Panzer Campaigns - Stalingrad 42 Gold
|Stalingrad 42 Gold 3D Normal view. I love the new Division emblem for the 297th. I also like this counter representation better than the older version of the game.|
I have been playing around with the editors for the Panzer Campaign title Stalingrad 42 Gold. The Gold versions of this game include upgraded graphics, new unit icons, division emblems and new map terrain graphics. There might even be new battle sounds too!
The screenshots I am including are from a 10 turn custom scenario I created detailing the LI Armee Korps advance along the northern and southern banks of the Chir during late July. I am using David Glantz's Gates of Stalingrad as a source as well as the "Across the Don Bend" scenario from the original game.
|Here is a zoomed out 2D view. I think the new map graphics look dramatically better.|
|II /297 and III/297 begin shelling Surovikino ahead of the 297th's advance along the Chir.|
I think this is because I have always shied away from continuous lines of troops facing each other and games that feel like it is WWI in France and Belgium. A game like Stalingrad 42 can at times feel very on the rails, so to speak, depending on the scenario's timing. Battles after November 1942 favor the Russians in a very one-sided way and battles prior to November 42 favor the Germans. So with little left to doubt, I became disinterested quickly.
The Panzer Battles team, Wargame Design Studio, cut their teeth on Panzer Campaigns in Tiller world however, so it was only natural for them to try and bring their PzB style sensibilities to their old PzC titles. I am lucky to have received a preview copy of the Gold edition for Stalingrad which caused me to crack open the title again. My time spent playing today has left me feeling really excited about the game for the first time.
|The 297th Inf Div attack from the south into Surovikino is just getting underway. Meanwhile to the north, elements of two regiments from the 44th Inf Div are fighting in the western outskirts of the town on the northern river bank.|
I am not sure how the Gold versions for the various Panzer Campaigns titles will be released, but I do think the new tweaks make the Stalingrad game more interesting and visually appealing.
Look for me to post this custom scenario file after Pzc Stalingrad Gold becomes available. Hopefully by then I will have a few more interesting scenarios completed for you to download.