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  • Summary: Sudden Strike is back. The Real Time Strategy series returns, this time with bigger battlefields, more units, better graphics, new scenarios and legendary commanders with individual abilities all of which promises to make Sudden Strike 4 more tactical and realistic than ever before. SuddenSudden Strike is back. The Real Time Strategy series returns, this time with bigger battlefields, more units, better graphics, new scenarios and legendary commanders with individual abilities all of which promises to make Sudden Strike 4 more tactical and realistic than ever before. Sudden Strike 4 sends you off on three extensive campaigns set amongst the battlefields of World War 2. Commanding the British and American, German or Soviet troops, you will lead over 100 different units into battle; like the German bomber Heinkel He111, the Russian T-34 tank, the British Hawker Typhoon fighter plane and the notorious German PanzerkampfwagenVI Tiger. In a first for the Sudden Strike series, you can now choose from one of nine individual commanders, such as George Patton or Bernard Montgomery, who will each allow for different approaches to combat and boast unique abilities. Prove your strategic expertise in over 20 demanding single player scenarios, the challenge-focused skirmish mode and the ultra-competitive multiplayer mode. Excellence will be rewarded through a unique reward system, where successfully completing missions will unlock exclusive content, such as historical film footage from the era. Sudden Strike 4 offers countless ways to vanquish your opponents. Exploit the weak spots of tanks, set up an ambush, occupy buildings with infantry, outmaneuver the enemy with clever positioning or unleash devastating air strikes how you approach each mission is up to you.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Jun 27, 2018
    80
    Despite some buggy unit pathfinding and poor voice acting, Sudden Strike 4's tactical depth, excellent controls, and gorgeous overall presentation make it the best console RTS since Halo Wars 2.
  2. Aug 20, 2018
    80
    Sudden Strike 4 is generally a rather enjoyable game that is only let down by the occasional command issue that sees units failing to move. Fix that issue though and Sudden Strike 4 is easily one of the best RTS titles we’ve seen in some time.
  3. Jul 11, 2018
    78
    On top of all of the numerous campaigns, Sudden Strike 4 also delivers bonus content such as the Dunkirk missions, and it even provides historical videos that you can watch. While Sudden Strike 4: European Battlefields Edition does suffer from some some drawbacks, the overall foundation is very strong and is wrapped up in a gorgeous visual wrapper.
  4. Jul 13, 2018
    65
    A complete RTS if you are looking for a single player experience, but an awful online experience.
  5. Jul 1, 2018
    60
    Real-time strategy games have always struggled on console due to being restricted by the limited input method, such as the controller. Persevere here, however, and you’ll find a deep and engaging RTS with plenty of challenging content to keep you busy for hours on end. Sudden Strike 4 is far from perfect, but it is indeed competent enough to justify a recommendation.
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  1. Jun 29, 2018
    9
    With a dearth of RTS games on xbox one, I'd of picked up anything in the genre at this point to remind me of my PC gaming days of yore. As itWith a dearth of RTS games on xbox one, I'd of picked up anything in the genre at this point to remind me of my PC gaming days of yore. As it happens, Sudden Strike 4 was the first game (other than Halo Wars) that fit the bill and, boy, does it hit the spot.
    It's a game that seems deceptively simple to play, but draws you into deeper layers of strategy with each mission, each objective. The enemy can be confronted with a variety of tactics - every one of your units, no matter how small, can play a crucial part in achieving victory over the enemy. The units, and there are many, are accurately detailed and lovingly rendered, and they sure blow up nice.
    And blow up they will. The gameplay is as solid as any RTS I remember, and this game is certainly the best entry in the Sudden Strike franchise, despite it being developed by a new publisher. The game is sturdily made. The controls are intuitively streamlined and easy to pick up and I have yet to experience any slowdown in frame-rate or crashing even at the height of pitched battles. My one complaint would be a the relatively simple AI. It will crush you if you are careless, but it doesn't have the complexity of human opponent. The enemy can be absolutely exploited if the player is patient and clever enough. Still, trying to outwit the enemy to preserve as many of my men as possible became my overarching goal - think of Captain Miller's existential crisis in Saving Private Ryan. When a lone rifleman of mine, who had crawled for miles spotting the enemy was finally gunned down, I could only watch agonizingly as he bled out slowly, the situation being too dangerous to send a medic in to save him. Now, there is a multiplayer option available that I am sure will provide the couch general with hours of more content and a deeper challenge.
    Graphically the game shines. It is optimized for the Xbox X, but I found that the level of detail was astonishing even playing on my first generation Xbox One and displayed on 4 year old 42 inch 1080p television. The top down view is far enough away to provide a good gauge on the action but also provide an intimate view of the action. From this angle you get a birds-eye view of a very real experience of war - tracer rounds zip in the air, blood spurts from arterial wounds, tank shells ricochet or punch through enemy armor with ferocious intensity, and artillery and rocket shells explode leaving a cratered no-man's land strewn with bodies and husks of vehicles. Best of all, the sound editing is fantastic and captures every single effect of the deadly cacophony.
    Things can and will get hectic, as they do in war. There will be tanks that don't make the "right" decision when moving through obstacles in the heat of the moment. You do have to micromanage your troops, and sometimes it can be frustrating to get them to move exactly how you want them to. Still, it was easy for me to imagine that troops and tankers would make foolish movements in the heat of battle, and it is one of the enduring challenges (charm?) of the genre that almost every game like this suffers from in some degree. Overall, I think pathfinding issues are certainly not game-breaking and can mostly be forgiven.
    Much of these minor foibles can be overlooked since the game is so stuffed with content. You have the base game which follows several campaigns (German, Russian, American/British) spanning across the European theater, all the DLC (2 additional campaigns), a skirmish mode, and multiplayer. 40 bucks, and a remarkably small, quick download on the marketplace, and all of it is yours.
    If you are like me and saddled with a console, love history, WWII, or strategy games - do yourself a solid and BUY this game. It really deserves to succeed on the Xbox and it's important to reward risk-taking publishers like Kite Games, who try and bring us these new experiences, with our money. Support these guys, and who knows what other companies might be willing to put in the extra development to get their product on the Xbox console market (looking at you, Total War). Now, if only we could get a really good flight simulator, say in the vein of IL-2 Sturmovik...
  2. Jun 26, 2018
    8
    I haven’t played any Sudden Strike game’s before and that’s a shame because I’ve heard lots of good things about the series overall.I haven’t played any Sudden Strike game’s before and that’s a shame because I’ve heard lots of good things about the series overall. Thankfully though I now can play a game in the series in the form of Sudden Strike 4: European Battlefields Edition and I can now see why I heard so many good things about the series. At its core this game is all about strategy and thankfully they’ve done a very good job here. The strategy elements in the game work flawlessly for the most part and when you combine that with the excellent tactical side of the game you end up having quite a lot of fun and exciting battles. There isn’t much I would change when it comes to the tactical and strategy side of the game but I would however have liked it to have been a little more realistic because at times the lack of realism can harm the immersion levels a little. This however is only a small gripe and I was able to look past this quite easily thanks to the excellent missions that are present in the game. Each mission has a great deal of variety included in them and when you combine that with the very good storyline elements you end up getting quite addicted to the gameplay. Getting addicted to the gameplay isn’t a bad thing either because in terms of content the game has more than enough to keep you satisfied for quite a while. Whilst the game has quite a lot of content I still would’ve liked a few more maps though. The main reason why I would like more maps is because the ones that are included are brilliant and packed full of variety and charm and a few more would give the game even more in terms of replayability. Technichally the game holds up really well throughout your time with the game and there isn’t really any problems to speak of. The controls also remain tight and responsive throughout your time with the game but I would’ve liked them to have made them less awkward when trying to control certain aspects of your army because controlling them can be a little frustrating from time to time. Something that really impressed me about this game was its presentation and I must admit I wasn’t expecting this side of the game to be as good as it was. When it comes to both the visuals and sound design they’ve managed to create and capture the war them extremely well and this without a doubt enhances the gameplay quite considerably. At the end of the day I can now see why the Sudden Strike series has the following it does because in terms of strategy game’s it’s probably one of the most enjoyable I’ve ever played and if you only have a slight interest in this particular genre then I fully recommend that you give this game a try.

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