Codename: Panzers Phase One

by Wencke Schuncken
author awarded score: 60/100

Codename: Panzers Phase One Review
Published by: CDV
Developed by: Stormregion
Format Reviewed: PC
Review by: Wencke Schuncken

The World War II has been an inspiration to develop many war games. Especially real time strategy and first person shooters games are based on this war. This is also the case with Codename: Panzers Phase One, a real time strategy game for our war game fans. Although I'm a fan of strategy games, the concept of war games isn't my cup of tea or perhaps played these kinds of games too much in the past. But is Codename: Panzers Phase One worth playing?

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As any strategy game, different kinds of gameplay modes are included such as the tutorial mode to learn to use your units and the gameplay itself. A scenario mode provides different kind of maps to play on, a training mode is also available which is basically a sandbox option with multiple enemies and is perfectly to train your strategies. Of course a multiplayer is also available. A must in these gaming days I would say, to test your skills online or against a friend. The campaign mode includes three different campaigns where you control the Germans, Russians or the American/British forces. Each campaign contains a huge number of missions which leads you through Europe, from Poland's' invasion to D-Day. So each mission covers a different section of Europe and a different time period of the war. Anyway it's your task to behave as an officer in charge over a small number of units. But by completing the missions you'll earn points which can be exchanged to buy new units. Also the material can be improved. In the German campaign you're in charge of units like the tanks Panzer I and II's. Later on you'll be able to get the improved Panzer tanks like the panzer IV. The improved material can be exchanged with older units but be aware that 25 units is the maximum.

Besides tanks there are also infantry for example and medics who heal units automatically. Each of your units gain experience and upgrades after winning a mission and these units can be used in the next mission(s) if they survive in battle. As the difficulty level of the missions increase you really need trained, upgraded units to beat the missions. New untrained units are worthless and you won't be able to win. The missions are varied and it's your job to escort a group, eliminate artillery to gain control over an airport, protecting a train from being attacked or invading a town to destroy depots. Each mission has its own approach and tactic and quickness of reaction must be combined in a good way to accomplish the missions.

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The graphics are definitely worth while as the quality is simply good and fits perfectly to the game. You can see detailed designed units, landscapes, buildings. More than fifty historical (tanks, cannons, trucks, etc) are available to experience the World War II even better. Use the camera to have a good look at your playground from nearly every angle, it’s worth it. Also the interface is quite good and overview able and includes a minimap, all sorts of information about your units and some buttons to navigate in the game.

The sound in this game is well chosen as it fits with the games atmosphere and isn’t repetitive. The sound effects are also good, I like to hear the explosions as they sound realistic. But the voice-acting could have been better. The Germans do speak German, but why do they state “yes, Sir” sometimes? That’s no German. And the Russian voices didn’t sound convincing to me. Not that all the voice-acting is bad, it’s just a couple of them which delivered a rather poor job.

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Okay, I have to admit that war games aren’t number one on my gaming list. Most of them, I find quite boring or to complicated to achieve. But any strategy fan who loves to play a game of war could be quite pleased with this game, no matter if you’re a female or a male.

All in all I can say that Codename: Panzers is an excellent game in the war strategy game genre. The difficulty level is quite high in the campaigns, but training is the solution. Besides the three main campaigns there are also many other modes to choose from or challenge opponents via the online multiplayer mode. This mode is perfect for gamers who have achieved the campaign modes and want a real challenge. The graphics are just perfect to the type of game and the environment really reacts as it should be. Although the sound has a minus with the voice acting, it shouldn’t keep a RTS gamer away from playing this game.