Hefty: Red Orchestra 2 Multiplayer Footage

By John Walker on August 23rd, 2011 at 7:00 pm.

At least they've got warm hats.

Remember when shooters took place in the olden days? Red Orchestra still does, withis its Heroes Of Stalingrad sequel very much remaining in Ultra War The Second. Below is a hefty chunk of multiplayer footage, which one interested in the game might be wise to watch.

It may not be funny like their last trailer, but it sure does pack one heck of a lot of action into its two minutes. Well worth a look:

You can pre-order it now via Steam and GamersGate and the like. The game comes out on the 13th September.

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  1. pakoito says:

    I watched TotalDouc…TotalBiscuit’s video of multiplayer and it looked awesome! Tho that mode they showed didn’t look as squad-tactics oriented as Arma.

    • CaspianRoach says:

      TB’s video rocked because he had a developer from Tripwire who voiced half of Killing Floor characters with him.

    • Teddy Leach says:

      It also rocked because said developer was hilarious.

    • Metalfish says:

      *Clears throat*

      Waaaankers!

      Ahem.

    • Solidstate89 says:

      ‘Scuse me, are you talking bad about The Biscuit?

    • Nallen says:

      You know what, I just don’t like TB. I’ve only really been subjected to him in SC2 but he seems to devolve his commentary in to cheap slagging off of his co-caster whenever he fucks up and feels like he’s made a prat of himself.

    • EOT says:

      Having just watched said video….I want that dev to do TB’s job. For one thing his voice is less irritating.

    • PacketOfCrisps says:

      The amount of hate that TB receives really is puzzling to me. Sure, he can be prickly at times but at least he is knowledgeable about games and isn’t afraid to laugh at his own misfortunes. Not to mention that his Gamescom coverage has been amazing.

    • Kaira- says:

      I just can’t stand his voice. Can’t quite pinpoint what about it irritates me, but anyway. Otherwise can’t really comment, since I don’t watch his videos.

    • benvardboy says:

      I don’t get the hate. I love TB’s accent and he’s a great commentator.

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    • Protagoras says:

      I think the issue with TB is mostly his mannerisms. He’s a sorta bright fellow, pretty well informed about games and does make some pretty good points.

      But the way he comes out, with that voice/quirks/behavior/whathaveyou just grind my nerves. Even just his word choice – he comes out as a wanna be high class PRAT. Kinda the same case as with MovieBob, though Bob pisses me off from a totally different angle.

      He does make a great show though. I just wish it was someone else hosting it rather than him.

    • Burning Man says:

      We have multiple spambots now?

      EDIT: Gaah, Protagoras whydyousneakinlikethat.

    • Dances to Podcasts says:

      He sounds like Ian Hislop.

  2. SlappyBag says:

    *Jizz*

  3. JB says:

    Roll on the beta access!

    • syntax says:

      It sucks that the dev said that the beta was rolling out soon and got everyone’s hopes up. They posted on the forums and said it won’t be out till around the 30th.

  4. Shortwave says:

    I am happy. : )
    Very very happy.

  5. Teddy Leach says:

    I want this so much and I have 42p. The world is unjust.

  6. db1331 says:

    I think that latest BF3 trailer has ruined every other FPS game for me. I realize these two games should not be compared in any way. I just can’t help it.

    • Valvarexart says:

      Do you mean as in BF3 being awesome or terrible? Personally, I’m leaning towards the latter. RO2 special edition has been pre-ordered!

    • db1331 says:

      I hope you enjoy it.

    • pakoito says:

      I wouldn’t even touch origin with a laser pointed taped to a stick from the moon. It tracks all your installed programs and webpages you visit, supposed to be legal because EULA.

      http://www.escapistmagazine.com/forums/read/9.308724-EAs-Origin-is-creepy-and-watches-you-sleep

    • Sardukar says:

      Yes, because JETS.

      I am and am not excited about RO2. Looks like great everything except…WW2? More of? Kind of done with that. Oh, well.

    • db1331 says:

      “I wouldn’t even touch origin with a laser pointed taped to a stick from the moon. It tracks all your installed programs and webpages you visit, supposed to be legal because EULA.”

      That’s terrible. They’re going to find out that I own a bunch of video games, and that I frequently look at gaming related sites.

    • pakoito says:

      And your masturbation schedule, don’t forget that.

    • Snargelfargen says:

      Steam harvests the same information and your computer’s specs to boot. I’m not sure what their EULA says about selling information though.

      And that is bad. Just not “boycott Origin only” bad.

    • db1331 says:

      “And your masturbation schedule, don’t forget that.”

      Obviously my lunch hour. They don’t need to data mine for that.

    • Teddy Leach says:

      I also masturbate over my lunch. Wait, what?

    • db1331 says:

      Wait, over your lunch BREAK, or over your lunch?

    • Teddy Leach says:

      Both. AT THE SAME TIME.

    • db1331 says:

      Hey, that sandwich looks good. Can I have half?

    • Teddy Leach says:

      Sure thing! Don’t mind the mayo.

    • Brise Bonbons says:

      I’m more interested in this than BF3 mainly because of Tripwire’s pedigree when it comes to guns – i.e. the gunplay in Killing Floor is fucking amazing, and I want that in a 64 player tactical shooter, yes I do.

      Beyond that, it’s a matter of perspective I suppose. To me, the battle of Stalingrad has just as much potential (if done right) to feel unique and interesting than another near-future NATO/Russian conflict. Also jets just aren’t important to me – I’d rather play a dedicated flight sim, rather than wait in line to get a jet in BF3, only to feel disappointed about how slow it goes/how limited the operational area is.

      That said, BF3 looks amazing – I may very well pick it up later if the reviews are good. But I’m not jumping in until I hear good things, the growing pains are sorted, and (probably) the price comes down a bit.

    • Commisar says:

      Haters gonna Hate……. EA tells you point blank in the EULA what they do with origin, as do MICROSOFT, GOOGLE, and plenty of other programs that you uses on a daily basis. Please, stop comparing BF3 and RO2, they are not the same game. people that insist that they are are just butthurt about BF3 not being a carbon copy of BF2 with better graphics. Sorry to say this, but times change and progress is made. Sure, i wish BF3 had mod tools, and maybe i would like a commander, but All in all Bf3 is shaping up to be a great game, as is RO2, but RO2 is a slower, MUCH more realistic game that is set in WW2, while Battlefield 3 is in 2014.

    • PoulWrist says:

      “I wouldn’t even touch origin with a laser pointed taped to a stick from the moon. It tracks all your installed programs and webpages you visit, supposed to be legal because EULA.

      http://www.escapistmagazine.com/forums/read/9.308724-EAs-Origin-is-creepy-and-watches-you-sleep

      You realise everything else does this, too, right? Like, Google, Microsoft, Apple, Steam… where’s the opt out of the survey in steam, btw? I can’t find it in settings. Someone told me that I can find it in the “Privacy Policy” bit, but that’s in a foreign language, I am a Danish native speaker, and English is not my main language, and I’m probably way better at it than the majority of other non-English speakers. So hey, the only mention of this kind of thing going on is in a document in a foreign language, and there’s no setting anywhere in the settings menu that lets me opt out of it.
      I skimmed the text, and there’s no mention of opt-out in any headlines, and it was too long a document about shit I had to put up with anyway if I wanted to use steam, which I have to if I want to play any games these days, and I couldn’t be arsed to look for it.

      Not that I give a shit, having access to my hardware stats makes it easier for developers to make things to suit my level of hardware. Having them know what’s installed on my PC lets them know if I manage to update my drivers, DX, etc., all very useful information. EA does the same thing, and now there’s more stupid slag going their way?
      Reading that extremely broadly worded privacy policy, which they make that way to protect themsleves from you and your lawsuits, and posting a thread like that just makes you stand out as dumb. Oh dear, a company whose software I install tracks various things about me. Well, if that bothers you so much, I suggest you stop using computers, mobile phones, landline phones and any communication tools more advanced than 2 cups on a string, as well as keep all your money in cash, never go to a hospital or the doctor, live on the street, not use public transportation, or own a car, and do it in the countryside to avoid security cameras, cause you know, shit’s always tracking you.

    • PetiteGreve says:

      woaw, there’s a serious need for clarifications here :

      1) “I wouldn’t even touch origin with a laser pointed taped to a stick from the moon. It tracks all your installed programs and webpages you visit, supposed to be legal because EULA.”

      That’s terrible. They’re going to find out that I own a bunch of video games, and that I frequently look at gaming related sites.

      => I recommend reading ” ‘I’ve Got Nothing to Hide’ and Other Misunderstandings of Privacy ” by Daniel J. Solove ( http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=998565 ).

      The question of privacy is NOT about guiltiness (only), it’s much more than that (freedom of speech/conscience, being yourself, how we live in a society together and so on), you can’t reduce it to “NOT PUBLIC = GUILTY”, nothing is that simple.

      2) “Steam harvests the same information and your computer’s specs to boot. I’m not sure what their EULA says about selling information though.

      And that is bad. Just not “boycott Origin only” bad.”

      WRONG, I actually debated with several Steam staff (and people who worked with Steam staff) regarding privacy and the risk regarding Steam controlling our gaming life.

      Basically, they agreed it could be done (they have the technical skills and capacity, like thousands of other IT-related companies), however it would be against how they deal with their users, it wouldn’t fit at all with their business model (selling such informations to third parties is not what they want and know how to do) and they know they’re being watched closely, they know that such terrible mistake (breaching users’ privacy) would mean the end of Steam.

      How it works :

      a) Steam randomly pick Steam users for the hardware/software survey (= not all users are concerned).
      In my case, I was picked when I had my x1950XT graphic card rig, not when I had my Geforce3 or my Geforce 460GTX.

      b) The users have to accept (by spending several seconds in the survey menus, “Accept”, “Next”…) to let Steam “scan” (it doesn’t actually scan at all, see point c) for details) the hardware and software configuration.
      => You can refuse (and many people refuse) that survey, it then simply randomly pick another Steam user (so they can have stats on their userbase : how many casual ? how many have a good GPU ? etc – “know your audience”)

      c) Steam “scans” the computer – in fact, he just look for a specific regedit folder, one for the hardware, one for the software (available to any program installed on your computer) – in the past it looked for 2 (or 3) different folders for the software list, now it’s much more simple and less invasive. It doesn’t list all your software nor scan for files (it would takes hours !), it’s only looking at a list made by the OS (= Windows/Mac OS, Linux is not supported now).

      d) Steam shows (it is actually displayed !) the result of the “scan” to the user. He/She can still refuse to send the survey (if something is wrong or if he/she no longer want to take part in the survey).

      e) If the user accepted the Steam “scan” AND accepted to send the informations gathered, the Steam servers can receive the information.

      Also :

      * Steam doesn’t link the software/hardware survey results to the Steam account.

      * Steam doesn’t check the software/hardware survey results at each boot or at anytime (exception : if you’re randomly picked again). It is a complete hoax.

      * Steam doesn’t sell the software/hardware survey results to third parties.

      * Steam software/hardware survey results are displayed publicly, available to anyone at this page : http://store.steampowered.com/hwsurvey

      Before accusing, do your homework please :)

      (ps : I am a Steam user concerned about privacy. If we want to defend it well, we need to be correctly informed and not just throwing “Big Brother is everywhere!” all the time)

    • Snargelfargen says:

      @PetiteGreve: You’re right, I completely forgot that the steam survey is opt-in.
      Thanks for the info though! Hopefully we can get similiarly detailed information about Origin in the future.

  7. Dana says:

    Witty riposte: Your mother !

    And on a more serious note, this game is PC only, and will have many game modes, including hardcore realism and more mainstream oriented.

    • DrGonzo says:

      It is meant to be eventually coming to 360. I know I’ve said it before and not trying to be an arse. But I don’t think it’s necessarily to do with consoles as much as just being for a mass market.

      • Echo Black says:

        DrGonzo: Are you replying to the right thread? There has been no word of a RO2 console port, and even if there was, I doubt it’d do all that well. Simulators (I know RO isn’t a proper sim but it’s closer to that than to arcade shooters) are not really the kind of game that thrives on consoles. Killing Floor would be a much better pick.

      • Echo Black says:

        EDIT: Double post, and quoting DrGonzo borked. Welp

      • Shadrach says:

        There was some talk of consoles a long time ago, back in 2009 when very little of RO2 was known. There has been no mention of it since, but rumors still persist I guess. If you played this game with a controller it would suck.

      • bear912 says:

        @DrGonzo:
        Pics or it didn’t happen. ^_^

  8. Inigo says:

    But can you throw potatoes?

  9. Davee says:

    Some nice footage right there! Not just cinematics, loud music and second-long gameplay snippets all over the place.

    I’m terribly exited about this game. :)

  10. Euphoric says:

    I honestly do not see what this has to offer over any other war fps out there. At best, it looks like an updated CoD2 with tanks. And I agree with db1331, compared to BF3 and even dare I say MW3 – this is rather boring. The buildings look rather flat, nothing real exciting about the textures. The toons look quite rigid in movement and quite frankly the hand that flutters up while you’re running looks pretty goofy. I need more, and this isn’t giving it…time to up the standards.

    • LaunchJC says:

      I think it offers something different in terms of the realism, the problem is that this trailer doesn’t really showcase what makes it unique. If you think it needs more you’ll probably have to read more than watch at this stage because not many gameplay videos have been released :( but I think you’ll find it to offer something quite different if you do!

    • Barman1942 says:

      ಠ_ಠ

    • JerreyRough says:

      Realism. You can change your sights, bullet drop, higher calibres actually penetrate brick and other things, snipe through certain holes in tanks to take out the driver or someone else, peripheral vision (white flashes on sides to indicate some sort of movement off-screen aka corner of your character’s eye), interior-modeled tanks, supression, the list goes on. And a whole tone of modability, which I intend on doing.

      So everything in Red Orchestra 2 are small, but cumilative, changes that make the whole experience better. Like iron sights on top of some scopes for up-close shooting when 40x and 80x scopes are too much for suddenly defending yourself.

      Its mostly a whole pile of realism that makes this a must-buy for me, and its probably will be the best WW2 multiplayer game out there.

    • Sassenach says:

      It’s not really the realism for me. It’s that the original was really rather solid as a multiplayer FPS. I do like the battlefield games, but BFBC2 had some holes. Entire squads of medics, vehicles that are too vulnerable to do anything between a suicidal all-in charge or standing off far beyond the range of weapons that can damage them. Compared to BF3 I expect Red Orchestra will be feature light, but I do expect to also be better rounded.

    • PetiteGreve says:

      Gameplay mechanisms.

      Much better in RO:Ost than in most other FPS on the market.
      +
      RO:HoS is expected to be as good as or even better than RO:Ost.
      =
      I’m excited about RO:HoS.

      But I understand it might not be for you, it’s a tactical shooter (subgenre of shooters), often differentiated from standard “First Person Shooter”, it’s not the same thing.

    • Atomosk says:

      You kind of have to play the original Red Orchestra to understand. It’s shockingly hard to shoot people. At 100 meters your target is only about 3 pixels wider then your iron sight and you have to aim ahead of them if they’re running. Also this is the only game with simulated suppression. If someone shoots near you your screen blurs and your recoil goes up. These combine to to give you a claustrophobic feeling of being stuck on a battle field with bullets landing all around you.

    • Dirtyboy says:

      BF3 has suppression.

    • Tams80 says:

      Obviously I can only comment on RO: Ost Front and the relevant mods, but when your playing it, you really don’t notice that the graphics aren’t brilliant. Your just too busy trying to stay alive or shouting at you monitor; though only if you like the game of course, which means you need to like realism. You really do need to concentrate a lot though, as just one shot can kill you or seriously reduce your speed (just being shot in the foot will reduce you to a limp).

      With RO2, the better graphics will notice any imperfections even less.

    • rayne117 says:

      @Dirtyboy

      Only on the light machine gun. No other guns have it.

      “SO REAL”

    • Rii says:

      @rayne117

      Except that it in BF3′s case it wasn’t done on account of any abstract dedication to realism but rather to address a class balance issue in a way that was interesting and consistent with the game’s universe. Unlike real war, games have to be fun and fair.

    • rayne117 says:

      Did you just smite the unsmitable?

  11. Shadrach says:

    Considering that Tripwire is a small developer with a handful (what, 15-20?) of employees RO2 looks amazing. The BF3 devs have like 200+ employees. And the gameplay, once people get used to the new maps, is sure to be the best of any game out there, get on a good server and people will play tactically, using voice comms and teamwork. Really looking forward to this.

  12. Etherealsteel says:

    I was at first happy about BF3, but then EA stepped in.. =( I remember Red Orchestra just being it’s own mod, nice seeing it branch out into it’s own game. I’m not sure if I’ll get it, it does look pretty good though.

  13. JerreyRough says:

    I am going to start my first real attempt at modding in Red Orchestra 2. Fighting on and in airships, here we come! With tanks! Just don’t fall off. You might kill someone with a falling tank in the battle below.

    This will be so much fun, and it’ll be the end of other WW2 multiplayer shooters still being played IMO.

    • Shortwave says:

      If you want help with sound design and even possibly musical score feel free to ask me.
      Your idea sounds cool and it would be good experience for me, couldn’t hurt to offer. : P

    • JerreyRough says:

      Oh really? Awesome! We’ll see how things go when it gets released, but that would be fantastic! I’ll have to keep track of you :P. Pukemusic.com your website?

  14. Duckpoop says:

    This will likely be the first multi men shoot other men game I’ve purchased since late 2007 (Unreal Tournament 3 & TF2). Hell, the most recent I’ve played was UT2004, and that was 2 or so years ago…

    This game looks and (from what I’ve read) sounds kind of awesome, and I have to support a great, relatively small team of devs doing PC Only, pseudo-realistic multi-man-shoot! Hopefully there will be a RPS Server?!?

  15. mseifullah says:

    I like what I saw in the trailer. My only hope is that there’s an option to hear the dialogue spoken in German and Russian like the first Red Orchestra game does. I think I only heard English with accents in the trailer. I’ll deal with sub-titles when it helps increase immersion.

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  17. Gaytard Fondue says:

    Yay, unlike BF3, this game doesn’t have jets flying 10 mph.

  18. Rancorist says:

    Did … did I just see names floating above their heads …?

    • Windburn says:

      @Rancorist:

      The 411 on this one is that the version the testers are playing is set to “Relaxed Realism”, whereby you can see your own teammates’ names, with the squad leader and commander in red (I think that’s right).

      In none of the game modes can you see enemy names, however. At the realism setting, I don’t believe you can even see your team’s names, and have to sort out who’s who through comms.

    • jon_hill987 says:

      It makes sense being able to see the names of people in your squad (as long as there is a limit to range) after all, in real life you are likely to be able to recognise them, something that is hard with with player models that are in uniform.

  19. MrLebanon says:

    RO2 <3
    i like how
    when you kill someone with a final shot to the manly region
    the kill icon shows an acorn being cracked in half
    tee hee

  20. rammjaeger says:

    I don’t usually comment on other people’s games publicly, as I generally consider it in bad form. But there is something I just want to clarify – someone here said they thought that RO2 would be feature light compared to BF3. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Almost any new feature in BF3 is graphical, not gameplay. Whereas RO2 has a wealth of new features that push the FPS genre forward – first person cover (with REAL blind fire), suppression that actually models the emotions of the player and is gameplay affecting (not just a graphical effect), adjustable weapon sights on all weapons, 3d scopes that actually render through the reticule (not just looking through a hole in the 3d model), the ability to switch between iron sights and the 3d scope on a sniper rifle, Multiplayer campaign mode where you can battle for hours over the city of Stalingrad, the list goes on and on. And if the news coming out of the BF3 alpha is any indication, the game is actually way overhyped with graphics that are only a slight evolution over BFBC2, and gameplay that is BFBC2 with a little BF2 thrown in. In other words, EA’s hype machine would have you believe BF3 is the most revolutionary game ever. In reality it is more like BFBC2 with jets and slightly better graphics. I have no doubt it will be a good game of course, just not the game EA or Dice are making it out to be. At the end of the day, I suggest gamers don’t believe anyone’s hype, ours, EA’s or Activisions. Make your own decisions, talk to your friends, and play the shooter YOU enjoy the most.

  21. cafe says:

    It looks like it’s played with a gamepad… they ruined it!

  22. wodin says:

    RO was the only FPS I’d play online…loved it…all the others excpet ARMA where just to twitchy hollywood stlye action…RO felt real and was damn hard…but I get more feeling of accomplishment when I shot one soldier with my rifle at distance in RO than I ever have shooting enemies in all BF of CoD…so much more rewarding…

    As for RO2 if it plays the same as RO I’m happy…if it’s dumbed down for the BF\CoD crowd I wont be happy at all…

  23. jquinn914 says:

    As an Arma 2 player myself I have to say you’re crazy if you don’t see the tactical level of this game. Each base class excels in areas other classes are pretty lacking in which adds a lot of differentiation between classes and therefore synergy. Assault excels at mobile combat making them particularly useful at what their title implies, the Gunner class has very very little capability in terms of mobile combat but when set in position can potentially hold down entire squads of enemies especially with supression now, the Sniper not only serves as the eyes on the battlefield seeing things from a perspective no one in the front lines can, but they can pick off important targets. Of course there’s classes that fit in between each of these which are more versatile.

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