Steel Panthers: World at War 8.0
Matrix Games have given strategy gamers everywhere a great holiday gift — a new version of their great free World War 2 wargame, Steel Panthers: World at War. Version 8.0 tightens up the code substantially, resulting in a much more stable-playing game on modern versions of Windows (2000 & XP), and it includes more than twice as many scenarios as the previous version did, so there’s a whole lot of free gaming goodness to be had. If you’re at all interested in strategy gaming, you owe it to yourself to check this one out. It’s a large download (435MB!) but it’s worth every byte.
In conjunction with the release of 8.0, Matrix has released a new add-on Mega Campaign for SP:WAW as well. Mega Campaigns are the way Matrix makes money off the game — they are long, intricate campaigns that tie together many interconnected battles, challenging you not just to be a good battlefield commander but also a wise logistics manager as well. They’re reasonably priced ($25) and add a lot of play value to the game. The newest Mega Campaign is Screaming Eagles ’44-’45, and it covers the battles of the American 101st Airborne Division as it fought its way across Fortress Europe from D-Day to the final collapse of Nazi Germany. (Easy Company, made famous in the book and HBO movie Band of Brothers, was a part of the 101st.) Given that it covers some of the most hard-fought battles of the war, this one is looking like a must-buy for any Steel Panthers fan.
July 17, 2011
I’ve been playing the eastern front mega campaign. Talk about knock down, drag out battles, holy crap. Lots of KV1’s and KV2’s. You will have to play tag-team to take these out with german tanks. Securety for your victory hexes is often necessary. This one is very frustrating. I can’t say how many times I cursed at my monitor playing this. There are many ways to adjust the difficulty level and I just may do that soon. I hate this game (lol) and I can’t stop playing it. If you are a hard core WW2 gamer, I highly recommend it if you can still get it.
August 4, 2012
this game has so much potential. yet is riddled with a large array of design flaws. for instance in online the points you are given to build an army is set and very, very low. this completely ruined the game for i wanted a good online experience. this game was 100% perfect and i fell in love with it, until i found this issue. now the game has lead to more disappointment then fun.