Getting into a World War II real-time strategy game is a challenge these days. So many have shown up on our doorstep the past couple of years that newcomers can only get the Nazi-weary public's attention by doing one thing wildly differently or everything incredibly well. You can put Rush for Berlin in the latter category. While this by-the-books effort from Codename: Panzers developer Stormregion is a rehash of WWII RTS conventions, the entire game is so well designed that you don't much care that you've seen it all before. If you can stand to liberate Stalingrad in a computer game one more time, you should sign up for a tour of duty here.
Just don't expect anything new. All of the standard WWII RTS conventions are respected so much here that you won't need to even glance at the manual to get the lay of the land. Four separate campaigns that begin with the final push into Germany let you wage war as the Western Allies,Russians, Germans, and French. A total of 25 solo missions (figure on 25 to 30 hours of play) take you through well-worn WWII hotspots such as Bastogne, Stalingrad, and bombed-out downtown Berlin.
Basically, Rush for Berlin is a very good representation of the WWII RTS formula by pros who really know their way around the Battle of the Bulge. If any game is capable of convincing genre veterans of shivering their way through the Battle of the Bulge one more time, it's this one.
Added (2009-03-15, 8:22 Pm)
I played this game about one year ago and at some points it seemed pretty hard...a real nut-cracker,but then i found out that the hardness was it's point...war is not easy anyway i found the beauty of conducting huge infantry attacks or tank attacks (note : tanks are very easy to beat in the game if you have some infantry armed with magnetic mines ).Air support is beautiful and it isn't restrained...you can call in an airstrike as long as your recon vehicle is in ready to call them.
A fun game,hard to beat but very fun.I recommend it to anyone who takes a break after a Company of Heroes or Men of War.Cheers