Faced with a life or death decision for your crew and platoon, you'll have to show courage and strategic thinking. Survive missions in historically accurate tanks and receive technological upgrades as the war grinds on. Experience the war through both German and American eyes. Survival is the key as you defend positions across hazardous terrain, attack villages, protect convoys and experience the full scope of tank battle between 1942 and 1944.
Built by experts for experts, Panzer Elite: Special Edition is the game serious WWII tank enthusiasts have been demanding. Rumbling on authentic tank tracks across the African Front, through Sicily and across Normandy, Panzer Elite Special Edition puts you in the hot seat as the Platoon Commander.
Age requirements: ESRB Rating: TEEN with Violence. PEGI Rating: 12+ with Bad Language, Violence.
Minimum system requirements: Windows XP or Windows Vista, 1 GHz Processor (1.4 GHz recommended), 512MB RAM (1 GB recommended), 3D graphics card compatible with DirectX 7 (compatible with DirectX 9 recommended), Mouse, Keyboard.
Posted on 2009-02-01 16:32:16 bymr_m0nks:
A few years ago I was heavily into a modern tank simulation called Steel Beasts. It was a great game and ultra realistic but I always wished there was a WWII equivalent.
Panzer Elite is that game. You play the role of a Tank Platoon Commander (either Axis or Allies) during some of the most famous campaigns of the Second World War. Some of the tanks available include various M4read more Shermans, Panzer IV’s and the famous Panther and Tiger tanks.
The game allows you to play in several different ways, either as a straight simulation taking direct control of all of the various stations and weapons of the tank directly or you can play more of the commander role, using various key commands to the AI of both your own and your platoon of tanks.
With accurately modelled ballistics and armour, gunnery sights modelled on the real thing and realistic tank performance there is plenty to keep hard core sim fans happy while the ability to scale the difficulty and let the AI take over some tasks opens the game up to a more casual fan base. There is plenty here for everyone.
The campaign system is also something worth mentioning; you take command of your platoon not only in battle but are also responsible for the platoons downtime between engagements, making sure you have enough fuel, and ammo to go around as well as requisitioning replacement tanks and crew if you loose any. This system works really well and the attention to historic detail is remarkable but as with most things in the game, if you would like the computer to deal with the logistics all you need to do is tick the correct box in the options screen.
With the gog.com download you get a wonderful .pdf detailing the history of armoured warfare and also a large bundle of user create mod files. These mainly contain new texture and sound files as well as new campaigns and playable vehicles (including British and Russian vehicles). This is a great addition but there is a lack of documentation on exactly what it all does and how to make it all work. Despite some internet research I still don’t know what half the files do.
On the topic of documentation, the main manual provided is almost useless. It only covers the bare basics of how to play the game and I would recommend checking out some of the guides for this game at simHQ.com to get to grips with the more technical aspects of the game.
The only other issue with the game are the dated 3D graphics. Even back in 1999 these graphics were substandard but they are adequate for this game.
Despite the graphical limitations and the poor documentation I would recommend this game to anyone looking for an authentic WWII tank simulation, I can’t think of any other game that has the attention to detail and realism that this game possesses.
**** 4 Stars
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Posted on 2009-02-06 15:34:22 byFreightweezul:
When this came out I was playing on a Pentium II 266mhz, with dual Voodoo 2 8meg 3d cards in SLI. I barely ran. But it was the REAL THING.
You must use real world tactics to get the most out of this game. If you try to run and gun like an arcade shooter you will be blown up. JoWood used the NAME Panzer Elite for a later, arcade style tank game by a different developer so don'tread more be confused. This is the original by Wings Studios who were later bought out and went on to make the Soldner series of FPS.
Another winner brought back from the grave by GOG!!
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Posted on 2009-02-01 08:06:16 byRageBoy:
This is one of this games that I was really looking for - what can be more AWSOME than to charge enemy with5 beautiful tanks? NOTHING! In this game you can command tank on Axis or Alliance sides of battlefield. You can crash buildings and trees and everything! The only bad side of that game is graphics but who cares! YOU CAN CRUSH BUILDINGS!
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