While this strategy game is complex and challenging, the tactical gameplay and depth here make time invested a very rewarding experience. With its distinct take on tactics and strategy near the close of the Second World War, Steel Division: Normandy 44 offers the unique opportunity both to remember history and relive it. A few things make the game stand out among the usual RTS fare. One is a stress indicator, which can be be triggered in a number of ways, including a character being pinned down, poor positioning, and so on. By pressuring opposing units, players can force them to withdraw or surrender without actually killing them. In this way, with good tactical leadership, smaller numbers can still overwhelm and steer a fight toward victory.
Another unique feature is unit selection. Players choose from WWII divisions such as the American 101st Airborne, the German armored 21st Panzer, or the 3rd Canadian Division. Each is presented almost like a deck of cards, with unique units, load-outs, and abilities. Certain units can only enter the fray at certain times, meaning that some divisions might start off weak but pull in some major advantages late in the game. Much like in actual war scenarios, it's not always a matter of overpowering your opponent. Instead, more often than not, it's about outthinking your foe and using the battlefield to your advantage. While it's complex and complicated, Steel Division: Normandy 44 is an authentic, engaging, and deep experience perfect for armchair generals aching to lead the charge to victory.