Battleground Europe Reader Review
The Eurogamer review is actually a very good perspective of the game.
I would like to point out a few things about the graphics.
Yes the graphics won't blow you away but as of recent patches the game has had more and more fancy graphics and effects and will continue to get updated as PC's get faster. The lack of cutting edge visuals is not because the Dev team can't do them, it's simply a Poly count limit.
Most games even the latest with rather large maps are just shoe box games. They can cheat and give the illusion of a large map by blocking access to areas and putting allot of low Polly high texture resolution distant objects (city's, buildings trees etc)
WWIIonline dose not have this luxury, you can go ANYWHERE and view every inch of the Massive half scale Western Europe map from any angle. Not only that you have a viewing distance of about 3-4km and EVERY object (bush shrub infantry tank plane cloud) has to be drawn.
Because of this the amount of pollys your PC has to render is Massive and this is only possible by lowering the quality of the models.
But having said that as of recent patches the game is actually looking rather nice. In fact the sunsets and sunrises and the new speed trees make the map rather Immersive. Personally, I don't think the graphics are Awful, just lower pollys and resolution, though they are making some large strides in bringing them up to something more pleasing to the eye. In fact sometimes the game can look very nice.
The game dose have a steep learning curve, not because it's HARD to play. You can pretty much spawn in and kill a 5 star general on your first mission if you're lucky.
It's just that the game has various aspects to learn regarding capturing towns and as the map is half scale Western Europe, it takes time to understand the map and not get lost.
also it take time to become situational aware as every bush tree building can contain and enemy infantry, thus death is a common foe for the player who is used to leaping out of a spawn point like Rambo and trying to be a 1 man army. But once you get past the first month of play, the game becomes very addictive as there is nothing that comes this close to a true WII battle simulation.
Put it this way, I have played and enjoyed all kinds of war games (Bf1942 bf2 Operation flashpoint counterstrike) and have enjoyed both the game and graphics. But they only hold my attention for a few months. I have been playing WWIIonline for 4 years.
When you're lying prone on top of the cliffs at Dinant, and you are looking 4-5 KM in the distance with your binoculars and see the advance of a 25+ tank column with trucks full of enemy infantry and towing pak guns and 88's and the drone of high altitude bombers with fighter escort getting ready to 'Soften' the target for the advancing armyits an amazing sight to watch as you franticly try and let your sides high command know that the town is about to be hit with a large scale attack.
10 / 10