World War 2 games are popular because they put you into one of the most pivotal moments of history. That history is also shared across the world, along with the playerbase for these games. Often knowing the actual history can help you in game. They are particularly popular among my stream community, so I play them quite often. While you have your usual AAA titles like Call of Duty: World War II, there are some smaller indie titles. Smaller and better. I’m going to share some of these lesser known WW2 titles with you today. These games can be cheap or free, and even come in VR!
I have to introduce Foxhole first for various reasons. It’s published and developed by Clapfoot games. While it isn’t directly a WW2 game, a quick look will find that it is heavily based on WW2. The developers simply chose to use an alternate reality to avoid being locked into history. It is a to down, persistent world sandbox where the heroic Colonials battle the evil Wardens for territory. Wars can last DAYS. Yes, days! There is literally a role for anyone from front line combat, to behind the lines production of war materials. Everything is crafted from bullets to battle tanks. As I always like to say, you could theoretically play this game and never fire a shot. I love this game and have over 100 hours in it. Foxhole is $19.99 US on Steam.
I did receive a key from the developer for Foxhole.
Kards: The WWII Card Game is a recent find for me, and the name makes it pretty self explanatory. I play MTG: Arena on stream, and a few viewers recommended I check it out. Developed and published by 1939 Games, Kards is essentially a WW2 version of MTGA. Like Trenches, Kards is also free to play. You can pick the classic factions of World War 2, and build decks or participate in draft games. You can even combine two factions to make your own deck of likely, or unlikely, allies. Various game mechanics attempt to mimic historical conditions as well, for example artillery can attack targets without being attacked in return. If you like card games, free is pretty hard to turn down.
Next up is Trenches, developed and published by Big OOF Games. It is a WW2 first person shooter, that appears directed towards becoming an FPS version of Foxhole. This game is in early development, and has been subject to a lot of rapid updates. Currently the game has a horde mode where you can build fortifications and join your friends to defend your lines. A versus mode is under development for the PvP side of things. This game is available for free, just search for TrenchesWIP on Steam.
Final Assault is a my first VR entry into the World War II setting. It is developed and published by Phaser Lock Interactive, and is already organizing championship tournaments. Final Assault is a strategy game that literally puts you in the middle of the battle. It’s immersive view is the biggest selling point for the game, and cannot be understated. You deploy waves of troops and equipment towards your enemy until you destroy their headquarters. You can even play this head-to-head, hence the aforementioned tournaments. Compatible with Vive and Rift, you really have to experience this game’s player perspective for yourself. Final Assault is $29.99 US on Steam.
I did receive a key from the developer for Final Assault.
And last, but not least, Hell Let Loose. Like I was going to write an article and forget this game. Developed by Black Matter, and published by Team 17, this is one of my top 5 favorite games of all time. It is a first person shooter where you compete over historic battlefields in a 50 vs 50 player contest. I have over 200 hours in this game and am ready for 2000 more. It is on the more casual side of a milsim, but it’s deployment mechanic being is what makes it better than Squad or Post Scriptum for me. While this game is still in Early Access, it’s better than some ‘full’ version games. Hell Let Loose is $29.99 US on Steam.
One last thing worth mentioning is that every single one of these games is rated mostly positive or very positive on Steam. That’s an incredible feat for any game, let alone Early Access games. Yes, most of these games are in Early Access, with Final Assault being in full release. Still, with all of them under $30 at full price, they are easily a steal at any sale price. They all have very responsive dev teams that make a good effort to support their community in one form or another. I own them all, I’ve played them all before, and I’d play them all again. I feel like that sums it up pretty well. Now what are you waiting on soldier? Grab one and start playing!