Strategic Command 2 Patton Drives East Expansion Readme
NOTE ABOUT DUAL MONITOR DISPLAYS:
Patton Drives East (as well as Strategic Command 2 Blitzkrieg and the Weapons and Warfare Expansion) can have severe problems with Dual Monitor displays. As such, we advise disabling a secondary monitor before launching and playing this game.
ISSUE WITH OLDER VIDEO CARDS AND 32 BIT COLOR GAME MODES:
We have identified an issue with some older video cards (Radeon x800 and Radeon x850 although others might also be affected) which results in extremely slow game performance when the games resolution is set to any 32 bit color mode. The fix is easy, simply select 16 bit color mode for the resolution that wish from within the games "Settings" panel (ex: 1680x1050x16). You will not notice any visual differences between 16 bit and 32 bit color mode in the game at all.
STRATEGIC COMMAND 2 PATTON DRIVES EAST FEATURES:
° New and bigger game map, now 172x46 tiles in size
° Much larger North American map area, stretching from Florida and the Gulf of Mexico all the way to the Rocky Mountains
° Enhanced and unpredictable AI via new decision events and global variables
° New unit graphics to reflect updated equipment and technologies that would become available post WWII
° Exciting new post-WWII Allies vs. USSR campaigns
° Thrilling re-envisioned classic campaigns with alternate history "what-if" situations
While this is a DEMO and will work even if you don't have Strategic Command 2 Blitzkrieg installed, the full version Strategic Command 2 Patton Drives East is an expansion pack and will require the original English language Battlefront.com version of Strategic Command 2 Blitzkrieg to be installed and licensed on your computer in order to run! It will not work with any other version of Strategic Command 2 Blitzkrieg nor will it work simply by itself. Strategic Command 2 Patton Drives East does not require the Strategic Command 2 Weapons and Warfare Expansion to also be installed but will work if it is.
PATTON DRIVES EAST CAMPAIGNS:
° 1944 Shattered Alliance - Germany surrenders to the Western Allies following the debacle of the Battle of the Bulge and together, under the leadership of General George S. Patton, they turn their focus on the USSR in order to wipe Communism from the face of Europe forever.
° 1945 Patton Drives East - Following the surrender of Germany, Patton is given the green light to lead the Western Alliance in an attack on the USSR and push the Communists back across the Oder and all the way to the gates of Moscow.
° 1945 Stalin Drives West - With the defeat of the Axis powers Communist Russia and the Western Allies go to war against each other. Allied forces in Europe must starve off conquest by Russia until American reinforcements arrive from across the Atlantic.
° 1947 Russians Are Coming - Following the end of WWII and after much demobilization of its armed forces in Europe, the United States and its Western Allies were shocked by a sneak attack from the Soviets that saw it overrun the Western occupation zones, conquer Belgium and reach the coasts of France within 2 weeks. The UK isle stands alone and is all that separates the USA from a full scale invasion of American shores.
° 1948 Berlin Crisis - Having failed to successfully blockade Berlin, Stalin was not about to let the Western Allies control what had been paid for in Russian blood. If the Americans and their Capitalist partners thought they could keep the Communist Party from dominating all of Europe, they were wrong.
ALTERNATE HISTORY "WHAT-IF" CAMPAIGNS
° 1939 Storm of Steel - Having recently annexed Austria, Germany turned its sights on the Sudetenland and Czechoslovakia. Will Poland be next? Will Great Britain and France sit idly by? What will Stalin do? Can Hitler be appeased or is WWII inevitable? Control the start of WWII by building up the German army and invading the country of your choice.
° 1941 Unternehmen Seelöwe - Having swept the English Channel of mines and successfully dealing a series of critical blows to the Royal Navy as well as the RAF, German military planners put to work their original plan for the invasion of England. Can the remnants of the Royal Armed Forces stop the German war machine or will there be goose stepping in London before the year is out?
° 1943 Sledgehammer - The Western Allies, having forgone reinforcement in North Africa and canceling Operation Torch, are prepared to launch D-Day a year earlier than planned but with the intention of capturing a major port, either Cherbourg or Brest, from the outset. Is it a port too far?
° 1946 Case Neptune - After Germany had performed a successful Sealion in '41 and subsequently forced Russia to the bargaining table in '44, the United States and the remnants of the Royal Navy and British Expeditionary Forces launch a bold invasion to retake the British Isles. On the Eastern front the Soviets break their armistice with Germany and attack from the Urals in hopes of reversing their earlier humiliation on the battlefield.
° 1940 Seelöwe - Operation Sealion, the amphibious invasion of the British Isles commences.
° 1974 Invasion of Cyprus - The Turkish invasion of the island of Cyprus
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