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Can you play Men of War II in single-player or offline?

Men of War 2, a tank driving through a field.

Men of War II has plenty of multiplayer modes, but can you play this RTS in single-player or offline? Here’s what you need to know.

Multiplayer’s all well and good, but in Men of War II you might want to take on the Axis on your own. Can you play Men of War II single-player or offline? The answer is yes and no.

You can play Men of War II in single-player mode, and there are several different single-player modes available, including Story, Raid and Conquest. The first two contain different mission sub-sets and you can tweak various settings so there’s plenty to play if you’ve no interest in multiplayer. But there’s a catch.

The catch is that while you can play Men of War II in single-player mode, you cannot play it offline. That’s right, you have to be connected to the internet to play the game at all. We’re not talking about having to connect to Steam, you also have to connect to the game’s servers.

And if you don’t? If the internet is down or if you’re in Steam’s offline mode? You simply can’t play at all. You’ll get as far as the title screen, the game will try to connect and you’ll then get an error message with the option to retry. That is also the case if the servers are down. At the time of this, the game’s servers went down for maintenance and we were uanble to play Men of War II. At all.

It’s not a great situation. According to developer Best Way it’s “always online to allow us to maintain leaderboards, properly synchronize rewards players receive for playing (including for single-player and co-op content) and to prevent cheating.” However, they’ve confirmed they will be enabling offline single-player shortly after release.

So, the answer is that you can play it in single-player but not offline.

Weekend Editor // Chris has been gaming since the days of the Acorn Electron, which was allegedly purchased to 'help him with his homework'. You can probably guess how well that went. He’ll tackle most genres – football titles aside – though he has a taste for games that that are post-apocalyptic, horror-oriented or thought provoking in nature.