World War II: Panzer Claws

7.0 Overall Score
Gameplay: 7/10
Sounds: 6/10
Graphics: 6/10

Fun and solid gameplay | Low system spec needed

Dated graphics | Clunky controls

World War II: Panzer Claws pushes back the boundaries of real-time strategy gaming. You have been thrust into the harsh battlefield s of World War II. Take control of the Allied, German, or Russian forces with a huge number of tanks and vehicles at your disposal. You can also decide to control the French Resistance. Engage the enemy in the theatre of war from the German invasion of the USSR, to D-Day, to the last German offensive in the Ardennes Forest.

You will command armed forces in skirmish, multiplayer, and campaign modes with most scenarios drawing inspiration from historical events. You will focus on leading fairly small forces into battle instead of resource management. Your forces are limited in size so you must utilize a methodical and well-calculated approach. If not, you will find yourself running out of units quickly.

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Airstrikes are also limited in number so you’ll want to use them wisely. You will need to divide up your forces into unit types and be sure to use the correct unit type on the enemy. For instance, armored cars are great against infantry, but will fail miserably against tanks. This is where a more modern approach to strategy comes in.

World War II: Panzer Claws forces you to consider other elements as well. For instance, you’ll want to travel with a repair vehicle whenever possible. You will also need a constant supply of ammo so you’ll want to secure a supply dump fairly quickly. You should also indulge in scout missions before committing your whole force. It is the patient, methodical type that will prevail here.

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Assaults are the trickiest maneuvers in the game, even with superior firepower. Every action must be totally thought through. Tactically, you’ll want to be flirtatious with the enemy. Tempt them with a nice column of lofty targets and then quickly whisk them out of range. Sometimes you will just need to outflank your enemy. Each item has a natural foil.

True-time day and night will also occur during your missions so this will change light and visibility. Each campaign mission takes place in various seasons of the year, greatly affecting your strategies. There are also fifteen extra missions to play in skirmish mode. The easy to use editor allows you to create your own missions or play multiplayer mode. The real question is, how much fun do you want to have?

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Graphically the game is impressive and all the details are on point. The maps are perfect and even the weather has been given full consideration. The visuals are scalable and there are even some pretty decent animations. Each tank is distinctly close to its original namesake.

World War II: Panzer Claws looks to take turn-based strategy wargaming and drag it further into the 21st century. The additional use of real time animation as well as weather and explosion effects are totally stimulating to say the least. They have made this game so much fun. This game is totally addicting and victory is the ultimate objective.

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