M2H and Blackmill Games “Tannenberg” is a large-scale multiplayer first-person shooter, somewhat like “Battlefield 1“, but a whole lot more authentic and unforgiving.
This obviously means that weaponry is limited – all you have to fight the enemy is your rifle (complete with bayonet), gas mask and the occasional pistol and hand grenade.
Other than that, gun emplacements can sometimes be found scattered around the battlefield, and your NCO also has the ability to call in for air support every so often.
There are the usual four classes, although little differentiates between them. If you are (un)lucky enough to be the captain of your squad, you only have a pistol and binoculars.
However, you can command your troops to move to a given position, which, as most of the players in the game are currently bots, they will do so (eventually) without question.
As for game modes. Well, there are three different game modes to pick from: The main mode (“Manoeuvrer”) where you have to run down your enemies tickets through capturing points and killing the enemy, and two types of death-match games, which are usually empty of players (there are no bots in those modes either, unlike in “Manoeuvrer”).
Capturing areas just requires that you to wait until a timer expires, hoping that the enemy doesn’t try and stop you. Captured areas add various bonuses and help to expand your front-line in the push to defeat your current enemy.
As for wepons. The games weaponry consists mainly of rifles (with bayonet), the odd hand grenade and pistols, with the possibility of getting better weapons as you progress your character.
However, it’s a bit hard to tell when they will be available, as little information is given…
I would also like to point out that due to the limited number of players, you’ll be playing with hoards of bots. In other words, expect to be killed a lot!
The AI varies a lot and seems to be, for the shooting part anyway, all over the place – some will shoot your head off as soon as you leave a trench, whilst others just stand around trying to hit you.
Graphically, “Tannenberg” is pretty decent – there is a nice bit of detail with all the damaged buildings and dead horses scattered around, and it certainly looks authentic. Furthermore, the game’s characters are look fairly decent too.
Character movement is fine (although AI ones are a bit stiff and odd at times), but your weaponry is severely limited. Whilst being pretty accurate, it just doesn’t make the game particularly interesting.
Collision detection can be rather wobbly at times. For example, you can be right next to someone and they will survive, but a long distance shot through a wagon will get you straight away.
So against “Battlefield 1”, this is a poor relation. Especially so since the lack of controllable vehicles does this game no favours, and whilst authentic, continual trench doesn’t make for an exciting game.
Nevertheless, at the end of the day. “Tannenberg” is still a very fun and fairly authentic WWI FPS game. So if you’re into WWI and FPS games in general, then “Tannenberg” should be your cup of tea for sure.
+ Very nice authentic graphics.
+ Music is good.
+ Controls are responsive.
+ Environments are varied.
– Playing against mostly bots.
– Some modes are empty.
– Lack of controllable vehicles.
– Enemy/friendly player markers take time to appear over characters.
– No kill cams.
– Very limited weaponry.
– On-screen text is so small!
Sound and music: 4/5
Replay value: 3/5
“Tannenberg” is a fairly authentic WWI game, it certainly can’t be beaten on that front for sure (very few WW1 FPS games has any say against “Tannenberg” when it comes to authenticism). As a fun game to play, though, there are certainly better games available.
So “Tannenberg” is a game you would play once or twice more our of curiosity than anything else. Furthermore, the game sure isn’t helped by an inaccessible weapon system and lack of usable vehicles.
Developer: Blackmill Games, M2H
Format: PC Download
Genre: Massive multi-player WWI FPS
Release date: 2019-02-13
Spent time: +2 hours
Average grade internationally: 72.88% Gamerankings.com
PEGI age rating: 16+
Price: 18.18 Euros via Steam
Robin Ek – Editor
The Gaming Ground
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