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I'm writing a paper for a college class I'm in (the Two World Wars through History and Literature). I've decided for my term paper to write something on the Eastern Front in World War II and its portrayal in video games (primarily PC). I was wondering, though, if anyone could suggest any games I look at.
I already have the hits (i.e.; BF1942, the CoD series, IL-2). Is there anything else worth diving into? I feel as if FPS are probably the best material - its the most 'in-your-face' representation of the war itself. Thanks for any suggestions!
Well, I dunno about limiting yourself to FPSs. Close Combat III or Close Combat: Cross of Iron might be interesting. Those games were meant to be somewhat gritty and recreate some of the realities on the ground, so you might want to check out how the war is depicted in those games, and even some of the assumptions that game designers make about differences between the sides.
Sounds like a cool paper, though.
If by that you mean "visual portrayal" you can skip most hex based wargames, as they offer strategic rather than tactical views.
Close Combat III/Close Combat: Cross of Iron and Combat Mission: Barbarossa to Berlin offer tactical maps with individual units.
I would not use Steel Panthers for "visual portrayal", as it's top down and there's a lack of good urban maps. There are a few good campaigns though, like the StuG Abteilung campaign that comes with Steel Panthers: World War II (it might also be included in Steel Panthers: World at War). There are also plenty of maps featuring the Eastern Front. There's a lack of mud and there's no weather either, something to keep into consideration.
There's also that Combat Mission-like game...Panzer Command: Operation Winter Storm.
As a suggestion, I'd ditch BF1942 in favour of Red Orchestra. The BF1942 engine is not really suited to model the Eastern Front.
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Of course, you should probably do a compare-and-contrast piece. RO aims to look, feel and play accurately. Many others are doing more of a "Hollywood" take on the whole thing... and if it turns out to be an interesting paper, post it
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Hey, I wanted to thank you all for your help. I finally finished writing it a couple of weeks ago, and I'm actually quite pleased with how it turned out. I focused on several areas; technical historical accuracy, emotional/environmental historical accuracy, and the frequency of representation, among other things.
If you're at all interested in reading it, let me know and I'll send you a .doc or pdf (the footnotes don't translate otherwise). Thanks again!