What a beautiful little gem. Behind a rather bland title, and an even more boring cover lies an absolutely amazing WW2 RTS game. As i stated in my title, it is so much better than Company of Heroes. The battles are bigger, the graphics are beautiful and the gameplay... It is the maginificant gameplay that lets Men of War stand head and shoulders above its counter parts.
Much larger battles than any previous WW2 RTS gives the game some real scale. The ability/need to scavange weapons and ammo from corpses littering the battlefield is just a tiny glimpse of how brutal war is. Along with this brutality comes the realism, soldiers can shoot, and bullets kill...quickly. If you dont spot that MG before it sees you, your entire squad will be dead before you can blink. Sometimes a single hit can take down a valued squad member, tactics and patience are your friends.
Buildings collapse, Tanks can be damaged in a plethera of different ways, Soldiers can use bandages and morphine to heal. This game has everything. An added ability that allows players to directly control a character is also a welcome addition. Using your rifleman to pick off that pesky last Nazi, or take control of your tank to fire that High Explosive Round just at the perfect time for maximum damage. This game really does have depth.
I really struggled to give this 4 stars as i wanted to give it 5. However, the game does have one problem, all be it tiny and not important to the gameplay itself. The problem....voice acting. It seems the makers of Men Of War hired two men that couldn't do a Russian accent to save their lives. The poor voice acting can be forgiven, the gameplay is soo good, the makers could have given every soldier a pink fluffy hat, and you wouldn't bat an eye.
£17.99 - It will be one of the best buys you make for a while, guarunteed. Especially as all the big name games aren't gracing us with their presence until Q3-Q4 time.