Close Combat III: The Russian Front

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Close Combat III: The Russian Front
Close Combat III: The Russian Front
Cover art
Developer(s) Atomic Games
Publisher(s) Microsoft Game Studios
Series Close Combat
Platform(s) Windows
Release December 31, 1998
Genre(s) Real-time tactics
Mode(s) Single-player Multi-player

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.

Gameplay[edit]

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.

Development[edit]

Reception[edit]

Reception
Review scores
Publication Score
CGW 3.5/5 stars[1]
PC Gamer (UK) 88%[3]
PC Gamer (US) 92%[2]
PC Zone 84 out of 100[4]
Computer Games Strategy Plus 3.5/5 stars[5]
Award
Publication Award
PC Gamer US Best Wargame 1999[6]

In the United States, Close Combat III sold 45,438 copies during 1999,[7] and was the year's best-selling wargame.[8]

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.[9] 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."[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Miller, Patrick (May 1, 1999). "Close Combat III: The Russian Front". Computer Gaming World. Archived from the original on August 16, 2000. 
  2. ^ Trotter, William R. (April 1999). "Close Combat III". PC Gamer US. Archived from the original on March 7, 2000. 
  3. ^ Weston, Jason. "Blitzing". PC Gamer UK (67). Archived from the original on March 22, 2002. 
  4. ^ Wand, Phil. "Close Combat III: The Russian Front". PC Zone. Archived from the original on September 12, 2007. 
  5. ^ Udell, Scott (January 24, 1999). "Close Combat III: The Russian Front". Computer Games Strategy Plus. Archived from the original on April 28, 2005. 
  6. ^ a b Staff (March 2000). "The Sixth Annual PC Gamer Awards". PC Gamer US. 7 (3): 46, 47, 49, 50, 54–56, 60, 62. 
  7. ^ Staff (April 2000). "PC Gamer Editors' Choice Winners: Does Quality Matter?". PC Gamer US. 7 (4): 33. 
  8. ^ Dunnigan, James F. (January 3, 2000). Wargames Handbook, Third Edition: How to Play and Design Commercial and Professional Wargames. Writers Club Press. pp. 14–17. 
  9. ^ "Second Interactive Achievement Awards; Personal Computer". Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences. Archived from the original on November 4, 1999. 

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