Heroes in the Sky

September 16, 2010 · Filed Under News, Online, Shooter, Simulator, Wargame · Comment 

Highly Anticipated Online WWII Flight Combat Simulator Launches September 16th With All New Content

GamesCampus.com announced Heroes in the Sky. The official launch for the highly-anticipated MMOTPS, (Massively Multiplayer Online Third Person Shooter) WWII flight combat simulator will feature all new content including new maps, planes, a new level cap and much more. Players are invited to take flight and download the game for free at http://HIS.GamesCampus.com

The much anticipated aerial combat game – which features hundreds of thrilling war planes flying high above the battlefields of WWII – will launch with a variety of new features and content. All-new additions include a new level cap that will allow players a newfound access to better planes and gear by extending the level cap to 49 and all-new maps that will challenge players to bring their A-game as they prepare for conflict over the Pacific between the United States and the Empire of Japan.

New premium planes such as the ramjet-powered fighter Skoda Kauba SK P.14.01 and the Japanese Mitsubishi J4M1 Senden which has a four-blade propeller that moves it at 437 miles per hour will also be introduced. These masters of the sky will be available to both the Allied and Axis in celebration of the official launch, but only for a limited time this month in the game’s Premium Shop.

In addition, new bundle packs; Upgrade, Expansion and Occupational War -will be available at low prices to allow players to get to the top of their game with the least impact to their wallet! Finally, players wishing they could extend their items without the need to run back to the shop are in luck because players can now easily extend their items once they’ve learned their items have expired!

“Jumping into the cockpit to re-live some of the greatest aerial battles in history is something every flight sim fan looks forward to,” said Uyen Uyen Ton Nu, head of Marketing for GamesCampus. “With the help of our burgeoning online community which provided invaluable feedback during our open beta, and the slew of new features in the game, we have intensified the super-charged gameplay experience of Heroes in the Sky.”

Heroes in the Sky is an intense airborne MMOTPS that combines high impact PVE and fast paced PVP as it chronicles the events from the beginning to the end of World War II. PVP combat is taken to a new level as players must not only worry about the basic dangers from the front, behind, and sides, but also from above and below. Heroes in the Sky is dog fighting at its finest; cannon fires, machine gun blasts, missiles, and bombs flood the skies as up to 16 players shoot it out for air superiority! Featuring some of the most famous WWII aircraft in history, players will soar across the sky as they bomb cities, sink boats, burst blimps and more- all this and more unfolds as players compete to become the top Ace in Heroes in the Sky. Players will choose from a variety of intense and realistic planes including both experimental and field tested all while reliving history and participating in intense aerial combat.

Strategic Command WWII Global Conflict

August 10, 2010 · Filed Under News, Wallpapers · Comment 

Excalibur Publishing Ltd is due to release ‘Strategic Command WWII Global Conflict’ to the market on August 20th, 2010 in conjunction with Battlefront/Fury software. Wage World War II across the entire planet for the first time using the largest playable map created in the series .

Command the forces of over 60 different major and minor nations and send your troops to battle. Major improvements have been made since releasing the last Strategic Command title, ensuring that the unique nature of World War II on a global scale is portrayed realistically. The new War Mobilisation and Belligerence settings properly model the complex war situations that existed during the conflict. Also, for the first time in the series, Germany can be at war with all of the Allied Powers while Japan may only be at war with China and the UK.

To add historical flavour and re playability, over 200 different in-game events are now depicted and your choices and decisions control the outcome of the game. Over 50 different decision events will guarantee a unique experience each time the game is played. For instance would you as the British Government so desperately need Destroyers against German U-boats that you would give several naval bases to the USA?

Robert Stallibrass of Excalibur Publishing says: “The full Game Editor once again allows you to modify or create your own scenarios, campaigns and maps. Enjoy battling against the award-winning AI or take advantage of full multiplayer support for Hotseat, E-Mail and Network play.” Read more

Theatre of War 2: Africa 1943

February 15, 2010 · Filed Under News, Strategy, Wargame · Comment 

Excalibur Publishing Ltd is set to release ‘Theatre of War 2: Africa 1943’, a next generation real time strategy WWII battle on February 26. The battle is set in Tunisia in 1943 after the Second Battle of El Alamein.

The German Afrika Korps have finished counting their losses and reinforced by the Italian Army they are preparing to once again battle the Allied Forces. Lead by the legendary General Erwin Rommel the Axis Forces have a small window of opportunity to seize control and go up against the allied forces to secure the sector.

The player will lead Rommel’s Afrika Korps in the final campaign against Eisenhower and Montgomery. Adding to the realism of the game you must control anti-aircraft vehicles and stationary anti-aircraft mounts

Robert Stallibrass of Excalibur Publishing says: “The developers at 1C and Battlefront have put an incredible amount of effort in creating this sequel and making it as realistic as possible. They have listened closely to comments in the gaming world and used these to create this fantastic RTS that will not only appeal to strategy gamers but also to WW2 enthusiasts.”

The product will retail at £29.99, is available on pre-order at www.excalibur-publishing.com and will officially hit the shelves in all major game retailers on 26 February 2010.

Development of Arsenal of Democracy complete

February 6, 2010 · Filed Under News, Strategy, Wargame · Comment 

Paradox Interactive announced that development of BL-Logic’s sprawling World War II strategy game, Arsenal of Democracy, has been completed, and that the game will be released via all major digital distribution outlets on February 23 for $19.99. A new trailer describing the game and its features has also been released.

Arsenal of Democracy was developed by BL-Logic, a team comprised of passionate fans of the Paradox’s landmark Hearts of Iron series. The game takes players to World War II with total economic, diplomatic and military control over the nation of their choosing, giving them the chance to rewrite history and change the course of history’s greatest global conflict. Arsenal of Democracy offers players unparalleled historical detail alongside the most in-depth and realistic representation of the multitude of challenges faced by the leaders of the time.

Johan Andersson, Executive Producer at Paradox Interactive, said of the game, “Arsenal of Democracy is proof of what happens when a group of dedicated individuals plays something for years and years – in this case, Hearts of Iron II – and then has the opportunity to add their own ideas, their own features—in order improve it… It’s a true labor of love.”

Arsenal of Democracy is scheduled for release on February 23 for $19.99. It will be available via all major digital distributors, including Direct2Drive, GamersGate and Steam.

A new trailer to celebrate the release-date announcement is available for viewing here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cZ8vef3GwUA

Arsenal of Democracy main features:

  • Rewrite history at the helm of any nation during World War II in a variety of other scenarios in single-player or multiplayer modes
  • Topple your enemies using advanced combat mechanics on land, in the air and at sea, based on historical research and the work of military theorists
  • Master the most detailed and flexible economic and production systems found in any Hearts of Iron game
  • Keep your war efforts operating smoothly with a realistic logistics and trading subsystem
  • Engage in espionage, intelligence, diplomacy and global trade to give your nation a decisive edge
  • Determine your country’s National Identity, Social Policy and Ethnic Culture
  • Create your own campaigns, units, countries, minister traits, national ideas and more with extensive mod capabilities
  • Experience classic Hearts of Iron gameplay improved with a fine-tuned technology tree, better game balance, advanced statistics and polished graphics

Strategic Command WWII Global Conflict goes gold

January 25, 2010 · Filed Under News, Wargame · Comment 

It’s not only Global, it’s “Gold”! Strategic Command WWII Global Conflict, the latest and biggest game in the acclaimed Strategic Command series of World War Two grand strategy games, has just gone “gold”, and is available for pre-orders immediately. “Gone gold” means that Hubert and his team have entered the “release candidate” stage where the code is prepared for release, and the printed materials such as the box and the game manual are going to print.

The game is expected to be released for download within 4-6 weeks. Mail delivieries usually take 1-2 weeks longer. However, you can place your pre-order already now, and you’ll not only be one of the first to get the game once it’s released, you will also get the limited edition* printed manual AND you will save $10 in the process!

When you pre-order, you will be able to download the game immediately when it’s released (in fact, a little before the official release announcement is made, giving you a head start on the crowd) AND you will receive the box, CD and limited edition* printed manual in the mail a little later.

This “download & mail delivery” offer will cost \$55 after the release, and you can pre-order it now for \$45, a \$10 savings!

Click here to pre-order Strategic Command WWII Global Conflict: http://www.battlefront.com/sc_global

A demo for Operation Barbarossa now available

November 26, 2009 · Filed Under Demo, News, Strategy, Wargame · Comment 

Try your hand at commanding thunderous Soviet tanks in the battle for Berlin

Matrix Games and Binary Evolution Studios are thrilled to release a playable demo for their new WWII strategy release Operation Barbarossa – The Struggle for Russia. The demo is available from the Operation Barbarossa downloads page in addition to Gamer’s Hell and Worth Playing.

Operation Barbarossa - The Struggle for Russia

The demo will give players the ability to play through the tutorial and first scenario in the campaign as the Germans. A separate scenario is also available so players can command the mighty Red Army as they attempt to seize Berlin from its hardened defenders.

David Heath, Director of Operations at Matrix Games, said “This new demo for Operation Barbarossa offers just a small snapshot of the fantastic “General” series style gameplay that comes with the full game and its campaigns and scenarios. Couple that with the powerful yet easy-to-use editor and you’ve got a remarkable game system with outstanding replayability! Operation Barbarossa has everything that made the old classics great, but as a new supported game series with a full editor, the sky is the limit.”

On June 22, 1941 an avalanche of 153 German divisions crash into the Soviet Union and the largest military operation in history is begun: Operation Barbarossa. In this elegant turn-based strategy game, compelling gameplay combines with gripping history to create an addictive mix.

Aimed at all levels, from those who have never played a wargame before to those who know the history of World War II in detail, this is an entertaining and mentally challenging game of combined arms strategy. Your armor, infantry, artillery and air units will follow you through the most crucial battles of the Eastern Front. You will be able to choose from 47 different upgrades and improvements for your units as well as add new forces based on your success in the campaign.

Take command in two German and one Soviet campaign as well as individual scenarios and determine the fate of the Eastern Front. When you’ve played through all the campaigns and scenarios, try your hand at the editor to create new scenarios for yourself or to share with others!

ORDER OF WAR set to invade North America on September 22, 2009

September 3, 2009 · Filed Under News, Strategy, Wargame · Comment 

Square Enix Announces Ship Date for Its First WWII Real-Time Strategy Game

Square Enix, Inc. announced that ORDER OF WAR(TM) will ship to North American retailers on September 22, 2009.

ORDER OF WAR is a brand-new IP set during World War II and is being developed exclusively for the PC platform by strategy game specialist Wargaming.net. This will be Square Enix’s first release of a western-developed game outside of Japan and kicks off the launch of upcoming titles being developed through partnerships, including SUPREME COMMANDER 2 by Gas Powered Games and FRONT MISSION EVOLVED(TM) by Double Helix Games(TM). These titles are part of Square Enix’s commitment to offer a broader variety of games across different genres.

As Square Enix’s first foray into the hugely popular genre of historical real-time strategy, ORDER OF WAR takes strategy games to new heights and features massive-scale battles brought to life with unprecedented cinematic intensity. Players will take command of an entire army including ground troops, artillery, tank divisions and aircraft in all-out strategic assaults. The single-player mode can be played out in two campaigns – American forces versus German forces in occupied France and German forces versus Soviet forces in Poland and versus American forces in France. Missions will be based on key historic events and operations from 1944.

The free, single-player demo – “Road to Paris” – is currently available for download at http://www.orderofwar.com/. In this introductory demo, players are tasked with commanding American troops in an attempt to destroy German outposts amid tank and infantry attacks and clear the road to Paris.

ORDER OF WAR

In the summer of 1944, the Second World War entered its endgame when the Allies launched two major operations that would drive back German forces on both the Western and Eastern Fronts at once.

In the ultimate test of military strategy, ORDER OF WAR will challenge you not only to lead America’s finest to victory in the west, but also place you in command of German forces charged with repelling the Red Army’s seemingly unstoppable offensive in the east.

Even the keenest military minds will find that it’s one thing to make history, but quite another to change it.

Do you have what it takes to command?

Features
— Experience WWII warfare on an epic, cinematic stage; that truly captures the intensity and scale of the battlefield
— Take command of an entire armed force consisting of up to 1,000 soldiers, tanks, armored vehicles, artillery and airplanes
— Players can choose between two different campaign modes offering completely different storylines, missions, objectives and environments
— Experience the unique dynamic camera that allows players to command troops over huge geographical scale whilst maintaining movie-like vistas and detail
— In-depth gameplay modes: two different campaign modes, multi-player, Deathmatch and Skirmish

For more information on ORDER OF WAR, please visit the official website at http://www.orderofwar.com/.

v1.03 Patch for Strategic Command 2 – Patton Drives East

August 13, 2009 · Filed Under News, Patch · Comment 

This is the third patch for the Strategic Command 2 expansion, Patton Drives East. This exciting new expansion explores the various what-if’s of an alternate outcome to the events of World War 2 including how a war between Stalin’s armies and the Allies would play out.

This patch is packed full of new improvements to the main game and editor. It also includes a new Video Acceleration setting to help those with slow map scroll speeds. The patch is 172 Megabytes in size and is all-inclusive.

Please note, this is a PATCH for the expansion pack and will only work for the Battlefront.com English language version of Strategic Command 2 Patton Drives East Expansion. This patch will not work with any non-English version of Strategic Command WWII 2 Patton Drives East Expansion at this time.

Here is the full Patch v1.03 ReadMe:

Strategic Command 2 Patton Drives East Expansion Patch (v1.03)

PREVIOUS SAVE GAME COMPATIBILITY NOTE
Save games created with earlier versions of the game are NOT compatible with v1.03. Please finish your in-progress games before applying this patch.

NEW VIDEO ACCELERATION SETTING
If you play the game and notice unplayably slow map scroll speeds and unit selection time, then please activate the “Video Acceleration” option from inside the Settings panel. That option will use a different method to handle graphics and should put your game performance back to regular levels. If you have never noticed any extreme game slowness, you can leave this option set to OFF.

BATTLEFRONT.COM INTERNET BROWSER COMMUNITY TOOLBAR:
This new game patch includes the optional install of a new, and we think, exciting tool. This tool seamlessly attaches to your internet browser (currently Microsoft Internet Explorer and Firefox supported) and gives you instant access to Battlefront.com game news, patches, demos, chat channel as well as other popular browser toolbar *gadgets* such as realtime weather reports (unique to your hometown!), a spell checker and pop-up blocker. Fully user configurable and expandable, your new Battlefront.com Community toolbar unlocks the full potential of your internet browser to keep you connected with the ever-growing world of Battlefront.com games and resources! You can find more details on this new free utility here: http://www.battlefront.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=388&Itemid=212

First Hearts of Iron 3 BETA after action report

June 25, 2009 · Filed Under Beta, News, Strategy, Wargame · Comment 

Paradox Interactive released the first BETA “After Action Report” for the upcoming WWII strategy title Hearts of Iron 3. A long standing tradition at Paradox Interactive, the “After Action Reports” reveal key gameplay features and allows gamers to “live” the strategic gameplay and its effects through the words of the writer.

In anticipation of the release and the opening of the official “After Action Report” forum where gamers from all over the world are invited to share their “After Action Reports,” Paradox hopes you’ll enjoy this look into how the new automation system is used and how an Italian campaign is used to conquer Yugoslavia.

To read the complete entries, please visit http://forum.paradoxplaza.com/forum/showthread.php?t=409547 or http://www.giantrealm.com.
Hearts of Iron 3 is currently scheduled for release on August 4, 2009. To read more about Hearts of Iron 3 and Paradox Interactive, please visit http://www.paradoxplaza.com.

Hearts of Iron 3
The Hearts of Iron series has become renowned for being the biggest, most detailed and complete strategic game series on World War 2 ever made. Hearts of Iron 3 will follow that tradition closely while focusing on satisfying veteran players through a multitude of brand new features and systems, including a huge map with more than 14,000 land and sea provinces. Recent recognition includes Readers Choice for “Best PC Strategy game” at E3 and nominations in the same category at IGN and Gaming Excellence.

PANZERKRIEG: BURNING HORIZON 2

June 9, 2009 · Filed Under News, Strategy, Wargame · Comment 

COMMAND GERMAN, SOVIET AND ALLIED ARMIES IN NEW WW II PC GAME
Panzerkrieg is the new battle strategy PC title inspired by the cult game Blitzkrieg. Due for release in June 2009 by Ascaron Entertainment, Panzerkrieg is a real time strategy that combines the historical accuracy of World War II with thoroughly engaging, yet easy to master gameplay.

Based on three story-driven single player campaigns, Panzerkrieg provides gamers with over 50 hours of tactical combat and engaging strategy. Players can choose between the Allied, German or Soviet campaigns, reliving key battles from history such as the Battle of the Bulge, Operation Sturgeon Catch and Battle of the Frontiers.

German campaign: Lost Victories
Operation Barbarossa is one of the authentic battles that players can relive in Panzerkrieg. The mission begins with German troops located in the East and West, with the surrounding terrain at the enemy’s advantage. Players must deploy their troops to storm the USSR border where the enemy lie in wait. Just like the real invasion, many of the attacks will be from fighter planes in the sky. However, players can also make use of the souvenir H39 French light tank with lethal flamethrowers, for obliterating infantry and light armoured vehicles at short range.

Soviet campaign: Red Horizon
The Soviet missions begin in Orshca, 1941, when Europe was dominated by the German Reich. Players must eliminate the enemy Flak gun and take control of the Katyusha rocket launcher, a formidable weapon with immense fire power. Commanding as Marshall Voroshilov, this tactical mission provides a small number of units that must be carefully deployed. The sniper unit is particularly powerful, as camouflage mode can be used to scout out the enemy, making covert stealth attacks.

Allied campaign: Blitzkrieg Rolling Thunder
After tackling the German and Soviet campaigns, players can truly test their skills as a great war leader in the challenging Allied missions. These include the retreat to Burma from Singapore in 1941, where players can command as General Patton. Quick and strategic thinking is required, as enemy attacks are constant, rapidly diminishing the number of Allied troops. Using the right units is also important, as correctly positioned Bofors anti aircraft guns and British Cromwell and Churchill tanks will help protect troops from airborne and tank attacks. Players can also deploy snipers or officers to see further afield than other units, gaining important information on enemy positions.

Publisher: Ascaron Entertainment
Web: www.Ascaron.com
Developer: United Publishing
Release date: 12th June 2009
PEGI: 12+
Format: PC
Genre: Battle Strategy
Price: £19.99

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