GC 2008: Men of War First Look

Live World War II through three different perspectives in this new strategy game from 1C.

Men of War is the upcoming sequel to 2004's well-received World War II real-time strategy game Soldiers: Heroes of World War II. The previous game was praised for its intricate challenging gameplay and quality presentation, and based on what we saw today of Men of War during a visit to 1C (the publisher of the game), that same quality seems to be continuing in stride.

The game takes place in Europe and North Africa during the second world war and will feature action in three campaigns: Soviet, Allied, and German. During the demo, we were dipped in and out of a couple of the Soviet missions to get a feel for how drastically the game changes as you progress through the storyline.

The first Soviet mission we watched saw a small band of soldiers operating in a squad and trying to capture an enemy tank that had them pinned down. Though you can give orders to multiple units at a time, the 1C producer on hand pointed out that in smaller missions like this your best bet is to take control of individual units to get the most out of your strategy. The tactic for capturing the tank first involved taking out enemy units nearby, including flanking a nearby vehicle with a lone soldier and blasting it to bits with a grenade. After dealing with the soldiers that were defending the tank, our demonstrator was able to capture it and repair its damaged tank tread.

Once the tank was captured it was time to wreak havoc. Producers pointed out the intelligent enemy behavior several times to us--once they saw a tank coming, for example, enemy units were loathe to try to attack the tank directly. More interesting to us was the fact that enemy units located farther away from the conflict weren't even aware that an enemy tank was heading their way--until they were called by their comrades and asked to help out in the fight.

Compared to its predecessor, Men of War will feature 20 new units to try out in missions that range from stealthlike strikes to large-scale assaults. We saw a later Soviet level during the demo, and the change from the relatively intimate earlier mission was stark, with lots of enemies to control and battles ranging across several different fronts.

If you're tired of the single-player campaign (which will include 19 total missions), Men of War will also feature online multiplayer for up to 16 people, as well as the ability to play as Japan in multiplayer. Because there will be no resource gathering or other traditional RTS tropes, the developers are hoping that Men of War will cater to strategy fans who don't mind a bit more pace in their World War II battles. Men of War is scheduled for release next month.

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toysaow
toysaow

can modified any you like in game mod or build your own mission .so cool !!

holyknight234
holyknight234

The one thing that got me really stoked is "no resource gathering." Finally a game where you don't have to mine wood to build tanks! Anyways, I'm also stoked that there will be Japan in multiplayer. Wonder how that plays out (they were mostly sea/air strong, no?)

KVASEY
KVASEY

So, is there no skirmish mode against the computer?

PdPstyle
PdPstyle

The original game was suburb! I am really stoked about this game, dont judge it just because it is WWII, see if you can find the original "Soldiers: Heroes of WWII" then decide. Its a great blend of 3rd person shooter *er kind of* and RTS. Its the only game I have ever played just quite like it. The new CoH is even mimicking its play style :)

ragerancher
ragerancher

Looks like a good game. Bit hard to do something original in a WW2 genre since it will always end one way (Allied victory) and will nearly always follow the route the allies took during the war. The only WW2 thing that ahsn't been done is Early war with the Germans blitzing Europe.

jacknasty94
jacknasty94

for every one that said CoH is getting boring: get oposing fronts. i was getting bored of CoH too, and i got the expansion and it is a great refresher. units and well balanced and fun.

stagga99
stagga99

I thought Faces of War was the sequel to Soldiers? Anyway I have both and have played them extensively. I also have Company of Heroes and have to say it's ridiculous to call it a mod! It's also one of my favourite games and yet, once again, people have to try and create divisions in the same old "well if you like THIS you have to be against THAT" way. And Bengelen, you seem to criticise Klinsi for not including the Soviets as Allies. In a sense that's correct but they were never good friends with the rest of the Allies. They had their own agenda and as I'm sure you know were allied with Nazi Germany for a period before Hitler turned on them. The west supplied them with material because we needed them to continue fighting. How long did the alliance last after WW2?!

RevolverAce
RevolverAce

this game is a finished faces of war. and thats a really good thing. You almost cant compare this with CoH, since you cant built a base or recruit units. This is a game is just tactical playing instead of resource management. You can even aim yourself, hide you units in bushes and destroy difrent parts of tanks. this game is simply more fun than CoH imo

Bengelen
Bengelen

I find it kind of paradoxical, Klinsi, that you demand more diversity in WW2 games, in particular the ability to play Allied factions other than the Americans, when you yourself use the standard, and historically incorrect, split up between the Allies and the Soviets. The Soviet Union was in fact an Allied country. Contrary to the claims of Pcgamer522, the Soviets actually received a lot of American war material in the first stages of WW2. And in such an amount that most historians believe it was crucial to the Soviet survival in the event of the German attack. One thing is disliking communism, but I really don't understand, nor approve, the need to falsify historical facts, like presenting the Soviet Union as a Non Allied country, in order to fit WW2 into the Cold War scenario. And as far as Finland goes, they were actually on the Axis side, even though that was a result of the Winter War more than anything.

xMADxDOGx
xMADxDOGx

no mate , you don't play only american bad asses bot also russion ones and i think germs to ... england to i think ... koz they fought in the desert ... and i se sand on the pictures ...

enix165
enix165

The AI sounds kind of...like generic RTS AI. And I'm guessing "Allied" means Americans as always? Nothing special.

sdauz
sdauz

CoH is still better

dead_devil_66
dead_devil_66

@Gelugon_baat are you serious? CoH is high in what? For a mod is a good thing...but its a warhammer 40k mod....it seems that most of you people didnt play Faces of War because it didnt get a good score or something....and because it didnt have the marketing machine supporting it that CoH had....

dead_devil_66
dead_devil_66

@klinsi btw...did you play Faces of War? Seems not...

klinsi
klinsi

What a super boring topic in a RTS game AGAIN (& again) Another COMMON WW2 RTS again... Its doesn't offer ANYTHING new at all in the end... What this game offered, hah ? No new alternative history... No new sides in campaign... No NEW WUNDER unit... (Maus ? Arado jet bomber ? He 162 ? Wasserfall ?) No NEW REVOLUTIONARY gameplay... And in the end... just another game for a Nazi buster AGAIN... (most of the campaign will depict the already known about the ill fated of Third Reich from same & same sides AGAIN) Playing a game with VERY OBVIOUSLY STORY & ENDING again & again with so many many LIMITED gameplay (never be able to bombard the Allied or USSR armies with swarm of Ju 188 bomber or never be able to change the pace of war) & choices (u just got a few limited units & SELECTION like the Germans will absolutely never be able to uses Arado jet bomber, etc)... its very BORING u know... especially if the prices is more than $20 bucks ! I can't believe there is ANOTHER VERY COMMON RTS game that depict the VERY COMMON SIDE FOR ALMOST ANY OTHER RTS games too like USSR + Allied + Germany side.. Bah... What about Free French resistance ? What about the Italians ? What about the Finland that try to resist the USSR steamroller ? What about Poland who tried to resist the Reich occupation ? Let's try to make a NEW & revolutionary WW2 game ! Especially since A&A, CC, Sudden Strike, Blitzkrieg, CoH & Warfront TP out !

8NP4iN
8NP4iN

im really suprised about this game... i play COH everyday and kinda tired of some of the unbalance... i know games will always have imbalance cause some people are not happy...but theres acceptable unbalance and unacceptable... anyway i want this game... seems more tactical and deep strategy than COH... cool, and gots other factions... soviets and japan...cool :D

ntnimara
ntnimara

until then.. I'll keep to Company of Heroes :)

pcgamer522
pcgamer522

@Bengelen: The Soviets were allied, yes, but not really. The other allies never trusted the Soviets, and Stalin didn't trust the Allies, the only thing that put them on the same team was the fact that they both fought the Germans. Neither really helped each other out. In fact, the U.S. was planning to invade the U.S.S.R. while it was still weak after WWII, but everyone was tired of fighting, and just wanted to rebuild. So the Soviets can be considered a separate entity. Plus, they were on opposite fronts.

Bengelen
Bengelen

Not everybody likes the French either. That doesn't mean France weren't an Allied country. If you want to point out the different fronts it is actually possible to do that without changing the historical facts.

VashDaTyphoon
VashDaTyphoon

Soviet's weren't as well liked as other Allied countries because they were communists. They are usually considered their own fraction when talking about WWII since they had their own front against the German's and other Axis powers. It's not uncommon or inaccurate.

Bengelen
Bengelen

You say the game will "feature action in three campaigns: Soviet, Allied, and German". But historically speaking that is seriously inaccurate. The Soviet Union were in fact an allied country. You might as well say Canada and the Allies. That would be an equally ridiculous split up.

duckyfuzz
duckyfuzz

if you havent played soldiers heroes of ww2 then you've without doubt been missing out,especially multiplayer! So of course for me the sequel has been a long time coming! can't wait!

Przem0
Przem0

I'll put my hands on this hottie :D.

dark_being
dark_being

another strategy game I wont be playing.

BoyarPunk
BoyarPunk

Been following this one for a while. Never played its predecessor, but this one looks promising.