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Close Combat III: The Russian Front

The third instalment in an award-winning series, Close Combat III: The Russian Front, sees the action move from the West to the East, as it covers the doomed German assault on Russia during the Second World War.

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Developer: Atomic Games, Inc.

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Link Patch v3.0b

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VersionDescriptionLatest RatingLatest Wine version testedTest resultsComments
3.0bThe last official patch for this game released in March 1999. It fixes some bugs and introduces several gameplay changes. Many of the bugfixes are related to the multiplayer which doesn't work in Wine, but others improve the AI, e.g. pathfinding, tactical decisions, unit behavior and more.Silver1.3.1130
GOG 3.0bThe Close Combat series has arrived, DRM-free on The Russian Front is a legendary top-down RTS classic chronicling the gruesome battles of WWII are finally back, exclusively on Known for their snappy AI, realistic sound design and well-researched scenarios, Close Combat games let you side with either the Germans or the Allies as you pull off smart tactical maneuvers and desperate acts of heroism.Silver3.21-staging30
  1. Install the game into a 32bit Wine prefix.
  2. Apply the latest patch 3.0b (optional) unless you are using the GOG release which is already patched.
  3. Open winecfg and create new configuration for CC3.exe. 
    • Go to the "Screen" tab in winecfg and check "Emulate virtual desktop". Leave the default values to 800x600, otherwise the game will crash.
    • NOTE: You can change the screen resolution later in the game's Options menu.
    • Set Windows version to Windows XP
  4. If using the GOG release:
    • go to the CC3 installation directory and remove "/reg:32" from every line in the regs.cmd script either manually or using sed: sed 's/\/reg:32//g' regs.cmd > regs2.cmd
    • run wineconsole regs2.cmd
  5. Now type into your terminal wine regedit and change the value of HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/Software/Microsoft/Microsoft Games/Close Combat/3.00/PlayVideos from 01 00 00 to 00 00 00 00.
    • NOTE: Yes, you will never see those great short movies, but if you don't change this value the game will crash immediately after start. 
  6. If not using the GOG release add the ISO mountpoint directory as CD-ROM drive in the winecfg->Drives tab. When the game starts complaining about the missing CD, click "browse" and select that drive.
  7. Now you can play the game!
Known Issues
  • I have experienced occasional crashes after playing for a while. This has probably something to do with saved games. After playing a scenario save it under a different name and if you experience crashes later on, load the backup, because this saved game is probably corrupted.
  • Upon exiting the game will crash. Don't worry it is going to start up again next time you play.