Offtopic: War Games 2020

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A quick run-down of some of the best and most promising war-themed games out there at the minute, from those released this year to older games still supported and seeing further development in 2020 and beyond...

Since the earliest days of electronic gaming, warfare has been a setting of great interest to both developers and players alike. From classic simulators such as the IL-2 and Steel Beasts series, to more fantastical first-person-shooters such as Wolfenstein, Call of Duty and Battlefield, it's hard to imagine what today's gaming climate would be like without the influence of some of these games. Thus, we'll be taking a look at some of the best war-based games currently out there, with a particular focus on the realms of armoured and mechanised warfare.

First up, Tank Crews: Clash at Prokhorovka. A standalone module for the IL2: Great Battles series, Tank Crews has just seen the release of its final vehicle - the Ferdinand, the fierce (and heavy) tank destroyer whose most (in)famous actions took place during Operation Citadel, the operation about which the campaigns and vehicle list of Tank Crews are based. The full vehicle list consists of the T-34-76, KV-1s. M4A2 “Sherman”, SU-122, SU-152, PzKpfw III Ausf.M, PzKpfw IV Ausf.G, PzKpfw V Ausf.D "Panther". PzKpfw VI Ausf.H1 "Tiger" and Sd. Kfz. 184 "Ferdinand".

 

The next game we'll take a look at is Post Scriptum. A WWII-set realistic multiplayer shooter, Post Scriptum currently covers three theatres of war; Operation Market Garden, Plan Jaune (the German invasion of France in 1940), and Operation Overlord. While the focus is on the infantry, a great deal of the dynamics to the gameplay are based around the interaction between infantry and armoured support, from the humble armoured cars to the behemoth that is the King Tiger, or the early-war powerhouse of the Char B1. If you've ever played Squad, the game will feel immediately familiar to you, since the developers have previously worked on that title and it is based on the same engine and similar gameplay dynamics.

Some of these games are also available on game keys websites, although do beware that some of the sellers are using shady ways to get keys.

Next, a bit of a change of pace, with a look at Arms Trade Tycoon Tanks (https://tycoontanks.com/) An entry in the venerable Tycoon genre, this game places you in charge of a small, recently founded arms-trading company, and has you progress from the dawn of armoured warfare all the way through to the modern era, designing and distributing your vehicles with the aim of becoming the biggest arms-dealing company in the world. The game is currently still in development, but it certainly seems like it's shaping up to be a worthy entry in one of the more subtly popular genres of gaming.

 

And finally, a look at another in-development game now; Gunner, Heat, PC! A self-professed Indie love letter to tank simulators of the 1990s and 2000s, in an era of "free"-to-play grindfests that prioritise monetary gain over fun and fidelity, GHPC is an early-access game with two levels of access: an earlier-in-development free build, and patreon/supporter access to the latest slices of development. The game is receiving regular and frequent updates from its passionate developers, and more information can be found at their website: https://gunnerheatpc.com/

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