "beautiful game" of RTS. This is everything that gaming should be. It's an ode to real time strategy and military simulation that respects your intelligence as a gamer. It feels like a labour of love, like how people used to make games before. You can feel that for these guys, the game they made is not only a career, but also something special, something that will leave its mark, something that will be remembered, something that they would have loved to see on the market and play it themselves.

    I honestly think this is the best, optimal concession that can ever be made between realism and fun, more realistic than that and it wouldn't be fun, and more arcady than this and it wouldn't be a wargame simulator. I think there is no other RTS game like this one. This is as close as you'll ever get to the historical authenticy and source material while still having an actual fun and deep tactical strategy game.

    Even the "arcady" elements the game has, such as the "signature" Eugen deck-building (which is even better now with phase-selection) mechanic where you build your own division, customized to what strategy you have in mind and yet limited and balanced by the historical limitations of the division you're using, is itself a "realistic" abstraction, and is super fun. It appeals to my desire of creativity. I love coming up with crazy builds such as having an opening with veteran Luchs german light tanks and being rewarded with an early lead in the game.

    Does it have flaws? Yes. I think it takes a little bit of time to get used to for sure. You should play a few games vs Easy AI. But, at the same time, with the amount of experience they have in the genre now, with the experience they have from past games, it is clear that this one has achieved something special as it has probably the best UI of all of them (which isn't a feat since all past games had terrible UI lol), and is probably the easiest out of them all to get into and to start playing.

    At least you should try playing it, not to mention that it's one of these games that is super fun even on PvE especially if you play with friends.

    This is a reference, the "Total War" of WWII strategy games, a pillar of gaming that we will look back to in the future (and play) with fond memories.

    Thanks Eugen. Keep them coming please (also, "Wargame 4: Gulf Wars" when? xD)
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  2. nd_
    Jun 24, 2019
    10
    This is a mastepiece offering mixture of grand strategy when you play as a general with real-time strategy when you play as a colonel. OverThis is a mastepiece offering mixture of grand strategy when you play as a general with real-time strategy when you play as a colonel. Over 600 real-existing units, real Operation Bagration battalions, 25 real battlefields scaled at 1:1, endless hours of historically accurate WWII Eastern Front game. Expand
  3. Jun 21, 2019
    10
    Best RTS ever. Better then SD1, better then eny wargame. Difficult abd interesting strategy game for adults
  4. Jul 2, 2019
    9
    Best RTS of 2019. Really good and fun in multiplayer. I need a tutorial for the new solo mod but it seems to be very interesting.
  5. Jun 22, 2019
    9
    This game is a big improvement over its predecessor (Steel Division Normandy 44). This time you are actually controlling an army not only aThis game is a big improvement over its predecessor (Steel Division Normandy 44). This time you are actually controlling an army not only a division, game-play has improved a lot. Best thing about its campaign is that it uses turn based campaign map and real time warfare. The only one thing that I hoped for was a tutorial. For Newcomers, tutorial is extremely important in these types of games. Without tutorial, its going to become complex for new players. And they should improve the UI because its less-polished. I hope they add or improve many issues in future. I have played War-game-Red Dragon, it was fun to watch explosions and artillery strikes all around the map.But Overall Steel Division is currently the best WW2 strategy game like Total War. I gave this 9 out of 10 because of no tutorial and a clunky UI which they need to improve. I can recommend this game if you like large scale battles. Also mod support is planned for future and this time with more capability. So keep an eye on that. Expand
  6. Jul 26, 2019
    9
    What a game! I fell in love with SD 44 but something was always missing, until SD 2. The game brings the best of the ww2 rts games likeWhat a game! I fell in love with SD 44 but something was always missing, until SD 2. The game brings the best of the ww2 rts games like Company of Heroes 1 and 2, the Men of War series and more, together. 2000m shooting range for tanks and AT guns etc. is beautiful to watch. You can see the tank bullets travel and hitting, missing or even bouncing off an any unit. Hundreds of bullets and flak clouds when anti air units shoot at the enemy planes having a dogfight with your planes overhead brings a feeling of joy and amazement. I sometimes lose track of the battles because I find myself watching the scenes more which, might be why I enjoy watching the replays of my battles afterwards. I did not give the game a 10 as there is always room for more and, the devs have promised more. If you like to be captured by amazing MASSIVE maps with amazing battles and tactics this is the game you can invest in. Expand
  7. Jul 8, 2019
    0
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Game is not finished,lacks of polishing everywhere. SP doesn't care if you win big or small just a set notification at the end,makes zero sense also game mode is retarded it just a downgrade of King of the mountain mode but far worse.MP is dying very fast and it is lobby simulator already. Expand

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