Review: Men of War: Condemned Heroes (PC)
Written By Matt Sainsbury on Wednesday, April 25, 2012 | 21:15
It's a winning formula, but one that the game doesn't always get right. Take the setting, for example. In 1942, Stalin enacted his infamous 'not a step back' decree, criminalising Russian soldiers who retreated, deserted, or hampered the advance in any way whatsoever. These prisoners were placed into poorly-equipped penal companies and tasked with the hardest, bloodiest tasks of the war. Condemned Heroes tells their story. Except that it doesn't, not really. With such rich subject matter, there should be scope to explore the heroism, pathos and tragedy of these reluctant heroes. Instead, the game presents a few text boxes outlining the history of the penal companies, and four campaigns in which fierce fighting is underscored by some jaunty music and narration. This combination of high concept and mixed execution is a pattern that's repeated throughout the game. Just like previous titles in the series, Condemned Heroes hits the heights and flirts with the depths, often at the very same time.
- Rob P
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