Acronym alert! Heroes & Generals developer explains how to blend FPS, RTS, WW2 and F2P

Andy Hartup at

Choice is a wonderful thing. Coke or Pepsi, Ant or Dec, terrorist or counter-terrorist (er, in Counter-Strike, obviously). So we’re chuffed to see Square Enix’s latest free-to-play shooter offering the choice to fight WW2 as either a Hero, or – and this may surprise you - a General. It’s in closed Beta for now, but we’re giving away 1000 keys to give you a taste before the public Beta arrives. What’s the game all about? Well, the hero part is pretty self-explanatory. You’re on the ground as either an allied or axis soldier, fighting battles for the pen-pushers back in Berlin / London / Washington. As a General, you are the pen-pusher; managing troops and vehicles in a bloody RTS war for Europe.

1000 Beta keys for Heroes & Generals - sign up here, son

Andy Hartup at

Nazis just aren’t cool anymore. Back in 2006, you were never more than three feet from a World War 2 game at any given time. Now it’s all UMPs, UAVs, and shadowy extremeist-terrorist-radicalist-mega-corporations. Modern warfare has become so ubiquitous that it’s refreshing to see free-to-play hybrid shooter Heroes & Generals reclaiming and reinventing the old Axis vs Allies grudge.

BBC journalist re-fights WWII in Hearts of Iron

Matt Purslow at

In a fascinating post on his blog Idle Scrawl, BBC's Newsnight economics editor Paul Mason attempts to re-fight the Second World War in Hearts of Iron III in order to try out a popular theory that the war could have ended far sooner had things worked out differently. Read on to learn how he did.

Trailer, 29 screens for Red Orchestra: Heroes of Stalingrad

Evan Lahti at

Last weekend's Penny Arcade Expo had more PC games than any previous year. I liked a lot of them. Torchlight 2 had goggled ferrets. Portal 2 had a hilarious co-op trailer and revealed that you can hug your puzzle-solving partner. Duke Nukem Forever had...existence. But Red Orchestra: Heroes of Stalingrad was the best thing I saw at PAX.