World War 2 historical battles are appealing across many genres and media. None more so than strategy games. The Company of Heroes franchise commands wide-spread acceptance as the go to title of this era. There are many imitations and alternatives but Sudden Strike 4 is a welcome addition.
It’s a fine line between success and failure. Most defeats are just a whisker away from a decisive victory. There’s no base building or unit creation. The campaign is based on historic events with defined rules and unit availability. In most instances reinforcements arrive at a given milestone in the chapter as they would’ve done in the real situation.
Whilst there’s no micromanagement of units to build there is the ability to place multiple units into quick selection groups for efficiency during the mission. Some missions provide aerial support from bombers, fighter planes and paratroopers. Tanks and other vehicle support can also become available. Pregame options provide various additional perks depending on the progress to date. Each mission awards up-to three stars depending on completion performance and objectives completed. These stars can unlock perks such as fortifying tanks to reduce damage. Infantry can carry grenades and more.
Tanks and other vehicles require fuel replenishment from support vehicles. Ammo can also be refilled. Repair vehicles can fix a tanks tracks, guns and engine. It’s incredibly important to manage the entire squadron depending on circumstances. Placing a support vehicle in the middle of gunfire is reckless and a decision to regret. Keeping repair and support vehicles away from danger is imperative to maintain a functional army. Whenever a respite from combat is afforded it’s useful to use those moments to replenish fuel, ammo and do repairs in readiness for another round of battles.
Troops can garrison in nearby buildings and commandeer unaccompanied vehicles from abandoned tanks to tractors. Making the most of opportunist moments can be that slight difference to win the war.
I had a moment to remember in Stalingrad whereby I was destined to fail. Making it so close to the finish. Just a single heavy tank stood in my way. The full force of my army had been annihilated. Infantry were overwhelmed hiding in a bunker but they were all I had remaining along with support and repair vehicles. I ordered the infantry to retreat and seek safety in a nearby building. I was out of options, simply surviving. Then I noticed an abandoned tank could be repaired. I sent the repair vehicle to do it’s magic whilst ordering the troops to commandeer the vehicle. Then I had the tank attack the enemy. I lost the mini battle as my tank was considerably weaker. So close though. The enemy tank had endured so much damage from aerial strafing and tank battles. A few more hits and my imminent defeat could be a win. If only there were more tanks. Low and behold I found a final tank left behind. I moved it within proximity to the enemy and then set it into fortify mode. This provides added protection to my tank by placing sand bags around it. The downside is I’m unable to move the tank whilst fortified. I only needed to get a few shots off before being destroyed myself. The victory was sweet and felt thoroughly deserved thanks to my resilience and perseverance to find a way through. Sudden Strike 4 does leave some lasting memories.
Fog of war is a nightmare. Often tanks and infantry can’t see beyond a few meters. Meaning an enemy tank could very well be blasting my units whilst mine do absolutely nothing in response. It’s absolute madness. The only option is to move closer and potentially into an unknown ambush due to the lack of visibility. Recon planes provide some help but they take a while to arrive.
The maps change for each mission so there’s variety to the landscapes. In the German campaign, battles mainly take place in fields and local villages in France, and other European countries . A mission in Russia takes place along the vulgar river in a built up industrial complex among streets and buildings. It’s a welcome change from the constant fields.
Within the base game are three separate campaigns; Germany, Soviet and Allies. Each campaign contains seven missions. Additional campaigns are available to purchase as download-able content including:
; Road to Dunkirk, African – Desert War, Finland – Winter War and the upcoming Pacific War release.
The full retail price of £39.99 on Steam is not reasonable and very opportunistic by the publisher. Third party key sites sell access to the game for around 90% off the price. It’s also worth waiting for any Steam Store sales.
Sudden Strike 4 Review
Worth owning and waging war through history.
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