Honoring Fallen Heroes and Veterans
World War II has spawned tons of PC games to celebrate the triumph of Allied Forces over the Axis powers. WWII fueled the imagination of game creators and contributed immensely to the gaming industry development. The plot and aftermath have taken so many twists and turns in the post-war era that would leave keen historians shaking their heads in denial. Hot-bending of historical facts and events to suit one’s agenda might be cringeworthy at times, and even criminal in some societies, but our focus is elsewhere.
Whether you fancy some intense D-Day action or crave a more in-depth veteran camaraderie journey, there is a WWII game rendition for you. Here I’ve listed the best World War II games with great storylines for PC.
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Company of Heroes 2: Ardennes Assault
This action-packed campaign will launch you to the frontlines of a battle that was described as “…undoubtedly the greatest American battle of the War” by Winston Churchill himself.
Famously known as ‘The Battle of the Bulge’, you will take charge of the US Allied forces in different challenges and in treacherous terrain conditions. If you like the idea of having a front-row seat to a climactic battle, then Company of Heroes 2: Ardennes Assault is a great choice. Seeing the harsh reality of all-out war, and the heroism of WWII soldiers will surely ignite your passion.
This game is single-player only and follows a USF faction through 18 epic scenarios. You can choose the sequence of the missions, which will lead to the defeat of the German forces, and ultimately turn the tide of the war.
There is also a multiplayer version available; it is sold separately or through The Western Front Armies multiplayer standalone for COH2.
Red Orchestra 2: Heroes of Stalingrad
Red Orchestra 2 revolves around the iconic Battle of Stalingrad. It also includes the operations from both German and Russian soldiers that took place from July 1942 to February 1943. The story follows the German army on their infamous assault on the city of Stalingrad, all the way to the banks of the Volga. It will also focus on the Soviet army as it holds the line and presses on to stop the Axis forces.
This game allows you to witness one of the most brutal battles in history, and somehow manages not to stray too far away from accurate battle accounts. You will find it hard to put down your mouse as the vicious combat system in multiplayer mode is a good challenge that will keep the adrenaline pumping.
You get to operate a war tank; a special shout out to the immersive tank warfare for being is super cool and realistic.
Call of Duty: World at War
Call of Duty has always managed to come up with amazing story campaigns and has undoubtedly earned a name for making marine dramas. Using the Call of Duty 4®: Modern Warfare engine, the Call of Duty: World at War plunges players into the most gritty and turbulent WWII combat ever created.
Unlike the previous Call of Duty games preceding World at War, where you usually have access to the best equipment and aerial support, this one is different. You fight as a foot soldier on foreign ground with little to no support. You will get to experience harsh environmental conditions and the relentless assault of hostiles throughout the game.
To survive the most harrowing and brutal battles that will lead to the defeat of the Axis powers on the European and Pacific fronts, players must band together and fight. You will get uncensored experience facing unique enemies and challenges of nature. Relentless Kamikaze fighters, deadly ambush attacks, and surprising Banzai charges will have you on the edge of your DXRacer gaming chair. The all-new four-player co-operative campaign is a tasty affair.
Not the traditional marine drama, The Saboteur is an open-world action-adventure video game that is set during World War II in France. The game follows the story of Captain Sean Devlin, who is based on a real-life Special Operations Executive (SOE) William Grover-Williams.
Teleported back in the 1940s, you will get to roam and experience the Nazi-occupied Paris as well as some French countryside and a few parts of Germany. Visuals are a critical element in The Saboteur; what makes the game unique is how the makers have played around with colors.
Areas heavily guarded by Nazis are presented in black and white. As you progress in the game, you need to “inspire” districts by weakening the German forces controlling the area. You will know you have succeeded when an area is slowly becoming vibrant and full of color. To be more effective in your rebellious activities, you can upgrade your abilities and weapons. You can also scale buildings and parkour across rooftops.
If you want a fresh take on WWII games and drool over the role of a super spy, then The Saboteur is a game that you must play. Reward yourself with ‘Sabotage’ by the Beastie Boys after.
Sniper Elite 4
If movies like Enemy at the Gates rock your boat, then the Sniper Elite 4 would most likely hit the bull’s-eye. Heralded as the biggest and most advanced World War 2 shooter ever created, this game boasts a unique gaming experience. This tactical third-person action game features epic long shots as you fight for the liberation of Italy. Following the aftermath of its critically acclaimed predecessor, Sniper Elite 4 will take you on an epic battle across iconic locations.
By taking on the role of a covert agent and elite sniper Karl Fairburne, you will get to experience fighting alongside the Italian Resistance through hours of gripping gameplay. The game also offers intensive customization that you can use in upgrading your skills and tweaking your weapon for a better kill count. To relive your most awesome melee attacks in detail, the fan-favorite Sniper Elite’s X-ray Kill Camera is also returning along with all-new visuals and features.
Medal of Honor: Frontline
Medal of Honor: Frontline is an FPS game where you take control of Lt. Jimmy Patterson, from the American OSS. Storming Omaha Beach as a part of Operation Overlord, you will fight through intense levels that are set during World War II. Battling against the Wehrmacht (unified armed forces of Nazi Germany), you will use historically accurate weapons while carrying out a series of high-risk military operations.
The game is pretty immersive. You undergo mission briefings at the start of each mission. The game structure features linear levels set in different locations. As the story unwraps, you are sent to various undercover missions. This involves infiltration, espionage, rescue, and many more.
Completing missions, you can win medals by the end of each level after you have satisfied various game requirements. It could be numerous objectives, eliminating a specific number of hostiles or not dropping under a certain health threshold. Overall, the gameplay is vivid, strong, and fast; it manages to maintain a certain level of realism that definitely captures the true WWII drama.
Call of Duty: WW2
The Call of Duty franchise has recently accented on high-tech and modern warfare games. This edition, however, represents an effort to return to the roots. It would not be an exaggeration to say that Call of Duty: WWII has helped taking the World War II theme to a whole new generational level.
You get to experience the iconic battle on the beach of Normandy, participate in the D-Day, and follow the theatre of operations across Europe. Nostalgia strikes, driven by the classic Call of Duty combat combined and enhanced by the bonds of camaraderie that have become signature of the series.
They added three different game modes: Campaign, Multiplayer, and Co-Operative. Coupled with stunning visuals, the campaign will take you to the iconic World War II battles charged with a new feel of immersion. The multiplayer mode marks the return of the original, boots-on-the-ground gameplay. With genuine era weapons plus the traditional run-and-gun action, you are sure to get your proper dose of war game. As for the Co-Operative mode, they unleashed a new and original campaign that is full of unexpected moments.
Hidden & Dangerous 2: Sabre Squadron
Hidden & Dangerous 2 is a hybrid between FPS and third-person tactical shooter game. Naturally, it follows the enormous success of Hidden & Dangerous. You will once again put on the mantle as the commander of the elite Special Air Services (SAS) in World War II. By reprising this iconic role, you will do everything to defeat the Axis Powers in missions across France, Africa, and Sicily. You can do the campaigns alone or play cooperatively with your squad.
The game will let you command a small squad of Allied soldiers behind enemy lines to carry out covert missions. Your decisions will directly impact you, your men, and your country. This unprecedented combination of action, strategy, and tactics will force you to use your judgment and not merely rely on your gunning down enemies.
You can supply your men with weapons, so they can carry out missions effectively. The environment is highly interactive and will depict the incompetence of sleepy watchmen, the frightening responsiveness of an elite German battalion, and the horror of your enemies when you aim a rifle at their faces. If realism and the immersion are what you seek, then the Hidden & Dangerous 2: Sabre Squadron is the game for you.
Commandos 2: Men of Courage
Commandos 2: Men of Courage is a tactical action/strategy game. Set in benchmark locations of World War II, you are about to take control of an elite group of soldiers tasked with venturing deep behind enemy lines. By utilizing their united expertise, you have to complete a series of mission-based objectives.
You will get to experience covert operations that are based on actual WWII locations, such as the iconic heart of the Third Reich, the European submarine installation, and the base of the Japanese army among others.
The game is highly interactive: you can steal enemy uniforms and weapons, climb posts, swing from cables, swim, use vehicles, scale buildings, and enter ships or planes. You also get to control nine commandos that include a green beret, a sniper, a demolitions expert, a seductress, a thief, and a dog.
Company of Heroes
This game has successfully delivered a raw WWII gaming experience to fans of the genre. The Company of Heroes has redefined real-time strategy gaming by honoring the sacrifice of heroic soldiers and bringing the war-ravaged setting to life. Your battle starts with the effervescent D-Day Invasion of Normandy. You will lead squads of Allied soldiers into an all-out assault against the German army.
The game has an intense single-player campaign that lets players dive into the cinematic emotion and valor of ordinary soldiers. The campaign has managed to capture the turmoil of WWII. Soldiers appear alive and breathing as they interact with the dynamic environment, take cover on cue, and execute advanced squad tactics to crush the opposition.
It is normal for people to get into games that will heat up their patriotic feelings. And this war, in particular, has left no one unaffected. Luckily for gamers, the monumental character of WWII is accurately captured by a wide range of successful FPS to RTS genre titles. Pick one, get a good fps mouse, and enjoy.
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