Sudden Strike (video game)

Sudden Strike is a real-time tactics computer game set in World War II and the first game in the Sudden Strike series.[3] The game was developed by Fireglow based in Russia and published by CDV software of Germany.[4] The player selects a faction (e.g. Soviets, Germans, or Allied forces) and gains control of many varied units such as infantry, tanks and artillery. The games focus primarily on tactics, eschewing traditional real-time strategy resource gathering and base development.

Sudden Strike
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Developer(s)Fireglow Games
Publisher(s)Cdv Software Entertainment
Strategy First[2]
Director(s)Victor Streltsov
  • Victor Bargachev
  • Vladimir Medeiko
  • Oleg Semenov
  • Victor Streltsov
Artist(s)Dmitry Jempala
Composer(s)Igor Rzheffkin
SeriesSudden Strike
  • NA: January 24, 2001
  • UK: October 27, 2000
Genre(s)PC real-time tactics (RTT)
Mode(s)Single player and multiplayer

Sudden Strike was a commercial success, with global sales of roughly 800,000 units by 2002.


The main story features three campaigns (Soviets, Germans, and Allied forces).[5] The battles are presented in an isometric perspective with line-of-sight occlusions and practical cover.[6]

Sudden Strike utilizes accurate in-game physics with houses and buildings obstructing units' view, line-of-sight and firing range whereas clumps of trees can provide cover to reduce the damage of tank ordnance. The game allows units to garrison a building for a stronger firing position, especially valuable for anti-tank infantry. Units can also hold their fire, providing much-needed reconnaissance. Damage evaluation is also realistic; tanks or other vehicles that take too much damage are rendered immobile unless repairs are made.

Sudden Strike ForeverEdit

Sudden Strike Forever was an official add-on to Sudden Strike which introduces many more historically correct units and equipment, such as the upgraded Soviet T-34 tank (1944 version).[7] New terrains are also provided: a desert terrain for the British missions in Tobruk and Tripoli and snow terrains for Soviet missions. The expansion also polished the game engine, balanced the damage of certain units, and added a map and scenario editor.

The add-on includes 4 inter-linked scenarios for each of the campaigns for the Germans, the American, the British and the Soviets. Other units which are added into the add-on includes, but not limited to the Universal Carrier for the British; the BR-5 artillery, 160mm grenade launcher for the Soviet forces and more. The supply system has also been tweaked with artillery crews automatically resupplying themselves with ammo crates nearby instead of relying on supply trucks to do the job. The supply trucks would still be needed to repair damages inflicted on these artillery units, however.

The German campaign puts the player into the winter setting of Russian hinterlands with limited troops and reinforcements available, thus relying on use of captured Soviet artillery as well as equipment. The British campaign deals with the defense of an unnamed seaport from German attacks, whereas the American campaign probably takes place in France during the autumn season as the foliage on the vegetation suggest. The Soviet campaign involves a large armored division counter-attack on Russian soil and the storming of the Wehrmacht-controlled airfields. As with the earlier Sudden Strike original campaigns, the briefings do not explain the historical setting of the campaign, thus only issuing standardized orders to the player to e.g. dispel enemy attacks or to simply take over a designated airfield in the east and so on. The add-on also includes 5 new single player individual scenarios.



In the German market, Sudden Strike debuted at #1 on Media Control's sales chart for September 2000.[8] The Verband der Unterhaltungssoftware Deutschland (VUD) presented it with a "Gold" award at the end of that month,[9] indicating sales of at least 100,000 units across Germany, Austria and Switzerland.[10] The committee noted that, despite the game's "exceedingly sensitive" subject matter, Sudden Strike had become an "absolute hit".[9] It proceeded to place second, sixth, 17th and 18th on Media Control's rankings over the subsequent four months, respectively.[11][12] Following its 16th-place finish in February 2001,[13] the VUD upgraded Sudden Strike to "Platinum" status (200,000 sales) and reaffirmed it as major commercial success.[14] It continued to chart in the German market that March, with a placement of 18th.[13]

Publisher CDV Software reported that Sudden Strike sold 292,000 units into stores and foreign publishers during 2000, and that sell-through was "running very positively". The company also noted a high volume of sales directly to customers through the CDV online store.[15] The title became popular in France, where it was the first game published by Focus Home Interactive. It sold 60,000 units at full price and reached #1 on GfK's charts for the French market,[16] and remained there for multiple weeks.[17] Global sell-through of Sudden Strike reached roughly 600,000 units by the end of 2001,[18] and around 800,000 units by the end of 2002. This made it one of CDV's best-selling titles at the time, alongside Cossacks: European Wars.[19] According to Focus Home, the game's sales in France alone topped 80,000 units by May 2004,[20] and ultimately totaled 250,000 units.[17]

Critical reviewsEdit

John Lee reviewed the PC version of the game for Next Generation, rating it five stars out of five, and stated that "You VILL play! You VILL enchoy!"[23]

Sudden Strike generally received positive reviews. On Metacritic it has a score of 69 out of 100 based on 16 critics.[26] Sudden Strike Forever holds a 70 score from 5 critics.[27]

See alsoEdit


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  3. ^ "Sudden Strike PC". IGN. Retrieved 2014-01-23.
  4. ^ "Sudden Strike Coming to North America". Gamespot. October 17, 2000. Retrieved 2014-01-23.
  5. ^ "Sudden Strike". IMDb. 24 January 2001.
  6. ^ "Sudden Strike Review".
  7. ^ "Sudden Strike -- Gold Edition! - IGN".
  8. ^ "Stand: September 2000" (in German). Verband der Unterhaltungssoftware Deutschland. Archived from the original on October 24, 2000.
  9. ^ a b "VUD Sales Awards: September 2000" (in German). Verband der Unterhaltungssoftware Deutschland. September 30, 2000. Archived from the original on April 22, 2003.
  10. ^ Horn, Andre (January 14, 2004). "VUD-Gold-Awards 2003". GamePro Germany (in German). Archived from the original on July 18, 2018.
  11. ^ "Stand: November 2000" (in German). Verband der Unterhaltungssoftware Deutschland. Archived from the original on December 9, 2000.
  12. ^ "Zeitraum: Januar 2001" (in German). Verband der Unterhaltungssoftware Deutschland. Archived from the original on February 7, 2001.
  13. ^ a b "Zeitraum: März 2001" (in German). Verband der Unterhaltungssoftware Deutschland. Archived from the original on April 29, 2001.
  14. ^ "VUD Sales Awards" (Press release) (in German). Verband der Unterhaltungssoftware Deutschland. February 28, 2001. Archived from the original on April 22, 2003.
  15. ^ Annual Report 2000 (PDF) (Report). CDV Software. 2001. p. 7. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 17, 2004.
  16. ^ "Box Office" (in French). Focus Home Interactive. Archived from the original on October 10, 2004.
  17. ^ a b Document de Base (PDF) (Report) (in French). Focus Home Interactive. January 9, 2015. p. 22. Archived (PDF) from the original on February 5, 2018.
  18. ^ Annual Report 2001 (PDF) (Report). CDV Software. March 2002. p. 6. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 17, 2004.
  19. ^ Annual Report 2002 (PDF) (Report). CDV Software. March 2003. p. 36. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 17, 2004.
  20. ^ "Focus sort ses deux premiers hits à prix choc". Agence française pour le jeu vidéo. May 24, 2004. Archived from the original on October 20, 2005.
  21. ^ Poole, Stephen. "Sudden Strike". PC Gamer US. Archived from the original on February 4, 2008.
  22. ^ Case, Loyd (February 2001). "Less is More". Computer Gaming World. No. 199. p. 111.
  23. ^ a b Lee, John (March 2001). "Finals". Next Generation. Vol. 4, no. 3. Imagine Media. p. 92.
  24. ^ Shoemaker, Richie. "Sudden Strike". PC Zone. Archived from the original on January 13, 2007.
  25. ^ Albright, Willie (December 30, 2000). "Sudden Strike". Computer Games Magazine. Archived from the original on March 23, 2005.
  26. ^ "Sudden Strike". Metacritic.
  27. ^ "Sudden Strike Forever". Metacritic.

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