landser Posted May 5, 2016 Share Posted May 5, 2016 (edited) I imagine many here cut their tactical wargaming teeth on the Close Combat series. My first real wargame was Steel Panthers, and it was a crash course in WW2 at a time when I knew little about that world-changing event. But it sparked a fire in me to learn as much as I could, which continues to this day. Back then, in the mid-90s, I also played games such as Talonsoft's Battleground Ardennes, Panzer General and those sorts of games. But then I bought Close Combat 1 and was instantly hooked on the formula and mechanics. I liked CC1 alot, but it went to an entirely different level with CC2:ABTF. What a fantastic game. I kept buying the games as fast as Atomic could pump them out. And amazingly, those 5 games (CC1 through CC5 Invasion Normandy) were released over just 4 years. Anyway, fast forward to a few weeks ago.... I recently bought a new house and in preparation for the move I was going through some boxes and found one that contained a treasure trove of games from around 1995 to 2005. It would take too long to list, but if there was a good wargame, shooter or simulation released in that time, it was probably in this box. A year or two ago I felt a little itch for Close Combat and visited Matrix's site. Without going in to the reasons I decided against purchasing and left that itch unscratched. And then I opened the box. Inside were all of the early CC games and I wondered if these old games would work on my system (Win 7 Pro 64 bit). Normandy gave me the most trouble getting it to run, but I got it working. I have yet to try CC4 because I just haven't gotten around to it yet, but the others all work and I have a few screens to share and bring back good memories for those of us who loved these games (and who haven't bought the Matrix re-boots). CC2 Battle Briefing Brutal Battle at Schijndel Dunes Day Two, as Allies. All Day One objectives completed aside from holding the 82nd's LZ. Most importantly, the 101st has captured Son Bridge intact, and the plucky troopers of 1st paras have reached Arnhem Bridge by the end of day one. The 82nd crosses the Wall to sieze the north end of Nijmegen Bridge Day Five. History re-written and XXX Corps approaches Arnhem. We recaptured the LZ for the 82nd, but were simultaneously booted off the other 2 LZ's by German armored counterattacks. Close Combat 3. My small detachment makes its opening move toward Lvov on June 22, 1941 Close Combat 5. The 82nd Airborne moves up Le Fiere Causeway on D-Day Edited May 5, 2016 by landser 0 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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