Posted: June 27
Rule #1. Joseph Stalin’s Order No. 227. Conscripts must charge into any and every situation, even when you are 101% guaranteed to die if you do.
Rule #2. If you hear Soviet Katyusha Rockets (the ones that sound like Tie Fighters), we strongly encourage you to seek shelter; in fact that is a rule.
Rule #3. If you survive an artillery barrage you are required to seek professional help since PTSD is a side effect of prolonged exposure to artillery bombardment.
Rule #4. Do not fall for the enemies’ tricks. For example, the Geneva Convention had not been signed until after WWII. So do not think the soldier in this video game is actually surrendering to you, or else, the soldier may stab you in the back with a bayonet. (And no, I do not say this out of my own experience.)
Rule #5. Do not forget to say “thank you” to a member of the armed forces for risking their lives to defend our freedom here in the US.
Brief review of Red Orchestra 2:
I rarely write good reviews for games because I am very critical of them, but as of June 27, 2015, I would have to say that Red Orchestra 2 is my favorite game. And I have played many popular mainstream games and even games that are good but not so mainstream. However, I really enjoy Red Orchestra 2. The game is so gritty and realistic with a pretty good multiplayer community. It’s the best first person WW2 game I’ve found. The game is well balanced as well. However, I cannot recommend this game to people who are new to first person shooter games (or to those who are looking for games similar to the call of duty run-n-gun on your own, type games). Yes, this game is realistic to the point that sometimes you must throw bodies onto a small strip of land while being gunned down by machine guns. And even that is fun! All the more realistic right? The gun’s feel unique and are pretty great to use.
This game has a multiplayer feature called “Campaign” which is essentially a mix of Starwars Galactic Conquest and Risk put together. We as a team choose to attack or defend depending on our reinforcements and this mode is turn based for the teams. It’s my favorite one! Rising Storm is pretty good too, but I really like the western front more.
One memorable moment worth mentioning:
We as team on the Japanese side were pitted against the Americans. They had a strong foothold on an objective because they were inside a bunker shooting at us. So our team leader decided to do something very clever. He took to the radio and called in for support. Artillery rained down on the enemy position while our team lined up behind a sand hill nearby in the dark of night. Soon after about the 5th artillery salvo, the squad leaders set up a massive smoke screen between us and the enemy. And on the count of 3, we kamikaze charged the enemy team with katana swords and guns blazing. Most of my team fell to machine gun fire, but somehow I managed to reach the bunker. So I crawled around and entered through the side only to find the Americans all lined up in a row. And that’s when the trigger of the automatic rifle was held until it went “click”. This lucky moment allowed our team to advance and take the objective.
10/10 Metacritic reviews were wrong about this game.