Shortly after Apple posted its own preview of World War II Online: Mac Edition, Strategy First announced that the new game has been released and is shipping to retail stores nationwide.
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Developed by Cornered Rat Software and hosted by Playnet.com, World War II Online is a virtual recreation of Europe during World War II, enabling thousands of players at once to take to the battlefield and in online combat.
Strategy First explained that World War II Online contains a mix of different gaming elements. In some ways, it’s a bit like first person shooters — the game is rendered from a 3D perspective. In others, World War II Online is like role-playing games, as it sports character advancement and career paths. It also has elements of simulation games, since you can drive tanks and operate aircraft. And there’s also a strategy game component, as you must work with other players to achieve common goals on the battlefield.
Players can storm the countryside on foot as infantry, as part of a tank crew or truck crew, or even in the cockpit of aircraft as they seek to win battles with friends and colleagues — you can control more than 50 different vehicles and weapons in all. A ranking system provides elevated recognition for experience and talented players, who can create and lead their own combat missions.
Infogrames is handling North American distribution of World War II Online. The Mac version also includes a large foldout battle map, 20 original World War II-era illustrations and wallpapers, and an official WWII Online music track. World War II Online: Mac Edition costs US$34.95.
The game’s minimum system requirements may give some gamers pause, however: Mac OS X, G4/700MHz or faster with 512MB RAM, 32MB video system, 32x CD-ROM drive, 1GB free hard drive space, and 56K or faster Internet access.