Difficulty Level: Intermediate
4 1/2 stars from Computer Gaming World - Critics
Modern Day Mega-Tank
After playing Steel Panthers and enjoying its
incredible WWII armored warfare, you're dying for more. Well, Steel Panthers
II is here, and it's going to rock your world. Fight campaigns in recent
conflicts such as Korea, Sinai, Vietnam and Desert Storm. Engage in
hypothetical battles like NATO vs. Warsaw Pact or Japan vs. the U.S. in 1998.
Or create your own battles with the powerful Scenario Generator and Editor.
Steel Panthers II is SSI and Gary Grigsby at their
very best. Detailed historical accuracy. All the right modern tanks, attack
helicopters, jet fighters and missile systems. Digitized photos and powerful
sound effects. Modern video combat footage. And all of the explosive armored
conflict that you've come to expect from the acknowledged leader in premium
Modern Warfare: Lead a single squad or an entire
battalion through Europe, Asia and the Middle East from 1950 to 1999.
Campaign Feature: Fight a progressive series of
small battles with the same units, while reinforcments replace losses.
Historical Scenarios: Reenact numerous conflicts
in Korea, Vietnam and the Middle East.
Hypothetical Scenarios: Several explosive "what
ifs" erupt in Korea, Canada, Europe and Russa
Campaigns: Direct operations in China, Europe
and the Middle East - including the Liberation of Kuwait: Operation Desert
Do-it-yourself: The Scenario Generator and
powerful scenario editing features make it easy to create your own
Email play: Challenge a remote opponent via
You are there: Authentic modern combat video
footage enhances the wargaming masterpiece.
Requirements: 486DX/2-66 minimum (Pentium recommended), DOS
6.22 or greater, minimum 8 MB of RAM, 1 MB SVGA card required, minimum 16 MB of
RAM to use replay feature for PBEM, 12 MB minimum hard drive spade (40MB
recommended), requires maximum 1 MB per save or scenario, 2x CD-ROM drive or
faster, uncompressed hard drive, Sound Blaster family and 100% compatibles,
Micoroft or Logitech mouse or 100% compatible.
games do not work on Windows XP, Vista, or Windows 7 and we do not offer
technical support for DOS games running on such systems. However, if you really
want to run games like this on your fast new computer you should try using
DOSBox. The DOSBox OpenSource DOS emulator is an excellent piece of work which
we can highly recommend. It isn't possible for us to guarantee that it will
work well for you, however, especially on other graphic-intensive DOS games.
For older DOS games like this, however, it works well with any machine capable
of running newer operating systems.
To start with, you will need to download the Win32
Installer using this link:
The README file included with DOSBox will tell you what you
need to know. If you find it a bit too technical, just click on The Newbie's
Pictoral Guide to DOSBox on the following page:
We find that it is best to create a separate shortcut for
each DOSBox game. That makes starting the game easier and also makes full
screen mode easier to deal with.
Computer Gaming World, February 1997
"Following the success of the original Steel Panthers, the
question was: could its game engine be adapted to modern armored combat without
a serious overhaul? Armored warfare in World War II was primarily a question of
gun power against armor thickness, and few weapons were effective beyond 1,000
yards. However, in this age of highly accurate, long-range guided missiles,
high-tech fire control and gun stabilization, Chobam and reactive armor,
helicopter gunships and troop transports, supersonic attack aircraft, cluster
munitions, radar and infrared antiaircraft systems and a variety of
armor-piercing ammunition, simulating the interaction between the units and
wapons systems is a far more complex proposition. To their credit, designers
Gary Grigsby and Keith Brors have made it happen. Steel Panthers II, while more
complex than its predecessor, is just as much fun to play."
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