Blitzkrieg (video game)
Virtual Programming (OS X version)
|Release||June 4, 2003|
|Mode(s)||Single player, Multiplayer|
Blitzkrieg (Russian: Блицкриг) is a real-time tactics computer game based on the events of World War II and is the first title in the Blitzkrieg series. The game allows players to assume the role of commanding officer during the battles of World War II that occurred in Europe and North Africa. Each country has its respective historically correct military units. Similar to the Sudden Strike games Blitzkrieg focuses on battles rather than real-time strategy aspects like base building.
Certain versions of the original game, and several sequels, use the StarForce copy protection system. Blitzkrieg Anthology does not appear to use Starforce.
Graphics deliver realistic 3-D rendered isometric terrain and details include seasons, climatic zones and weather conditions which can affect game play. Blood is present although it can be deactivated. The game features over 350 different units and objects. The player has the ability to build pontoon bridges, dig trenches, lay mines, resupply and repair units or call in air support but there are no resources. Virtually everything can be destroyed including buildings and bridges. Forests can be flattened by tanks or artillery. Each unit of a respective nation speaks its own language, adding immensely to the immersion.
The game shipped with a mission and resource editors for users to create their own units and maps.
Blitzkrieg centers on 3 distinctive campaigns which features some of the major factions battling it out in World War II. The 3 campaigns featured the Allies (American and British campaigns), the Germans and the Soviets. Each of these campaigns attempt to chronologically re-enact the time periods of the war by devising Chapters into each of the campaigns. Other nations featured include Poland, France, and Italy.
These Chapters, in turn, feature smaller scale random (i.e. fictional) and historical battles. Random maps present an opportunity for the player to win upgrades for his side as depicted in the map description. Depending on the random map selected, the player may potentially bolster his forces with either artillery units or armored units.
Each player starts with 'core units'. These named units would be the same personnel accompanying the player throughout the chosen Campaign and may gain rank and experience as the player progresses from one Chapter to the other. The player initially starts off with 3 armored core units and 3 artillery core units and would eventually gain command of six core units of each category in later Chapters. Core units gaining rank would perform better in combat, with artillery personnel being more accurate in their shots and tank crews doing likewise.
Because of the dismissal of base-building and unit spawning, strategy is a key ingredient of overall gameplay. Sending out all units at once will most likely end in the massacre of the foresaid army. The timing, unit locations, artillery and air support and much more are key to victory. For example:
• Immobilising enemy vehicles requires flanking and correct timing.
There are three official expansions of the original Blitzkrieg to date, all three were developed by La Plata Studios (Germany) in collaboration with Nival Interactive, the developer of the original Blitzkrieg game. They are published and distributed by CDV Interactive. The base game Blitzkrieg was released together with its three expansions as Blitzkrieg Anthology.
- Blitzkrieg: Burning Horizon follows the footsteps of General Erwin Rommel starting from the crossing of the Ardennes to the battles of the Afrika Korps and continuing to the last struggle of German resistance in occupied France. It also includes a new nation, Japan, with unique new units and weaponry (Belgium is also added, in single player only as an enemy), as well as 8 brand new single player missions, in which battles rage in many different countries and islands, from the Pacific island of Papua New Guinea to the jungles of Burma and Singapore and the deserts of Northern Africa and much more. It also includes over 56 new and improved units, including tanks, aircraft, squads, and artillery.
- Blitzkrieg: Rolling Thunder traces the career of General George S. Patton during World War II ranging from the deserts of North Africa to the snowy forests of the Ardennes.
- Blitzkrieg: Iron Division (also known as Green Devils) , an expansion that requires Blitzkrieg or Rolling Thunder in order to play. It follows 9th panzer division's actions in France, Eastern front and Normandy. It also includes Blitzkrieg's 1st airborne campaign called Eagles as well as a few new units and a new campaign: Tank School. However it is not a campaign it is a set of 4 custom missions following the campaign style.
- Stalingrad, developed by DTF Games, is a stand-alone game covering the advance toward and the battle for Stalingrad from both the German and Soviet sides.
- Talvisota: Icy Hell, developed by Blitzfront Game Studio, is a game based on the Finnish-Russian Winter War in 1939-1940.
- Cuban Missile Crisis: The Aftermath, developed by G5 Software, is a stand-alone add-on which features an alternative ending of the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis, which ends in a nuclear apocalypse and the beginning World War III.
- Mission Barbarossa  and Kursk , developed by Active Gaming, follows the invasion of Soviet Union in 1941 and the Battle of Kursk in 1943.
- WWI: The Great War , developed by Dark Fox, is a World War I based game built on the Blitzkreg engine. The player assumes the role of the commanding officer of either the armed forces of the United Kingdom, France, Russia, Germany or Austria-Hungary on the battlefields of the Great War with the country's respective weaponry from 1914 to 1918. As of April 2015, the game is now officially available on Steam.
- Blitzkrieg: Operation "North"  , developed by Dark Fox.
- Desert Law is a stand-alone expansion, set in post-nuclear world.
Panzerkrieg - Burning Horizon II
In October 2007 Hamburg-based La Plata Studios (developers of the Burning Horizon, Rolling Thunder and Green Devils titles) announced that Panzerkrieg - Burning Horizon II would be released during 2008. Initial details are few and far between but, as the project is being produced in conjunction with the head of the original Blitzkrieg team, it is likely to be more than a standard expansion or stand-alone title. By the end of October 2008 the game was released in Germany where it was very successful and sold more copies than any Blitzkrieg 2 extension.
In popular culture
- In the season 3, episode 4: "Sistering" of the popular British sitcom Peep Show, character Mark Corrigan plays Blitzkrieg for 5 hours straight during his week off from work. He was supposed to be reading about the Roman Republic, doing sit-ups and learning the clarinet. He ruefully jokes that winning the war for the Nazis is more important.
By April 2005, global sales of Blitzkrieg had surpassed 1 million units.
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