The Troop is a promising new small-scale World War 2 wargame

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As much as I love the weird mega-scale wargame, I also love the platoon-scale one. A game where you’re in charge of sixty soldiers, half a dozen vehicles, and a section of the battlefield that’s not much bigger than a suburban neighborhood.

Troop is just such a combat game, set in World War II and focusing on the British and Canadian forces fighting in Normandy from the early hours of D-Day. This immediately makes it stand out, as not nearly so many sports are focused on Britons and Canadians as much as the US military. What makes it more special? Unlike many other war games, it looks like it’s actually a game, not a simulation. Realism, though a concern, takes a back seat to the gripping gameplay.

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From what I have seen so far, the AI ​​understands and plays the same rules as the player. It will stay out of your sight, choose angles that don’t let you fire back effectively, and act like they’re not there if it can’t see your troops. It’s a game with rules, and the AI ​​is playing to win. I like it.

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(image credits: Giant Flame)

The troupe also has a good conceit of storytelling, and lends a little character to its units. This is something that is helped by its completely fictional battles and missions.

You can find Troops in early access on Steam. Developers Giant Flame intend to keep it in early access for about a year, aiming for a full release in something like December 2022 or January 2023.

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