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Gary Grigsby's War in the East

Platform : Windows
5.0 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews

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  • 5 major campaigns starting at 1941, 1942, 1943, 1944, 1941 (Alternate victory) all extending to Summer 1945
  • Map stretches from 100 miles west of Berlin to Ural mountains and from 150 miles north of Leningrad in the north to Bulgaria and Baku in the south
  • German Corps/Army/Army Group HQ's and Soviet Army/Front HQ's
  • Detailed yet automated accounting for support personnel and supplies/fuel/ammunition Losses in individual vehicles and squads Display of the various modifiers affecting how efficiently units receive what they need
  • Intricate Fog of War rules and unit detection levels - units are rated based on their ability to conceal themselves and their ability to recon other units
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  • Platform:   Windows
  • Media: Video Game

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  • ASIN: B004Z0QF50
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 23,514 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

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War on an Epic scale from Moscow to Berlin - this is War in the East! Gary Grigsby's War in the East: The German-Soviet War 1941-1945 is the spiritual heir to the great Eastern Front board and computer wargames of the past; a turn-based World War II strategy game down to the division and brigade level, stretching across the entire Eastern Front at a 10 mile per hex scale. Gamers can engage in massive, dramatic campaigns, including intense battles involving thousands of units with realistic and historical terrain, weather, orders of battle, logistics and combat results. As with all the award-winning titles made by the 2by3 Games team, factors such as supply, fatigue, experience, morale and the skill of your divisional, corps and army leaders all play an important part in determining the results at the front line. Gary Grigsby's War in the East comes with 4 massive campaigns as well as many smaller scenarios all with different strategic and operational challenges. Gary Grigsby's War in the Eastrepresents a truly epic representation of the Second World War on the Eastern Front and is unparalleled in its scale, detail, and ambition!


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As this game is keeping me busy for months now I feel I should share my thoughts on it. I'm giving it five stars, as I feel it's the best turn based wargame for the PC I know of. It's the best because it's fairly easy to learn yet hard to master, and because the platform is extremely stable. I've played a couple of campaigns to a finish (that was the latter half of 1944 for me), and the game didn't crash once. Also the AI keeps finding credible solutions to the challenges I give it, even as late as 1944. This is quite an achievement, as most other similar games I have would have crashed by then.
I gave it five stars. Does that mean this is a game everyone would enjoy? No, I don't think so. You only have to look at one of the earlier reviews to find out why. In order to like this game you really need to enjoy hex-and-counter types of wargames very much. If you do, and if you have any interest for the eastern front, this is THE game for you. If you don't you won't like it, no matter how good it is.
It will take a bit of getting used to, as the user interface is not as intuitive as it could have been. I think it's basically a keyboard operated game, with a layer of mouse interfacing laid over it, rather than a game that was designed to be operated by mouse from the start. Having said that, the interface is quite stable, and with the manual at hand you'll quickly find what you need. I had to look up how to break down divisions into regiments, and how to rebuild them; how to use rail engineers to convert Soviet gauge lines to German size ones; how to reassign units to other HQ's, and how to conduct a deliberate assault instead of the regular quick attack. Having figured this out, I could play the game to victory.
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I almost didnt buy this because of the price and thinking that this game will be too hard to learn and just get shelved. What I discovered is this is an awesome game that I was able to start playing right away after I installed it. Easy to start playing but huge in scale with a ton of things you can micromanage to get the most out of your army. Ive been playing this for about two weeks and I love it. If your an Eastern front buff or former board gamer this is a dream come true.
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I agree with above really good game ,pricey but theres a lot in it, good back up, and theres a wiki page dedicated to it, you can d/load a boot camp pdf walk through really halps with basic`s
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huge game very complex but i love it
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x91480c24) out of 5 stars 7 reviews
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x95a4a73c) out of 5 stars A fantastic game for the computer war gaming aficionado 5 May 2013
By Yoda - Published on Amazon.com
Any review of this game would have to start with the fact that the game is very, very complicated and takes a long time to learn. This fact should be evident by fact that the manual is 382 pages, of very technical discussion, in length. The game provides a very complicated simulation of the actual war on this front that takes into account not only the many factors affecting combat directly (i.e., morale, combat strength, mobility, leadership, etc.) but factors such as supply. The player must master control of all of these in order to achieve success. Considering the number of factors that the player himself must control (i.e., from controlling leaders down to corps level, to insuring that rail networks are properly established, insuring that units are rotated around to prevent exhaustion, that units are refitted properly, etc.) along with the number of units the player controls (up to the hundreds, depending on the scenario), this is quite a complicated, time consuming and realistic strategy and simulation. The game even takes into account and provides enormous detail on production levels of equipment albeit this factor is out of the game players control. This is not a game for the novice computer war gamer, only the most serious and die hard.

Considering all this detail the about $90 price tag is not asking too much.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x95a4ab44) out of 5 stars I love it for its art; hate it for the way it dwarfs my ability to play it well. 26 Nov. 2013
By bullmikey - Published on Amazon.com
This is a massive game and a massively complex one. It models things down to the nitty-gritty. If you want to know how many MG 34s are in each of your infantry regiments it'll let you drill down deep enough to find out. Everything's accounted for, every man and weapon, every truck and cart, every horse team and gun tractor. The wealth of detail can be overwhelming. Be prepared to put in lots of time per turn. Logistics are critical. You'll find yourself worrying about fuel and ammunition a lot; not only how much have you got but how to get it where it's needed. The play is excellent but the learning curve is steep. The map is very nice, surprisingly well done for this type of game. The AI is passable but far from perfected; it'll give you a decent work out for a while, but the real beauty of a game like this is in its human against human dynamics. Also, the price tag is a hefty one. But you get a lot of game for the money, providing this is your cup of tea. If you are a hard core war gamer you are probably going to love/hate this game the way I love/hate it; however, if you're not up to the slow and meticulous grind of maneuvering symbols on a map, working out a coherent tactile plan in advance, keeping track of orders of battle, and moving supplies across Mother Russia in the middle of winter, you might want to stay away from this one.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9147d348) out of 5 stars Only for the hardcore wargammer 9 May 2013
By Rayfer - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a huge, realistic, strategic/operational level simulation of World War 2 in Russia. It is complex and not for those new to the hobby of simulation wargamming. It requires a committment of time to master the strategies needed to guide the Germans to victory or defend the motherland playing as the Russians. But the rewards are deeply satisfying for those who stay with it. It isn't an action game, it is a turn based game of planning and strategy.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x95a4ad24) out of 5 stars gary grigsby does it again 8) 30 Jun. 2013
By John Gumprecht - Published on Amazon.com
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This game totally rocks! I loved the original War in Russia and was always sad that my OS (win 7) didn't let me play it anymore so I bought this game and am totally in love with it! I highly recommend it for any armchair general! 8)
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x95a4b078) out of 5 stars Tough, hard game to play and learn. 21 Jun. 2014
By A. Liguori - Published on Amazon.com
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I've finally beat the AI on the easy level in the campaign game. It took about four plays. But I love the game, it reminds me of the old school board games of the 80's when you took over the kitchen table for a month and your girlfriend sulked about it.
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