Operation Epsom – Theatre Of War 2

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The first mission in this campaign takes me to Cheux. This was part of Montys plan to outflank Caen which was held by the Germans at the time.

I need to take the village, secure it and defend against any counter attacks from the German forces.

The Glasgow Highlanders lost a quarter of there force in a single day trying to take this position. I think Theatre Of War 2 if anything make great maps. They look great and provide enough elevation to make tactical decisions a necessity. The game-play if approached with tactics and  yes a bit of micro managing can be very rewarding.

I clumsily try to do my best to take this objective in this video I made.

 

 

Theatre Of War – A Little Gem.

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This series of games got a bunch of mixed reviews when it first came out. This also coincided with the release of the Vista operating system. I purchased all of the games in this series a few months ago for just a few quid. They have been sitting in my Steam library until just a few days ago I decided to try the Africa 1943 campaign because I am in the middle of reading the Rommel Papers (great book).

I tried the fiddly tutorial that comes with the game and I have to admit I just found this annoying. So I plunged into the campaign and Oh Man! I am glad I did. This reminded me of Graviteam Tactics Operation Star. The maps are huge and the battles that take place are brilliant. The detail immense. A lot of the complaints back in the day were of game crashes. I am yet to have any crash of any sort. Vista was a load of crap.

I am goring to do some videos on this series without a doubt. In particular I am going to focus on Operation Epsom the battle that took place shortly after the D-Day landings. The map looks sweet and a place where it is hard to fight.

If you were put off by these games back then it really is worth giving them a go on today’s more stable operating systems. I am sure you won’t be disappointed.

 

Command Ops 2 The Learning Curve

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After  following the tutorial for Command Ops 2 that I posted a few days ago I just got my first decisive victory!! I know it’s the tutorial  and my forces were far superior in equipment, supply and well, just about everything else it was still satisfying.

The best thing about it all was showing me a way to plan and approach the scenario. I took my time and studied my forces in much more detail than I normally would. I thought much more about the terrain and did the same sort of study with that. All adding up to much more enjoyable experience. Another part I thoroughly enjoyed was the less micro managing. I was looking at the bigger picture. I’m now a few hours into my next mission. This will prove to be a proper challenge I know but I don’t feel like I am flaying around in the dark anymore. Knowledge of equipment and how best to deploy is crucial I feel. I am still far from an expert but it’s another part of it that I am more confident in than what I was just a few months ago.

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Command Ops 2 Tutorial.

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Command Ops 2 recently got the Greenlight for the Steam platform. Which is great news, hopefully bringing lots more players to this fantastic game.

This tutorial, no, this brilliant tutorial by a chap called Daz over at the Lock n Load and Matrix forums is a great way to show the new player a skilful approach to playing the game. Of course if you try to replicate what he has done you will probably have a different experience because the AI does not always do the same thing. This makes replay ability that much better.

If you are new or old to this game it is worth downloading just to see how this incredible document was put together.

Enjoy the game it is truly one of the greats.

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Tank Sims

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I have quite an array of Tank simulations on my computer. Over the last few months I have leaned more towards land and sea simulations as opposed to flight. The retro games are worth looking at. These sims/games were built for the PC only. I’m not bothered about stunning graphics and to be honest I never have been. If the game at some point puts a grin on my otherwise miserable face then it’s a keeper.

Recently I was browsing GOG and decided to download a few of the old games that run  well on Windows 10. That in itself is quite an achievement. I got Panzer Elite for a couple of quid. It’s a little gem which is still supported by mods to this day. You command a group of tanks while sill being the commander of your own tank. I’m still learning the concepts and controls. It’s stable and I am enjoying getting shot to bits while I navigate the coordination of my Platoon etc.

The other tank simulation I still play quite often include the following. I would  recommend any of these titles  if you have any interest in tank sims. None of these are games and all need  tactics and strategy to master. Which I haven’t yet.

In no particular order .

Steel Beasts Pro

Steel Armor Blaze Of War

Panzer Elite (no not the one your thinking of)

Steel Fury Kharkov 1942

M1 Tank Platoon 2