Day of Defeat

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Day of Defeat
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Day of Defeat in-store PC game box

Developer(s) Valve Software
Publisher(s) Valve Software
Release date(s) May 1, 2003
Genre First-person shooter
Mode(s) Multiplayer, Single player
Rating(s) ESRB: Teen (T)
Platform(s) Windows

Day of Defeat (DoD) is a popular team-based multiplayer World War II first-person shooter computer game that immerses players into a 3D simulated virtual reality of the European Theatre Conflict. The game's graphics and sounds have been influenced by the movie Saving Private Ryan.



Day of Defeat is a 3D-shooter that simulates infantry battle between the adversaries of World War II's European Theatre: The Allies or The Axis. The goal is to complete various mission objectives.

Players choose which side they will fight on and what soldier class they will be. There are unique soldier classes for the Allies (United States and Great Britain) and the Axis (Germany). Class determines which weapons the player will carry, how fast they will move, and what they will look like.

A round begins with two opposing teams starting simultaneously in their respective spawn area of a map. A round ends when one team accomplishes all of its objectives.

Player casualties become reinforcements which are supplied according to a timer. The reinforcements originate at spawn and can be composed of anywhere from 1 soldier to the entire team. The reinforcement timer is usually between 10-20 seconds, but this time may vary from server to server.

Like other half-life mods, Day of Defeat tracks each player's accomplishment of team objectives, how many enemies each player has killed and how many times each player has died. The game also tallies these statistics for the entire team, this reflects the team's score which is primarily based on objectives.

After many rounds, the game ends when a set time limit expires, and the team with the most objectives achieved is the winning team regardless of kills or casualties, except in the case where both teams have not achieved any objectives or are tied in the objective score. The scoreboard is displayed and the game is restarted, usually with another map. There really is no "The End" to Day of Defeat.

Version history (incomplete)

  • Beta 1.0 (12 January 2001)
  • Beta 1.1 (14 February 2001)
  • Beta 1.2 (5 April 2001 ?)
  • Beta 1.3 (1 July 2001)
  • Beta 2.0 (13 October 2001 ?)
  • Beta 2.1 (10 May 2002)
  • Beta 2.2 (2 September 2002 ?)
  • Beta 2.3 (?)
  • Beta 3.0 (?)
  • Beta 3.1 (?)
  • Version 1.0 (1 May 2003)
  • Version 1.1 (14 November 2003, the first release on Steam)
  • Version 1.2 (19 May 2004)
  • Version 1.3 (7 July 2004)
  • DoD:Source - not released yet


DoD began as a Half-Life 3rd party mod in 2001. Later, the DoD team joined Valve Software and produced a standalone version published through Activision. DoD (ver.1.0) was officially released in May 2003. It was converted over to the Steam delivery system in version 1.1. Day of Defeat: Source is scheduled to be released by Summer 2005.


Day of Defeat features historical weaponry used in World War II: M1 Garand, M1 Carbine, Thompson submachine gun, M3A1 'Greasegun', Springfield M1903A4 Sniper Rifle, Browning Automatic Rifle, .30 Caliber Machine Gun, Bazooka, Karabiner 98k, Karabiner 43, MP40, Sturmgewehr 44, FG42, MG34, MG42, Panzerschreck, No4 Mk1 Lee Enfield, Sten Mk II, Bren Mk2, and the PIAT.

Solder class determines which weapons the player will initially be using. Each player carries a pistol (U.S. M1911, German Luger, British Webley MKVI) and a knife or German "spade" and a limited amount of ammunition. Each player also carries 0-2 grenades (American fragmentation grenade, German "stick" grenade, British mills bomb).

Players may also drop their main weapon in order to pick up those left by dead soldiers or discarded by other players, thus Allied players can wield Axis guns and vise versa.

M1 Garand: "The rifle that won the war."
M1 Garand: "The rifle that won the war."


Day of Defeat Maps

Official Maps Classic Maps Popular Custom Maps
  • dod_anzio
  • dod_avalanche
  • dod_caen
  • dod_charlie
  • dod_chemille
  • dod_donner
  • dod_escape
  • dod_falaise
  • dod_flash
  • dod_flugplatz
  • dod_forest
  • dod_glider
  • dod_jagd
  • dod_kalt
  • dod_kraftstoff
  • dod_merderet
  • dod_northbound
  • dod_saints
  • dod_sturm
  • dod_switch
  • dod_vicenza
  • dod_zalec
  • dod_cherbourg
  • dod_dog
  • dod_heutau
  • dod_hill
  • dod_koln
  • dod_omaha
  • dod_oslo
  • dod_overlord
  • dod_ramelle
  • dod_schwetz
  • dod_snowtown
  • dod_thunder
  • dod_zafod
  • dod_density
  • dod_devastation
  • dod_diversion
  • dod_fabrik
  • dod_harrington
  • dod_railroad
  • dod_solitude
  • dod_stuka
  • dod_verdun


Day of Defeat maps muster scenarios of historical World War II battles requiring teams to control territory and complete objectives. Territorial control scenarios require the players to capture flags at important choke points throughout the map. Objective-based maps take players into battle for mission targets, such as a bridge or German nebelwerfer(artillery) or any other various tactical targets. To achieve most tasks requires the players to use TNT charges at the objective. The many different possible objectives types include "clandistine missions", such as as obtaining secret documents and returning them to headquarters.

Official DoD maps included with the game encompass scenes such as the infamous battle at Omaha Beach (dod_charlie), streetfighting in the Italian city of Salerno during Operation Avalanche (dod_avalanche), and a Glider mission where the American 101st Airborne lands in a WACO Glider and has to destroy such objectives as a radio antenna and Flak 88 anti-aircraft gun (dod_glider).

Custom DoD maps available for download are also frequently constructed and remodeled by independent designers thus creating battles with unlimited missions for players to experience.

Day of Defeat: Source

As of 2004, Valve Software has announced the next version of the game, Day of Defeat: Source, an update of DoD using the Source engine used for Half-Life 2. Unlike previous releases of DoD, this update will be available only as part of Half-Life 2 bundles available on Steam. On February 24, 2005, Valve announced that DoD:S would "be available early this spring via Steam." They also allowed some dedicated people, including forum moderators, to play the beta, and allowed them to show the public pictures and videos of the beta.


Although Day of Defeat is primarily multiplayer online, an offline mode with bots (computer-controlled opponents) can also be played. Popular DoD bots are SturmBOT [1] ( and ShrikeBot [2] (

See also

External links

fr:Day of Defeat

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