• Publisher: Kalypso
  • Release Date: Aug 15, 2017
  • Also On: PC
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  • Summary: Sudden Strike is back! The beloved Real Time Strategy series returns, this time with bigger battlefields, more units, better graphics, new scenarios and legendary commanders with individual abilities all of which makes Sudden Strike 4 more tactical and realistic than ever before!

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    Sudden Strike is back! The beloved Real Time Strategy series returns, this time with bigger battlefields, more units, better graphics, new scenarios and legendary commanders with individual abilities all of which makes Sudden Strike 4 more tactical and realistic than ever before!

    Sudden Strike 4 sends you off on three extensive campaigns set amongst the battlefields of World War 2. Commanding the British and American, German or Soviet troops, you will lead over 100 different units into battle; like the German bomber Heinkel He111, the Russian T-34 tank, the British Hawker Typhoon fighter plane and the notorious German PanzerkampfwagenVI Tiger. In a first for the Sudden Strike series, you can now choose from one of nine individual commanders, such as George Patton or Bernard Montgomery, who will each allow for different approaches to combat and boast unique abilities.

    Prove your strategic expertise in over 20 demanding single player scenarios, the challenge-focused skirmish mode and the ultra-competitive multiplayer mode. Excellence will be rewarded through a unique reward system, where successfully completing missions will unlock exclusive content, such as historical film footage from the era.

    Sudden Strike 4 offers countless ways to vanquish your opponents. Exploit the weak spots of tanks, set up an ambush, occupy buildings with infantry, outmaneuver the enemy with clever positioning or unleash devastating air strikes how you approach each mission is up to you!
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Aug 14, 2017
    80
    An unsurprising RTS in every sense of the word, but solidly entertaining and well-designed for console.
  2. Aug 31, 2017
    75
    Fans of the WWII era or the RTS genre — or both — will get the most out of Sudden Strike 4. It is a high-quality product in terms of graphics and immersion, and the title provides a great experience full of tense and satisfying moments. There's a lengthy campaign that'll take more than a dozen hours to get through, and multiplayer and skirmish modes offer endless playability. The multiplayer portion requires planning ahead with friends or joining the small online community. Gamers who are on board with all of that will be fine with buying the title now, but others may want to wait until the price drops a bit.
  3. Sep 10, 2017
    70
    This is a great comeback for the series, that delivers a good strategy game together with an excellent setting.
  4. 60
    A decent if distinctly workmanlike RTS, Sudden Strike 4 should certainly appeal to tactical newbies but is too limited to appeal to really anybody else looking for a sophisticated, strategic challenge.
  5. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    Sep 7, 2017
    60
    What's here is mostly enjoyable. [Oct 2017, p.87]
  6. Aug 14, 2017
    55
    Sudden Strike 4 is an old style RTS, with classic control and game mechanics, but has some serious problems about the AI and pathfinding.
  7. Aug 15, 2017
    50
    Thanks to a control scheme that doesn't make sense and sometimes doesn't do what it's supposed to, and appalling AI for both allies and enemy units, Sudden Strike 4 is a ga me that answers all of these questions and a bunch more you were probably afraid to ask.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. TZD
    Sep 3, 2017
    10
    Great game its very nice to play RTS games on a console with a big screen and optimized controlls, thats something i can apreciate. i wishGreat game its very nice to play RTS games on a console with a big screen and optimized controlls, thats something i can apreciate. i wish more RTS would come out on consoles. Expand
  2. Sep 22, 2017
    9
    A solid console RTS, with responsive AI, both friend and foe. The 'pause and command' feature is brilliant, emphasising that this is not aA solid console RTS, with responsive AI, both friend and foe. The 'pause and command' feature is brilliant, emphasising that this is not a 'rush' style RTS title, which is very much appreciated. Excellent graphics on terrain details and an authentic representation of the period vehicles. Good replayability, via the three available doctrines. Also, an educational title for those interested in history, which may prompt further discovery on Wikipedia or a similar site, ultimately, perhaps, even inspiring a life long passion for the subject.
    An ideal gift for all, available from all good outlets or digitally (whichever's cheapest or more convenient).
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  3. Nov 5, 2017
    9
    Anyone reading this review that have come to know me over the years will know straight away that anything World War 2 gets me excited. AmongstAnyone reading this review that have come to know me over the years will know straight away that anything World War 2 gets me excited. Amongst all the made up over the top future shooter nonsense that has flooded the games market over the past decade has made me turn my back on most shooters. It's refreshing to see developers go back to WW2. Kite are a new developer set up two years ago and Sudden Strike 4 is there new baby. You can see the love for the great series they have inherited.

    Sudden Strike 4 is brilliant. There I've said it. Now if you want to deduct one or two marks from my score because of the lack of this type of game on PlayStation consoles and take my excitement level into account, feel free. But what you also have to know is that I've played very few PC games, one I have played is the brilliant Company of Heroes. SS4 is a real time strategy game. Anyone who doesn't know what that is I will quickly try to help out. Basically you have units that you give orders to. Tanks, infantry, and call in air strikes etc. All from a top down prospective, playing god if you like. Key to victory is to plan what is you best move. Hold back repair trucks and fuel supplies to back up any rushed move you may have regretted. Take your time. Choose well.

    Every mission has a small intro to tell you the basics of what you have to do. You can choose some upgrades from three different generals before you start and the more stars you earn, a possible 3 from each mission, will unlock these extras. From repair kits to sandbags, health to extra ammo, choose carefully for each battle. Now your mission can end before it even starts if you just rush off looking for a quick fix. The game is VERY unforgiving even on easy if you rush your moves or send your troops blind into a hail of gunfire you'll be hitting restart. I ended in an epic fail many times and when I replayed the same mission with more care I got through in a breeze.

    You have three campaigns. Ailed, Russian and German. These play out differently. Some are very hard even on easy and trying to find the right solution can be quite trying at times. The first ailed mission is one of the best in my opinion giving you a fantastic overall play of most of the units in the game. You start with the 101st airborne and take what looks like Sainte Mere Eglise, then land on Utah Beach as the US infantry to fight your way off the beaches and link up with the airborne. Exciting stuff. You can zoom in on the action holding R1 and pan the camera about 180 degrees with the analogue stick but the annoying thing is that the camera then snaps back. I'd much rather 360 degrees control over the camera and this is a strange omission from the game. I have mailed Kalypso the publishers to ask of a possible patch.

    Maps range across France, Belgium, Germany and Russia. The developer has done a fantastic job of trying to mix it up by using weather effects to make maps look different and even city scape's when moving inland. The bridge over the Rhine, Stalingrad, Berlin, Battle of the bulge, Overlord, Market Garden, it's all here.

    Graphically speaking it all looks great. It states that the game is "Pro Enhanced". So on looking at my TV the game does seem to be playing in 4K. I'm sure it's not native but it all looks great. The flashes of lightning, chitter chatter of the troops running in the rain and break outs of gunfire is just brilliant. I played on my 50" Sony 4K HDR TV with Sony DTS Surround booming. You can be moving in virtual silence only to encounter enemies with busts of gunfire and tank shells booming and shaking my floor.

    Multiplayer is all here. Skirmish mode lets you and seven others take control over set units and try to take strategic points on the maps taken from parts of the game. You can also play against the computer. I have to be honest here, it works but this, for me anyway is best played as a single player game. Don't get me wrong, it all works fine but I love the single player. It's worth noting that when playing you can pause and choose all your moves then play again so your not under pressure. Using a controller will be fround upon by PC players but hey, it works just fine. You can hold L2 and bring up the mini map and in doing so move to an area very fast moving the right stick.

    Sudden Strike 4 has a tutorial so don't worry if you've not played a game like this before. The menus are slick with real WW2 footage playing out in the background. My advise is to turn the background music off. It's a very surreal feeling hearing the wind blow through trees and birds tweeting before all hell breaks loose only to fade away again to peace, birds go about there business again unaware of the carnage that has just ensued.

    War is hell! Playing Sudden Strike 4 is an absolute joy. You can download now from the store or buy the retail version from £27.85 from shopto now.
    Sudden Strike 4 is a PlayStaion 4 console exclusive.
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  4. Aug 27, 2017
    9
    Make no mistake this game is amazing and that comes from veteran that played the hell out of the first two Sudden strikes (third one- not soMake no mistake this game is amazing and that comes from veteran that played the hell out of the first two Sudden strikes (third one- not so much). Im so glad that such good strategy game ended on Ps4 ! Btw the game allows (like the predecessors) pause and play so controls shouldn't be a problem at all. Expand
  5. Aug 15, 2017
    9
    Awesome game. it's really very interesting and great game. You can play 3 different campaigns: German, Soviet Union and Allies. And there isAwesome game. it's really very interesting and great game. You can play 3 different campaigns: German, Soviet Union and Allies. And there is also skirmish and multiplayer mode. Expand
  6. Dec 4, 2018
    7
    Top down RTS World War II game. Campaigns from the perspective of the Nazi's, the allies and the Russians. Very cool! A shame the game doesn'tTop down RTS World War II game. Campaigns from the perspective of the Nazi's, the allies and the Russians. Very cool! A shame the game doesn't shine so bright at the Playstation 4 though.

    In its concept the game is very appealling. RTS game about some famous battles in the second world war, which is interesting. However, quickly after starting up the game i noticed some flaws with the game. The camera itself can't rotate, which limits your perspective. Selecting units is an exercise in frustration as you can't click and drag your cursor, but instead you have to use a very unstable circle selector. You can't click on the mini map to quickly switch to another region on the map, and the screen only moves slowly if you do it with the regular controls. This has already led to quite some frustration in the first 2 hours of playing. I hope this is better on the PC version.

    Apart from that, the game is a lot of fun. Seeing shells bounce of tank destroyers gives you that extra feeling of excitement, and the AI puts up a good fight. It is a good game, i give it a 7/10.
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