DDay Normandy is a fun, addictive online multiplayer and offline singleplayer botmatch 3dshooter game. Axis vs Allied Currently there are 7 different teams you can play as, each with different weapons, skins and maps: USA, Germany, Great Britain, Russia, Poland, Japan, and Italy, and there are lots of maps for each team.
Old games, old graphics. One of the main reasons that most games go down at a certain point, same goes for D-Day Normandy. It was the first decent full 3D game based on WWII, so the graphics are comparable to 1996 3D games, obviously because the engine barely changed since then. The audio is quite decent, nothing much to complain here.
As the game is mainly played online, there’s a certain need of players being online at any moment of the day. Since the community is as old as 11 years by now, there’s not a lot of players still active. The developers managed to compensate this problem by adding bots to the game.
Though the game is old, it’s still innovative. It features more classes and teams than any other online WWII game. There are 9 classes to choose from; infantry, sniper, medic, engineer, heavy machine gunner, light machine gunner, flamethrower, officer and airborne. They give the game its personal feeling and it takes a while before you mastered all classes. Not only because there’s such a lot of different weapons to master, another reason is the lack of crosshairs. Crosshairs were actually excluded on purpose. It’s all about ironsights and realism in this one.
If you finally get to master all classes, you’re by far not done yet. There are 8 different teams; American, Polish, German, Russian, Italian, Japanese, British and US Marines, each featuring their own authentic weapons. By the time you managed to master all weapon classes of each team, you’re still not done yet with the whole game since there’s a total of, hold on for this one, about 500 both official as user-created maps. When is the last time you downloaded such a game for only 211Mb, for free? Because that’s the size of the standard game. You download new maps on the go whilst waiting for the next level to load.
I’d say, if you got some space left on your hard disk, and are a fan of WWII first person shooter games, I’d certainly recommend D-Day to you.
It's a game with great potential, but it has very many flaws. The controls are very awkward for example; I was in the top floor of a building getting in a position for sniping, I went to press the ctrl button to crouch and ended up firing my gun. Also other time I ended throwing my gun away, or accidentaly switching teams. These could be seen as a noobie mistake, but the UI is also very confusing. Sometimes it will have to use the up and down arrows and others will have you use th [ ] keys to select things.
Once the game is launched it sticks you right into a singleplayer match, with really no explanation on anything. It could have been a great game but the mistakes it had really ruined the gameplay.
First of all I'd like to say that a good game doesn't need next gen graphics, or even great textures, but a consistent gameplay and sounds, that's what D-Day Normandy is.
As one of the many Quake 2 mods, it reveals itself as a war genre game where you can fight alone with bots, or even experience the battle online with your friends. The online mode is the same as many other 1st persons shooters , and the way it expresses puts it on the side of the biggest war games of the market.
You can choose between two different sides, Axis if you want to stop the Allies from preventing you, or Allies if you want to stop the German war machine. You can also choose between 9 different classes, ranging from infantry to flamethrower.
The game has average mechanics in graphics, but some other not-so-minor details had to be at least convincent, like the shadows that are very buggy and don't act correctly as one, even the Original Quake 1 and 2, had better shadow effects, and remember it IS a mod using the same engine.
Though it's not a game focused in single-player mode, IT MAKES PART of the game, so the AI had to act like one. They can't do simple actions such as like climbing stairs, jump small crates and many other simple stuff that any other AI would do. Some things can be such a goddamn annoying, like your spawn point doesn't behave the right way, in some maps , you respawn in front of the wall, imagine yourself always when you die having to turn the character the right way, that's frustating.
D-Day Normandy prove to be a good mod and game, has a good multiplayer and a solid gameplay easy to understand, if not for some bugs and details, is open source so anyone can make mods for it, in other words, simply fantastic. And the best part is that it is free.