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Theatre of War 2: North Africa 1943

Platform(s): PC
Genre: Strategy
Publisher: Excalibur Publishing (EU), (US)
Developer: 1C Company
Release Date: Feb. 26, 2010

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'Theatre of War 2: Africa 1943' - v1.3.0 Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on Sept. 17, 2009 @ 4:38 a.m. PDT

Theatre of War 2 covers events of 1943, the operations in Tunisia. Recovered from losses after their defeat at Al-Alamein, German Afrika Korps, supported by Italian military contingent and new powerful weapons, marched against the Allies. The German troops were commanded by general Rommel and had the chance for a quick victory. However, their military operations were severely prolonged, and the plans of the German general were about to failÂ…

Get the Theatre of War 2 v1.3.0 Patch off WP (72mb)

This second patch to Theatre of War 2: Africa 1943 updates the game to version 1.3.0 and includes the previous tweaks and improvements from the v1.1.0 patch as well as a host of new fixes and features, such as:

  • Automatic awarding fixed
  • Game stability improved
  • Possibility to cheat in multiplayer removed (by changing cost of units)
  • You can now play gunfire sounds in Order of Battle screen as well as in encyclopedia (left-click on a soldier, gun or ammo icon)
  • Free camera now is a default one, camera errors fixed
  • Support call button functionality will be restored correctly after loading a save game
  • Inability to click 'Ready' button in multiplayer in some circumstances fixed
  • Aiming routine imroved (including aiming at soldiers visible through windows)
  • 'Barrage fire' routine improved
  • Fire sector checking improved
  • Fixed an error in Mission Editor
  • Wrong loading of a certain sound file removed which may caused memory errors
  • A rare error during grenade lobbing fixed
  • Camera movement using mouse now is disabled in cutscenes
  • Explosive charge was removed from 76mm M79 shell
  • 88mm PzGr. 39 Initial velocity corrected

Theatre of War 2: Africa 1943 v1.1.0 patch

  • Some large game assets (objects, textures, sounds, animations) were optimized or reworked to reduce strain on RAM and especially video memory
  • RAM handling improved on 32-bit systems (see below)
  • Potential crash causes fixed in several maps
  • "Save As..." function added to Map Editor
  • Submission text editing added to Mission Editor
  • Soldier reaction time decreased
  • You can now play gunfire sounds in encyclopedia (left-click on gun icon)
  • Thickness of one armor sheet on Pz. IV F1 and F2 tanks corrected
  • Thickness of Pz. III N gun mantlet corrected, it's price equalized with Pz. IV F1
  • PaK 35/36 armor penetration data corrected
  • http:// prefix removed from multiplayer server search system for compatibility with certain networks (delete old mp.ini file in 'users' folder to apply this)
  • SmartPause mode customization added (see below)
  • Inabilty to start multiplayer game in some circumstances fixed
  • Crash while calling British mortar support fixed
  • Absent Allied plane textures on some dates fixed
  • Other minor fixes and enhancements

SmartPause mode customization

After patch installation messages.xml file in DataAi folder appears. You can edit it to customize SmartPause behavior (SmartPause mode can be turned on and off using options.exe utility or editing game.ini file in 'users' folder).

You can change reaction to following events:

Command_Incomplete - order can not be carried out and disregarded
Soldier_Death - soldier dies
Soldier_Under_Attack - soldier is under fire
Soldier_No_Ammo - soldier has no ammo left
Soldier_No_Weapon - soldier has no weapon
Soldier_No_Point_In_LOF - soldier don't have clear Line of Fire to the target
Soldier_In_Panic - soldier in panic
Vehicle_Death - vehicle destroyed
Vehicle_No_Crew - no crew in the vehicle
Artillery_Death - artillery gun or Heavy Machine Gun is destroyed
Artillery_No_Ammo - artillery gun or Heavy Machine Gun have no ammo left
Artillery_No_Point_In_LOF - artillery gun or Heavy Machine Gun don't have clear Line of Fire to the target
Tankman_Under_Attack - vehicle is under fire
Tankman_No_Ammo - vehicle have no more ammo left
Tankman_No_Weapon - all vehicle weapons are disabled
Tankman_Damage_Engine - vehicle immobilized (engine, transmission, tracks or wheels are damaged)
Tankman_Blocked - vehicle stopped because it's path is blocked
Tankman_In_Panic - vehicle crewman in panic
Tankman_No_Point_In_LOF - vehicle shooter don't have clear Line of Fire to the target
Driver_Not_Skilled - vehicle driver's skill is too low to drive (1 for own vehicles, 50 for captured enemy vehicles)
Shooter_Not_Skilled - vehicle shooter skill is too low to fire (1 for own vehicles, 50 for captured enemy vehicles)

Reaction to the event is specified in <Reaction> string. Possible reactions are:

NONE - do nothing
PAUSE - pause the game automatically
MOVE - instantly move the camera to event location
PAUSE_AND_MOVE - pause the game automatically and instantly move the camera to event location (default setting).

For example, if you want the camera to move to immobilized tank, but don't want the switch on automatic pause, find the <Message> section with string <ID>Tankman_Damage_Engine</ID> and change the string <Reaction>PAUSE_AND_MOVE</Reaction> to <Reaction>MOVE</Reaction>:


Memory compatibility mode

If the game sometimes still crash during saving because of lack of allocated memory (this may happen on certain hardware configurations, especially if your OS is 32-bit Vista), you can turn on safer (but longer) save routine.
To do this, go to 'users' folder inside the game folder and edit game.ini file:


(it's set to 0 by default). Please note that after that, calling menu during battle (by pressing Esc or menu button) will take several seconds and save procedure will be slightly longer.

Theatre of War II covers events of 1943, the operations in Tunisia. Recovering from their losses after the crushing defeat and subsequent retreat after the Second Battle of El-Alamein, the German Afrika Korps - reinforced and now supported by the Italian Army - prepare once more to put steel against steel with the Allies. The Axis forces, under the command of the legendary General Erwin Rommel, have an all too brief opportunity to seize victory from the clutches of their earlier failures. However, their military operations were severely prolonged, and the plans of the German general were about to fail…

Players will lead Rommel's Afrika Korps in their last full-scale military campaign or command the English and American armies as they try to push the Axis forces out of Africa once and for all.

In Theatre of War 2: Africa 1943 you will be able to command not just generic tank battalions and companies, but units and troops which existed in reality. Every single unit in North Africa 1943 will have its proper unit designation, tactical symbols and insignia.

Key Features

  • House to house urban combat
  • Animated hand-to-hand fighting
  • Anti-air vehicles and stationary anti-aircraft mounts to control
  • Smoke screens
  • Different types of trenches, sand bags, road blocks and barbed wire emplacements are now available (to defending units only) and can be placed by the player before the battle starts
  • Advanced unit formations control
  • Improved soldier A.I. (e.g. soldiers will independently search for cover and share heavy weapons ammo)
  • Improved complex infantry damage system
  • New advanced visual spotting system accounts for observation angles and smoke screens
  • Online Game Server Browser
  • Improved visuals and sound, with new soldier and vehicle models, new sounds and music, and all new explosion effects and animations.
  • 15 missions in three campaigns ? German, American and British - including famous battles such as Kasserine Pass, Sidi Bou Zid, Sbeitla and Tebessa.
  • Mission Editor to create your own scenarios
  • Interactive Tactical Battle Map
  • Over 50 different vehicle types
  • Over 30 new unique buildings

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