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Panzer General 3: Scorched Earth - PC

by Ubisoft
Platform : Windows 98, Windows Me, Windows 95
Rated: Everyone
27 customer reviews
Metascore: 71 / 100
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  • Transports you to the bitter, brutal fighting thatis the Eastern Front. Product Information SSI's Panzer General Series is one of the most successfuloperational wargame franchises of all time. From its initial launch in 1994 tothe present, the Panzer General name has promised consumers a fun, accessible,and addictive strategy wargaming experience. The look and feel of the seriesevolved over
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Transports you to the bitter, brutal fighting thatis the Eastern Front. Product Information SSI's Panzer General Series is one of the most successfuloperational wargame franchises of all time. From its initial launch in 1994 tothe present, the Panzer General name has promised consumers a fun, accessible,and addictive strategy wargaming experience. The look and feel of the seriesevolved over

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Panzer General III: Scorched Earth combines war strategy with a 3-D combat simulator to put the gamer in an engrossing World War II environment. There are eight western-front campaigns--five Allied and three German. Twenty single-player and multiplayer scenarios are included. Battle up to three other players over the Internet. Fine-tune your armies before heading off into battle. Plot with the Soviets as they try to take Berlin, or march with the Germans toward Moscow, all in 16-bit color with 3-D animations of more than 300 units.

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  • ASIN: B00004Z0FJ
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 2 x 8 inches ; 11.2 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: October 3, 2000
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46,002 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
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  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

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57 of 59 people found the following review helpful By Macy Lapham on October 14, 2000
Being a fan of the Panzer General series of games, I really enjoyed this latest enstallment. It builds on the existing game system greatly with new features with a new way of aquiring your army and promotions. The Video and unit artwork is a lot better. The new leader specials, awards and promotion system is great. It really gave you a better feeling of what it was like to use the many unique weapons systems of the day, all the way from a Panzer II to the King Tiger, and all other systems as well. It handles, finally, the dreaded German 88 in such a way that you really realize it's terror. The game also has a battle generator so you can make your own battles as well as online gaming. The game did occationally drop me to system, but these errors only occured seldom. Save games were good and I had no problems there. Video and animations of the units was very good with no problems. To me this is by far the best war game I have played, and I have played them all since the early 1980's. It has great replayablity as well. So far I have played about 10 campaigns. Just to do one took about 30 hours. I could have done it quicker but it was too great to rush through. And unlike the old Panzer Generals, there seem to be much larger campaigns and more scenarios.
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40 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Casper Paludan on October 13, 2000
PG III: Scorched Earth is the latest addition in a long series of turnbased strategy games. I have found the other games in this series very addictive and I find they strike a fine balance between depth and almost instant playability. That is to say, these games are not for hardcore wargamers but for people who love tanks and boardgames but don't want to micromanage too much. Compared to Peoples General and Panzer general II, this game has outstanding graphics. It is really nice to see your Tiger tank race down a road, beautifully rendered, to meet its adversary. The sound effects match very well, adding to the immersive effect without standing very much out. This also means at least I haven't found them to be annoying.
On the army management side PG III has expanded the leader side, actually putting faces on them and giving you a leader roster to choose from to command your new units. The units themselves don't gain experience but the leader does and as he becomes promoted his unit can perform more actions per turn. This is really powerful and lends more flexibility to your units. Your fighter plane can move twice, for instance looking for an enemy bomber, shoot and move again.
The missions are more varied than the ones previously encountered in this series. You will be required to fight breakout battles, search and destroy missions, as well as the good old take certain objectives. Having only just bought the game I won't comment on the campaign design but it is in general a pretty simple game to learn and I feel that it adds plenty of new sides to satisfy veteran players of the series.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Todd Ochsner on October 12, 2000
I've played the other PGs before but this one is really outstanding. The 3D really has made the genre visually beautiful and more tactically relevant. Also, with the new format of taking different missions throughout the campaigns, no two campaigns are alike. Its fun to actually have a war game (I've played many) that tries to follow the historical battles/engagements of the Eastern front. One of the best touches is seeing how the experience of the Russians initially starts off poor and increases likewise with equipment. The only thing I miss from the original PG is having German or Russian audios of orders being given for various operations. This game engages one both on the levels of being fun and intellectually challenging. This is an outstanding game.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By C. LIN on July 24, 2001
This game is a fine sequel to the PG series. I've played all of the PG games since the original release, and this one does not disappoint. SSI made improvements in each PG release; however, they also deleted some cool features from previous releases (i.e.: level bombing using HE-111s or B-17s in PG1). SSI eliminated the "prestige-points as currency to purchase equipment" system in PG III, and that takes a bit getting used to. PG III is a continuation of PG 3D Assault, so campaigns take place in the Eastern Front, thus no "Overlord" (D-Day) or the "Autumn Mist" (Battle of the Bulge). To play battles in the Western Front as the British and Americans, I got PG 3D Assault. The 3-D graphics in PG III is great (complete with rain drops and snow flakes), but your game pieces do some times blend in with the surroundings, which can cause you to leave units behind if you're not careful. PG III is more challenging than previous releases, and the AI does a much better job in flanking maneuvers. You can no longer build an unrealistically huge army to overwhelm the opponent during campaign play, and you better watch you flanks in this game. PG III also added the "leader" feature, which other reviewers have already mentioned. When playing the Germans, PG III gives you some historic sense of the strategic challenges that the Wehrmacht faced in WW II of trying to occupy a huge country such as Russia with a relatively small force. When playing the Germans, securing your flank while continuing to drive forward requires player to study the strategic map carefully. Even with equipment superiority, invading a country like Russia is a strategic nightmare, as the French found out in 1812 and the Germans again during the Second World War. Overall, a great game, and deserves five stars even though SSI should offer a price break for owners of PG 3D Assault.
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