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|Genre(s)||Tank combat simulation|
Panzer Front (Japanese: パンツァーフロント Hepburn: Pantsafuronto?) is a World War II tank simulation game first released in 1999 in Japan by Enterbrain for the Sony PlayStation and Sega Dreamcast game consoles.
Players perform the role of a tank commander during the war using one of six fictional tanks. Battles are fought on various maps based on actual historical campaigns. During the game, the player can engage the enemy while calling in artillery barrages whenever they are available. Panzer Front takes a realistic approach, some enemies can kill the player's tank with one shot. Reinforcements are also available in some missions if allied tanks are lost.
In addition to the tanks available at the start of the game, Panzer Front features over 40 tanks used by the United States, Britain, the Soviet Union, and Germany. They are only playable in the game's single-mission mode. Two modern main battle tanks are also available in one scenario. The fictional tanks are:
- E-79 (Nazi Germany)
- ИС-152 (Soviet Union)
- Schnell Jagdpanzer SchKIII Aureole (Nazi Germany)
- Short Bull (USA)
- СУ-122c (Soviet Union)
- T69E3 (USA)
Panzer Front has 25 missions, based on real events. Examples include the destruction of a British armored column in the Battle of Villers-Bocage, the US Army's defense against a ferocious German counterattack in Le Dezert, the defense of the Reichstag during the Battle of Berlin, and several based on the Battle of Kursk.
Panzer Front bis
Panzer Front bis is an updated version of the original game, released for the Sony PlayStation in Japan on February 8, 2001. Bis (French for 'improved') features all of the game's tanks and missions, with additional tanks, ten scenarios (including one set during Operation Olympic), and a mission editor. It was due to be released in Europe in the middle of 2002, but JVC, the UK publisher, shut down its video game branch before Bis could be converted and released.
- "Panzer Front Bis".
- ドリームキャスト - PANZER FRONT (パンツァーフロント). Weekly Famitsu. No.915 Pt.2. Pg.50. 30 June 2006.