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Combat Mission 2

by CDV
Windows 2000 / 98 / NT / Me / XP
 Ages 12 and Over
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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  • Historically correct strategy game, featuring the entire Russain WWII campaign
  • Unique combination of turn based and realtime strategy
  • More than 300 vehicle and 600 infantry types from 7 nations
  • Challenging multiplayer battles via internet, LAN and hotseat mode

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Game Information

  • Platform:   Windows 2000 / 98 / NT / Me / XP
  • PEGI Rating: Ages 12 and Over Suitable for 12 years and over. Not for sale to persons under age 12. By placing an order for this product, you declare that you are 12 years of age or over.
  • Media: Video Game
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  • ASIN: B00006M3YF
  • Release Date: 11 Oct 2002
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,324 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

Product Description

Combat Mission 2: Barbarossa to Berlin spans a four-year period, from June 1941 to May 1945 and features over 50 realistic skirmishes and battles lifted directly from World War 2.

Over 900 different units appear throughout the campaign, each extensively researched and based on their real-life counterparts. Even individuals within vehicles are accurately modelled, vehicles react as they did in real-life and players will need to employ strategies devised at the heart of World War 2.

The interface has been improved to offer a comprehensive set of options with which to formulate a plan. The clever use of a hybrid turn-based/real-time combat system allows players to adopt a vast range of strategies--essential for staying ahead of the enemy. And when players consider that gloriously realised weather effects can hinder or help each tactician, this strategic freedom will prove invaluable.

Combat Mission's immense online community is catered for admirably. The strength of the game is the ease with which players can create their own maps and modifications – and the improved mission and scenario editor make this easier than ever. Players across the world can effortlessly share their own missions, making Combat Mission 2 infinitely replayable.

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4.6 out of 5 stars
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
Having only played the demo of the original game, I only had a cursory knowledge of the mechanics of the Combat Mission system. But the improvements which build upon the success the original are both subtle and wide-ranging. The team behind Combat Mission is clearly one that listens to feedback from its audience; this can be readily seen from the new commands that have been added to the interface, for instance.
The nature of the gameplay has already been explained, but be warned - this is not a simple game to pick up. You really have to learn the tactics employed by the commanders back then in order to succeed, particularly when playing against human opponents over the internet (TCP/IP or Play-By-Email) or in hot-seat mode (two player take turns at the computer). Having said, there is much satisfaction to be had when your tactics work, and your troops take an important objective or obliterate the enemy, for instance.
The graphics are very good, especially compared to other serious war games. You will get into engagements where the forces across an entire front will be blazing away at each other - it really gets very cinematic at times. The sight of hundreds of men supported by tanks and artillery moving forward under fire is awesome. One tip: use as much covering fire as you can - you can never have enough! Avoid crossing open ground - infantry get chewed up in a manner that makes you begin to appreciate the struggle for survival the average WW2 infantryman faced.
The scope Combat Mission 2 is astounding. The war on the Eastern Front lasted 4 long years, and the number and type of units involved was dizzyingly expansive.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
Combat Mission 2 is a turn-based, tactical wargame and follows the highly successful Combat Mission. Whilst the original Combat Mission dealt with the Western Front, 1944-1945, Combat Mission 2 deals with the Eastern Front (Germany against Russia) from 1941 to 1945.
The gameplay is innovative by its use of what the developers, Battlefront.com, call their WEGO system. In conventional wargames, player A makes their move, then player B makes their move (known as I-GO-U-GO). Using WEGO, both players plot their moves and movement and combat are resolved simultaneously. This makes for much more realistic gameplay.
The gameplay is the most immersive factor of the game, but the graphics are also worthy of comment. Tanks are beautifully rendered, you can watch the trees sway dependent on how strong the wind is, and buildings display different levels of damage, or catch fire and collapse.
Wonderful touches, such as watching machine gun bullets throw up clumps of mud about the feet of your infantry, add to the thrills. You can experience the terror of sitting through the awesome spectacle of an artillery barrage, or cheer as you annihilate an enemy tank platoon that never even saw you coming.
Where Combat Mission truly excels is in its depth. A month's gaming will barely scratch the surface. I am still playing the original game 18 months after I bought it - how's that for value for money? Depth is added by the ability to multiplay, via network link (for the broadband users) or play-by-email, allowing 56k sluggards like me to play anyone in the world!
Another big plus point is the truly rabid fan base, who have contributed heavily to the development of this new game, and continually produce wonderful updates and improvements.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than Close Combat 18 Oct 2002
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Don't get me wrong this is not for everyone. If you are a fan of click-fest RTS then this does not fill the bill. This is an accurate simulation of WWII battles on the Russian Front and an excellent game.
The game uses a cross between turn based play and RTS. The game is paused automatically and you set your orders. Once set you finish and the game runs for 1 minute of action before you can make changes. You can watch the action from any angle and replay as you see fit.
Troops act with strong AI. If you give them stupid orders they will rebel. Vehicles and euipment are modeled acurately (including different armour, quality, effects of sloped armour, ammo types, morale, even whether it had a radio to receive orders) and nearly everything from the period is included. Fog of war is full implemented even down to not knowing if you killed something if your troops can't see it properly and they may tell you one tank is another.
Graphics are fair but not the games strongest point. The graphics engine is ahead of things like C&C but behind the latest 'blockbuster RTS's'. It is more than adequate for the game though.
There is a big web community and the game really commes alive PBEM or TCPIP.
If you are a wargamer, looking for a new challenge (and I mean challenge) or you liked the close combat series I cannot reccomened this game highly enough.
One final negative... there is a learning curve that may put some off but as I said before this is not for everyone but if these notes make you think it is for you, you will not be dissapointed.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent WW2 tactical strategy game
I love this game. I won`t go into detail as most everyone has. It is a turn based realistic WW2 strategy game for adults. Read more
Published on 7 Sep 2010 by Seafireliv
4.0 out of 5 stars Great, but slow
First thing i need to point out is that the learning curve is very verysteep, its going to be several hours before you know what all the commandsdo, even long to read the 100 page... Read more
Published on 27 April 2004 by "bgrxdfdc"
5.0 out of 5 stars The best available as for historic accuracy
This is a great game, packed with a lot of details, it is the best IMHO available on the market if you want historic WWII battles. Read more
Published on 13 Jan 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars A tacticians dream!
With a quick look Combat Mission 2 seems like a rather outdated war sim. And yes the graphics are not the selling point of the game but rather the immense tactical thinking needed. Read more
Published on 22 Dec 2003 by J Krzyz
3.0 out of 5 stars A tough game due to awkward interface!!!
If you are into strategy rather than the linear plots of most 1st person shooters, this is excellent stuff. Read more
Published on 6 Dec 2003
4.0 out of 5 stars CMBB : TOE Heaven
For me the best part of this game is the ability to design your own scenarios. Being able to recreate battles from the Osprey series and many other books available on WWII is... Read more
Published on 15 April 2003 by F. O'Deorain
5.0 out of 5 stars Top rate wargame
Barbarossa to Berlin had a lot to live up to, as it's the sequel to Beyond Overlord - simply the best wargame I've played. Barbarossa to Berlin improves on it. Read more
Published on 20 Dec 2002 by G. Johnston
5.0 out of 5 stars Steep learning curve, but well worth a little perseverance..
Having only played the demo of the original game, I only had a cursory knowledge of the mechanics of the Combat Mission system. Read more
Published on 16 Dec 2002 by Mr. P. Stanger
5.0 out of 5 stars well worth the wait...
Combat Mission: Beyond Overlord was by far and away the best wargame I've played. I waited for Combat Mission 2 - Barbarossa to Berlin with baited breath... Read more
Published on 9 Nov 2002 by G. Johnston
5.0 out of 5 stars Beyond Barbarossa...
CM:BB is a more than worthy successor to the original 'Combat Mission : Beyond Overlord', this time dealing with the Eastern Front. Read more
Published on 15 Oct 2002 by Mr. G. J. Hale
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