Excerpt: The Panzer Corps Grand
Campaign DLC series (and your German Army if you’ve been carrying since
Poland) has finally reached its conclusion with the release of Grand Campaign ’45 West. GC ’45 West is the tenth DLC expansion,
arriving just almost a year and a half after the first release of the DLC line
with GC ’39.
Excerpt: Panzer Corps
Grand Campaign ’42 – ’43 West is the latest $5 campaign download in
the Panzer Corps series. The earlier releases were either the earliest
years of World War 2 or were focused on the Eastern Front. The ’42-’43
West is the first campaign focusing on the Western Front. This game can be purchased either as a direct
download or as a disk copy for an additional fee. The game requires either Panzer Corps or Panzer Corps:
Afrika Korps to play. Like the other...
Conclusion: I have been playing this game since it landed on my hard drive. I find myself looking for a different strategy every time. The new dynamic scenarios make things much more interesting, adding an element not found in many other strategy games. This certainly represents the mobile and back-n-forth characteristics of the World War 2 North African Campaign. It doesn't feel like you're forced to play in the scripted way either. You still have options in how to proceed.
Excerpt: While the epic battles of the Eastern Front, such as Kursk, Stalingrad, Kharkov, are favorites to many World War II gamers, I tend to like the maneuver and thrust of the North African Campaign of 1941 – 1943. Not to mention Field Marshall Erwin Rommel, the legendary "Desert Fox", is one of my favorite German generals.
Summary: Panzer Corps: Afrika Korps is a difficult game, even when the finicky combat predictors are in line with the actual outcome. Given the increased pressure that the Allies were able to bring to bear on the DAK, this isn’t unexpected. With the exotic locales, cheaper price point, and standalone status, newcomers might be thinking about skipping the original, but I would strongly warn against that.
Excerpt: Panzer Corps Grand Campaign ’45 East is the latest downloadable content (DLC) expansion for Panzer Corps, a turn-based strategy game descended from the venerable Panzer General series. Ownership of Panzer Corps is required to play Grand Campaign ’45 East, which is the seventh addition to the Panzer Corps dynasty. Players take the German side against the Soviet AI and battle through 14 scenarios on the Eastern Front during 1945.
Conclusion: Considering this, playing Panzer Corps has certainly rekindled my interest to the point where I have restarted a new campaign at the “Lieutenant” (2 nd ) level of difficulty. Now, part of me is wishing that there was a 1.5 difficulty level. But the rest is saying: “What’s not to like about a series of desperate battles against heavy odds?