United Offensive may be an expansion pack in name, but it'll bring a lot more than just new maps to the table. In addition
to the expected array of new rifles and sidearms, a number of more unique weapons will join the mix, such as a flamethrower,
a bazooka, a portable machine gun, and a smoke grenade. To use the machine gun, you will need to go prone or mount it on a
windowsill to fire it.
Like the single-player campaign in the previous game, United Offensive's single-player campaign is split into thirds between
British, American, and Russian forces, and these parts will focus on the invasion of Sicily, the Battle of the Bulge, and
the Battle of Kursk, respectively. We took a look at two previously unseen missions, one each from the American and British
campaigns. In the American mission, the 101st Airborne attempted to move into the village of Noville against heavy German
resistance, aided by an AI-controlled tank that did considerable damage to enemy forces before being taken out. This mission
primarily involved house-to-house fighting in tight quarters and showed off several scripted action sequences. In one part,
the player and some of his allies were sealed in a cellar and had to blast their way out with explosives to rejoin the combat.
The biggest enhancement to the multiplayer in United Offensive is the addition of player-controlled
vehicles that will play a pivotal role in competitive matches. Jeeps and heavy and light tanks will all be available,
each of which has its own strengths and weaknesses. Jeeps can move three players at a time, and passengers can fire from the
seat or from a mounted machine gun, but of course the vehicle will be especially vulnerable to enemy fire. The light tank
houses two players--one of which mans a machine gun turret--and the light tank's main turret can rotate independently of the
vehicle's direction. Finally, the heavy tank carries only one player, and its turret always faces directly forward, but the
main cannon's firepower is truly devastating, as we saw when it obliterated a light tank with little effort.