developer: Eugen Systems
publisher: Paradox Interactive
Game mode: single / multiplayer
Multiplayer mode: Internet, players: 1-20
game language: English
game release date for PC:
Steel Division: Normandy 44 is a PC battle strategy game designed by French studio Eugen Systems, known for the Wargame series and such titles as Act of War: Direct Action, R.U.S.E. and Act of Aggression.
Steel Division: Normandy 44 is a battle strategy, which expands on gameplay mechanics of the Wargame series, however, it drops modern warfare, featured in those games, for the World War II. As the title suggests, the game focuses on the fights waged in Normandy in 1944.
Battles are played in real time and are characterized by their huge scale. Combat mechanics are deeply rooted in realism, letting you use tactics that were common during that period. Devising a proper tactics, positioning of your troops, and flanking are keys to victory. Soldier behavior is based on the system of morale Ė too much stress reduces your menís combat effectiveness or can even make them flee in panic. Authors also took care for maximum realism of locations by creating terrains based on authentic recon maps from the period.
In Steel Division: Normandy 44 for PC battles are divided into three phases, which correspond to the course of actual WWII skirmishes. At the beginning of each stage of a battle you get access to new types of units. For example, initially, you only have the fast, light tanks, while heavy vehicles only come in at the beginning of the third phase.
The game includes over 400 units, which were meticulously recreated, based on historical data. Apart from infantry, tanks and support vehicles you can also send in planes. They comprise the playable armies of such nations as Germany, the United States, France, Canada, England, Scotland, and Poland.
All this is available throughout the expansive single player campaign as well as in multiplayer, letting up to 20 players take part in large online battles.
Game score 8.14 / 10 calculated out of 60 players' votes.
Expectations before the premiere: 9.4 / 10 calculated out of 42 players' votes.
PC / Windows
Recommended: Intel Core i5-2300 3.1 GHz, 4 GB RAM, graphic card 2 GeForce 770/Radeon HD 7970 or better, 32 GB HDD, Windows 7/8/10 64-bit
Minimum: Intel Core i3-2100 3.1 GHz, 4 GB RAM, graphic card 1 GB GeForce GT 450/Radeon HD 5570 or better, 32 GB HDD, Windows 7/8.1/10