Heroes & Generals is both a strategy game and a team-based FPS game. You can play the game as the hero on the battlefield, the officer making the tactical decisions to win the battle, the general command devising the grand strategy and everything in between. Every players action has consequences for the war effort.
The strategy part of the game has two teams of generals moving assault teams around a map in realtime during wars. One side begins in London, the other in Berlin, with each sides objective being to take the others capital. As a general you can create an assault team, composed of different units, and move it from a city to another in order to place it either in allied territory, on neutral terrain, or on enemy terrain. Your assault team will be composed of whatever units you've unlocked (or purchased), like squad leaders, machine gunners, or riflemen. The war is won if a team reaches one of the following victory conditions: the enemy capital has been taken, or 75% of cities have been captured, or one army is 3 times bigger that opponents army.
When you login into the game you choose which campaign you want to join and which faction you want to fight for the entire war. After that the game downloads automatically some small amount of data and you can enter into combat directly in your browser. You first choose which assault team you want to be part of, then which type of soldiers you want to be and an available spawn spot on the map. You can also choose to spawn using the reinforcement assault team as a tank commander or tank crew for instance. You can be part of a variety of assault team, including infantry, aircraft team or tank team. We played as an infantry rifleman and a machine gunner and got killed a lot of times by tanks other riflemen and unexpected sniper shots coming from nowhere. On the battlefield you move your character, aim and shoot with the mouse and the usual keyboard keys of a FPS game trying to kill opponants with different weapons and take over control points. On your way you might find cars or bicycles, and you can use them to move quikly on the map. You can also shoot from the vehicules. All weapons have shoot and reload animations and you can see the impacts of the bullets on the target. You can play in various light settings including sunset or night, for instance. Reto-Moto's own browser based 3D game engine, called Retox brings high quality graphics to the game.
During the battles you earn credits which you can use to buy characters, weapons and weapon modifiers. You can also purchase your own assault team if you wish to be combat commander.
We've seen plenty of WWII multiplayer shooters in the past years but it seems that Reto-Moto is creating a persistent, living, and attractive battlefield across 1940s Europe. By mixing in ideas from tabletop strategy games and a control and capture gametype from Battlefield series, Heroes & Generals gives players an interesting type of gameplay never seen before. As it is a free to play game you definitely should give it a try when it comes out.