Red Orchestra is one of the best realistic shooters on the market today. Begun as a mod for Unreal Tournament, the developers won the "Make Something Unreal" contest and acquired a license for the Unreal engine. Fast forward a few years, and they've now released Red Orchestra: Ostfront 41-45, the standalone game available over Steam that recreates the war between Russia and Germany. Full of squad-level infantry action, combined arms assaults with tanks, transports, and infantry, and tank-on-tank engagements that take place over gigantic battlefields, ROO is up there with Operation Flashpoint, Ghost Recon, and Rainbow 6 when it comes to realistic first person shooters.
RO never caught on very much at TG; its fatal flaw was that it was not Battlefield 2. I think you'll agree that this is a problem that a lot of games have, not just Red Orchestra, so if you can overlook the fact that all the nice things that BF2 does for you somehow aren't present in World War 2 (gee, really?) you'll probably find that RO is right up your alley. It does, however, cost 20 bucks. Now if you're like me (you're not but for the sake of the argument let's assume you are), you don't just drop 20 bucks on a game without any info. You could check GameRankings.com where ROO is holding steady at 78% (not too shabby for a brutally realistic game that's almost impossible to play withotu teamwork and tactics), or you could check Metacritic where it has garnered itself a respectable 81 (and that's factoring in G4's retarded score of 40), or you could even find out what the revered Dslyecxi thought about the game right before it came out, but seriously, who cares what other people think? You (yes, you!) can find out exactly what RO is like in the upcoming FREE TRIAL! Yep, from December 7th (next Thursday) to December 10th (Thursday Friday Saturday... guess that's Sunday then), the full version of Red Orchestra is yours to download and play over Steam. It might be swarming with noobs that weekened, but you'll get a good idea of what the game is like. In fact, you don't even have to wait. You can preload the thing now so you're ready to play when the time comes.
Click here to preload Red Orchestra!*
*That actually takes you to the Steam page, with a button that lets you preload it. So you're going to have to click twice. Just like you have to click twice when you fire a bolt action rifle, once to fire and once to bolt it. That way you can decide not to bolt it if you want to stab someone with a bayonet real fats. Realism, baby.