First let me apologize for the delay in getting this review out. I do have a quasi legitimate excuse though; I really enjoyed playing this game. Every time I'd sit down to write a review, I would say to myself "ok here we go, maybe I should play for a few minutes first" Next thing I know its 2 hours later and the wife is pissed at me because I haven't painted the porch yet.
Blitzkrieg 2 Burning Horizons is a mod/expansion based upon the original game developed by Nival Interactive and partner La Plata Studios. The game is strictly single player with no multi player aspect. The game is an RTS WW2 strategy game, similar to the original in some ways (mainly mission wise) but this is a good thing. As Blitzkrieg is a standout RTS WW2 game and no need to change things to drastically.
Now I'm not a fan of resource finding based RTS strategy games. Generals and soldiers are there to fight, not to manage gold harvesting or whatever the "special" commodity of the game is. There is no harvesting or collecting, other then maintaing supply lines, in this game.
Speaking of Generals you play as one, one of my all time favorites in the History of War, Field Marshall Irwin Rommel. He treated both German and Allied troops with respect as he felt that soldiers were only doing their duty and as such they deserved the utmost respect. Something that rubbed a few Axis high commanders the wrong way.
The game covers over 24 missions beginning in the desert and ending in Europe, there are some single missions thrown in as well. These take place in the pacific theatre and consist of American and Japanese troops duking it out.From the desert sands to the hedgerows of Europe each battle is historically accurate in its portrayal..
For those of you who have played the original there are some nice new additions to the game. 50 new unit types including, new artillery, new tanks, American Marines and Japanese forces make this a nice new experience and a great sequel to the first game.
Logistics and strategy play a dominant role in this game. You actually have to exercise the cranium to succeed in this game. Logistically you have to ensure that you supply and re-supply both your troops and machines. Strategically you have to use all facets of weaponry in a subtle ballet of controlled death and mayhem. Remember every weapon and tactic has its strong and weak points knowing how to use each in conjunction with each other is key to success, that and quick saving the game. Quick saves will make your life much easier nothing worse then fighting a battle for half an hour and losing in the last minute then having to start all over again.
The AI in the game is pretty good; the sprites are intelligent and follow good military strategy. They're not a pushover and it will take some good strategy and quick thinking if yo want to defeat the enemy. Path finding is still a big beef with me though, nothing worse then watching a supply truck make a wrong turn at Albuquerque and head off to parts unknown, or just turning around in a circle endlessly.
This game requires patience and thinking, if you like WW2 strategy and the original game then buy this game. You will be thinking about the game long after you played it, where should I place my artillery? What's the best use of my armor? How do I stop the counterattack? If you find that you're asking yourself these questions while attending an important meeting at work then you'll know you are playing a great game, I know i did.
Blitzkrieg: Burning HorizonESRB:
Platform: PC Games