Good Greif: Battles From The Bulge Demo

By Tim Stone on July 19th, 2010 at 9:32 am.

By striking wallet-scouring operational wargame Command Ops: Battles From The Bulge repeatedly with sledgehammers, Matrix Games have managed to chip off a small scenario-sized piece. Eight tutorial vids make up the lion’s share of the 525MB fragment. If you’re new to the unique Airborne Assault/Command Ops approach, you’ll definitely want to watch these before attempting to dislodge the regiment of doughty Volksgrenadiers defending St Vith.

Prior to posting yourself to the frozen Ardennes, you may also want to make sure you’ve got at least three hours of clear game time available. In a frankly bonkers move, we’re expected to orchestrate a five day op with no access to a save button.

Thankfully the scenario is well-chosen and roomy. Once you’ve grabbed the one useable bridge in the south of the map, there’s plenty of space to manoeuvre and ample opportunity to experiment with the game’s matchless delegation system. Try different approaches over the course of several sessions and you should witness Panther’s impressively flexible AI being impressively flexible.

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12 Comments »

  1. Rich says:

    Battles from the Bulge?
    Surely, Battles in the Bulge or Battles at the Bulge.
    If it’s a ‘from’ you’re after, then Battles from the Battle of the Bulge.

  2. Ben says:

    “Greif”?

    It’s “Grief”, man. I know, I know; it’s Monday.

  3. Shadrach says:

    Should I be worried that I got that pun the moment I saw it?
    Anyway, its a good game, if you’re into that sort of thing – and you should be if you want to call yourself a wargamer :). Plagued by quite a few crashing bugs which kind of makes it hard to defend the extraordinary price but hopefully they will be fixed in the first patch.

    • Nikolaj says:

      It is indeed an excellent game. I’d like to add that I’ve had no crashes whatsoever, although I realize that a lot of people have. The first patch should be out soon, though, and should clear up most of the crash bugs.

  4. ChaK_ says:

    Well I don’t know. I bought the CC:longest day a week ago, and played it since then.

    And TBH I’m pissed at matrix. It’s just the same as CC5. I know it’s some kind of remix, or HD version, but everything just looks so much the same I close to call it a ripoff. ok you have night time battle, but then what? The supposed “new” feature aren’t worth the 30€ difference between CC5 and TLD.

    Honnestly, buy CC4, not the rehash costing 34€ !

    Oh, and there is a mod to put the whole CC4 on TLD.

    I had to say that, I feel cheated

    • Shadrach says:

      Good on you for getting CC :) Do you play head2head over the network? If so, you’d appreciate that the new CC seems rock solid when it comes to crashing in network games, something which is *really* annyoing when you just finished a 30min battle with a friend, in the old versions which seemed to crash a lot more..

    • ChaK_ says:

      Oh my I feel stupid.

      That was commando BFTN, not close combat :D

      @shadrach : No sorry, and I actually don’t plan to. First I suck badly, and second, well, I have just so many online games already I prefer to keep playing the solo :)

  5. luckystriker says:

    From developer’s page “Although the Battle of the Bulge is ground that has been visited by wargamers before, it has never been done with this level of fidelity and historical accuracy.”

    Hmm…I usually applaud historical accuracy but in this case I’m not so sure. Playing as allied commander:
    1) Wait for weather to clear
    2) Bomb ze Germans to oblivion
    3) Win.

  6. Pianosaurus says:

    I agree. I would have gone for Battles of the Bulge, myself. Their title is some weird mix of that and Letters from Iwo Jima.

    • Pianosaurus says:

      @myself: That was of course supposed to be @Rich. One of these days I will post a comment that shows up in the right place. I just have to remain ever vigilant.

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