World War Two

The wet dream of Michael Bay if tasked to produce a better sequel of World War I

Actual dox from Operation Barbarossa

When you got the clap, you can't fight the....

Just The Facts

  1. Between 1939 and 1945 the Allies dropped 3.4 million tons of bombs
  2. German Me-264 bombers were capable of bombing New York City but it wasn't worth the effort
  3. Germany lost 110 Division Commanders in combat
  4. Japanese ace Hiroyoshi Nishizawa shot down over 80 planes

A Review

A poor remake of the original World War, World War II simply repeats the same tired old formula: Germany invades Europe, an alliance of countries fight back on land, on the seas and in the air and eventually win. The only notable difference is the bigger body count and improved special effects. Granted, there are some spectacular set-pieces - the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the D-Day landings, the civilian rescues at Dunkirk and the visually spectacular Hiroshima/Nagasaki climax, one which would make Micheal Bay gush, - but it's hard not to feel like it's all been done before. The game did however, receive generally positive reviews for it's bigger battlefields, fixed game mechanics, and greater variety of cool new hax weapons.

It's interesting to note that despite the increased carnage, much of the actual death-dealing is done relatively "cleanly" with explosions and bullets accounting for the majority of the casualties rather than the rotting flesh and trench foot of World War I. It really does seem like they were trying to make this war more palatable to a younger and more squeamish audience.

The exception to this, of course, is the Holocaust, which does feature some genuinely tear-jerking moments - particularly the arrest and murder of Anne Frank - but it arises to the viewers' attention that they're cynically emphasizing civilian casualties in order to bring in the gut-wrenching emotional punch that's lacking on the battlefield this time around.

One of the biggest disappointments about this war was its political simplicity. The German leader was Adolf Hitler, a two-dimensional lunatic whose only motivations were taking over the world and the extermination of the juden. He'd been given a few quirks from his education and his period as a full-time bum: a Chaplin-esque mustache and funny wave. There are some humorously ironic traits: he has a penchant for cowboys but he remains a cartoony, unbelievable . Motiveless malignity worked in Othello, but this is far from being Shakespeareian quality.

Despite shortcomings of the game, especially the poorer acting which failed to capture the drama of WWI, the game was a significant improvement over it's predecessor, especially since the balancing issues were largely rectified, a feature celebrated by all players. The game also featured new ideas, such as giving factions different bonuses to encourage players to join many factions. And while acting wasn't as good as could've been hoped, the graphic cut-scenes were beautifully done. The game inspired several books, movies, poems, and even it's own actual war. ettable, with only Stalin and Churchill standing out. The latter provides much of the war's comedy, with his humorous combination of Hand gestures and uplifting speeches, which helped the British players get through their initial ass kicking a the beginning of the game, and the former provides a great inspirational chain of jokes making fun of his pathetic faction. However, did notably provide a number of political twists and agreed to change sides to confront the US for a spin off filler, the The Cold War, that would keep the audience occupied until WWIII could be produced. However, Harry Truman's decision to use the United State's secret atomic weapons would provide for large amounts of controversy later, particularly in the Cold War.

Despite shortcomings of the game, especially the poorer acting which failed to capture the drama of WWI, the game was a significant improvement over it's predecessor, especially since the balancing issues were largely rectified, a feature celebrated by all players. The game also featured new ideas, such as giving factions different bonuses to encourage players to join many factions. And while acting wasn't as good as could've been hoped, the graphic cut-scenes were beautifully done. The game inspired several books, movies, poems, and even it's own actual war.

WORLD WAR II, THE COMIC.