Operation Europe: Path to Victory 1939-45, or Europa Sensen ("European Front") as it's known in Japan, is a Koei turn-based war strategy game based on conflicts taking place during World War II.
The game is the WW2 equivalent to Koei's earlier Nobunaga's Ambition and Romance of the Three Kingdoms series. As with those games, emphasis is placed on individual commanders and their abilities, and the game prioritizes tactics and numbers over graphical prowess. The player can choose from a list of real WW2 commanders to fill their general staff for each scenario. Commanders' skill levels in various different areas are randomly generated, but the RNG is biased so that historically successful commanders (Rommel, Patton, de Gaulle, etc) tend to have higher skills than commanders who suffered significant defeats (Corap, etc).
The player issues commands to a number of different regiments under his/her control on a 2D map of the scenario area. When a regiment engages in combat with an enemy regiment or city, gameplay changes to an isometric battle mode where commands can be issued to individual units within the division.
The following scenarios are available:
- Occupation of France
- North African War
- Fierce Battles at Kursk
- Storming of Normandy
- Battle of the Bulge
- Fight for Berlin