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El Chupacabra

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#1 11 years ago

Ever heard of the game? I stumbled upon it while looking for some older turn-based combat ww2 games and can't stop playing it since.

(I also found another one called 101:The Airborne Invasion of Normandy that is definitely worth a try as well - free dl: http://www.the-underdogs.info/game.php?id=5032)

Back to Steel Panthers tho: it's a series of turn-based strategic wargames from mid90's. Best thing is there's a freeware version called Steel Panthers: World at War focusing on the ww2 timespan. And believe me - it's a must-have for any armchair general - history buff - cpu ww2 gamer.

To name just a few features:

- TONS of gear including infantry, armor, airborne, naval, arty and support units from 27 countries (+an ingame encyclopedia) - realistic armor penetrations, fantastic tank damage system (hitting a tank may destroy it, cause damage to tracks, hull or turret, disable some of its guns, immobilize it, rarely kills the crew) - interesting spotting and arty system - requires strategic thinking and some knowledge of ww2 units (armor-inf cooperation, recon, flanking, reinforcements, ambush, retreating) - prepare Your defence using mines, fortifications, AT and anti-personnel obstacles or make your engineers, minesweeping tanks and dozers clear the path for a break-thru behind a smoke screen - transport and support duties, commando and partisans missions - includes the morale factor, nation military force characteristics, gear malfunctions - great balance between historical realism and playability, good research - over 300 single-battle scenarios (mostly ww2, a couple of '"what-if's", spanish civil war, korean conflict, etc., hell, even SPR and BoB battles) - about 20 long campaigns where you use a limited amount of points to build Your army, watch how it gains experience from one battle to another or gets slaughtered, rebuild and upgrade Your units with time - battle and campaign editor - single player vs. AI or multiplayer: head to head or play by e-mail - active online community (opponents, map and scenario creators, modders) at the Depot forums (http://www.spwaw.com/)

Screenies: s297spwawshot01af8.th.jpgs297spwawshot02zo5.th.jpgs297spwawshot03gc9.th.jpgs297spwawshot04sg4.th.jpg s297spwawshot07ko9.th.jpgs297spwawshot13yo9.th.jpgs297spwawshot15hj6.th.jpg

(The graphics are pretty medieval, but it doesn't really matter)

I realize that the game is a real classic title, an oldie by now, and lots of You have already played it, but for me it was a real discovery and I'm hoping that it will also be the same for some of the forumers here.

Just google for a full 8.2 version, patches 8.3 and 8.4 (8.43 is out there too I think), because I constantly get a database error when trying to post all the links. You'll find additional campaigns, maps, mods, guides and whatever at the Depot.

The game is terribly time consuming and the scenarios provided with the 8.4 version could fill a lifetime of playing. If You still want more tho, You can buy some of the so-called Megacampaigns from Matrix games which are long, non-linear, extra goodie-filled campaigns.

PS. Beware the Rahmenwerfer! ;)




Real-BadSeed

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#2 11 years ago

I use to play those old turn based strat games to death with my brother. Not that one specifically but others like it. Its just too old for me to play now. Company of Heroes, Medieval II: Total War are what ive been playing lately. I may get Theatre of War, not sure yet.




FlyGuy45

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#3 11 years ago

Looks fun, thanks!




Polska

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#4 11 years ago

Played it once, but couldn't get myself to like it, probably because it was turned-based and I rather have real-time action. :p




jumjum

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#5 11 years ago

My fave turn-based WWII game was "Panzer General II". You can actually learn alittle bit about the tactical and operational levels of combat: choosing the necessary units; suitability of the units to terrain; logistics; transport; combined arms; and the king of them all, how to concentrate your power at what the German General Staff called the schwerepunkt, the place you need to apply maximum force. Fun stuff, but it was cool watching some of your units become "elite" through hard, successful combat.




Sleestack

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#6 11 years ago

Me & my buds have spent many a weekend playing the old squad leader games (Think you young ones dont like to wait for the load times for FH?!?! Id like to watch some of these impatient whippersnappers just try to set up an old Squad Leader game. Should be used as punishment for impatience!) & Axis and Alies or the old Star Fleet games. Panzer General series was great as well! Steel Panthers was one of our fave games. Many a wasted hour spent playing that game. One computer playing Steel Panthers & one chess board going at the same time. Finish your turn & go study what your next chess move will be while your opponent goes through his turn.:naughty:




Coca-Cola

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#7 11 years ago

Having a midlife crisis?^ lol :P




Törni

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#8 11 years ago

Steel Panthers was good,it might have gone through some serious inflation though... Like turn based strategy? Something from the Super Heavy Weight serie: The Operational Art of war. http://www.matrixgames.com/games/game.asp?gid=317




Sleestack

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#9 11 years ago
Coca-Cola;3648750Having a midlife crisis?^ lol :P

Laugh now while you can. Your turn next.:D