Sudden Strike 4 tries to pull an all-out assault in the real time strategy genre. Is the mission successful? I’d say yes for a die hard World War Two game fan, but for those new to the genre it can be a little daunting.
SS4 brings the RTS back to World War Two and for me it didn’t disappoint. From the accurate facts about each battle to the actual WW2 videos you can watch in the “Historical Footages” section it really delivered on its historical accuracy. Gameplay however was a bit up and down. When you first get into the game I would highly recommend playing the tutorial first. The controls are a bit complicated and can easily be forgotten. They also felt a bit sluggish and panning the camera can take ages which isn’t good if you have several battles going on different points on the map.
I found myself on a few occasions selecting a tank then panning for ages to try and send it in to support an infantry squad that was being pinned down but instead of hitting B to move order I accidently pressed A and de selected the tank resulting in me having to pan all the way back to the tank. You can snap to units with the right stick, but only if they are in view it seems. The grouping system works ok but I couldn’t figure out how to add more troops to that group. Without actually just creating a new one. Controls aside I did really enjoy playing the game and after some getting used to it I started really getting in to the flow.
There are 31 missions in total spanning around different areas in WW2 from the German campaign and the allies to the road to Dunkirk you are given a lot to do. Each mission has two difficulties and challenges too so you probably won’t get board of the game quickly if you like these types of games. I would to have liked to have been able to use the terrain a bit more with my infantry. Yes you do get defensive bonuses when you are out of sight however putting your guys behind a fence didn’t really make a difference which was a shame. There is also a multiplayer mode for online which I am super excited about. It opens up a lot in gameplay. I am hoping the online community grows as I never got the chance to play it with someone. I did however play the Skirmish mode which as I understand is basically the online multiplayer but with AI bots. I enjoyed it and I think would be excellent online.
The graphics are good but not great. With so many amazing RTS games out now I would have expected a bit better. The explosions are brilliant but the textures on the tanks and infantry could be better. You can zoom in slightly with the camera however I would have loved to have got right down into the battle to see what was going on.
The music is brilliant. Everything you would expect from an epic WW2 game. It fitted in with what was happening and made the atmosphere feel even more intense. The explosions and gunfire sounded great too. The only thing that annoyed me a bit was the voice acting. Why when playing the Axis did my units speak in German but whenever my commander was speaking to me he spoke to me in an American accent? It made me come out of the narrative which I really hate doing when I am getting into a game. I tended to play more of the Allied missions just for this reason and the acting fitted well in that campaign. Surely it wouldn’t have been hard to get one of the people saying the German lines to just do the German commander lines too?
The game itself as I stated early has a lot to do and as such will keep you coming back. From the 31 missions to the medals you can earn in a mission. You feel you need to try and get a 3 star in each mission. Great job in this department. The value of the game is fair considering what you get for the price. There is a lot to do especially if the online community grows.