Will you fight as a Wehrmacht Officer, or perhaps lead your comrades in the Soviet Army? You may want to hit the beaches at Salerno and Normandy as an American or British General. No matter what path you choose, you will need all your skills to triumph. The successful Panzer General devises sound strategic plans, and carries them out with unswerving commitment. Generals who are indecisive inevitably fail. Can you forge a battle-winning command and conquer your foes? Isn't it time to find out?
Age requirements: ESRB Rating: EVERYONE with Animated Violence.
Minimum system requirements: Windows XP or Windows Vista, 1 GHz Processor (1.4 GHz recommended), 256MB RAM (512 recommended), 3D graphics card compatible with DirectX 9, Mouse, Keyboard.
Compatibility notice: The game requires the latest version of DirectX 9.0c in order to run properly. Conexant Sound Devices are not supported.
Posted on 2010-06-22 08:54:46 bymenschenfresser:
I played this one to death. Literally. Not mine. And not the CDs. I burned out my CD drive playing this one. I think it was the music constantly being loaded from the CD that killed it. Not sure. I purchased it in a pack along with Steel Panthers 3, Soldiers at War & Silent Hunter. All four games were excellent.
I can recommend this one to all comers. Simple, but will keepread more you occupied for hours, days, months. There are multiple campaigns from several sides of the war. The scenario script does have some limited branching. It isn't extensive, but you will get a few different battles if you win or lose. You can upgrade your units. Each type has a best use. And believe me, if you use them wrongly, you will pay.
I do recall I could not finish the German campaign as the final scenario has you invading the US homeland. Carolinas, I think. I could never upgrade my units enough so that when I reached the last scenario my tanks and planes weren't outmatched by the late war US units. I'm not sure if that one was imbalanced or I was doing something wrong.
The scenarios themselves are excellent and quite varied in what it will take to finish them with success.
If you haven't played this one and you like strategy or pure wargames, get it now!
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Posted on 2010-06-23 00:05:02 byBron:
If you buy only one war game ever - this should be the one. A classic and one of the best ever to this day. Easy to learn and easy to play - there are easily hundreds of hours of gameplay here. The whole Panzer General series is great - not a bad game in the bunch, but this is widely considered to be the "peak" game of the series.
If you ever played any ofread more the boardgames, you'll be right at home, if not, no problem. The thing that makes PG II so great is that it simplifies the mechanics, is fairly accurate historically, yet keeps the "authentic" feel throughout. You won't go crazy trying to manage everything and yet you *will* see that rational strategies do work and that things play out in a reasonably realistic way such that you do truly feel like your efforts make a difference on the field of battle. Grand strategy and tactics galore! Armored warfare excellence. Infantry, Sea, Air power, they're all here (but the emphasis is squarely on land forces).
There's a lot of atmosphere, the graphics, sounds, music, etc. are serviceable, but it's the gameplay itself that is the star. The PG series is fun to play. If by chance you've somehow never done so, I highly recommend playing PG II. It's a treat.
I have purchased this series many times over in various forms and it looks like I will be doing so again as the GOG versions shall rule forever more. ;)
Thanks GOG for making this venerable series available!
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Posted on 2010-06-22 10:56:53 bymcdonis:
The first PG game when it was released was kind of a surprise to gamers. No real advertising or marketing it took off based on game play and word of mouth. It made a huge impression on war gamers and on a young gamer who had never really enjoyed a war game before.
However its hard to repeat greatness and its nearly impossible to make folks even happier with a sequel. Yetread more this is exactly what SSI did. The game is fuller, better looking and much more enjoyable than the original. When you boil it down this is as good as the PG series got. Other games in the series didnt try to make the game play better they just tried to make the graphics or interface better.
If you only play one PG game it has to be this one
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