Review by Shirow

"War has never been so great!!"

All right, pupils, let's get into the subject directly and no whining please. Sudden Strike takes place during the Second World War. And, of course, the game should be serious...We can credit CDV Software for doing their job well, very well...Sudden Strike involves 3 campaigns, 70 missions and up to 1000 units on the same map. And the multiplayer supports up to 12 players...

The keyword with Sudden Strike is realism and seriousness. Oh yeah, that's two words...Well, Sudden Strike doesn't represent the war completely as it actually took place and certain facts had to be changed for the sake of the game itself but it is very close to reality!

In fact, Sudden Strike is not really your traditional strategy game. I consider it as a blend between a wargame and the usual strategy. This is mainly because you get to control a huge number of units throughout the game. And the variety of units is awesome: sniders, soldiers, tanks, all types of vehicles, trucks, boats and even mobile hospitals!!
Even more, some units have original actions like entering a building, using a big weapon or hiding in a strategic position.

Sudden Strike is packed with hours of gameplay. You'll need a lot of hours to finish it completely as there is only one difficulty level...Difficult! Thankfully, you can train yourself first to grasp the game and to become familiar with the orders. But, bear in mind that Sudden Strike is the complete opposite of say, Age of Kings. You need a lot of patience and a good strategy throughout each mission if you at least want to finish them. Certain missions can take a whole day (well...for me...) and require a very complex strategy.

However, Sudden Strike seems to have certain flaws mainly because of its realism. You may have difficulty distinguishing your units while playing because of their size on your screen. And whenever you want to move a soldier quickly, you have 2 choices. You can either make them board a truck and move the truck or you feel like a kamikaze and watch them move like a tortoise suffering from a bad stomach.

But these can be easily forgotten because Sudden Strike has good graphics and because of the amount of things you can perform. You can heal your wounded soldiers, repair buildings but of course, these take some time to be complete. The most innovative idea is Sudden Strike remains that your troops still have their experience after each mission. This is great as it allows you to have a better troop for each progressive mission.

There is practically no music but music is not important in this kind of game. On the other hand, the sound effects are well-done and very realistic. The gameplay is great and is even better in Multiplayer if you take the time to try it out.

Overall, Sudden Strike is a great game and has a lot of cool ideas. I like it very much because of the complexity of the missions and the amazing amount of units you can control. But the fact remains that its strength is also a drawback. Most people will find it annoying and will stop after one or two missions mainly because you need a lot of patience while playing the game. But you'll like it if you love the genre and if you want a very innovative game.

Reviewer's Rating:   4.0 - Great

Originally Posted: 04/24/01, Updated 11/09/02

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