Format: PC
Digital Jesters

3 760007 413117
Age Restrictions: 12+
27 August 2004

Take on the role of the World War II Allied forces in the final drive to liberate Europe. Throughout three campaigns and 12 missions in single player mode, prepare troops for battle, create combat strategies, and execute one of the largest military invasions in wartime history...

In D-Day, players must successfully plan and execute the turning points in the liberation of Europe: the first hours of the beach landing at Omaha Beach, the paratrooper attack on Sainte Mère Eglise, the taking of the Cherbourg harbour, operation Cobra, the battle of the Falaise pocket, and the liberation of Normandy in August 1944.

During these campaigns, you can call in the help of resistant forces to recon the landing areas, take advantage of the Allies' air power (bomber, glider, paratroopers), and stop the German forces' counter attacks. This game features over 60 historically accurate units, including rifleman, paratroopers, artillery, tanks, transports, and air support. The multiplayer mode uses GameSpy's online Matchmaking network, allowing up to 8 players to play simultaneously on 12 different maps using 3 different modes, while an editor allows players to create their own multiplayer maps.

But, does the world need yet another WWII game? And, what does this have to offer that other similar games don't?

The first thing to mention about this game is the fact that the graphics look fantastic, as does the smooth animation. Also, this is marketing itself as the most historically accurate WWII game - which it probably is. Almost every detail, including locations and dates as well as the reload time for different makes of tanks, has been reconstructed as accurately as is possible without detracting from the gameplay.

While it doesn't really offer up anything new (apart from the historically accurate details) it does offer more of a challenge for those gamers who like to think 10 steps ahead. This is not for your lowbrow gamer.

Nick Smithson

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