August 5, 2020

Total Tank Simulator: Dipping Into History Again

Total Tank Simulator

Because for me, that’s what Total Tank Simulator represents. Dipping into history again, and writing about the brave men and women who fought in a war. However, this is not my rookie post about the perils of war. Days Of War got me talking and writing about WW2, Cossack’s II brought me back to the Napoleonic Wars, and Sniper Ghosts allowed me to explore plenty of other wars as well. With snipers as a central figure in the story of course.

Total Tank Simulator: The Tanks Are In The Middle Of Story?

Total Tank Simulator has a rather different central figure. Tanks of course. But right here in this particular post, I’m going to focus not just on movies that have tanks as a central figure. Or as an extension of the characters for that matter. No, I’m going o be focusing on rather good war movies that have a cool and iconic tank scene. Why limit myself anyway? However, I can’t even begin to name such movies, without mentioning a word or two about the game itself. What’s so special about the Total Tank Simulator? Besides that, do we have it on sale here at IndieGala? Indeed we do, but hurry up. That sale is about to expire really soon!

Total Tank Simulator

Total Tank Simulator: What’s The Game All About?

Developed by Noobz from Poland and published by 505 Games, Total Tank Simulator is a single-player action strategy simulator of a game. The player of the game is in fact, the commander in the ranks. He or she is the soldier at heart. The game allows you too choose a faction, then deploy and command your army into massive WWII battles. Until there’s the last man standing. You can also destroy everything on sight with an insane amount of units that will behave tactically.

What does that entail? Well, large maps are carefully crafted to fit infantry. There’s also motorized and airborne action that includes deformable terrain. Not to mention there’s a very gradual destruction of buildings and landmarks. You can have your battlefield with never-ending artillery fire! That’s right. You can blow up vehicles, bring down buildings, even flatten forests if you choose to… It’s up to you, but hurry up. The sale is not going to last much longer.

I mean… Take a look at some of the stellar opinions:

“It’s a very cool game that allows you to reenact those childhood toy soldier battles on a massive scale.”
ALPHA BETA GAMER

“Notable about the game is its attention to detail ”
TV Tropes

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However, back to the topic at hand. Which are some of the movies I’ve picked for this particular post? Scroll down and find out.

Fury

Written and directed by David Ayer, Fury is a deviation from his usual genre of choice. Gritty crime dramas. However, it’s one of the movies closest to heart for Ayer, since he’s a former member of the US Navy. Well, Fury and U-571. That’s right before becoming a director, he was a submarine Sonar technician aboard the USS Haddo submarine. Also, Fury was the movie Ayer did before Suicide Squad sooooo….

But Fury (unlike Suicide Squad) is a decent movie with an incredible list of actors. Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, Michael Peña, Jon Bernthal, Jason Isaacs are some of the A-listers here. But what’s the movie about? Well, it’s about a US tank crew that is on a mission to track down Nazis during the final weeks of WW2. Across Germany. To stay true to the real deal, the cast and crew lived the life of real-life soldiers. About shooting in England, Brad Pitt said, “No rations, no showers, and we were sleeping in the rain. It was miserable, but we loved it”. Suffering for art, don’t you think?

Kelly’s Heroes

Furry starred Scott Eastwood, but Kelly’s Heroes stars his much more famous dad. Clint Eastwood. And if you think that this will be the oldest movie on this list, you’re wrong. But stay tuned for more awesome oldie movies down this post. Kelly’s Heroes is about a group of American soldiers who in 1944 go AWOL to rob a secret stash of Nazi treasure behind enemy lines.

Fun fact. Both Clint Eastwood and Donald Sutherland appeared in Space Cowboys, 20 years after making this movie, and proved that they still got it. But did you know that during filming in Yugoslavia in July 1969, Neil Armstrong became the first man to walk on the moon? That’s right. I can imagine Clint and Donald watching the Moon landing together. Yes, this is one of the finest movies in Clint Eastwood’s entire career and it’s worth checking out. I highly recommend it.

Sahara

Told ya that Kelly’s Heroes is not the oldest movie on the list, now didn’t I? Sahara is so old it’s black and white, but to tell you the truth…. It’s still so good. Humphrey Bogart stars in Sahara as an American tank commander in Libya during the Western Desert Campaign of WW2. The movie is actually based on an incident depicted in the 1936 movie The Thirteen. Not to mention Sahara produced plenty of remakes later on, but the 1943 version remains the best one yet.

Here’s an interesting fact about this movie. Besides that it was shot during the actual WW2 of course. No woman appears in it. Indeed. There is not a single female actress in Sahara, which was unusual even for the time. Oh, and the film still to this day has 100% on Rotten Tomatoes. I told you it’s good. Really good.

The Beast

Also known as The Beast Of War. This is a 1988 movie with George Dzundza and Jason Patrick in the lead roles and it’s set mostly in Afghanistan. However, the film follows the crew of a Soviet T-55 tank who became lost during the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. The crew has a group of vengeance-seeking rebels on their tracks and they must find a way to survive the ordeal. But, despite not being a huge success at the time of release, it has a really strong cult following now. Also, did you know that the words “Badal” and “Nanawatai” that are spoken by the rebels throughout the film mean “Revenge” and “Mercy”?. Fascinating!

A Bridge Too Far

Talk about a true war epic. Directed by Richard Attenborough, A Bridge Too Far is based on the events of 1944’s failed Operation Market Garden. However, if you’re not impressed by the true story in this WW2 movie you will be by the cast of course. There are fourteen Oscar winners in the movie, and the list is simply impressive with the actor’s portion of the movie. Forget about the cast in Fury. Michael Caine, Sean Connery, Gene Hackman, Anthony Hopkins, Robert Redford are part of the movie. And the great Laurence Olivier is just the cherry on top really. This is a stellar group of acting legends, no doubt about it.

Sir Sean Connery initially turned this movie down, because he felt it would be glorifying a military disaster. However, he changed his mind after reading the screenplay. And when you hear actors complaining (or bragging) that they were put in strict boot camp (Brad Pitt anyone?) you have this movie to thank for that. A Bridge Too Far was the first war movie in which actors were put through boot camp before filming. Cool right? I thought so too.

Total Tank Simulator And Some Of Your Picks

Which are some of your picks to add on this list? Which war movie (with tanks in the plot) is your favorite? Tell us in the comment section. We’d love to know.

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