Eurogamer WiC Review, Sov Ass Unlock

It’s a genuine relief that Ubisoft gave Massive Entertainment a new home, they’re a development studio I’d hate to see disappear. I’ve spent the past few days getting back into World In Conflict, and I’ve enjoyed it enormously – particularly the multiplayer, which is as rapid and engaging as ever. My thoughts are expanded in wordy fashion in this Eurogamer review. I should stress that this is a review of World In Conflict: Complete, rather than just the Soviet Assault add-on, which is tough to recommend to anyone who has played the original campaign. If you haven’t played this most beautiful of RTS games, however, now is an excellent time to pick up the full thing. I believe World In Conflict: Complete is out now in shops and on Steam.

I’ve posted the unlock cheat for opening all the campaign missions in Soviet Assault (and therefore getting straight to the new stuff) beneath the cut.

1. Create a shortcut to wic.exe and add go into its properties (right-click on the shortcut and select “properties”). Add “-console” in the “target” box. Like:
C:\games\World in conflict\wic.exe” -console

2. Start the game and begin a new campaign. Start the first mission (let it load). Exit to menu.

3. Bring the the console using the ~ key (the one to the left of the 1 key). Type unlockallmaps and hit return.

The new missions are now visible (in communist yellow) in the “Campaign” tab of the Single Player menu!

Thanks, Magnus.


  1. Larington says:

    On the subject of Massive Entertainment:
    link to

    No idea if this will have any long term consequences on the games they make…

  2. Dominic White says:

    The launch and distribution of Soviet Assault was a bit of a mess, but I think we can safely blame that on BlizzActivision for cutting Massive loose, due to their new (and I’m not kidding) ‘We only publish yearly-exploitable franchises’ policy.

    I’m still pissed off that the game sold so badly first time it was launched. I hope it does as well as it deserves this time round, as it’s the spiritual successor to Ground Control. Moreso even than Ground Control 2.

    If you don’t have it already, get WiC Complete. I saw it new for something like £15 off, and it’s still one of the most beautiful strategy games you can buy, and now better than ever.

  3. Hieremias says:

    I tried WiC months ago but just couldn’t get into it. It’s certainly flashy with lots of boom-boom, but the gameplay depth was as shallow as a mud puddle. I was utterly bored.

    Could have something to do with having just played Company of Heroes, which demonstrates how a military RTS should be done.

  4. phuzz says:

    This is close to the top of my ‘To Buy’ pile, unfortunately I just spent £100 on new tires so it might be a while…

  5. rupert says:

    were can i buy JUST the expansion as i already have the orignanal on dvd ? fails

  6. JonFitt says:

    It was on my To-Buy list before the new content, so it’s definitely getting bought at some point. Not sure when I’ll get to it though.

  7. Gap Gen says:

    a) Is Soviet Assault worth getting for someone who has the original game and
    b) if so, what’s the best (i.e. cheapest) way to obtain it, if you don’t have the Steam version?

  8. Okami says:

    @Gap Gen: (a) is answered in the review and you should be able to answer (b) with a quick google search…

  9. Jim Rossignol says:


    a) Not really.

    b) Um.

  10. Okami says:

    Ok, the answer to (b) was a bit condescending, since there doesn’t seem to be a way to get just the update via any other way but steam. But can’t you register your boxed copy of WiC with steam and then install the update?

  11. El_MUERkO says:

    i dusted off my old copy before christmas when all the good rts’s were delayed till … a couple of weeks ago … nuking stuff in WIC has to be one of the most satisfying experience in gaming, what makes it better/worse is that after a while you learn to spot the cruise missiles that carry them and get to see the mad scramble to avoid the blast radius

    my only problem with getting soviet assault is the resent release of Dawn of War 2, Men of War and Empire: Total War. soviet assault gets a cookie for not having ‘War’ in the title but damn… not a good RTS for over 12 months and now 4 in the space of a month!

    i honestly think games publishers have to be run my by people slightly more retarded than the retarded horse from family guy

  12. sam says:

    can you do the same as UT3 and put your wic cd key into steam and it then registers your game to your steam acc ..?

  13. Mac says:

    I don;t believe you can just use your CD Key in Steam – and the expansion d/l from Steam doesn’t work with Retail. Kinda silly to have gone to the effort of creating a Steam version of teh expansion only and not bothing to do the same for the Retail version of the game.

    I’d be very happy to part with £10 for a d/l to updat my Retail copy, but i’m damned if i’m buying the full game again.

  14. Mac says:

    Infact, i’ve just tried adding my Retail key to Steam and it just kicks up an error saying not a valid key – BAH !!!

  15. Heliocentric says:

    I got the original collectors edition with free berlin wall and a dvd about the period also a trial copy to give to a friend that gives access to the full game for 2 weeks. I wish all collectors editions were so meaningfully improved.

    Scratch that, i’d be broke.

  16. DMJ says:

    Retail key working in Steam = win.

    Why oh why is it only UT3 which seems to have done this? I must’ve compulsively typed every key for a Steam available game that I bought in that thar real world into that darn activation box just on the off chance it might work.

    Shame, because my dog eats CDs and DVDs.

  17. frymaster says:

    DMJ: link to

    Apart from games that use the source engine, games which use steamworks, and games which used steam for a free weekend or similar (ut3, though I suspect it was more the thought of everyone downloading the mahoosive patch that did it) it’s a motley bunch

  18. Dominic White says:

    And more generally speaking, I doubt either Activision OR Ubisoft would be happy if you could register one companys version of the game, and get the others.

  19. DMJ says:

    frymaster: Thanks! Whaddayaknow… I gots me a couple o’ them. To the activation window!

  20. Hoernchen says:

    “sov ass unlock” abbrev ftw.

  21. Alchemda says:

    I torrented the first one and thought it was great but didnt seem worth my money. Definitely buying this one though! The original plus soviet side and I get my hands multiplayer. Massive deserves my hard earned money.