The first installment to this extraordinary series was published by Activision in 2003. This is the first game in a series with the same name as the series. The game simulates the infantry and combined arms warfare of World War II. The game engine originated from Quake III: Team Arena. There are three total campaigns in this phenomenal game. American, British, and lastly Soviet. Each campaign told from the obvious point of views. Since there are three campaigns I am not going to explain each campaign thoroughly I will just set the story for each one.
The American CampaignThe first mission of the American campaign begins with Private Joey Martin, whom is a member of the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, and is training at Camp Toccoa in Georgia, United States on August 9, 1942. This is meant to familiarize the player with the game controls. The first mission occurs toward midnight on June 5, 1944, as part of the airbourne operations which began the invasion of Normandy. Martin is inserted outside the town of Sainte-Mère-Église as a pathfinder to lay a drop zone beacon for other paratroopers. The paratrooper drops end up being scattered, leaving Martin in a mixed unit formed from various companies.
The British CampaignThe first mission of the British campaign has Sergeant Jack Evans and a unit from the 2nd Ox and Bucks of the 6th Airborne Division take part in Operation Tonga. Just after midnight on 6 June 1944, the unit is dropped from Horsa gliders alongside the Caen Canal near Pegasus Bridge, Bénouville. They capture the bridge and defend it from the nearby German forces.
The Soviet Campaign
The first Soviet mission occurs during the Battle of Stalingrad, on 18 September 1942. Corporal Alexei Ivanovich Voronin is on one of many barges transporting Soviet soldiers across the Volga River, many of which are destroyed on the way by German artillery or Luftwaffe aircraft. Once across, Voronin is unarmed and must avoid machine gun fire and find an experienced sniper to help him. Soviet artillery eventually clears out the German machine guns, allowing Voronin and the others to enter Red Square.
IMO, the American Campaign is the best out of all three because you get to play the classic American army story. This game won "Game of the Year" for 2003 from several reviewers. It was the recipient of the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences 2004 "Game of the Year" award defeating other very popular games like Command and Conquer: Generals.
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