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Patton Patrol: Close Combat - Panthers In The Fog

A forestry planning simulator, with tanks

Close Combat: Panthers in the Fog, AKA Close Combat: Normandy VIII, featured in last week’s Flare Path, announcing itself with what is surely one of the most underwhelming trailers in the history of moving images. It’s not even an honest trailer, the sort that shows the reality of the game in ‘action’ – that would be fine because at least it would be informative. The original Panthers in the Fog trailer is a dull orange background with some words on it. It’s fifty seconds long but it might as well be three seconds long because you could just read the words on a website instead. Thankfully, there’s a new trailer now, which does show the game. And, by gum, it looks like a Close Combat game.

It still manages to take its time to show anything useful but seeing Close Combat units does make me happy so I won’t complain too much. I haven’t played a Close Combat game since the nineties and things don’t seem to have changed all that much. I do like a good campaign though and Panthers in the Fog might just have one:

Play single battles, linked operations, or even the Grand campaign simulating all six crucial days of fighting. With 35 linked battlefields and historically accurate formations and units, strategic choices are as important as tactical prowess.

The game is out ‘soon’ and if the entirely more capable Mr Stone doesn’t delve into it, I may be tempted to take a look myself.

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