Men Of War Is A Fun Time

By Jim Rossignol on May 7th, 2009 at 5:51 pm.


And cheap on Direct2Drive. And more expensive on GamersGate. It’s also slightly less expensive on Steam. So perhaps you can buy it. Why am I promoting this fiddly war game in such brazen fashion? Well, because I love it. You might love it too. Thanks to Teodor for the tip.

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  1. MetalCircus says:

    Seriously how much are they paying you for this?

  2. Jim Rossignol says:

    So much! I shall live like a 1990s drug-baron in my palace, forever.

  3. Gremmi says:

    Worth mentioning that it’s currently 13 quid on Gamersgate, undercutting Steam’s price by nearly a tenner.

  4. cheeba says:

    Yeah, I thought this was going to be about the gamersgate sale version when I seen the post. Also, that Steam link doesn’t link to steam, you seem to have doubled up the same link in your post.

  5. Jim Rossignol says:

    Linked to Gamersgate – hang on, still says £27 to me. What? Was it a weekend sale or something?

  6. Gremmi says:

    Oh wait, I meant direct2drive.co.uk

    My mistake. Too many dirigible distridibbidle sites, not enough brain cells.

    Linki-doo: http://www.direct2drive.co.uk/7785/product/Buy-Men-Of-War-Download

  7. Tim says:

    Yeah, it’s £26.99 on GamersGate for me.

  8. Vinraith says:

    It’s a damn shame I don’t trust D2D (based on customer word of mouth, mostly). Still, I’m definitely going to pick up MoW here soon, even if I have to plunk down full price for the thing.

    Does anyone know how the dynamic campaign mod responds to the Steam and D2D versions of the game? I know it works on the Gamersgate and boxed retail versions (with a slight tweak for the latter). I wouldn’t want to end up not being able to play that, it’s half the reason I’m interested in the game.

  9. Sp4rkR4t says:

    The game is indeed awesome but it is also really bloody hard.

  10. Dominic White says:

    I WISH I could get paid to say this – Men of War is fantastic and you should all buy it. You will lose 90% of the time, but that’s okay, because just playing it is fun, and each mission has so many hundreds of tiny random elements that the outcome isn’t so much a dice roll as it is a sprawling fractal warzone.

    It’s also great fun in co-op.

    Just expect some of the most hilariously bad voice acting ever, and a couple of guys who seem to have echoing voices, despite being standing out in the open right beside your own troops.

  11. Tetracell says:

    Great fun in co-op is an understatement. Anyone who can get a few friends together to play this should absolutely do so. Relationships will be strained, harsh words will be exchanged, but when you eventually pull of an incredible win it’ll be as if none of it happened.

  12. Gap Gen says:

    I horribly failed my second mission (the train loading one) at 94% on Normal. Something to do with the game being utterly freaking mental and having no tutorial, possibly. Will return to it at some point. Yes.

  13. Jim Rossignol says:

    Gap Gen: that mission is awesome! But you can pretty much set up defences and sit back, just making little tweaks as it plays out.

  14. Dominic White says:

    The reason the game has no tutorial and drops you straight into the deep end is because Men of War is actually two expansions for Faces of War (originally known as Outfront 2 in Russia) glued together to make a full game, because the western publisher is possibly insane.

    You’re probably best off getting FoW first. It costs about $10 these days, and aside from some small tweaks, plays identically to MoW. Just doesn’t have quite as many spectacular all-out-war scenarios.

  15. jonfitt says:

    Ooh $14.95 on D2D.
    I’ve only been marginally aware of D2D as something that is available, but I didn’t need. Can someone explain how the delivery works? Do I have to use their clienty thing? Is it DRM free, so I can just back it up to a DVD lest they fold?

  16. Gremmi says:

    jonfitt: Unfortunately, no. D2D have the second worst DD system around (the worst being the absolute shambles at Gamesplanet). You download a .zip file that contains the installer, install the game, then have to activate it online.

    I -think- it’s unlimited activations, but don’t hold me to that.

  17. jonfitt says:

    So they wrap a one-time activation DRM around a retail version of the game (which has any limits and systems that the retail version has)?

  18. EBass says:

    “Just doesn’t have quite as many spectacular all-out-war scenarios.”

    And its a better game for it. Men of War is much too fiddly and reliant on precise control for it to give you control of millions of men. The best missions in the series have always been and remain when a group of between 4-10 soldiers are tasked with a mission. Much better experience.

    Also Jim, you should have got the prequals into PCGs top 100, I was shouting about it for years.

  19. jackflash says:

    Everybody buy this game right now. Seriously.

    Also, for those mentioning co-op : I’ve noticed that, when I host, my performance drops noticeably in internet co-op matches, even in not-that-huge battles. It seems to be a CPU rather than GPU issue. Not sure if the host does all the physics calculations, or what.

    Does anybody have any tips on retaining buttery smoothness when playing the campaign in multiplayer? I don’t have any slowdown issues in singleplayer. Thanks!

  20. Heliocentric says:

    Blah, top 100′s are always nappy toffee. But i now own men of war via d2d. I probably wont actually play mow until “bleeding some fun from faces” as i’ve hardly played it. But eh, its my birthday tomorrow, i can treat myself to a digital license.

  21. Blather Blob says:

    I’ve always heard that D2D are slow about releasing patches with the necessary D2D modifications for the games you get from them. Anybody know if that’s true/still true? Because a new patch for MoW came out two days ago.

  22. Tetracell says:

    jackflash : Actually I think any performance problems you’re running into playing MP over the internet is bandwidth related. I mean i’m not positive, but me and my friends have been playing this quite a bit lately and it runs pretty well for all of us in SP, but MP is a totally different story. A friend of mine had brought over his laptop to play and it was pretty much fine on a LAN.

  23. Gassalasca says:

    Begrudgingly, I admitted to myself that it was a bit to frustratignly difficult for me on Normal, so I’m playing it on Easy. It’s been a long time since I’ve had a gaming experience this rewarding and fun. Though voice acting and cutscenes are really phenomenally bad.

  24. Jim Rossignol says:

    Though voice acting and cutscenes are really phenomenally bad.

    The English voiceover guy isn’t so bad, but the general in-game stuff is beyond awful.

  25. jackflash says:

    @Tetracell – thanks. So you’re saying it runs well for you on a LAN but poorly over the internet? The strange thing is that the host computer (me, running a fast dual core E8500, 4 gigs ram, ATI 4500) slows down a lot on internet play, but the guest who connects doesn’t get any slowdown. My computer any my internet connection (10 mbit) are both faster than his.

  26. Lucas says:

    I bought MoW on GoGamer this weekend during the $20 sale, and am currently installing. I don’t know which patch to use, because it’s been published by a lot of different distributers, and my version doesn’t say 505 or Aspyr on the box. I think it’s a UK/europe release, since GoGamer had it marked as an import, and the age/rating is by PEGI, so my best bet is the multilingual 505 release. Finger’s crossed. … Nope, patch roulette time :(

    It would be much smarter if the game just updated itself automatically (after prompting of course).

    Not the Aspyr version either. Going to try the DMS site.

    It’s also worth noting that MoW uses GameSpy, and tells you it will tie your cd-key to the GS account permenantly. That’s pretty harsh! Yikes.

  27. Gassalasca says:

    @Jim – yeah, which I found a bit confusing. I mean, I don’t really know anything about game production… but, if they managed to hire that one okay guy, why does the rest of it sound like they politely asked their friends and neighbours to lend a hand? Lack of funds is the only thing I managed to think of…

  28. MrBejeebus says:

    i love this game since rps convinced me to buy it 2 weeks ago

    my 1 little grievance is that its just come out on steam, and i bought it off d2d, i wouldve steamed it and waited 2 weeks if i’d known :(

  29. Gap Gen says:

    Finished the mission. The key was partly realising that there’s a box with about a billion mines next to your start location. Oop.

  30. Lucas says:

    I’m stumped. My box says DMS, and the 505 and 1c Asia-Pacific patches refuse to install. The Aspyr patch crashes with a runtime error about “unknown custom message name” after I select the language. There are others on the DMS message boards who also bought from GoGamer and have the same problem. I’ve sent 1C support an email.

  31. Rich_P says:

    I’ve only been marginally aware of D2D as something that is available, but I didn’t need. Can someone explain how the delivery works? Do I have to use their clienty thing?

    With Civ III, at least, you download an installer, open it, and install the game normally (selecting your directory and shortcuts). At the end of the installation process, D2D prompts you to enter an authorization code displayed next to the game in your account manager. After activating, you’re done.

    I’m still deciding if I should purchase Men of War from D2D or GG.

  32. Serondal says:

    @ Direct2Drive you have a limited number of activations on some games at least. I can’t play Brothers in Arm any more for example. They ask me to call to get more activations but they won’t give them to me because I typed in the 3 digit number on the back of my debit card in wrong ONCE and they locked my entire account as a fraud account. Strange enough I can still download and play the games O.o (so if someone steals your credit card and buys 20 games on it they can still play them, just not buy any more lol OOOOKAY) any how they won’t believe I am who I say I am and I can’t get any more activations for it so . . . What ever. I have a ton of game son Direct2Drive so I’m not going to mess with them as long as I can still get MOST of my games.

    That having been said Men of war is freaking Awesome. Soliders of war and Faces of War, awesome.

    Those who like WW2 turn based also can try Silent Storm, it is like a turn based squad type version of this game. It allows you to destroy anything in the map, sadly no tanks or anything but you DO get panzersuits that are like exo-skeleton war machines, which is strange . . .

    On one mission in Silent Storm I opened the front door of a building and the whole thing exploded because it was trapped. Killed my entire squad even ones like REALLY far away from it lol. Next time I shot a rocket at the door and the whole thing exploded leaving just the basement with a ton of dead people in it. Who needs to disarm a bomb when you can just blow it up?

  33. PleasingFungus says:

    @GapGen: Yeah, they do mention that at the beginning of the mission, but it’s still really hard. Took me about three distinct restarts, not even counting reloads. Great fun.

  34. Gap Gen says:

    I thought they meant the 4 mines on the ground at first…

  35. Serondal says:

    I realized there were a box of mines half way through the mission when I was already being slowly over run . I ran out and put down as many anti-tank mines as I could but sadly some how a lot of my train workers died (Even though the enemy was still being held back O.o Must have got some lucky cannon shots past my front line)

  36. TC says:

    Bought this a couple of days ago from Game for £19.99…humpphh

  37. Andrew Dunn says:

    I recommend against getting the Direct2Drive version like I did – not because the game doesn’t work, because it does, but because the Direct2Drive version has its own version number and so on and can’t play multiplayer with other versions at present. Hopefully the forthcoming patch will fix things.

    Also, you really should play on Easy rather than Normal. Normal will make some later missions genuinely impossible.

    Also also:

    The English voiceover guy isn’t so bad, but the general in-game stuff is beyond awful.
    Oh, he’s one of the worst things! He randomly changes from being a detached narrator to being a semi-character – his moment of glory is the stunning intonation of ‘Guys, this is bad.’ to open a mission briefing.

  38. toni says:

    i’ve been replaying the demo for quite some time and got me the game through retail for 20euros, much cheaper than bloody insane EURO steam pricing

  39. MD says:

    Thanks for the warning, Andrew. Has the ‘forthcoming patch’ you speak of been officially confirmed, or is just something that is likely to happen based on D2D’s normal mode of operations? I’m not worried about multiplayer at this stage, as long as it is likely to be viable at some point in the not-too-distant future.

    Been enjoying the demo, and I’m trying to work out whether to bite the bullet and get it while it’s hot, or wait until it’s even cheaper (or perhaps equally cheap on a more reputable site).

  40. Gap Gen says:

    “Oh, he’s one of the worst things! He randomly changes from being a detached narrator to being a semi-character – his moment of glory is the stunning intonation of ‘Guys, this is bad.’ to open a mission briefing.”

    “Right, chaps. We’ll spam them with arty at 0400 and then rush them in their base with our mans. This should buy us enough time to turtle on our side of the river, in order that we achieve epic wins.”

  41. mrrobsa says:

    @Serondal: Hooray for digital distribution! (I feel bad for you man)
    I’ll keep my stuffy ol’ boxes thanks.

  42. MA6200 says:

    I can’t believe this game doesn’t support 64 bit operating systems – I’ve never seen a game that actually refused to run. Has anyone else tried to get this to run on Vista 64? I’ve got a decent system so it’s been ages since I had to read the system requirements. Buyer beware, I guess.

  43. Jim Rossignol says:

    has anyone else tried to get this to run on Vista 64?

    I’m running it on Vista 64 just fine. Does it specifically say it doesn’t support 64-bit OS?

  44. MA6200 says:

    Yeah, here’s the line I overlooked from the D2D site:

    “This product does not support Windows 95/98/ME/2000/NT or XP x64/Vista x64.”

    The game sounds great so I’ll give the steam version a try. This might be my last D2D purchase if it works!

  45. MA6200 says:

    Well, the steam version started right up. Between this and Andrew Dunn’s post I would strongly recommend spending a little extra for the steam version.

  46. demonarm says:

    I must say I enjoy the ham-fisted, eastern European deadbeat voice acting as a welcome respite from the generic, overwrought hollywoodesqe MMMMMMMMMMMEEEEEEGAKILLLLL style. Judging by some of my eastern european acquaintances, I can even imagine that it’s pretty authentic…

  47. RogB says:

    you made me download the demo, and I like it, and I will buy it.
    You made me download Defense grid demo, and I liked it, and I bought it. (after holding out for the sale, that you also posted.)

    This is why I like PC games, and this is why I like RPS. /hug.

  48. Colthor says:

    @Jim Rossignol:
    I’m running it on Vista 64 just fine. Does it specifically say it doesn’t support 64-bit OS?
    Yeah, the D2D version says it doesn’t support XP or Vista x64 in the small print below the required/recommended specs.

    I know the demo works fine on XPx64, and the boxed version’s supposed to be fine too, so it’s presumably not the game’s fault.

  49. Lucas says:

    For anyone else who bought from GoGamer, it appears this version is published by 1C and does not have a patch released yet. What a pain!