Developer: Tripwire Interactive
Publisher: Tripwire Interactive
After five long years in development, Red Orchestra 2's Steam launch wasn't the triumphant celebration it ought to have been. In fact, it was a total bloody shambles. Pre-loads went wrong. Files were fragmented. Servers went down. A mandatory patch had to be rolled back after it broke the game instead of fixing it. It was like the bad old days of Steam instability had come back to haunt us - to punish us for our complacency - but the Red Orchestra 2 code is now just about stable enough to review.
And a good thing too, because the multiplayer is absolutely incredible.
You'd expect multiplayer excellence from the creators of the original Red Orchestra total conversion, and Red Orchestra 2 proudly delivers. Each gametype is a tense and nerve-wracking experience that trades Call Of Duty-esque sillyness for brutally authentic realism. A single bullet from the enormous range of perfectly-emulated period weapons is usally enough to cripple you or slowly liberate you of your blood supply, making cautious tight teamwork much more important than lone wolf heroism. 64 player matches including deathmatch and territory capture gametypes expand and contract depending on the numbers of players involved, creating a dynamic and exciting experience that's difficult to learn yet incredibly satisfying to take part in. Oh, and there are tanks... which are awesomely satisfying to command yet require strong infantry support and cooperation to survive.Click here to read more...
"How do you know about the grain elevator level?"
Such was my response from Tripwire Interactive VP Alan Wilson when I asked him to give us the 'elevator pitch' for Red Orchestra 2: Heroes Of Stalingrad. Their upcoming shooter promises to deliver authentic locations, weapons and environments (such as the aforementioned grain silo) that will give players an unflinching insight into the brutal Russian campaign of World War II - and from what I can see, this team of ex-modders will deliver exactly that. On top of some ludicrously hardcore multiplayer action, naturally.
What's more, the Rising Storm expansion pack is looking really rather special indeed thanks to Tripwire's decision to commission a small force of veteran modders and militaria enthusiasts.
Click here for our full Red Orchestra 2 and Rising Storm preview!