A lot of reviewers have rightfully dinged the game not running under Win 10 x64. If the game is going to be marketed to an audience with modern computers, it should be able to run without excuses about it being old. My problems were resolved by opening the Add/Remove Programs applet, selecting Windows Features, and enabling Legacy Components / Direct Play.
Sudden Strike’s biggest problem is that it is an old game with old game problems. Path finding is horrible, with units often taking the long way around obstacles and exposing themselves to plenty of enemy fire. Tanks bump into each other, and often advance backwards with their weakest face to the enemy. Supply vehicles collide like keystone kops, get confused, and stop resupplying.
You’re often are presented with large maps with a lot of units to start with, but it’s never explained that you need to take the objectives in the order listed, or you don’t get reinforcements. The enemy troops mostly sit in defensive positions with artillery, and do a remarkable job of killing a lot of your units before they are winkled out of their foxholes. They receive a seemingly endless supply of Tiger and Panther tanks that are ridiculously hard to kill.
In the face of strong German armor and endless troops, you have limited reinforcements that are doled out as you capture objectives. Reinforcements consist of weak armored vehicles and infantry easily mowed down by dug-in defenders. When a group of new troops hit the beach, it’s like being given a $20 bill in a casino and being told to make it last for an hour.
The AI is the worst part of the game. In the D-Day mission, you have British allies controlled by the AI that will try to shoot through your American tanks and halftracks if they get between them and their German targets. As far as the enemy AI is concerned, it is utterly atrocious and the developers have compensated by having it cheat shamelessly, giving it endless waves of reinforcements.
The campaign missions go on WAY TOO LONG and cease to be fun, becoming tedious and boring. A good game should never stop being fun and become work.
I thought Men of War / Assault Squad 2 (another game in the same genre) was ridiculous in the way it sent so many AI German troops charging into Allied guns in the first mission, but that game is a jewel by comparison. Buy that instead.
Publisher: Kalypso Media Digital
Release Date: 7 Dec, 2007
Genre: Strategy, RTS
- OS: Windows XP 32-bit
- Processor: Intel or AMD 2Ghz Dual-Core CPU
- Memory: 1 GB RAM
- Graphics: DirectX 9.0c hardware compatible, 256 MB RAM
- DirectX: Version 9.0c
- Storage: 1 GB available space