Excerpt: If the Battle of Kursk in 1943 marked the end of German offensive power in the East, the campaign that started in 1942 was the instrument that sapped the Wehrmacht’s strength. Although this string of battles is usually remembered for Stalingrad, that sink of good troops and resources did not figure into the initial strategic goal: the seizure of the oilfields in the Caucasus Mountains.
Pros: Fine history, good campaign, great AI, simple mechanics.
Conclusion: It is in this that the games true brilliance is revealed – it is a war game which requires the player keep an eye on the bigger picture at all times; that forces you to use every man at your disposal in order to secure victory, not allowing you to coast on the successes of your most elite units. It manages to create an authentic, challenging game without ever falling back on overwhelming complexity or opaque rules to up the difficulty.
Pros: Intuitive interface and rules, comprehensive yet comprehensible. Intelligent AI. Attractive and generous in content.
Cons: Would benefit hugely from a fully-featured online mode. Limited multiplayer-oriented maps available even for local play.