Silent Storm is a classic tactical RPG released in 2003, following the events of World War II within Europe the game also incorporates some fictionalised and science fiction elements. In addition to the original game an expansion called Sentinels was released a year later and bundled together in the Silent Storm Gold edition.
Set deep within World War II and pulling in elements of an alternate timeline Silent Storm follows the THO (Thor’s Hammer Organization) as they seek to use their European connections to dominate the world. In order to do so THO carefully spread their advanced technology between both sides of the war to ensure they devastate each other for THO to rise to power. One such recurring technology is the Panzerkleins who are immune to small arms fire and drastically change the battlefield landscape of World War II.
Gameplay centres around players creating and commanding a team of up to 6 soldiers that have aligned themselves with Axis or Allied. Each soldier plays a different role on the battlefield ranging from medic, sniper, scout, soldier, engineer and grenadier and associated strengths and weaknesses. Beyond the first mission players gain access to an entire army base complete with med bay, armoury, personnel and hanger for Panzerklein. This allows players to improve and heal their soldiers while also selecting 6 for the next mission from a maximum pool of 20 depending on the skills required.
All of this is wrapped in an authentic World War II setting with many pieces of equipment, weaponry and locations being reproduced with great detail. Some elements have been altered to include science fiction elements, most notably the aforementioned Panzerkleins (small tanks) and energy weapons.
For its time Silent Storm also included an advanced physics engine that makes nearly all structures destructible within the game world, allowing the player to create new paths through the environment for tactical benefit. This physics engine also expands to the likes of ragdoll and bullet ricochet to create a more realistic and sometimes cinematic game.
- Sci fi blended with alternate World War II time line.
- Command a team of up to 6 in each mission.
- Recruit up to 20 units and upgrade them at base.
- Fight for the Axis or Allies.
- Tactical based game with destructible environments.
Review Platform: PC