World War 2 was the largest war in history. Therefore, it’s not entirely surprising that lots of game publishers base their games on that conflict. World War 2 games recreate the battlefields of that war on the ground, in the air, and at sea. They are mostly first-person shooter, flight simulation, and real-time strategy games based on the European and Pacific theaters. There have certainly been some epic World War 2 games, and these are five of the best WW 2 titles for Windows.
Call of Duty 2
Call of Duty 2 was the second installment to the massive CoD first-person shooter series, and this was game that really propelled its franchise to the forefront of Windows gaming. The game received more than 80 game of the year awards from the gaming media. It is an old game now that was originally launched for Windows XP, so it might not be compatible with Win 10. However, a Call of Duty 2: Collector’s Edition, which includes concept art and in-game commentary, is currently retailing at $73.94 on Amazon (used copies available at $18.97).
Call of Duty 2’s polished presentation, cinematic intensity, and pulsating 1940’s blasting action enthralls players. The game might look a tad dated now, but Call of Duty 2’s graphical quality was a cut above the rest when Activision launched it thanks to some revolutionary particle and lighting effects. The game includes 27 missions in Western and Eastern European and North Africa for players to blast through with Allied troops, which showcased some of the war’s largest battles. Those missions captured the intensity of WW 2 like never before.
Silent Hunter III
Silent Hunter III is one of the few World War 2 games based on the Battle of the Atlantic. Thus, this game is a submarine simulator about the naval campaign in the Atlantic. Silent Hunter III is widely rated one of the best WW 2 simulation games with a 90 Metacritic score. Players can play SH III on Windows platforms from XP to 7, and the game is available on Amazon at $12.38.
Even though Silent Hunter III is an old title, it remains one of the most realistic and immersive World War 2 naval warfare simulators as the more recent Silent Hunter V did not do its series justice. In SH III, players take command of German U-boats, and their crews, in pursuit of Allied merchant ships and warships. The game pays close attention to historical detail as it includes historically accurate subs, ships, and aircraft. Silent Hunter III’s dynamic campaign is undoubtedly one of its foremost attractions as players can carry out operations how they wish within their patrol grids, which makes the game more interesting. However, players can also play through historical submarine missions.
Company of Heroes (and CoH Expansion Packs)
Even though it has had a sequel, the original Company of Heroes remains one of the most highly rated real-time strategy games for Windows with a 93 metacritic score. Thus, Company of Heroes, and its Opposing Fronts and Tales of Valor expansions, laid down a benchmark for RTS World War 2 games that CoH 2 didn’t quite eclipse. Players can play Company of Heroes on Windows XP, Vista, and 7 at least; and the game is currently retailing at $19.99 on Steam.
Company of Heroes provided a refreshing alternative to the countless World War 2 first-person shooters when Relic Entertainment launched it. The game utilized an Essence Engine that gave it some great lighting and shadow graphical effects. Unlike alternative RTS games, such as Rise of Nations, players can zoom in and out of the action and pan the camera, which adds a whole new dimension to Company of Heroes. The game includes a great single-player campaign that takes players from the beaches of Normandy to the Falaise Pocket battles during Operation Overlord. Players also love Company of Heroes’ balanced multiplayer mode in which up to eight players can battle it out in Annihilation or Victory Control matches.
Il-2 Sturmovik 1946
To get a taste of World War 2 in the air, check out Il-2 Sturmovik: 1946. That is a compilation pack that includes the original Il-2 Sturmovik flight simulator and all its expansions. For many, this is one of the best flight simulation games ever. This is an old flight simulator that’s compatible with Windows XP . However, the game is still available on Steam for about $9.99.
Il-2 Sturmovik is a flight simulator renowned for its realistic flight mechanics and authentic World War 2 aerial dogfights. Il-2 Sturmovik 1946 is packed with content as it includes more than 200 varied missions based in Eastern Europe and the Pacific. It also includes additional alternative history campaigns in 1946. On top of that, players can choose to fly with 229 aircraft from the Soviet, U.K., U.S, German, Japanese, and Italian air forces among others. So, the Il-2 Sturmovik anthology provides a great variety of missions and planes for exhilarating flying action from the 1940s.
World of Tanks
World of Tanks is one of the best multiplayer World War 2 games for Windows and other platforms. This is a massively multiplayer online game based on tank warfare from the 1930s to 1960s eras. Thus, it’s not just entirely based on WW 2 tank models. The best thing is that World of Tanks is a freemium game that players can play on Windows platforms from XP to 10 by setting up an account on the WoT website.
World of Tanks delivers barrel loads of tank-blasting action. Up to 15 players can blast it out in six of the game’s battle modes with light, medium, and heavy tanks, along with tank destroyers and self-propelled guns, from the World War 2 era. World of Tanks is a simple enough game to pick up, but it’s also surprisingly detailed for a freemium game as players can upgrade and customize their tank models in various ways. Furthermore, the game is frequently updated with fresh content. So, this is certainly a World War 2 game worth noting.
Those are five World War 2 games for Windows that will give you a blast from the past in more ways than one. They provide enthralling Nazi-busting action that few other games can match.