Close Combat III: The Russian Front is the third game of the Close Combat universe. It was highly acclaimed by many organizations, such as GameSpot, IGN, and Computer Games Magazine. It revolves around the Eastern Front during World War II, and takes players from the invasion of the Soviet Union to the final battle for Berlin in 1945.
Battles follow the general pattern of the Close Combat series. Apart from a difficulty slider, there are realism settings which disable the fog of war, unit initiative, difficulty of access to enemy info, etc.
The Grand Campaign follows the Eastern Front from the German invasion of the Soviet Union (Operation Barbarossa), to Stalingrad and ultimately Berlin. Players can pick either side.
In the United States, Close Combat III sold 45,438 copies during 1999, and was the year's best-selling wargame.
The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences nominated Close Combat III for its 1998 "Strategy Game of the Year" award, although the game lost to Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri. The editors of PC Gamer US awarded Close Combat III their 1999 "Best Wargame" prize. They hailed it as the "strongest Close Combat title yet", and wrote that it "vividly recreate[s] the fluidity and chaos of real combat without compromising playability."