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This review is from: Faces of War (PC DVD) (DVD-ROM)
On the face of it this is an accomplished WWII RTS. It is pretty to look at with very detailed deformable landscapes that are a joy to hide your team in as they crawl towards the enemy, grenade in hand. There is oodles of machinery to play with from cars, jeeps and half-tracks to full blown King Tigers. One of the cooler aspects is that when an enemy is dead you can rob his corpse for ammo and first aid kits and you can even pick up his dropped rifle. The animations are crisp and well done.
The big problem is that it is very buggy. For example in the German Campaign tutorial you get to drive a tank about. This is fine until you do something the tutorial doesn't expect, like leave a man behind because he got out of the tank, unbidden, and crawled under a broken tank and stayed there like a big fraidy cat. Well, nil desperandum I thought - until it became obvious that I couldn't drive the tank in any direction but reverse and all my shells passed through enemy tanks to explode the scenery behind. Re-load the tutorial with the coward chained to his seat and everything works fine. The trouble is this keeps happening. Soldiers told to lie down run straight at the enemy or, crawl under fire to a vantage point only to stand up when they get there and get shot. So far I have completed one mission and I had to keep reloading because weird things would happen, like my only surviving soldier jumping into a motor boat and falling trough the hull to emerge swimming on the other side. He then refused to get in the boat and finish the mission. Suddenly saving every few minutes becomes a necessity and a chore all in one.
The game also has a very unresponsive control system at times and you can find a squad being slaughtered whilst you desperately try to centre the screen (so you can see where the hell they have run off to) or, more annoyingly the rotate screen function refuses to work and your squad gets slaughtered as the order to charge is given instead. Sadly it is not a case of it just being tricky to use, it just doesn't do as it is told so often that it gets very frustrating and ruins the game.
I was hoping there would be a patch for these errors but it seems that since this was released only one patch has been made available and it is incompatible with the CD!
So a great looking game that is no fun to play. Still it was only £4 ...