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Steel Division: Normandy 44

Command historically accurate military units at the height of World War II.

Steel Division: Normandy 44 is a simulation strategy game made by Eugen Systems and published by Paradox Interactive. It allows players to take control over legendary military divisions from six different countries, such as the American 101st Airborne, the German armored 21st Panzer or the 3rd Canadian Division, during the invasion of Normandy in 1944. Every unit counts as the battle presses on, and raw firepower alone will not be enough to claim victory. Whether viewing the entire battle from an aerial perspective, or following a single tank into a firefight, players will need to cleverly manage the dynamic front line in order to execute ambushes and advances. From commanding historically accurate infantry, tanks, and vehicles, to troop positioning and real-time engagement with the enemy, players will need to be clever and resourceful in order to win.

Game Info

Release Date: 23 May, 2017
Developer: Eugen Systems
Publisher: Paradox Interactive
Genre: Simulation, Strategy
Rating: 85/100

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Steel Division: Normandy 44

System Requirements

Minimum Specifications

OS: Win 7
CPU: Intel Core i3-2100 (3.1 GHz) or equivalent
GRAPHIC: 1 GB AMD 5570 or nVidia 450
HDD: 32 GB

Recommended Specifications

OS: Win 7 64
CPU: Intel i5-2300 or equivalent
GRAPHIC: 2GB AMD 7970 or nVidia 770 or greater
HDD: 32 GB

Game Features:

  • Command Over 400 Historically Accurate Units. Whether fighting for control in intense multiplayer battles with up to 10-vs-10 players going head-to-head, playing alone or working with friends in ranked matches, players will need to coordinate their selection of historically accurate infantry, tanks, aircraft, and support vehicles to counter enemy units in this Tactical RTS game.
  • Real-world Setting. Using the latest version of Eugen’s IRISZOOM engine, players can smoothly zoom from a tactical aerial view all the way down to a single unit, and see 400 different real-world vehicles and units designed with careful historical detail and accuracy. Maps are designed based on actual aerial reconnaissance photos of Normandy in 1944, requiring real-world tactics and strategies to cover and control.
  • Real-world Tactics. Battles rage over three distinct phases, where different units unlock over time, mimicking the movements of real-world armies and adding variety to the ever-changing theatre of war. A dynamic front line illustrates the ebb and flow of the conflict. Pin down your opponent’s infantry to gain the advantage and force a retreat, or push through with a perfectly executed plan.
  • Outplan, Outsmart, Outgun. From battlegroup customization to troop positioning and maneuvering, winning battles requires cunning and strategy, not just raw firepower. Each unit lost presents a growing tactical disadvantage, and players will need to fight to gain — and keep — the upper hand.

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Steel Division: Normandy 44 Review

8.5 Total Score

Steel Division: Normandy 44 is pretty great Tactical Real-Time Strategy game. Eugen does for modern warfare what Creative Assembly's Total War franchise did for historical and pre-industrial warfare. At its core, it is essentially Wargame EE/ALB/RD with a few additional tweaks to the formula. The maps are extremely well-made and detailed, based off of reconnaissance photos taken before and during the invasion, with plentiful variations in terrain. The deck-building system has been reworked, and the addition of the phase system means that combat flows naturally through Combat Recon, Skirmish, and Battle phases. There is a certain uniqueness to the different divisions, they all have their balance of strength and weaknesses and are effected greatly by the amount and type of units you can bring onto the field. Visually the game looks amazing. When you zoom the camera out you see that you are playing on a flat 2D map of the area, but when you zoom in the world comes to life in 3D with far more detail than I could have expected. Steel Division: Normandy 44 is an excellent showcase of how combined arms and maneuver warfare worked at that time in history. If you enjoy WW2 rts's but don't like flat out sims, this game is exemplary. Definitely recommend for any fan of war games or RTS games, but even if you're not, I'd still give it a try.

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