Overall Opinions and Recommendations
There are few games out there that compare with the Combat Mission series in scope and depth of gameplay. For amateur tacticians, and for some professional ones, there are few games that match it. To win in the game you need to take terrain, weather, the enemy, your strengths and cover/concealment into consideration. There are very few times when a blind rush will win you a game.
So overall I guess the question to pose is: Is Combat Mission: Afrika Korps really one of those must buy games? I pretty much said absolutely to the first two games in the series. I still highly recommend CM:AK but not to the level that I recommended the first two titles. I don’t want to be too negative about the game but the hits in performance, even on high end machines, really does not offset the improvements in graphics or battle size.
If you have the first two and want the third you probably will enjoy it; it delivers pretty much what you expect from the series. If you are interested in getting into the game then I recommend the first two games, which come as a bundle from Battlefront. Not only do they play better on most people’s machines, but you get a larger variety of mission types and units. That’s not to say that new players would go wrong buying Combat Mission: Afrika Korps, but I personally think that the first two games are better suited to the novice to the game.
Combat Mission: Afrika Korps is a good game. Not flawless, but still very good. It isn’t the gee whiz game that its predecessors were but it still delivers solid gameplay and good value for the money. Right now the only place to get the game is at www.battlefront.com. If you like the genre, are interested in the fighting in Italy and North Africa, and are not ADD then most will find this game fun and rewarding.
Author’s note: I want to extend an apology to Battlefront and to Big Time Software for the tardiness of this review. Due to a mistake on my part I thought the review copy had been sent to site. I then left for a military course and promptly forgot about everything. This is a mistake on my part and should have been caught by myself several months ago. Again I apologize to the folks at Battlefront. They have always been a class act and have been very helpful.
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Test System Specs
- Dell Dimension 4600
- Pentium 4, 2.8 GHz (HT)
- 1GB 400MHz DDR RAM
- 80 GB Ultra ATA 100 HD
- Radeon 9800 Pro
- Creative Audigy 2 sound card
- Broadband cable connection for online play