Achtung Panzer: Kharkov 1943

Developer: Graviteam
Publisher: Paradox Interactive
Russian Publisher: 1C/Snowball Studios
Russian Title: Линия фронта: Битва за Харьков
Release Date: February 25, 2010
Russian Release Date: September 11, 2009
Genre: Wargame

Achtung Panzer: Kharkov 1943 (English)

Линия фронта: Битва за Харьков (Russian) (forum)

ACHTUNG PANZER: Kharkov 1943 is a ground-breaking war game uniquely dedicated to the last great German victory in the east. Our carefully researched archival military records put you on that battlefield. Opposing commanders control battalion and near-brigade strength battle groups locked in a fight to the death. ACHTUNG PANZER: Kharkov 1943 in-game god-mode camera gives you the ability to zoom into close quarter combat action and observe individual unit combat result battle detail. The enemy is relentless. "Hold what you've got!" There will be no retreat. There will be no surrender.

Commanders may choose from two separate campaigns fought in the pivotal Kharkov sector of operations. Campaign one: Soviet Army operations of February 1943. Campaign two: Heer Wehrmacht operations of early March 1943. In addition, commanders may explore a number of training missions. The game is solidly rooted in the proven Graviteam engine. ACHTUNG PANZER: Kharkov 1943 throws you headfirst into the Eastern Front gristmill where Iron Crosses grow and Heroes of the Soviet Union fight. You will be totally immersed in graphic, bloody World War Two battles. Combat infantrymen, tanks & crewmembers have been accurately recreated and rendered in painstaking historical detail, including injury and battle damage. As you relive these historical battles, you will command combined arms forces on a large battlefield while engaging in pitched battle. Life, death, victory, or the shame of defeat hangs by the slender thread of your every decision. The battles for Kharkov in early 1943 altered Soviet and Wehrmacht tactics forever. You will become part of those swirling eventful days of trial by combat judgment.


Large-Scale Battles. Your Field Grade and Company level command skills will be tested. Two hundred and fifty (250) soldiers & officers await your orders. More than forty types of combat and tactical vehicles will be maneuvering on the battle area at the same time. As in reality, your virtual tactical outcome will depend upon how skillfully you interact with your subordinate units and how well your battle plan survives trial by combat. Lay down suppressing fire and smoke! Recon by fire and turn the enemy's flanks. Hold him by the nose, kick him in the pants, and make him die for his country.

Balanced Game World. An awesome mixture of realistic global factors such as topography, Line of Sight/Line of Fire, target acquisition systems, range to target, projectile velocity, kinetic & explosive penetrators, and the sheer magnitude of battle sector operations compose a near real-world tactical symphony. This game engine will tear you out of your cozy little room and thrust you into the bitterly cold winter war of 1943. Fight or die. In this respect, the ACHTUNG PANZER: Kharkov 1943 ambient game environment is superior to all other marketplace competitors of this genre known at this time. This is the definitive East Front time machine you have been searching for.

Fully Interactive Landscape. Deformable terrain and destructible objects are the basis of in-game battlefield terraforming. During battles you can tear down, blow-up, and destroy everything from a small bush to an entire village. Beware, so can your enemy! This tactical battlefield destructive terraforming capability opens unprecedented operational battle area opportunities. Sculpt kill zones, funnel the enemy into your prepared muzzle-action fields of fire, and become the master of any battlefield topographical challenge. Make good ground serve you and use it to annihilate your enemy. Blow-up bridges and deny the enemy an opportunity to advance! Is the enemy well hidden? Recon by fire. Destroy everything around him. Burn him out. Flush him out. Turn his flanks. Send your forces into his rear areas and turn his best laid plans into route! You are in command of this highly realistic battlefield environment. Act decisively - everything is possible!

Seeing is Believing. ACHTUNG PANZER: Kharkov 1943 features an in-game Adaptive Scale god-Mode Cam which allows you to view the entire battlefield, a single combat vehicle, or even a single soldier. Do you have a favorite historical warrior? See him in virtual action. This gives you the opportunity to become a tactician with a capital T. You may even recline comfortably in your chair, relax, locate the enemy on the map, send sufficient forces his way, and watch your units defeat the enemy in detail. Alternately, you may lead from the front at the forward edge of the battle area and begin to discover how come Soviet and Wehrmacht battlefield tactics at the sharp end were forevermore changed by ACHTUNG PANZER: Kharkov 1943.

Windows XP SP2 or Vista Windows XP SP2 or Vista
AMD Athlon 2000/Intel Pentium 2.4 GHz [Game requires SSE instructions support by the processor] AMD Athlon 64 X2 4200/Intel Pentium D 3 GHz [Game requires SSE instructions support by the processor]
512 MB RAM 1.5 GB RAM
1x speed DVD-ROM drive or better 1x speed DVD-ROM drive or better
ATI Radeon 9500/nVidia GeForce 6600 128 MB [NOTE: Game does not start on nVidia GeForce FX video cards series] ATI Radeon x1600/nVidia GeForce 7600 256 MB [NOTE: Game does not start on nVidia GeForce FX video cards series]
DirectX 9 Compatible Sound Card DirectX 9 Compatible Sound Card