Men of War II: Review

This latest entry in the World War 2 strategy series promises a ton of content – from epic campaigns to brutal multiplayer battles. But after spending some time on the frontlines, I gotta say, I’ve got some mixed feelings.

First, the good stuff. Men of War 2 throws a massive army of options your way. You can command a ridiculous number of units, from tanks that rumble the earth to sneaky infantry hiding in the bushes. Each unit feels unique, with its own strengths and weaknesses. You can even customize your army before each battle, picking the perfect mix of soldiers and vehicles for the job at hand.

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The single-player campaigns are a blast, taking you from the desperate Soviet defense against the Nazis to the Normandy landings with the US forces. Each campaign tells a different story, and the handcrafted maps are impressive – villages get wrecked, trees fall, and craters scar the ground as the battle rages on. It’s a truly immersive experience.

But here’s where things get a little dicey. Men of War 2 is a complex game, and it doesn’t do a great job of teaching you the ropes. The interface is cluttered with icons that aren’t always clear, and the tutorial feels like it’s missing some key information. This can be frustrating, especially for new players.

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Speaking of frustration, the game can be quite buggy. Sometimes your troops will just stop moving for no reason, or they’ll ignore your orders and get themselves killed. These glitches can be the tipping point in a tough battle, leaving you feeling like you’re fighting the game itself, not the enemy.

Then there’s the multiplayer. It’s a mixed bag as well. On the one hand, there are tons of different modes to choose from, so you can find something that suits your playstyle. But on the other hand, the lobby system feels like it’s pushing microtransactions, and the matchmaking can be a bit wonky. Sometimes you’ll end up facing a much more experienced player, which can be pretty demoralizing.

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Here’s the bottom line: Men of War 2 is a game with a lot of potential. It’s deep, challenging, and offers a ton of content. But the bugs, the clunky interface, and the wonky multiplayer hold it back from greatness. If you’re a veteran strategy gamer who’s willing to put in the time to learn the ropes, you might find a lot to love here. But for newcomers or those looking for a more polished experience, it might be best to wait for a few patches.

  • The damage model for tanks and guns feels a bit unrealistic.
  • The fog of war can be way too thick, making it hard to see what’s going on.
  • The zooming feature needs some work – it can accidentally switch you to first-person view and mess up your sightline.
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Despite these issues, I’m still having some fun with Men of War 2. There’s something satisfying about commanding a massive army and outsmarting your opponent. But I can’t help but feel like the game could be so much better with a little more polish. For now I would recommend sticking with Men of War: Assault Squad 2, but with some improvements Men of War II can become really good too. Let’s see what happens.

Men of War II: It's a decent game, but I hoped for a little bit better. I wish this way an Early Access release, but I'm hopeful some things will get improved. Tom Henry

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Tom Henry

I worked as a PM in video games, now I'm trying some new things.