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- Completely updated maps to take full advantage of the Source engine
- Integrated physics simulation for realistic gravity, friction, and bouyancy
- Greater detail in textures, models, and surfaces for added realism
- Improved lighting, shadows, and reflections through bump mapping, specular and HDR lighting
- Completely redesigned user interface
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Day of Defeat: Source (DoD: Source) is the latest version of the WWII online action game from Valve®. Players join the ranks as Axis or Allies troops located in Western Europe during the height of the war in 1944. Gamers select a unique player class—from scouts to sharpshooters—as they are tasked, as a unit, to complete goals unique to each battlefield. DoD: Source leverages the Source engine technology, the same Valve created for Half-Life® 2 and its next generation of games. With this technology, DoD: Source offers state-of-the-art graphics, including support for HDR lighting.
Day of Defeat (a.k.a. DoD) is the latest online action experience from Valve, makers of Half-Life and Counter-Strike. Stationed in the heart of WWII's European Theater of Operations, players join the ranks of an elite military squad entrenched in battle.
Each team has several "player classes," that give each squad member a unique role. These include scout, infantry, sergeant, machine gunner, and more, each with a unique arsenal of historical weaponry at their disposal.
DoD includes an expansive collection of missions based on key historical battles. And a near infinite number of additional missions, created by the online development community, are available for download.
DoD takes the classic gameplay of the original Day of Defeat and improves the experience with Source, the advanced engine technology Valve created for Half-Life 2. With this technology, DoD: Source offers state of the art graphics (including support for HDR lighting) in optimized versions of popular maps, plus redesigned sound and all new player, weapon, and world models.
As war rages, squads must battle as a unit to achieve victory! Gameplay features include:
- A class system giving each player a unique role
- Historically-accurate weaponry and items
- Dozens of missions based upon WWII's greatest battles
- Built-in support for voice communication
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p.s. - Donner is my favorite map - feels like playing in a Band of Brothers episode.
Sounds. graphics, items, voice commands, all little details of this game makes for an immersive war experience. Many of the maps take place in a war torn European landscape.
The different classes - sniper, machine gunner, support, infantry - all have clear advantages and drawbacks. You'll be having lots of fun getting the hang of all these classes and eventually finding your niche.
Fortunately, many gamers are still playing this game. Albeit there aren't as many busy servers and people flooding to play this game, but you'll be able to some good servers. Highly recommended!
P.S. You'll probably find this game cheaper on Steam.
"Day of Defeat: Source" offers people like me a better alternative. It relies more on strategy than CS:S because it's based solely on team-play and objectives. You have to capture five flags, and while it sounds easy, you have to keep them captured long enough to call it yours.
The result is that I can leverage my years of experience (and my years of gaming experience normally surpasses the ages of my fellow players). I can work in coordination with others to set up fire bases, provide cover, assault a position, and so forth, knowing that the objective is flag caps and not personal victory.
Granted, you will find games where personal glory is more important, and you will find games where cheats occur (spectators calling out positions to players, as one), but overall you'll likely find a good three hours of tactical and strategic play. It's easy to learn, you have enough variety of player class to attempt to master them all, and playing against people ensures you compete against the best possible opposition.
To the negative reviews, I would grant them their own experiences are valid, but I would tell readers to consider this: younger players have more time on their hands to master a game. Old folks with fulltime jobs just can't commit to 80 hours of study on a video game anymore, so while this game doesn't offer the fastest gameplay (Quake 4 apparently has that title), it does offer a load of fun. For the price, you can't lose.