Day of Defeat
- World War II online action game from the makers of Counter-Strike
- Join the ranks of a unique military squad and enter the European theatre of war
- Perform your role as a sniper, infantryman, machine gunner, rifleman or sergeant
- Dozens of missions based upon WWII's greatest battles
- Built-in support for voice communication
- Note: this online game requires a fast and stable Internet connection
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Day of Defeat is a World War II multiplayer first-person action game that pits players in Axis-versus-Allies battles in Western Europe at the height of the war in 1944. Players enlist as snipers, infantrymen, machine gunners, riflemen and sergeants, and then hit the frontlines running using authentic weaponry.
The game, which initially debuted as a Half Life MOD, features multiple modes of play, a total of 15 multiplayer maps of action--including 10 new maps, all new character models, hundreds of new animations, increased textures and all new particle effects system. Day of Defeat will also launch with a new Allied squad--the British.
Day of Defeat started life as a WWII mod for Half Life, played by lesser numbers than the famous Counter Strike, but still incredibly popular. Activision have taken the online shooter and polished it into a stand-alone retail gem. The story is simple, choose to be either a soldier from Axis or Allies and fight over territory until a set number of points have been gained.
The differences with the freely available mod are clear: easy set-up, no need to own Half-Life, superb sound effects, updated and glorious graphics. Set-up of the game is simple: install, load up the game, connect to the servers and choose one with a suitable ping rate (a lower number is better) and you should be playing within 10 minutes of opening the box.
The game itself is bound to be compared with the excellent Battlefield 1942, DOD does however play in a different way. It is a more tactical and tense game, there are none of the massive expanses of 1942 and no vehicles, the maps are urban in setting (even the forest maps feel urban) and each nook, cranny, door and window could hide an enemy waiting to snipe as you run past.
Weapon selection plays a very important part, from the easily held MP-40 machine guns and sniper rifles to the heavy Bren machine guns; each one needs to be used in a tactically different way. An example is that there's no way you'll be able to storm into a room and target enemies with the heavy guns: try and shoot on the move with a Bren and the simulated kick back will shoot all over the place--very realistic.
Battlefield 1942 might come out on top as the definitive WWII multi-player games as it has a single-player mode for offline play, but if you enjoy online battles you'll enjoy Day of Defeat too. --Laurent S Hall
Top Customer Reviews
What is it??
Day if Defeat is an online, multiplayer, First Person Shooter which uses the Half-Life engine, similar to Counter-Strike, but this time based upon the Normandy invasion of 1944, during the Second World War.
What is it like??
Quite simply, it is probably the best Half-Life mod that has been made, and there is plenty of support for this statement from the online community. The engine is well used & tested to produce high quality graphics & animations, which results in seamless, fast-paced action.
It pits teams of Axis (German) troops against Allied (British or American, depending on which map is being played) troops, with the objective to kill as many of the enemy as possible whilst staying alive & capping as many flags to secure the current map.
Teamplay is a big factor, you wont 'win' at this game by playing it like Q3, simply running around killing everything, you need your team mates & they need you!
When you've chosen Allied or Axis, you need to pick a class of player, each with its own main weapon, which will ultimately decide how you play the game. You can change player class or even your team at any point, even in the middle of the current game, which means the teams should never get unbalanced or one-sided.
There is a massive following for this mod online already, which will ensure that it will be easy to find plenty of online servers to choose from, even if you are unable to create your own. You dont even need broadband to play it, it runs fine on a 56k dial-up modem, and you might find you struggle 'ping-wise' on some US servers, there are plenty of Brit or European servers to play on.Read more ›
Day of Defeat has so many reasons why it's better than C-S. First of all, actually teamplay! In this game you're not going to get 30 Rambos running about gunning everything down, in fact it's the exact opposite. You NEED to work as a team if you want to get anywhere in the game. If you wander into a machine gun post with your Tommy-Gun blazing, your dead meat, but move tactically (E.g throw a grenade in first, then two of you charge in with somebody with a machine-gun covering you), and you'll discover where Day of Defeat's real potential is. And you don't need a super fast broadband connection to enjoy it! There are plenty of 56k modem servers out there, so having broadband won't give you a big edge over everybody else. So you're in luck 56k gamers!
Yeah, so the game sounds great, but how does it work??
Day of Defeat's game modes are a tiny bit like Battlefield's, there are usually 5 flags in each map, the main objective, is to seize all of these flags, and drive the enemy out of them, easier said than done. The second type of game is objectiver based. E.g On the level 'Charlie' you have to storm the beach, blow up some Flak guns and destroy several other things the Germans need, and the Krauts are trying to do the opposite.
This fantastic game comes at such a low price tag too, that if you like online gaming, you'd be an absoulute idiot to miss out on it! This game has completely changed the way I play games now. I just can't wait until they update the game using the Half-Life 2 engine, the engine has already been shown running Counter-Strike,, and it looks amazing, so even with the great graphics on this game, think what it will be like then!! So grab your helmet and move out and buy this game soldier!!
Day of Defeat is much more tactical than Medal Of Honour or its ilk as an online game, as players hide amidst the fascimile city ruins and hunt one another down.
The action is class based with players able to assume the roles of heavy machine gunner, support infantry or sniper, but all working toward supporting the team. In fact, I'd go so far as to say Day Of Defeat is the best squad based team game available online currently. And for the price its hard to find many excuses not to buy it.
It was cheap; second-hand I believe.
However, I have never used it as it was an on-line version andnot a stand-alone game. I wanted the latter, so found that the advertising was not very informative in this case.
I have had enough of other games because this is the game I always come back to.
If you want a bargain...buy this game.
DoD is different though, it's as close to WW2 as any game has come yet. This game feels more like a war than any other I've played. Rubble all over the place, MG tracers flying past everywhere, explosions shaking the ground. This is as realistic as you'll get in a WW2 game. Guns recoil out of countrol unless you crouch or prone, sniper scopes slowly move about (less if you're prone though). The best thing about the game is the teamwork though. To get anywhere in the game, you need to work as a team, and always look out for enemies, so that keeps out the run-n-gun people you find in other games like MoH. It's not as realistic as some of the earlier betas of the game, like 3.1, but still the best out there.
If you don't want the game because you think the graphics look like HL's, they dont. This is the best looking mod for HL I've seen. The models are very detailed, and so are the gun models. This is the first version of the game to include Brits aswell, with all their weapons, although they do get less than the other sides. The maps are very detailed aswell, the textures and architecture have all improved over the earlier versions too.
If you have the money, buy the game. That way the people who worked for years to make this game through all the betas at least get something for it. The retail version doesnt need HL to run either, so if you havent got HL, you can just pay the £15 for this, instead of buying HL and then downloading.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
now i got this for christmas and its the best game around for a 56k internet connection, you wont get bored of it (ive been playing it straight for about 4-5 months and i still... Read morePublished on 13 May 2004
Having played many online games in the last several years I recently picked up DOD.
Mainly because I wanted something different from Counter Strike and DF1942 and more... Read more
Check your ammo and move out! this quick reacting, fast paced first-person-shooter requires more than brawn soldier! Read morePublished on 4 Dec. 2003 by Amazon Customer
While this game is very good in itself, It's worth pointing out that it is simply a fan made mod sold in a box by Valve. Read morePublished on 14 Sept. 2003
I saw the release of this game and knew that i had heard it from somewhere...
Many online gamers will remember Day of Defeat in it's younger days and will remember it to be... Read more
i like WW2 games which is why i bought this. The graphics are not great such as in Medal of Honour, except the models. Read morePublished on 19 Jun. 2003 by GamerGuru
This game is simply great, you can play as germans, americans and now the british. The gameplay itself is fairly fast moving stuff with the possibility to do anything from sneaking... Read morePublished on 22 May 2003 by Smallholder