Though it wins the "worst cover design of the year" award by a mile, Close Combat III from Microsoft is an outstanding real-time war game of squad-level combat in World War II. This top-shelf guide from Sybex (though cursed with the same lousy cover art) can help novices and veterans alike with the many intricacies of gameplay and the challenging historical missions, operations, and campaigns the game provides. You'll find plenty of information to help you master the arts of troop deployment and morale management. The book also provides detailed (but open-ended) guidelines for fighting and winning each battle from both sides of the map (German and Russian). Extensive tables at the back of the book provide hard data on tanks, artillery and handheld weapons, while a well-written section on multiplayer combat can help you get a leg up on your human opponents. Throughout the book, large, detailed, and often well-annotated screen shots help illustrate key strategies and mission elements. Basically, this is a quality guide to a quality game. If you plan to wage a little war along the Russian Front, make sure you have this battle manual handy.
Microsoft and Atomic Games return to the successful Close Combat strategy wargame series with the most intense battlefield action yet -- the Russian Front. World War II expert and veteran wargamer Mark Cohen provides step-by-step strategies for victory in each scenario, along with detailed breakdowns of available ordnance and troop units, and alternative solutions for most scenarios. Illustrated with authentic photos from World War II, this book is an essential part of the arsenal for any fan of Close Combat III.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful:
Needs a new photo editor!, Jun 24, 2023
The TEXT in this book is pretty good but the pictures provide little/no information. They are too dark, the captions do not clarify what they are attempting to display and the black and white format make it near impossible to see anything to begin with! Other than that, the text supplies sound strategies and it has proven to be helpful.