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Matrix new CC game in 3D

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Noticed Matrix's new CC game "The Bloody First" advertised - and it features maps that have contour lines so one can gauge the 3D terrain more accurately (per discussion elsewhere how contour lines would be useful in CM2 - perhaps we'll see them in CM3).

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It appears to be a decent effort. As I wrote already: I wish them success!

I was surprised "how much Close Combat" remained in the engine.  Soldiers wandering through 3 meters of concrete into a bunker, e.g.

What I find attractive apart from the mentioned tools (contour lines, LOS fan), is the small size of the maps/battles! This is something that CM could learn something from, IMO, because traditionally two thirds of the battles in CM are unpleasantly large for me.

I would still like to see a new, nicely done 2D tactics game.

The potential did, and does, exist IMHO:
Königstiger at Arnhem | Let's Play Close Combat 2 A Bridge Too Far | #46 Allied

Best regards,
Thomm

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Hmmm, even The Wargamer was lukewarm about this one @Thomm... that is something. Tim Stone in his Flare Path was similarly guarded too. 

 

Looking at the videos the scenarios look to me like extremely close ranges. Will keep an eye on it but I don't miss Close Combat that much.

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Much like the Division on which its based on, this game is going through a brutal baptism of fire. Hopefully, it'll learn its lessons quickly.

I spent much of yesterday night playing this game. It's buggy AF! Ironically enough, I feel the 2D ones had higher visual fidelity. Yet, 3D does give a better idea of hills and valleys. I had 3 C2Ds, just playing the main campaign. In addition, streaming the game on Discord crashed the game every time my buddy connected.

All this being said, I found the core gameplay loop engaging. I loved the sound affects, and morale system. Sergeants shouting, "GET BACK HERE!", to a member of the squad running away in sheer horror of a snub-nosed P. 4. I hope they keep polishing it, to resemble something more than an early beta. Because, I can see myself playing this game.

Unless Rome to Victory drops soon -- in which case, I may forget all about the Bloody First.

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