Available : Fall 2003
Lowest Price: $49.99

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Previewed by Burt Carver

While at E3 I had the opportunity to play this title while a Nazi stared over my shoulder. The game, on the surface, is similar to many other WWII FPS games but once I played it I realized this might be something special.

The game puts you in the boots of an average soldier in an average group of soldiers. You are given fairly basic objectives, but the forces arrayed against you are skilled. This game is not overly realistic like other titles but realistic enough that a couple of well placed bullets will do you in. The game does not encourage Rambo-esque tactics, and the AI is quite well done. In order to be successful you have to rely on your squad mates for support. If you go off on some crazy solo mission it is probable that you’ll get shot up by a wily Nazi. The level I played involved navigating a town and taking out the baddies. The graphics are not industry leading, but are quite well done as they are based on the Quake 3 Arena Engine with all the bells and whistles that have been added over the past few years. The atmosphere of the game is excellent and immersive as areas are rocked by explosions and gunfire crackles all around. The AI and squad based tactics make the little sampling I played excellent. I got separated from my squad at one point because I wasn’t following them and the Nazi’s were proficient in hunting me down like a dog.

This game is to be released in the fall ’03, and should appeal to WWII and FPS aficionado’s. While not as realistic as some other titles out there, it is sufficiently realistic to make you keep your head hunkered low.