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Barry Miller
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Sometimes when trying to describe in a nutshell, what a game is about, I prefer to liken the game to a movie if at all possible. For instance, I describe 'Star Wars: Rebellion' as the original "Star Wars trilogy in a box". Or, 'War of the Ring' as "The Lord of the Ring in a box". Or 'Fortune and Glory' as "Indiana Jones in a box". Or, 'Star Trek: Fleet Captains' as "Star Trek in a box". Or, 'A Touch of Evil' as "Sleepy Hallow" in a box. I can go on, but you get the idea. I find this method of describing a game in a relatable way works really well with new, or non-gamers.

So would it be fair to describe 'Black Orchestra' as the movie, "Valkyrie in a box"?

From what I've seen of the game, I believe so, but haven't played it yet. Am wondering what others think.

Thx!

Link to the 'Valkyrie' page on IMDB


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Jack Francisco
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I think if you're looking for a movie reference, that's probably as close as you can get. BO is one of my favorites of the year.
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I think that's probably the most apt movie to use for comparison's sake. I actually thought more about a National Geographic documentary I've showed to my History classes for the last few years called, "42 Ways to Kill Hitler" when I heard about this.

To add to what Jack said, this game is pretty remarkable. This and Freedom: The Underground Railroad, are both examples of games that, in my opinion, could have gone so wrong based solely on theme. Now, while Black Orchestra is arguably lighter in tone, it still handles a tremendously controversial theme in a respectful way, and like Freedom, is still able to maintain a level of FUN. There's tension, and if you allow it, frequent reminders that what is being simulated represents some of the worst aspects of humankind, but by handling the theme in a responsible way (and of course by being on the right side of history) these games allow you to explore some dark corners of history in an engaging and fun manner.
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Like me also piggyback Mike and say that the simulation element seems eerie at times, when the Deputies seem to be closing in on you at the worst times.
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It reminds me of that Paul Simon song "50 ways to kill your Fuhrer."
Just shoot him in the back, Jack
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I have used this:

"Now that we have played Secret Hitler, let's undo what just happened ..."

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dakjck wrote:
It reminds me of that Paul Simon song "50 ways to kill your Fuhrer."
Just shoot him in the back, Jack


Actually, my preferred path to victory has been more like, "Just bomb his plane, Shane."
 
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Shoot him in the head, Fred
 
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Tickle him to death with a feather, Heather.
 
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