Spinning a new take on World War 2, Soldiers: Heroes of World War II pulls you out of the field and into the commander's head. Your group isn't as large as an army in Age of Empires, but the inclusion of vehicles pushes it out of the realm of squad warfare. Some squad based elements remain however, as you can take direct control of an individual soldier or vehicle and aim and move him directly with your keyboard and mouse. This can be used to great effect in raising the efficency on the front line. The game's dozens of soldier and vehicle meshes are all well modeled, textured and animated. The game's locales are very well done too, taking you to war torn Europe.
This is the Prototype of Soldiers: Heroes of World War II dated 2001. I'm uploading this here to be archived, before it get lost and forgotten.
Our routine database maintenance uncovered one quite amazing thing, a rarity of it.
We found a prototype of the game that became the starting point of the Best Way company. We are glad to reveal the first playable build of Soldiers!
One particular mission was sent to 1C Company for review. This single mission blew the ceiling, it attracted all the attention in the office of our future publisher and partner.
It was 2001. The computers were technically unable to display the visual quality simillar to modern games, but for this time it was really breath-taking! Despite the fact that half of the objects was made out of sprites, even then all the buildings and units were made by full 3D models, there was the direct control, destructible game world and the player was able to repair their own and enemies equipment! And most important thing is that the game was made in accordance with the realities of war: infantry dies with one hit, machineguns and tanks can shoot across the whole map, it was almost impossible to survive in this hell of war.
Unfortunately we were unable to make the English localization of the demo version. You can find information about missions in file info.jpg
1. Unpack the archive
2. Run the demo using kamishevaha.bat
3. Press End-key to toggle Direct Control mode. The camera does not rotate.