WWII shooters are as numerous as their RTS counterparts, and with the imminent release of the fourth installment in the series, Sudden Strike 1, Sudden Strike 2, and Sudden Strike 3 are now available DRM-free on GOG.
It’s true that I’m more fond of fictional battlegrounds and fantasy as well as sci-fi and horror stories, but I’ve always heard some very good things about this hardcore strategy series that started all the way back in 2001. I even have the original disc of the first game on the to-play shelf, but I’ve never come around playing it for too long. What I saw was still impressive. Up to 1000 units per scenario with historically accurate tanks, artillery, infantry and aircraft, the most interesting part was destructable terrain, bridges, houses, fortifications and trees. The player can command Russian, German, French, American and British armies in urban warfare, beach landings and aerial invasions, again showcasing that the game goes for realism rather than over-the-top spectacle. Sudden Strike Gold includes the original Sudden Strike, Sudden Strike Forever add-on, and Total War map pack.
The second game, originally released only a year after in 2002, has 5 campaigns, also featuring the Pacific as a new setting. With battleships, landing craft and trains to command, there’s a dynamic weather system as well as individual crews in mechanized units to give orders to. So it’s more like an expansion than a sequel with new units and maps. Sudden Strike 2 Gold contains Sudden Strike 2, the Resource War add-on, and Total Victory map pack.
The third title took a little while longer to be released in 2007 and had 3D that took full advantage of joint operations of naval, land-based and airborne units on huge maps of several square kilometers. More than 300 tanks, ships, soldiers, guns and aircraft as well as five campaigns for American, British, German, Imperial Japanese and Soviet Russian Armies sounds intimidating, while realistic lines of sight, projectile ranges and visual effects simulated in real-time put the series on the modern technology track again. Sudden Strike 3 features Sudden Strike 3: Arms to Victory and the Sudden Strike: The Last Stand sequel.
While these titles were already released on Steam, they’re now DRM-free with a 25% bundle discount that will last until today, Friday, August 4, 1 PM UTC if one buys all three together. It’s also worth noting that if one pre-orders Sudden Strike 4 (that will be released on August 11), then the trilogy will be unlocked for free.
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