Fight in the theatre of war that changed the world forever.
Battle alongside your compatriots on some of the most inhospitable
environments of the Eastern Front, allowing the player to
fight through some of the most intense combat of the war.
You can play as infantry, using a wide range of infantry weapons,
or crew one of the many armoured combat vehicles available
in the game, from half-tracks all the way through to the most
famous German and Soviet heavy tanks. You can engage the enemy
with everything from your bayonet at close quarters up to
the massive 122mm cannon on the Soviet IS-2. And if that isn't
enough, find an officer a and radio to call in thunderous
artillery strikes to shake the enemy loose...
Orchestra: Ostfront 41-45 is a full-featured, stand-alone
World War II First Person Combat simulator that brings players
to the frontlines of Eastern European combat during the height
of the conflict. There are 28 infantry weapons or 1 of 14
detailed vehicles on the Russian Front to choose from. Their
are a combination of roles across more than one dozen maps,
all based on real-world locations and battles.
is a pretty intense WWII simulation - and probably the most
realistic released to date. However, "realistic"
is not always everyone's cup of tea. If you're the sort of
person who likes to line up your enemy in your crosshairs
and fire off a shot, then run around looking for the next
target, then you're going to be a little frustrated by how
slow moving this game is. You may also be put off by how difficult
it is to kill your enemy when shooting them.
there is no crosshair (unless you are using artillery or a
rifle), so if you want to aim you'll have to do it looking
down the barrel of the gun. Then there's the fact that you'll
need to raise your gun before you can fire it (otherwise you'll
just shoot wildly from the hip) and finally, you have to pull
the trigger twice to fire each bullet (your first click fires
the round, while a second click is needed to reset the bolt
on the rifle). And, if your weapon has a clip rather than
a magazine, you normally have to wait until the clip is empty
before you can reload your weapon. Personally, I found this
to be a welcome relief from the constant stream of unrealistic
war games - you really have to think carefully before every
can run, walk or crawl your way across the map, but you'll
need to keep an eye on your stamina. Getting from A to B,
without being blown to bits, is not as easy as it sounds and
a lot of tactical planning is needed to find the safest route.
you're expecting to storm, or defend, the beaches of Normandy
then you're going to be a little disappointed. As the game's
title indicates, this focuses on the Russians versus Nazi
Germany side of combat. Again this was refreshing, as the
more popular games totally ignore this part of the war in
favour of the British and American campaigns.
where this game really stands its own is in the online play.
What's really scary here is how, just like in a real combat
situation, it's not always easy to tell the enemy from your
comrades. It's not difficult for you to shoot at a figure,
only to discover he's one of yours. Equally, you'll have to
keep an eye out for friendly fire. Also,
when driving vehicles, only certain characters are equipped
to drive - which is why you should carefully choose your character
at the start.
the end of the day this is about as close to a real war situation
as you are (hopefully) ever likely to get. If you want a game
that makes you feel like you are starring in your own war
movie then this is probably not for you. However, if you want
a game that lets you experience all the elements of living
through a real combat situation, you won't get much better
than this. For World War II fanatics, this is as real as it
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