Tripwire Interactive has a treat in store for gamers with their latest release, Red Orchestra 2: Heroes of Stalingrad. It is a sequel to Red Orchestra: Ostfront 41-45. Considering the title, you have probably guessed it focuses heavily on the Battle of Stalingrad. The campaign is beautifully orchestrated and the experience found on the battlefield is engaging and thrilling to behold.
Heroes of Stalingrad hosts many new features. This includes a new first person cover system combined with blind firing and first person collision detection. Another bonus is an entire new system of statistics tracking and individual player development.
Everything found in this game has been finely tuned. Once the tutorials finished up I was off and running. It is immediately apparent Tripwire did their homework on making the game as lifelike as possible. This means no HUD or cross-hairs on screen. And be forewarned, if you take a few good shots you are going to go down. This adds to the realism and overall feel of the game, making each stage completion very rewarding.
All guns behave realistically as well where bullet drop and spin is taken into account. The brilliant new first person cover system allows players to hide behind all objects in the world to avoid gunfire. And trust me, you will need to utilize this feature to stay alive. While in cover, players are able to lean out to take more accurate shots. Tripwire has also added the option to fire blindly at your enemy if you ever feel the need to do so. You will have to keep an eye on your health as it does not regenerate over time. All wounds must be bandaged so no more health is lost through blood loss.
Tanks are available in Red Orchestra 2, with more vehicles being added in updates in the near future. The interiors of each tank are fully recreated with either human or AI controlled characters manning each station. The tank models are highly detailed and look terrific. I have heard two more tanks and two troop carriers are in production and will be added to the game for free shortly.
The multiplayer matches require superior teamwork and strategy to come out victorious. I suggest warming up with the campaign first before going to war with 32 enemies at once online. This will allow you to familiarize yourself with all the solid game mechanics in place making the controls second nature. Three modes are offered including: Firefight, Territories and Countdown. As mentioned earlier, character progression is in place for all your gaming stats. The more you play the faster your stats will improve allowing access to better weapons. Keep an eye out for snipers and spawn campers. Either of these two will quickly ruin your day. You have to stay sharp while on the move.
Red Orchestra 2: Heroes of Stalingrad, is a unique and highly entertaining shooter. The game’s combination of rich graphics, the ingenious new first person cover system and realistic campaign and multiplayer experiences, make this a terrific adventure for all PC gamers this fall. Go ahead and enlist soldier!
Review Rating: 9/10