This is a newly released updated demo, based on the recent v220.127.116.11 game version. This new game version offers much better performance over the original demo as well other improvements that have been introduced into the game over the past few months. These include a new advanced Line of Sight system, better AI behavior and improved combat and weapon modeling. (For a full list of changes in the v18.104.22.168 Uber Patch, click here)
This single player only demo features 5 tutorial missions which cover the basics of gameplay, unit control and camera behavior as well as more advanced topics like Line of Fire and Line of Sight. In addition to the playable tutorials there is also one playable mission from the new German Panzer Lehr Campaign. In this battle, tank units of the British 7 Armoured Division attempt to outflank your positions in order to capture the strategically key town of Villers-Bocage. Can your beleaguered troops stop this assault in the face of tough odds and overwhelming airpower? Play the demo and find out!
Playable units and weapons in this battle include; StuG III Ausf. G, PzKpfw IV 70 Jagdpanzer and PzKpfw IV Jagdpanzer Tank Destroyers, RPzB 54 Panzerschreck, Panzerfaust-30's, Panzerfaust-60's and PWM HE Grenade Anti-Tank Weapons, PaK 35/36 L45 37mm and PaK 40 L/48 75mm AT Gun's, SdKfz 7/1 20mm Flak 38 and FlakPz 38(t) Anti-Aircraft vehicles, Panzer IV Ausf. H tanks plus infantry units equipped with a wide variety of small arms and machineguns.
The British "Desert Rats" are going to try and quickly overrun your positions with their armor. As such, your best assets are your anti-tank forces, especially those troops armed with the powerful RPzB 54 Panzerschreck, although they can only carry a limited amount of ammo. In each squad, you have at least one soldier carrying extra ammo for the Panzerschreck so position them close to the AT troops so you can transfer ammo to them when they need it. Consult the game manual for details on how to drop and pickup weapons and ammo from your soldiers "backpack". Always try and keep as many anti-tank weapons in play as you can, either by re-crewing AT guns that have lost their crews or by scrounging Panzerschreck's, Panzerfausts or even AT Grenades from your fallen comrades.
This battle is fast and furious and if it seems like too much is going on at once, feel free to use the Space bar to "Pause" the action. You can even issue orders while the game is paused! You can also use the Backspace key to alter the playback time to 1/2 speed or x2 speed. Remember to reserve some troops and vehicles for your final counter-attack.
To download Theatre of War Demo, click here.
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