Blitzkrieg 2 (Russian: Блицкриг II) is a real-time tactics computer game based on the events of World War II, the game is an evolution of its predecessor Blitzkrieg and is the second title in the Blitzkrieg (video game series). The game takes place in Africa, Russia, the Pacific and Europe, and features the 6 different factions portrayed in the game that fought in their battle respective grounds during the war.
As its predecessor and the similar Sudden Strike games, Blitzkrieg 2 focuses on the battles of World War II rather than real-time strategy aspects like base building and resource extraction. The game features many new features and units over its predecessor; the graphics engine is upgraded, allowing for full 3D and the game features over 250 units compared to Blitzkrieg's 200. In Blitzkrieg 2, you can choose from three separate campaigns: The Nazi German Campaign, the Allied Campaign, and the Soviet Campaign, each divided into four distinct chapters. The German campaign begins in France, 1940, where you are put in command of German offensive forces in an effort to take control of France. Here, you may use the signature Blitzkrieg strategy. The second chapter is set in North Africa, which ends with your capture of Tobruk. The third is in the Soviet Union, where you are on the offensive. And finally, the fourth chapter is staged in the Ardennes during the Battle of the Bulge, 1944. The Allied campaign has its first 3 chapters in the Pacific, where you lead your forces against the IJA (Imperial Japanese Army) and IJN (Imperial Japanese Navy) in a number of missions beginning shortly after the attack on Pearl Harbor. The final chapter of the Allied campaign is in the German Ruhr, 1945. The Soviet Campaign begins shortly after Operation Barbarossa, going through the 5 years of the war against Germany eventually ending with your capture of the German capital of Berlin. At the end of each campaign, a short cinematic plays.
The game contains six factions:
Japan was newly added for Blitzkrieg 2 for the new Pacific theatre, however, it had previously made a minor appearance in Blitzkrieg: Rolling Thunder. The game also includes an encyclopedia of all units, so you can easily read about the units you get to see in-game. There is an online version of this at the Blitzkrieg 2 website.
The game received positive reviews before release. Yet never achieved the same long lived success its predecessor had achieved, even though two expansions and numerous spin offs were made.
The base game Blitzkrieg 2 was released together with both add-ons as Blitzkrieg 2 Anthology.
- Blitzkrieg 2: Fall Of The Reich: the first expansion pack was released on February 20, 2007.
- Blitzkrieg 2: Liberation: the second Another expansion pack was released on October 12, 2007 in the EU.
- Frontline: Fields of Thunder: this spin-off was released on April 9, 2007 at a retail price of $29.99 USD.
- Great Battles: Battle of Tobruk by the company Arise Games was one of various other spin-offs of which however, some were released exclusively in Russia, Nival Interactive's home country.
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