Top World War II Games

List of some of the best World War II Games

The steady stream of World War II games that was seen in the late 1990s and early 2000s has been reduced to a few titles a year but that still doesn't mean there's a shortage of games based on the greatest conflict of the 20th century. Many of the games released in those first few waves are still some of the best with others having been released in the past few years. The list of Top World War II games is a cross section of some of the best WW2 games from all different genre of video games including first person shooters, real time strategy, third-person stealth and turn based strategy.

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Company of Heroes

Screenshot from Company of Heroes 2
Screenshot from Company of Heroes 2. © Sega

Even years after its release Company of Heroes still stands on top. This is in part due to the move away from the World War 2 genre by many game developers but is also a credit to how great the game actually is. Even with this year's updated graphics and minor gameplay tweaks in Company of Heroes 2, this game still stands above all the rest.

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Call of Duty

Call of Duty: United Offensive
Call of Duty: United Offensive. © Activision

While Call of Duty graphics may look dated for 2017, the compelling storyline and non-stop action still make it a lot of fun to play. Not to mention the amount of gameplay is quite impressive based on today's standards. It includes three single player campaigns following a Russian, British and American campaign as well as a full multiplayer mode. One expansion pack called Call of Duty United Offensive was also released for the game.

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Brothers In Arms: Road to Hill 30

Brothers In Arms: Road to Hill 30
Brothers In Arms: Road to Hill 30. &$169; Gearbox

Brothers In Arms: Road to Hill 30 is a historically accurate first person's tactical shooter based on a squad of soldiers from the famed 101st Airborne Division. Taking place in the early days of the Normandy Invasion of France, players will control the primary protagonist as well as issue orders to squadmates. At the time of release, the squad commands and tactics were fairly groundbreaking for the genre and something that has been copied in many games since.

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Return To Castle Wolfenstein

Return To Castle Wolfenstein
Return To Castle Wolfenstein. © Activision

Another WW2 first person shooter from the early 2000s, Return to Castle Wolfenstein is the sequel to Wolfenstein 3D one of the first, first person shooters. Adding a little paranormal sci-fi to World War 2 with players fighting soldiers and zombies alike from the mysterious SS Paranormal Division.

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Medal of Honor: Allied Assault

Medal of Honor: Allied Assault
Medal of Honor: Allied Assault. © Electronic Arts

Medal of Honor was the top dog first person shooter bar none when it was released until it was surpassed by Call of Duty. In it, players struggle to survive through an opening D-Day mission that is an all time classic and then push their way inland during the Allied invasion of Western Europe. Two expansion packs were released; Medal of Honor Breakthrough and Medal of Honor Spearhead. All three can be found in a combo pack or Steam bundle nowadays.

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Codename: Panzers Phase One

Codename: Panzers Phase One Screenshot
Codename: Panzers Phase One Screenshot. © cdv Software

One thing in common with most World War 2 games is, players typically take control of the Allied forces or an Allied soldier. In Codename: Panzers Phase One, players take control of the German army in the early days of World War 2 starting with their surprise attack on Poland in 1939. The game also allows you to play as Allied armies as well. The game can still be found today in combo packs with Codename Panzers Phase Two and Three.

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Battlefield: 1942

Battlefield 1942
Battlefield 1942. © Electronic Arts

Back in the early 2000s, multiplayer capability via the internet was in its infancy until Battlefield: 1942 came along and took things to the next level. Players can play on either the Allied or Axis team and are give the option to play one of five different roles or character classes. The concept of different soldier classes has to be baked into the multiplayer mode of virtually every first person shooter since. Battlefield: 1942 also has two official expansion packs Battlefield: 1942 Road to Rome and Battlefield: 1942 Secret Weapons of World War II.

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Call of Duty World at War

Call of Duty World at War
Call of Duty World at War. © Activision

Call of Duty World at War is the third and seemingly final Call of Duty game set during World War II. I say seemingly due to the fact that sheer massiveness of the Call of Duty Franchise and early November release of a big budget blockbuster makes it more and more unlikely that they will make a return to WW2 with a full game. World at War is definitely darker tone that the other Call of Duty WW2 titles showing some of the brutal nature of the conflicts in the Pacific Theater of War.

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Company of Heroes 2

Company of Heroes 2 Screenshot
Company of Heroes 2 Screenshot. © THQ

Company of Heroes 2 saw some bad press during the early months of release due to what was seen as a negative portrayal of the Soviet Army.

The continual updates from Relic Entertainment both to address some of these concerns as well as improvements to AI and new content make Company of Heroes 2 one of the best and most supported World War II game currently available.

Like its predecessor, it offers some excellent and well-balanced gameplay in both the single and multiplayer game modes. The base game is set on the Eastern Front, an often neglected Theater of War, and recreates some of the largest battles ever fought in World War 2. The single player campaign has you controlling the Russian army as you try and push the invading Germans back. The multiplayer component allows you to play as either the Russian or Germans.

Expansions that have been released have introduced additional factions including the United States and Great Britain, new single player missions and multiplayer maps.

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The Saboteur

The Saboteur
The Saboteur. © Electronic Arts

The Saboteur is a third person action/adventure World War 2 game set in German-occupied France. Players take on the role of an Irish mechanic who is recruited by the French Resistance to help in the struggle against the Nazi occupation. The gameplay offers a unique experience with Nazi-controlled areas being depicted in black and white and as players overcome German forces areas slowly begin to be colored in. The game includes some RPG elements with players being able to upgrade their characters perks will improve abilities, combat, damage, etc.


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