Red Orchestra 2: Heroes of Stalingrad is all about bloody and massive 64-player battles set in the Eastern front of World War II. It's a refreshing blend of simulation and fun gameplay that should be a good change of pace from the generic modern-day shooters that currently dominate the market.
This preview is only for the multiplayer portion of the game. Honestly, it's good enough on its own to make this one a definite buy. The single-player will just be icing on the cake.
Red Orchestra 2: Heroes of Stalingrad (PC)
Red Orchestra 2 is the thinking man's shooter. This doesn't mean that it's boring or slow, it just means that it's probably not the type of game that the frat boys are going to be playing on a Friday night.
Most of them will die with fantastic death animations and gore. A few will make it, and hopefully survive long enough for more troops to reach the point. The pacing changes constantly. One moment, you're running in the open with ten guys towards a machine gun nest, desperately hoping you don't all die, and the next moment you're in a building trying to sneak up on a lone enemy soldier. It's a frantic and bloody good time.
Every player takes on a role each match, and it's more than just a class. Squad leaders pick objectives, commanders call in artillery support, riflemen charge on the front line, machine gunners hold off defensive choke points, and everyone has to work together as a team or you will all die. There is a limited amount of each class that can join depending on how many people are playing. So you don't have to worry about a team of 32 snipers or tank commanders. You have to perform the function of your role if you want to get any type of points or even hope to win the match. If your team has a lousy Commander, you can vote them -- or anyone, for that matter -- off of a given role.
The HUD in RO2 is minimalistic, with just your mini-map, orders from your team, and shortly after you kill someone, you'll get a notice. This helps bring you into the moment and removes all of the annoying clutter.
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