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Keep your soldiers close, keep your enemies closer.

The Close Combat series has arrived, DRM-free and up to 65% off on GOG.com.
Bridge Too Far, The Russian Front, and The Battle of the Bulge, three legendary top-down RTS classics chronicling the gruesome battles of WWII are finally back, exclusively on GOG.com. Known for their snappy AI, realistic sound design and well-researched scenarios, Close Combat games let you side with either the Germans or the Allies as you pull off smart tactical maneuvers and desperate acts of heroism.

Additionally, two of the recent entries in the series, Gateway to Caen and Panthers in the Fog, bring a modern touch to your real-time WWII battles. Relive or change history as you experience the British assault on the aftermath of the Normandy landings and the ruthlessness of the desperate German counterattack at Mortain.

The discounts last until February 13, 2PM UTC.
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animalmother2105: Are the remakes (like Cross of Iron or Wacht am Rhein) worth waiting for or should I pull the trigger on the CC2-4?
It is up to you how much money you wanna spend and how much you like a particular game. For example I really like CC3
and I have the Original game. But I may also buy the matrix version (has enhanced gameplay and approx 30 new maps)
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athineos: the matrix version (has enhanced gameplay and approx 30 new maps)
Hi. Would you comment on the enhanced gameplay? It seems that blurb does not care to mention it.
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athineos: the matrix version (has enhanced gameplay and approx 30 new maps)
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Carradice: Hi. Would you comment on the enhanced gameplay? It seems that blurb does not care to mention it.
Here you go

http://www.matrixgames.com/products/335/details/Close.Combat.-.Cross.of.Iron
You know, it's rather sneaky to have a sale and say it's "up to -65% off" when some of the items on sale (Battle of the Bulge, Russian Front) are only -10% off.
Up to is not a difficult concept.
Thank you GOG. Great release.
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Crosmando: You know, it's rather sneaky to have a sale and say it's "up to -65% off" when some of the items on sale (Battle of the Bulge, Russian Front) are only -10% off.
On the other hand, it is the newer and more expensive games that have the higher discount. I guess it would be unrealistic to expect that the first three games, which cost only little over 5€ to begin with and were just released in GOG (with GOG's compatibility work), would get a deep discount right away.
Post edited February 08, 2018 by timppu
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Carradice: Hi. Would you comment on the enhanced gameplay? It seems that blurb does not care to mention it.
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athineos: Here you go

http://www.matrixgames.com/products/335/details/Close.Combat.-.Cross.of.Iron
Thanks!
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Crosmando: You know, it's rather sneaky to have a sale and say it's "up to -65% off" when some of the items on sale (Battle of the Bulge, Russian Front) are only -10% off.
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timppu: On the other hand, it is the newer and more expensive games that have the higher discount. I guess it would be unrealistic to expect that the first three games, which cost only little over 5€ to begin with and were just released in GOG (with GOG's compatibility work), would get a deep discount right away.
True, but we had quite a lot of cases, when classics had "start discount" 50% or even more (Delta Force series, Tachyon,: The Fringe, Robo Rumble/Reflux, Massive Assault series etc).

Nevertheless, I'm still tempted to buy at least one of those "classic" CC games. Probably CC 3 (like the games where you can smash communist scum). However, I remember that years ago I've played a bit in CC 4 and remember it as quite hard.

Anyone knows if CC3 is much harder/the same as CC4? And second question - what are differences (aside from graphics of course) between those "newer" CC games and "classic ones"?
Just bought CC2 but I'm having an issue where I'm getting 'Action not supported' errors after which it crashes to desktop. I've managed to trigger these especially after alt-tabbing, heading back in game and then performing any mouse-click action. Anyone familiar with these and know a fix? Thanks so much :)
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MartiusR: True, but we had quite a lot of cases, when classics had "start discount" 50% or even more (Delta Force series, Tachyon,: The Fringe, Robo Rumble/Reflux, Massive Assault series etc).
At least for the Delta Force games and Tachyon, they had already been available for a long time on e.g. Steam, before arriving to GOG. That probably explains why they had a deeper start discount here, and the same probably applies to the two newer Close Combat games, which have also been available on Steam (and elsewhere) already. Those games have already been part of lots of deep discount sales elsewhere, so people would have complained if there was a measly 10% (or no) launch discount on GOG.

However, these earlier Close Combat games are apparently brand-new "classic releases", having not been available elsewhere digitally, especially Steam.

Anyways, I bought all these CC games now. Hopefully they are able to release also the first one just for completeness sake, albeit I have a retail version of that to fall to.
Post edited February 08, 2018 by timppu
Very pleased to see the CC series on GOG!!!

Just one question: has the super-fast mouse scroll speed issue been fixed for CC2?
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Crosmando: You know, it's rather sneaky to have a sale and say it's "up to -65% off" when some of the items on sale (Battle of the Bulge, Russian Front) are only -10% off.
But "Up to 65%" means just that; everything will be offered with a discount, and this discount will reach -65% on some items. It would be sneaky if they said, for example, "at -65%".
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timppu: On the other hand, it is the newer and more expensive games that have the higher discount. I guess it would be unrealistic to expect that the first three games, which cost only little over 5€ to begin with and were just released in GOG (with GOG's compatibility work), would get a deep discount right away.
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MartiusR: True, but we had quite a lot of cases, when classics had "start discount" 50% or even more (Delta Force series, Tachyon,: The Fringe, Robo Rumble/Reflux, Massive Assault series etc).

Nevertheless, I'm still tempted to buy at least one of those "classic" CC games. Probably CC 3 (like the games where you can smash communist scum). However, I remember that years ago I've played a bit in CC 4 and remember it as quite hard.

Anyone knows if CC3 is much harder/the same as CC4? And second question - what are differences (aside from graphics of course) between those "newer" CC games and "classic ones"?
Look at the link I provided above for the "enhanced" CC3. Matrix gives a good description of the CC "remakes". I personally think it is worth having both versions of CC3. I am also very excited Matrix products are going to be in GOG. I mainly buy only from GOG and Matrix. I stay away from STEAM.
Any recommendations as to which to buy for a newcomer to the series?
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athineos: the matrix version (has enhanced gameplay and approx 30 new maps)
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Carradice: Hi. Would you comment on the enhanced gameplay? It seems that blurb does not care to mention it.
Adds compatibility [now a moot point].
Adds more mid war vehicles, lend lease to the Soviets and SP guns to the Germans.
Adds another campaign [not too bad].
Adds more maps.
Debatable improvements to vehicle movement. I hated the changes.
Infantry dive to the ground far more, crawl around and get shot. This is a change present from Cross of Iron onwards.
Removed the rocket carrier.
Removed the 120mm mortars.

Stick to the original CC3 release.
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GrossorMD: Any recommendations as to which to buy for a newcomer to the series?
Close Combat 3
[When it arrives] Close Combat 5

Those two are all you really need. One will give you a sprawling campaign and troop persistence. The other will give you the turn based strategic map and off map support. Both have an excellent selection of mods available for them, CC5 in particular.

Once you are more confident with the games then try CC2 and perhaps Gateway to Caen.
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timppu: On the other hand, it is the newer and more expensive games that have the higher discount. I guess it would be unrealistic to expect that the first three games, which cost only little over 5€ to begin with and were just released in GOG (with GOG's compatibility work), would get a deep discount right away.
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MartiusR: True, but we had quite a lot of cases, when classics had "start discount" 50% or even more (Delta Force series, Tachyon,: The Fringe, Robo Rumble/Reflux, Massive Assault series etc).

Nevertheless, I'm still tempted to buy at least one of those "classic" CC games. Probably CC 3 (like the games where you can smash communist scum). However, I remember that years ago I've played a bit in CC 4 and remember it as quite hard.

Anyone knows if CC3 is much harder/the same as CC4? And second question - what are differences (aside from graphics of course) between those "newer" CC games and "classic ones"?
Based on the one's I've played.

CC2: lots of suppression and infantry rushes. Very brutal with high casualty counts.
CC3: infantry and armour are relatively well matched. Sprawling battles, excellent tank hunting opportunities. Lots of different types of map setting and seasonal variations. Troops can be upgraded and receive promotions. You don't have to play as the US!
CC4: interesting shift to winter setting. Very powerful snipers, lousy armour and maps can sometimes feel too compact despite being larger than previous entries. Bit of a weak point in the series. Did introduce the tactical map though.
CC5: Brilliant. Infantry are ruthless, armour gameplay is solid [not as good as CC3 though], tactical map and support options are well handled and has an excellent range of mods available.
Cross of Iron: avoid.
Gateway to Caen: Pretty good, infantry are more capable than in the remakes, armour behaves more sensibly [apart from their tendency to screw up movement by an obsession with roads]. Maps can be too large in terms of pacing. The mini operations play better than the main campaign.
Post edited February 08, 2018 by Hicks233