I was tempted to resurrect the old war games thread, but I figured if this thread takes off it'll be easier to coordinate games. Anyway, in true grognard spirit, I bring you Combat Mission: Battle for Normandy! I've been wanting to pick this game up for awhile after reading about it, watching AARs, etc. I finally pulled the trigger the other day as a self-xmas present, and I'm glad I did.
CM:BN is a tactical war game set during the D-Day landings from Operation Overlord to the Cobra Breakout. You may be familiar with the older CM games, but this one looks a lot better. It's based on the engine they built for their CM: Shock Force games (modern combat). For a game of it's genre it's beautiful, for a game of the time it's reasonable
You can play in either real-time or turn-based mode. The latter works in one minute increments, where you issue all your orders then watch the minute unfold. Then issue new orders, etc. With the amount of detail and things possibly going on, turn-based mode is definitely my preferred way to play.
Where can I buy it?
The official site: http://www.battlefront.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=blogcategory&id=274&Itemid=457
Is there multiplayer?
Yes indeed! Real-time lan / internet play, turn-based PBEM, or hot seat mode.
How hard is it to get into?
If you can take enough time to go through the tutorial campaign while following along with the guide in the manual, you can pick the game up very quickly. The UI is actually pretty good. You may not be good strategically, but you should be able to effectively play the game quickly. We can all teach each other tactics along the way. There is also a demo that has multiplayer support! (It's not patched to the latest version, but it's definitely solid)
Gimme that demo!
Is there a MAC version?
Actually, there is! During the checkout process, you can select the MAC version instead of the Windows version.
- Here is an awesome After Action Report that gives you a good feel for the game (and the use of armor): http://battlefront.com/community/showpost.php?p=1238459&postcount=1
- The WSAD camera controls may stutter / feel real shitty. I highly recommend using the mouse to move the camera. (Note: this is mostly for the demo, the latest patch seems to have smoothed it a bit)
- How do I use mortars? They can be fired directly or indirectly. If the mortar team can see its target, they can fire on their own. Otherwise, you'll need to call in a fire mission from one of your HQ squads or Forward Observers (FOs). Select the team who can see where you want to attack, click the artillery tab in the center of the control bar on the bottom of the screen, select the available team, select the mission parameters, wait, profit!
Ideally you all will purchase this game and we'll have glorious battles. So check the game out and let me know what you think. I'll try to answer any questions I can.