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Strategic Command 2: Blitzkrieg is a grand strategy computer game developed by Fury Software, and published by Battlefront.com in 2006. The second game in the Strategic Command series, Blitzkrieg is a turn-based strategy set in World War II, focusing on the European Theater. The player controls all of either Axis or Allied states.

A sequel to Strategic Command: European Theater, Blitzkrieg was the first game in the series to include weather conditions, new unit types such as paratroops and engineers, as well as diplomatic pressure.[1]

Two expansion packs were later released. The first one, Weapons and Warfare adds new units, combat rules, a deeper weather model, additional terrain types and the simulation of roads and railways,[2] while the second one, Patton Drives East, adds new campaigns and scenarios, some of them – for the first time in the series – post-World War II or hypothetical.[3]

Gameplay

Strategic Command 2: Blitzkrieg is a turn-based strategy set in World War II. The player controls all of either either Axis or Allied states. The most important fraction of the game is commanding the military units, but the player also controls the research of technologies and diplomatic relations.[1]

Blitzkrieg was the first game in the series to feature weather conditions (such as rain or snow, which, for example, hampers the movement of air units),[1] as well as diplomatic pressure. Using this feature, the player may eventually persuade a neutral country to either join the war on his side, or to prevent it from becoming his enemy.[1]

The major campaigns take place on a map encompassing all of Europe, as well as North Africa, Atlantic Ocean and east coast of North America.[1] However, unlike the previous installment, Blitzkrieg also contains five scenarios played on smaller maps, namely North Africa, Battle of Kursk, D-Day, Operation Market Garden and the Battle of the Bulge.[1] Additional Global Map campaign was later released for free with a patch.[1]

Expansion packs

Weapons and Warfare

The first expansion pack to Strategic Command 2, titled Weapons and Warfare, adds new units, enhanced naval movement and combat rules, a deeper weather model, additional terrain types and resources, and the simulation of roads and railways.[2]

Patton Drives East

The second expansion pack, Patton Drives East, adds new campaigns and scenarios to the game, among them – for the first time in the series – post-World War II or fictional conflicts, including the titular "Patton Drives East", a hypothetical war between the US and USSR following the defeat of Nazi Germany.[3]

Reception

 Reception
Aggregate scores
Aggregator Score
GameRankings 62%[4]
Metacritic 64%[5]
Review scores
Publication Score
IGN 5.9 out of 10[6]
PC Zone 74 out of 10 [4]
Gamers' Temple 58%[7]
Strategy Informer 6.7 out of 10[8]

Strategic Command 2: Blitzkrieg gathered average reviews from game critics. IGN noticed a contrast between the game's interesting gameplay and rather plain graphics and sound effects, commenting: "loads of substance, but not much style,"[6] while Strategy Informer noted "this game really is for the hardcore of turn-based strategists, as otherwise you could soon be finding yourself turned away by the lack of visual and audio passion in Strategic Command 2".[8]

Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Strategic Command 2: Blitzkrieg features. Battlefront.com. Retrieved on 2009-12-12.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Strategic Command 2: Weapons and Warfare Announced. Battlefront.com. Retrieved on 2009-12-12.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Strategic Command 2: Patton Drives East features. Battlefront.com. Retrieved on 2009-12-12.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Strategic Command 2 Blitzkrieg. Game Rankings. Retrieved on 2009-12-13.
  5. Strategic Command 2: Blitzkrieg reviews. Metacritic. Retrieved on 2009-12-13.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Strategic Command 2: Blitzkrieg. IGN (2006-04-28). Retrieved on 2009-12-13.
  7. Strategic Command 2 Blitzkrieg – review. the Gamers' Temple (2006). Retrieved on 2009-12-13.
  8. 8.0 8.1 Strategic Command 2 Blitzkrieg review. Strategy Informer (2006-04-28). Retrieved on 2009-12-13.

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