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Close Combat - Gateway to Caen

Product Info

Overview: Close Combat: Gateway to Caen is the latest release in the critically-acclaimed Close Combat series, and the final release of the current game engine. Gateway to Caen focuses on the largest, concentrated British offensive since the Normandy landings in an attempt to penetrate the German lines west of Caen and cross the Odon River to get the stalled advance moving again.  

With Close Combat: Gateway to Caen you can play at the strategic and tactical level, putting yourself in the boots of both the generals and the platoon commanders. You can move or combine your battlegroups on the strategic level and decide the outcome of battles on the tactical level. You will command squads in close combat situations, using small arms, mortars, machine guns, armored cars, and tanks to triumph against the enemy. You command artillery and mortar barrages and even air strikes. You will get to know individual solders, platoons, battalions, and the larger brigades and battle groups which they comprise.

Players can experience the desperate situation of the outnumbered, but well-armed Panzergrenadiers, or the daunting offensive mission of the fully-supported British infantry advancing across the treacherous Odon Valley. At your command are Churchill, Cromwell, Firefly, Sherman, Stuart tanks and more. Panther, Tiger, Stug, and Mk.IV tanks will arrive to support German Panzergrenadiers as they try to hold the line against a concerted British attack.

The historic scope of Operation Epsom is captured in single battles, operations, and the grand campaign. The strategic battlefield offers over two dozen individual battlefields with over three dozen accurately portrayed German and British battle groups. British infantry regimental history is reflected in name among the various battalions. You can deploy your battalions as they actually fought in the struggle for the Odon. The game includes all new maps and a range of upgraded effects.

 

The Setting

With the success of the Allied landings at Normandy and their domination of air and sea, expectations were high that the momentum would continue on land. It was not to be so. Though initially surprised and overwhelmed, the German Army quickly recovered, mobilized, and, counterattacked. Field Marshal Rommel formed a capable defense in Normandy that made the Allied advance costly. Superior Allied artillery and air power failed to crack the German lines. Though the Norman City of Caen was originally a British D-Day objective, its capture would elude and frustrate Montgomery’s 21st Army for weeks to come. Operation Epsom was Field Marshall Montgomery’s first concentrated attempt to go around the city and the Odon River, and break through the strengthening German bulwark. The newly-arrived British VIII Corps, supported by 700 guns of the Royal Artillery made a go of it along a four-mile front between Rauray and Carpiquet. Defending that front was the infamous 12th SS Panzer Division. Though reduced by weeks of heavy fighting they remained a potent and experienced foe. The Germans had offensive plans too, but the British struck first, and the 2nd SS Panzer Corps, the last of Germany’s offensive reserves in Normandy, was instead committed to stopping the British breakthrough along the Odon. Can you, as Montgomery and his commanders, re-chart the course of the Normandy campaign and prevail against Germany’s SS Panzer divisions?  Can you as the Germans, once again stop Montgomery, or eclipse history and push the British back entirely?

 

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Features

  • Completely revised 32-bit graphics that elevate battle effects, units, and maps to a new, detailed level in the Close Combat Series.
  • Thirty new battlefield maps accurately reflect the Odon Valley west of Caen, France.
  • 65 vehicles, 36 infantry units, 77 weapons.
  • New vehicles and guns including Churchill, Cromwell, M-10 Achilles, and Firefly tanks; 17-pdr AT guns, Loyd Carriers, and more.
  • Improved graphics and effects and new soldier voices.
  • Revised terrain files that represent the specific conditions of the Odon battlefield: tall cornfields and hindered, muddy movement during rainy weather.
  • New features including Rolling barrages and dug-in/camouflaged tanks and anti-tank guns.
  • Historic regimental names and battalion organization.
  • Mount troops or guns on vehicles.
  • Integrated multi-player lobby and match-making forums.
  • Enhanced Scenario Editor - Create your own "what if" Scenarios. 

View AllReviews - From the Press

Review at Games de Guerra
8,5/10 - If you try Close Combat: Gateway to Caen and look for more than just graphics, you will find a very interesting strategy game that have many features that even more modern games don't. As this is the last Close Combat game with the classic engine, I can say that Gateway to Caen end this era with golden keys.

Review at Estrategas de Sillon

Review at Armchair General
Score: 90% Close Combat: Gateway to Caen is an involving, engaging and enjoyable game, just like all the other versions of Close Combat. Newcomers to the series will find it a good starting point and old grognards should find enough new features and units for the game to be a worthy addition to their game collection.

Details


Close Combat - Gateway to Caen

Release Date: 5 JUN 2014

Platform: PC
Language: English
Genre: Tactical, Operational, Strategic
Turns: Real-Time Pausable
Complexity: Intermediate
Period: World War II


Developer
Slitherine



Product Specs

  • Theatre: Western Europe
  • Players: 1-2
  • AI: Yes
  • PBEM: No
  • File Size: 0mb
  • Download Time:
  • - 56K Modem: 0min
  • - DSL or Satelite: 0min
  • - High Speed: 0min
  • Manual: Printed - Color
  • Editor: Yes

Product Requirements :
    OS: Windows XP SP2+ / Vista / 7/8
    CPU: 800 MHz CPU (1.5GHz+ recommended)
    RAM: 1GB (2GB recommended.)
    Video: 256MB Video RAM (512MB recommended.) DirectX 9 compatible and capable of 1024 x 768 resolution or higher.
    Sound: 16-bit DirectX 9 compatible sound card
    Hard disk space: 2.5GB free
    CD-Rom: Yes, for physical version
    DirectX Version: 9.0c+
    Manual: PDF (Download and Physical) and Full Color Printed Manual (Physical version only)
    Resolution: Variable, 1024x768 minimum
    An Internet connection is required for 2-player head to head play.

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Digital Express Edition: This edition comes with a full color printed box, full color printed CD (with your order number and serial number printed on it) and a PDF E-Book indexed manual.
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