Rating: 81/100 – Based on 5 Critics
Steel Division: Normandy ’44 succeeds both at being an entertaining real-time tactics game and a compelling simulation of historical combat, which is a remarkable combination. Not to get ahead of things, but playing this excellent World War II game makes it hard not to get excited about the potential of Steel Division: Stalingrad ’42 or Rome ’43. Future games or expansions might even smooth out Normandy ‘44’s small drawbacks, specifically its occasionally overwhelming amount of detail and lack of context to its huge number of options, but its successes wildly outweigh its failures.
Steel Division: Normandy 44 is one of the most interesting games about IIWW. Eugen Systems has created a really complex mix of tabletop wargames and RTS.
While there’s a distinct appeal to Steel Division: Normandy 44, this is a game that caters to a particular niche audience of hardcore strategy fans. Its depiction of the Second World War focuses on realism, with a reliance on ambushes and weight of fire in infantry combat and a surprising fragility to the tanks, but this difficult to master game won’t be for everyone. There’s some clever ideas in the shifting front lines, the fog of war and Battlegroups, but there’s problems with the presentation and some elements that feel unbalanced.
Steel Division: Normandy 44 stole dozens of hours from my life and this trend will continue. It’s a pretty good strategy game. The entry threshold is high, difficulty level is even higher and all these frustrations… But you forget about all that because online matches are so damn exciting that you want to play another and another, and another! Eugen Systems succeeded in creating a very good tactical RTS aimed at online gampelay.
A solidly enjoyable title that has balance issues that need patching but otherwise a good investment for fans of the genre.