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Men of War
Men of War.jpg
Developer(s) Best Way
Digitalmindsoft
Publisher(s) 1C Company
505 Games
Aspyr Media
Engine GEM 2 Engine
Version NA 1.11.3 (March 07, 2009)

EU 1.11.3 (March 07, 2009)

Platform(s) Microsoft Windows
Release date(s) EU 20 - 27th February, 2009

AUS 23 March, 2009
NA 10 March, 2009

Genre(s) Real-time strategy
Mode(s) Single-player, Multiplayer
Rating(s) BBFC: 15[1]
Media DVD
System requirements Microsoft Windows[2]
  • Windows 2000/XP/Vista
  • Intel Pentium 4 3.0 GHz or AMD Athlon 64 3000+
  • 1GB for XP/2GB for Vista
  • Nvidia GeForce 5900 or ATI Radeon 9600
  • DirectX 9.0c
  • DirectX 9.0c compatible sound card
  • 7.5GB free HDD space
  • DVD drive

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Gameplay screenshot

Men of War (Russian: В тылу врага 2: Лис пустыни) is a real-time strategy video game and the sequel of the 2006 real time tactics game Faces of War, developed in partnership with Best Way by Digitalmindsoft and published by 1C Company, 505 Games and Aspyr Media.

Like the game's predecessor, the single player campaign takes place during World War II and features battles set in Europe and the Soviet Union and the new locations Greece and North Africa, across three different campaigns for the Allies, Germans and Soviets. Men of War features Japan as a new multiplayer faction.


Men of War features over 50 different units including tanks, APCs and artillery.

The Soviet faction's single player campaign features two student comrades named Smirnov and Kuznetzov as they rise through the ranks of the Red Army and experience the rigors of war.

Campaign

Men of War features 19 single player missions spread across 3 different campaigns. As with Soldiers, the game features a Soviet, German and an Allies campaign. The Soviet campaign spans the early battles of the Eastern front, through to the start of the Soviet counter-offensive.

The German and Allies campaigns mostly feature the Northern Africa theatre. The German Afrikakorps fight in Greece (Battle of Crete), Libya (Tobruk) and Tunisia. The British "Desert Rats" and the United States fight through Operation Torch. Also featured is a squad of American soldiers who assist Henri d'Astier's French Resistance fighters.

There are also a number of bonus missions, which involve both defending and attacking objectives.

As was the case in Soldiers: Heroes of World War II, the single player campaigns can be played through cooperatively over a local TCP/IP network, or over the internet.

Multiplayer

In multiplayer, there are 5 different factions to choose from; The United States, Great Britain, Germany, Soviet Union and Japan. (Japan is included in a recently released content patch which can be found at the Digitalmindsoft forums in the announcements section as patch 1.16.4)

There are a variety of game modes including Combat, Battle Zone, Frontline and Cooperative, all of which were featured in Soldiers, and two new modes - Victory flag and Valuable Cargo.

Men of War will introduce a ranking system based on the ratio of a player's wins to losses with the various multiplayer factions.

The game has the "Direct Control" feature characteristic of the series which allows the player to take over control of a unit's movements and actions with the keyboard and mouse, adding a tactical 3rd person shooter element to the game.

Modifications are still officially supported, and will still have their own Tab in Options. Games using modifications will also go under the name "Modded Game".

Reception

Men of War has received generally favorable reviews, garnering a Metacritic score of 80 out of 100. GamingShogun[3] called the game a very 'in-depth, tactical game of combat' and stresses its mixed bag of highs and lows while also pointing out the game's budget-minded pricing. IGN agreed with the mixed sentiments, conceding that the game was "tedious and hard as hell" but also that it "offers a view of combat that's every bit as thrilling as the more accessible strategy games that dominate the sales charts".[4] IT Reviews was more positive, claiming that it "puts the emphasis firmly back on strategy, using your meagre troops cunningly to out-think and out-gun the enemy even when they have vastly superior numbers."[5]

Development

Bowing to the wishes of the Soldiers: Heroes of World War II community for a campaign featuring North Africa, a planned Japanese campaign was cut from the game in exchange for the new African theatre. Given the community's anticipation of the Japanese faction, the developers decided to include the Japanese as a bonus multiplayer faction, allowing for a better developed North African campaign.

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Patches

There are a number of different versions made by different companies, with different patches for each version due to them having different copy protection systems.

Sequels

Men of War: Red Tide

Men of War: Red Tide artwork

Four months after the release of Men of War, a stand-alone sequel called Men of War: Red Tide was announced.[6] It will add 20 new single player missions, where the player take the control over the Soviet Marine forces in the Black Sea campaigns in World War 2, fighting against Italian, Romanian and German forces.

The story is based on the writings of Soviet scribe Alexander Zorich.[7]

There will be new vehicles available for the player to use.

Men of War: Assault Squad

Assault Squad is a stand-alone expansion pack from the co-op developers Digitalmindsoft.[8][9]

This will focus more on the infantry part of the game. It will add 15 new missions. There was also a temporary name, where A4 defines the build name (Men of War is A3).[10]

References

External links


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Up to date as of January 23, 2010

From StrategyWiki, the free strategy guide and walkthrough wiki

Men of War
Box artwork for Men of War.
Developer(s) Best Way, Digitalmindsoft
Publisher(s) 1C Company, 505 Games, Aspyr Media
Latest version 1.16.4
Release date(s)
Genre(s) Real-time strategy
System(s) Windows
Mode(s) Single player, Multiplayer
Rating(s)
BBFC: 15
PEGI: Ages 16+
ESRB: Mature
System requirements (help)
CPU clock speed

3GHz

System RAM

1GiB

Disk space

7.5GiB

DirectX version
Version 9.0c
Expansion pack(s) Red Tide
A4
Preceded by Faces of War

Men of War (Russian: В тылу врага 2: Лис пустыни) is a real-time strategy video game and the sequel of the 2006 real-time tactics game Faces of War, developed in partnership with Best Way by Digitalmindsoft and published by 1C Company, 505 Games and Aspyr Media.

Bowing to the wishes of the Soldiers: Heroes of World War II community for a campaign featuring North Africa, a planned Japanese campaign was cut from the game in exchange for the new African theatre. Given the community's anticipation of the Japanese faction, the developers decided to include the Japanese as a bonus multiplayer faction, allowing for a better developed North African campaign.

Like the game's predecessor, the single player campaign takes place during World War II and features battles set in Europe and the Soviet Union and the new locations Greece and North Africa, across three different campaigns for the Allies, Germans and Soviets. Men of War features Japan as a new multiplayer faction.

Men of War features over 50 different units including tanks, APCs and artillery.

The Soviet faction's single player campaign features two student comrades named Smirnov and Kuznetzov as they rise through the ranks of the Red Army and experience the rigors of war.

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