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Close Combat IV: Battle of the Bulge

By Strategic Simulations Free to try Editors' Rating

Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Feb 27, 2009
This 1999 sequel to Close Combat gives you command of Axis or Allied troops during WWII's Battle of the Bulge. The action takes place in real time, but with the intuitive controls, you'll be charging enemy lines and launching mortar strikes in no time. The game's most innovative feature is the way it makes you consider the psychology of your troops: if your soldiers think your order is ridiculous or if their stress level exceeds a certain threshold, they won t obey. The two-dimensional graphics still look passable, and the sounds effects are impressively realistic, though their sample quality is low by today s standards. The demo includes a boot-camp training mode and a sample battle with infantry and armor. Those with modern computers may find that the battlefield scrolls too fast, but you can get anywhere you need by clicking on a tactical overlay map. Fans of the Close Combat series should definitely give this installment a try.

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Release December 5, 2008
Date Added November 17, 1999
Version demo

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Operating Systems Windows 95, Windows 2000, Windows 98, Windows, Windows XP
Additional Requirements None

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Developer's Description

Close Combat: The Battle of the Bulge continues the epic saga of the critically acclaimed and award-winning Close Combat series. Sneak attacks, stalwart defenders, spies, and saboteurs are among the exciting surprises lurking on both sides of the battle (see screen shots).

Whether you command American or German troops, you decide when and where they will be deployed. Launch air attacks against the enemy but keep your eyes on the skies; random weather patterns can wreak havoc on your offensives. Find out if you are ready to rewrite history.