Theatre Of War 2: The Curtain Lifts

Great – it looks like I’m going to get to use my ‘The smell of the greasepaint, the roar of the Krauts.’ strapline again. Theatre of War, one of the more wargamerly WW2 RTSs of recent years, is about to spawn a sequel. Going by this hot-off-the-compiler Russian-language demo, that sequel will please a lot more grogs than its parent did.


Anyone brave enough to fumble their way through the install process and menu Cyrillic is rewarded with two battle scenarios. The first is a tutorial involving jeep ferrying, Vickers MG crewing, and the evisceration of a trio of Panzers IIs (find bazookas in a crate next to the burning truck). The second, a much more elaborate specimen, recreates some Kasserine Pass nastiness.




Though the setup – assaulting a trench-ringed settlement with a mix of armour and infantry – is worryingly familiar (too many of ToW’s scenarios had a similar premise) the addition of features like accessible structures and on-map artillery ensure things feel fresh. Now, if only 1C would let the folk responsible for the ToW promo vid, write their campaign plots and do their cutscenes.




  1. Nighthood says:

    That promo video is genius. I would love a game like that, shame silliness isn’t very popular in mainstream games. :(

  2. Senethro says:

    oh look, another WWII “X of Y” game with one variable being War! :V

  3. Heliocentric says:

    ToW2 vs MoW?

    Who has the best little man war?

  4. Heliocentric says:

    Here at imaginary-soft we are proud to announce our new game.

    Company of brothers who are also heroes on call to medals of dutiful honour in arms, of war

    Available from april first.

  5. Tei says:

    Heh… fun machinima :-)

  6. Mort says:

    Had some fun with this today (and not just in decyphering Russian). Huge improvement on the dissapointing original.

  7. fulis says:

    that ninja thing was the most awesome thing in a long time

  8. Andrew says:

    That promo video… good GOD. :D

  9. DeliriumWartner says:

    It’s The Sims: World War Expansion Pack.

    Really well done, surprising. Not enough to get me to buy it, like, but still good fun.

  10. Marty Dodge says:

    Very funny…the Krauts have better music though…nothing like a bit of Germanic power metal.

  11. Legandir says:

    If someone made a game like that video, I’d get that in a second. Too many games take themselves too seriously. Part of the reason I’m still playing Team Fortress 2 after more than a year is that whenever i play, i end up laughing and i leave the game with a smile

  12. Pags says:

    Cliché of War: Obligatory Subtitle

    Fantastic promo video though. Was that commander playing Il-2: Birds of Prey?!

  13. Skurmedel says:

    Lol. Great video :)

  14. Arathain says:

    I haven’t laughed so much at promo in a long while. Really top animation- someone worked really really hard at that!

  15. PleasingFungus says:

    That was an utterly delightful little promo video.

    I have nothing but approval.

  16. Tunips says:

    Brilliant video. Although I was hoping the soldier with bound arms would cossack dance his way to freedom.