Reviews for Company of Heroes 2
Still a shining example of the genretaigatsu | Feb. 4, 2014 | See all taigatsu's reviews »
One of the greatest real time strategy games to come out in the last decade was the original Company of Heroes. While most of the changes and improvements to gameplay are marginal at best, CoH2 still retains the tactical brilliance of its predecessor. This is a game that rewards intelligent use of combined arms tactics, positioning and situational awareness, rewarding players who can think on their feet. The new, hyped up features such as real line of sight, a weather system and bulletins (minor unlockable upgrades to units) ultimately have little effect on the overall gameplay, but the tight balance of combat remains.
Multiplayer is as addictive as ever, and the single player campaign features a wide range of challenge maps and missions to make things more interesting. At times, it can feel a bit more homogenous than the first, but fans will still find a few surprises in store. A word of caution, however : the DLC model is perhaps one of the most exploitative out there. Nothing you can purchase is essential or particularly overpowering, so you'll do fine without it, but prices for things like new commanders and cosmetic effects are a bit unreasonable.
Company of Heroes 2 is for real time strategy players who crave a game that emphasizes tactical thinking over build orders. Although the game is only an incremental step from the original, it is still one of the best games of its kind on the market.
Solid game, but an uninspired sequellachking | Jan. 21, 2014 | See all lachking's reviews »
All this time after the original Company of Heroes, many people, including me feel rather let down by what is on offer in Company of Heroes 2. The campaign is pretty standard, and is quite similar to that in the original game in terms of objectives and the level design and the voice acting is adequate. Objectives are pretty standard and involve tasks such as defending a certain area for a specified time, killing waves of enemies and placing mines to destroy enemy vehicles. The fact that your units can freeze to death and that you must go near fire to keep warm is interesting at first, but the mechanic gets old and repetitive rather quickly. In many ways the Russians seem like a re-skinned USA from the first game. Many units and buildings look underwhelming with the models used in the first game looking much better in comparison. What is even more disappointing is that the game's optimization is horrendous. This game looks very similar to the original Company of Heroes and performs terribly. I struggle to get a constant 40fps on low settings on my laptop, and this same laptop gets 60+ fps in the original Company of Heroes with maxed out detail and 50+ fps on high settings in Starcraft 2.
There are some good points of this game though. The Theatre of War game mode is quite interesting as there are multiple challenging missions to complete either solo or with a friend but it does seem a bit of a stretch that you have to pay to play the additional challenges, especially since RTS games generally have thriving communities that produce some truly amazing custom games and modes for free. The integration of Steam Workshop however, is quite cool and provides a good way to download maps made by other people as well as uploading your own custom maps. Your troops can also jump over sandbags now, but honestly is that really game changing?
At the end of the day, Company of Heroes 2 is a solid game, but as a sequel, I was disappointed. The game is hardly any different from the original Company of Heroes, costs much more and performs terribly. Company of Heroes 2 also lacks clan support and the like, a mechanic that RTS games such as Starcraft 2 implement very well. The experience here is definitely solid, but in all honesty you are better off picking up Starcraft 2 and its expansion or even the original Company of Heroes for a fraction of the price.
Wonderful Game - Great SequelROKET | Dec. 26, 2013 | See all ROKET's reviews »
Ive put some 200 hrs into the game if you count the two computers I have it on. The game is great and gameplay tight. There ARE some balance issues but you only really see them if you play 4v4 and 3v3 multiplayer matches.
Yes, there is a story in the game and it isnt very bad. The campaign itself is of decent length and sports some interesting segments that mix it up nicely. There are also a few content packs now and they basically expand the campaign a good bit.
The gameplay is relatively unchanged from its predecessor but has a good few streamlined features that allow for a much smoother experience. There are tons of new units and is overall a satisfying experience.
The presentation is definitely similar to the previous game but its better. I love the explosions, the firefights, and the lines the units say when in combat or walking through the battlefield.
I really like the game and would recommend it to others in a heartbeat.
If you Loved Company Of Heroes, you'll love this one even moremoxxon | Dec. 4, 2013 | See all moxxon's reviews »
I consider myself a huge fan of COH, and having said so, held back awhile from pre-purchase of COH2 after playing the BETA...It appeared unbalanced not buggy but just unbalanced.
Hence I stuck to playing COH and all it's glorifying expansions and several mods. A particular mod (easternfront) where it incorporates elements of COH2. I was happy for awhile...Having a stable balanced game etc...Till I decided to purchase COH2. It changed my perception entirely. I deleted and uninstalled the mod and the first COH almost immediately.
COH2 offers you a real dynamic RTS where if you choose to play with AI, it truly tests you and twists you into things your mind has never perceived on RTS games before. I applaud the game and it's developers for new content via DLCs and quickly imposed balances.
Why am i not giving it 100/100? 5 points is for the part where it took away all my free time...
Buy it...worth it.
A great sequel to one of the best RTS of all timePapaLazarou | Oct. 21, 2013 | See all PapaLazarou's reviews »
When Relic announced they would focus on the Eastern Front everyone was interested. Looking back in retrospect it was a tough setting to handle, as the game has received a lot of negative user reviews on Metacritic (mostly from Russian people because of historical errors). Does the game deserve all of this negative feedback ?
I personally don't think so. I'm a big fan of the first Company of Heroes, a game regarded by many as the best RTS of all time. Mechanically the game is still amazing today so Relic did a good job of refining the mechanics in Company of Heroes 2, without changing too much. They also added some great new features like the truesight system and a great weather system that will have a big impact on how you play. Snowstorms will impact your playstyle because it means your soldiers will have to find shelter or a source of heat.
Going back to the historical critics: I've played 90% of WW2 games out there and I haven't seen one that's 100% historically correct. I would advise Relic to set their next Company of Heroes game in a setting where people can see a work of fiction for what it is. A game is meant to be fun and not 100% realistic. And Company of Heroes 2 is just that: pure fun!
Awesome Game!BozotheCat | Sept. 27, 2013 | See all BozotheCat's reviews »
I was sad to see pretty much the same graphics engine being used as the first CoH. It still looks great just though. Single player was fun. Not enough multiplayer maps. Last time I played multiplayer needed a few more tweaks to get the balancing right. Overall very good game worth getting!
Almost forgot the sound is amazing in this game.
An Honest SequelLudiousss | Sept. 16, 2013 | See all Ludiousss's reviews »
Relic comes to the floor with a sequel for the "Compay of Heroes" Title. After Tales of Valor, it was a question on many minds "What is Compay of Heroes 2 going to be like?" Well, it is certain that the answer is a solid asymmetric RTS experience that is relatively unique.
The campaign, is long enough (Around 10-15 hours), and features a Russian campaign following Lieutenant Isakovich through a series of flashbacks leading up to his interrogation. The missions are strong, and allow one to get a good feeling of how the units work, and the might of the Russian war machine.
The multi-player experience is the title's strong point. Allowing up to eight commanders to face off for control over a sector. Although it is missing the multi-player lobby of its previous title, the matchmaking is relatively well implemented, with players of relative skill matched against each other. As afore mentioned, the game is asymmetric, giving each side it's distinct advantages and disadvantages. The Russian armour tends to be weaker, and somewhat less effective, whereas the German armour is far heavier, and more powerful, although at a greater cost. However, a word of warning; The title does not have a "perfect unit balance" and Relic is still in the process of modifying unit statistics and abilities in an attempt to level the playing field for both sides.
Overall, the game is a solid title, with interesting mechanics, from shocking tank crews, to commander doctrines that can chance the face of a battle.
I will recommend this game for those who are willing to try a WWII era Real-Time Strategy game.
No.1 GameGrantCowe | Aug. 29, 2013 | See all GrantCowe's reviews »
Company Of Heroes 2 is one of the best games I've ever played. On PC with graphics rammed to their fullest this game gives an amazing experience. The campaign is challenging and fun at the same time, if maybe a tad short. Definitely watch the cutscenes as it lays out the plot and meaning of some of the missions. Definitely would recommend to anyone who loves Command & Conquer style games or someone who has played CoH itself!
Great GameRedHarlow | Aug. 19, 2013 | See all RedHarlow's reviews »
Company of Heroes 2 feels more like a large expansion pack to the original than a entirely new game. One standout is that it uses the same graphics engine as the original, so visually there isn't much different. However, thing such as true line of sight for units and snow effects (and winter gameplay in general) make it very much worth your time.
COH 2 good base still alot of work to be doneskyline5gtr | Aug. 16, 2013 | See all skyline5gtr's reviews »
COH 2 has a great foundation but still alot of work/balance and features need to be added. The campaign is long and fun, multiplayer is where the most work needs to be done. Right now there are no custom games, or leader-boards or even lobby which posed a huge problem. Hopefully they will add them soon, then coh2 will shine
A Worthy Enough Sequelfortunateandy | Aug. 14, 2013 | See all fortunateandy's reviews »
I enjoy playing this game and it alleviates my boredom whenever my internet connection is not crappy. Some initial bugs in the beginning which are persistent but are ignorable. The gameplay is exactly the same with the first Company of Heroes with very minor changes that are beneficiary and/or a minor annoyance at the same time. This lets me play the game smoothly with the same mindset as the first Company of Heroes while the new features aren't hard to learn.
While I still enjoy playing the multiplayer from time to time, I find the game to be also lacking as a major sequel. Company of Heroes 2 feels more like an expansion than a true sequel. The campaign is fairly short with obvious large gaps between missions that could easily have been filled with more mission and story. Besides the Soviets being a new faction, the Germans have very few new units. Even then both sides have few variety in types of units, especially in the vehicle section. It would have been great if all the factions from Company of Heroes and its expansions had been part of the game.
The multiplayer is best played with friends where communication and coordination is paramount. Also it might be more fun with banter than awkward silences where only one person greets and the rest ignore it. All in all, this is probably a game best to get cheap first at a expansion pricing, with friends.
A faithful sequelGiantmoth | Aug. 12, 2013 | See all Giantmoth's reviews »
Company of Heroes 2 follows faithfully in it's predecessors footsteps, capturing the same essence of gameplay and feel to both games. While it's campaign is a little weaker than the original game, the multiplayer experience remains stronger than ever, and definately worth your buy for that alone.
A great multiplayer titleMithanlas | Aug. 6, 2013 | See all Mithanlas's reviews »
Company of Heroes 2 is extremely faithful to the first part of the franchise and old players will feel right at home. The mechanics such as cover are largely unchanged except that winter and true fog of war bring something new to the table. Make no mistake, even though the campaign is decent and the new Theater of War mode is plenty of fun, CoH 2 is at its core 100% multiplayer oriented. As of august the balance between the game's two factions is okay, even though there's definitely more room for tweaking.
Some minor gripes: aesthetically the game hasn't evolved that much over the years, but then again CoH has always looked rather impressive for a strategy game. Also, the UI takes far too much space during gameplay, and those used to tweaking the UI elements to their liking will find no such luxuries here.
Worth playingscribblerdee | July 31, 2013 | See all scribblerdee's reviews »
Not as good as Company of Heroes but still a solid effort for a sequel to one of the best RTS games of recent times. It plays it fairly safe, sticking to the original formula. The Soviets offer a new playstyle with larger, cheaper squads and vehicles that are less costly to roll out but sometimes not as effective as their German counterparts. The Wehrmacht plays mostly the same with the addition of some new vehicles. Several balance issues were present at release but the devs have already delivered several patches. Hopefully the game continues to improve and with the addition of some new content down the road, CoH2 could really live up to its predecessor.
Great Sequel!Trollfaceyomama | July 30, 2013 | See all Trollfaceyomama's reviews »
This game has got to be game of the year. Honestly nearly everything about this game makes me want to squeal with delight. The graphics looks incredible especially on those snow maps, the gameplay is just as good as the original with intense battles, mircoing and management. The sound and the atmosphere make you feel like you are there, seriously it is that incredible. There are a ton of new features like cold tech and true sight which add so much more depth and strategy to the game.
Take for instance true sight where units vision radius is now blocked by objects such as tall wall as and hedges. This now enables players to set up sick ambushes which can decide the fate of the game,
This game does have a few problems with crashing searching for a game and a few balance issues. Furthermore there are some features that are not currently implemented. However all these issues will be resolved with time as with every game on start up has it's issues. You have got to remember that coh2 has had a crazy development cycle having to deal with the demise of THQ and with the limited resources they had. It's unbelievable with what the team at Relic have achieved.
On another note Relic knows how to listen to it's community and treat them well. Many of the new features and balance changes have been the result of Relic discussing with the community. I have had the pleasure of touring the relic studios this past weekend and let me tell you when they say they have "stuff in the pipe line after launch" let me tell you they HAVE FRICKEN AMAZING STUFF. This game has got the potential to rival SC2 if it is given the break that it desperately needs.
Finally I would just like to say that the community behind this game is like no other. Everyone is there for each other (apart from a few trolls) and willing to help you out if your having trouble or if you would like to engage in some serious strategy
Multiplayer for 8 needs tuningschreck84 | July 28, 2013 | See all schreck84's reviews »
I love this game. Campaign and TOW modes are excellent. My only grouse is that multiplayer (player vs player) ends up becoming too much of a battle for fuel at the start and a zerg rush that decides the game in the middle.
Company of Heroes 2 - reviewbalbo79 | July 27, 2013 | See all balbo79's reviews »
The gameplay in COH2 was substantially similar to its predecessor, with a strong emphasis on the micromanagement of individual units: a large army with troops little different or poorly organized will nearly always lead to defeat, forcing the player to properly evaluate which deploy troops on the battlefield . At first missions of the campaign, more linear and simple to manage, follow it where other maps broader compel you to calculate and offensive and defensive strategies effectively position their soldiers. The game environment is in fact extremely vivid and lifelike: houses, ruins, vehicles and shelters of all kinds will be used (or destroyed) by our armed forces, and the examination of the play (for example, through the use of snipers) will be a fundamental practice. In particular, the glacial environment of Russia opens the way to new strategies and difficulties to be faced: the snow will slow down the soldiers, the storms will kill them for hypothermia while the ice will be destroyed by drowning in the icy waters those who pass through it. Overall I can assure you that the attention that will be given to the battlefield will always be high.
more of the same round 2Xibalba | July 27, 2013 | See all Xibalba's reviews »
Winter is a unique element that brings a lot of change with it. Do you rush an attack before the storm hits or do you bunker down and wait it out? Better yet, what if you prepare your troops for the storm with transports and fire and attack while your enemy is unaware? Knowing how to make use of storms is often the difference between victory and defeat.
The optimism for PC is nowhere near its predecessor. The campaign story is written by a guy who only watched a few Soviet Union documentaries. But the game is still playable and you can have fun in it.
Great RTSQuesocito | July 24, 2013 | See all Quesocito's reviews »
Although CoH 2 is much of the same as CoH 1, it is still a great game, the soviets add a new style of play compared to its predecessor. A leveling system that rewards you the more you play is also a welcome addition. The campaign with it's additional challenges makes for many hours of fun if you are not the multiplayer type.
A review from a gamer,but not Professionals reviewers.akumalok | July 22, 2013 | See all akumalok's reviews »
Not much different from the former COH 1, but contained only 2 nation to choose from,which is SOVIET and GERMANY. The developers will attempt to balance the game by releasing patch. The campaign is good, but cut scene of it not that impressive. This game offer stunning sound and impressive voice acting from any troops. Not much to say about the graphics, but some user suffers problems when comes to SLI setup. Overall a good game,but SEGA/ relic release tons of dlcs for this game but only offers a lot of of skins and commanders are disappointing. \ Recommended to RTS or COH fans.
Company of heroes 1 - but betterHolyGigi | July 16, 2013 | See all HolyGigi's reviews »
They went the "if it aint broke, dont fix it" route and they did well. The campaign is nice, although quiet easy even on the toughest level. Some find it brutal, but it really isn't. You need to keep in mind, this game simulates battles, not farming.
The graphics have been improved, but this at a huge cost in performance. I'd say that the worst thing about this game is the optimization - or lack of. Basically, playing a multiplayer game with all settings maxed out is a no go.
The audio track is just superb. First time I logged in, I didnt even went to play the game. Just stayed in the first screen waiting to hear the entire soundtrack - it's that good.
I would've given this game a higher mark if it ran smoothly.
More of the same!patrik_ha | July 12, 2013 | See all patrik_ha's reviews »
If you buy this game and expect alot of new gameplay elements you will be dissapointed. However, if you just want more of the awesomeness that was CoH this is the game for you! The game is more or less the same as the first CoH but with snow, lots of SNOW.
CoH:2 is overall a very good game maybe not as good as it could have been but still one of the best RTS(es?) out there.
great funA_e_Jones | July 10, 2013 | See all A_e_Jones's reviews »
it does everything the original did perfectly but this time with some updated mechanics to alter play styles
Nice sized game that will last you for hours!Malarkymark113 | July 9, 2013 | See all Malarkymark113's reviews »
Being a large CoH fan I must say that relic has successfully created a another great game in this amazing series! From the decent sized campaign to the extra missions in theater of war CoH2 has amazing single player capabilities that could easily last you many hours of game play. As for the multiplayer aspect Relic has been able to make a fun experience that could also last you many hours!
Best WW2 RTSEddienas | July 8, 2013 | See all Eddienas's reviews »
This could have been a great game. But I think it still is a good game.
Compared to its predecessor, Company of Heroes I, it is a step up in graphics, animation, sound and several gameplay elements, but a step down at much else. Doctrines are dumbed down. Unit weapon stats are gone. Realism has taken a turn for the worse (e.g. homing AT-nades which always hit the engine with same max distance as Panzerfaust or crazy tank-ramming which always hits and destroys the gun of the victim tank). Unit abilities seem half-baked. And the user interface has been messed up did Relic delegate it to an intern?
The multiplayer ranking ladder from the predecessor is gone. Instead, we have an experience system a lá Battlefield or Call of Duty out of place and really ridiculous. Of course, matchmaking suffer because of this.
To make matters worse, the marketing department at Sega has worked day and night to packet lots of different DLCs to maximize revenue from already paying customers, which their cherished fan-base of course must pay for, even though they obviously have been developed alongside the main product, and adding nothing really new so far (e.g a new doctrine with a new combination of already existing commander abilities).
In conclusion, the best WW2 RTS out at the moment, a ton of fun, but with lots of improvement potential.
Much of the same—which is goodTheBrowncoat | July 7, 2013 | See all TheBrowncoat's reviews »
If you're looking for a huge gap between the original award winning RTS and its sequel, you're going to be disappointed. If you're excited to play a lot of the same mechanics with new units and factions then you'll be very happy.
The game looks, sounds and feels stunning with intense multiplayer action. The campaign is a little bland but the Theater of War section is addictive. There's co-op challnges, solo challenges and specific 1941 AI battles—obviously there's some room for DLC down the road.
It looks like they may be setting up a bit of a cash grab with an in game store, but as long as the DLC is meaningful but not balance breaking I'll be happy.
If you were a fan of the first, it's a must buy. If the original didn't impress you may want to skip on ahead.
Next CoHHaisenberg | July 7, 2013 | See all Haisenberg's reviews »
This is a perfect sequel to the fantastic strategy game Company of Heroes. This one has the Eastern front focus, the fight between Germany and Russia, from the start to the end of the war. Beautiful design and fun missions to enjoy. Multiplayer is also there for countless more hours to enjoy. For RTS fans, a must have addition.
Really great game!bhinkleman | July 7, 2013 | See all bhinkleman's reviews »
Bought it and have been playing with my friends for hours! The graphics and gameplay are definitely top notch, I definitely recommend to everyone!
Average At Bestmoxpearl | July 6, 2013 | See all moxpearl's reviews »
After the amazing COH and its Expansions, this feels like a little bit of a step back.
Think of this as a COH 1.5, with some annoying bugs and stability issues (No Crossfire/SLI support for example), I have NO idea how this game could have taken so long to make.
The game has some very nice features - the blizzard for example adds a new aspect to fighting.
This is not a terrible game at all, however it is a let down from the original COH.
A Worthy Sequel, but Not a ReinventionYggdrasilsSword | July 6, 2013 | See all YggdrasilsSword's reviews »
Company of Heroes was one of the few diamonds in the rough in the RTS and WW2 genres, standing out among its generic brethren thanks to its unique and inventive gameplay mechanics. It introduced true cover-based strategy, allowing units behind defensive structures like sandbags or debris to outfight foes standing in the open field. Furthermore, the unique capabilities of each unit, commander, and faction created a myriad of interesting strategies for players to devise.
Company of Heroes 2 holds on to all of the innovations of the original, and makes a few small but clever changes of its own. Taking the game to the Eastern Front of WWII, CoH2 throws out the old factions, bringing in the Russians and a reinvented German faction to represent the Nazi's different strategic goals in the east. I found myself occasionally missing the old factions from Company of Heroes: Opposing Fronts, but these two new choices are just as good as the four old ones.
While I feared the Russian faction would devolve into "Zerg Rush" tactics, they still rely on smart play like previous CoH factions, using cheap conscript units to merge into and reinforce units on the front line. On the other hand, the Germans instead use halftracks as forward bases to achieve the same reinforcement capability.
The first big change in CoH2 is the addition of winter strategy. Exposure can kill foot soldiers, requiring players to build fires for warmth and to concentrate their forces more in base camps. Enemy tracks are visible in the snow. Blizzards can set in and rapidly increase the danger of freezing. And most interestingly, water freezes into ice, which can break under weight (or due to an explosion) and later refreeze.
In addition, CoH2 has implemented the TrueSight system. It's a pretty clever idea, though not as revolutionary as dynamic cover was. Basically, instead of having a circle around each unit that dispels the fog of war, different units have different heights and sight ranges, and any obstruction tall enough to block their view will also obscure the fog of war. This makes ambush tactics more realistic and satisfying.
Finally, Company of Heroes has taken a page from the book of online shooters by implementing an RPG-like perk system. With these, you can slightly customize your army to enhance the effectiveness of your preferred playstyles. You can also choose your commanders and even unlock new ones, though the commanders are not as distinct from each other as in Company of Heroes. The pre-order bonus commanders appear to be simple remixes of the powers already in the base game, granting only early access to high-level powers. Aside from these playstyle tweaks, there is also a limited option to customize vehicle styles, as in Company of Heroes: Tales of Valor.
best rts game of the year 2013waynehwc | July 5, 2013 | See all waynehwc's reviews »
if you enjoyed games like warhammer and the fighting in total war game then this is game for you the story and voice acting and things might not be the best but gameplay brings this game right up to the top.
Flop sequel to an amazing gamepsyonic | July 4, 2013 | See all psyonic's reviews »
After being rather excited at the announcement of this game, It's sad to say it's an okay RTS, not great, nor amazing like the first one was.
Great gamekblitz99 | July 3, 2013 | See all kblitz99's reviews »
This game is great, although sometimes it feels like regular company of heroes, most of the time its great, I would recomend this game to anyone, the blizzards are so fun, having to make your troops get to warm places adds a lot to the strategy of the game.
Amazing!Plasros | July 3, 2013 | See all Plasros's reviews »
Excellent multi-player game. Very long campaign and Theatre of war collection make the game valuable and worth the money. The weather and vision system are excellent additions to the game.
I have seen many angry reviews about that the game play didn't changed, i ask them: why change it dramaticly if it has worked in the first game perfectly I dont think many of the players would have loved a Dawn of War 2 style gameplay.
Anyway tho not so much have changed and i cant play the game on maximum settings since i only have medicore laptop, the game looks pretty good on medium too.
The AI is sometimes do interesting things, but i didnt see anykind of critical fail yet.
I give a 8/10 to this game. Just to be clear: ITS NOT A PERFECT GAME! its have its issues like many other great games! AND those who whine about the launch (idk why btw) Show me a game with a perfect launch
Good but not great.fable2 | July 1, 2013 | See all fable2's reviews »
While not a bad RTS the game is surely inferior to it's prequel
Firstly, the A.I seems to have issues and behaving erratically in the battlefield, secondly, most maps that i have played in the game are small and battles lack of anything epic, third the game story is disappointing it feels shallow and generic making the single player part a bit of a chore...
Some units are not balanced for example Snipers are almost worthless and the user interface is not so good designed it is full with useless things for no reason taking more space in the screen than needed
The snow effects and a bit better graphics really cannot make this game called a sequel it feels more like an expansion of the first game. It took seven years in the making and the game does not feel like a sequel at all
Company of heroes 1 was a better game. still, 2 is good RTS to play for a week or two i guess
Oh my.jeyko | June 28, 2013 | See all jeyko's reviews »
I've been so hyped for CoH2. After playing the open beta, I am convinced - this is one of the best strategy experiences you can get on the PC. The graphics are amazing, the controls are sleek, there is just so much depth in everything and it feels good in every way. The pricepoint should not put you away from this masterpiece.
Didn't think this franchise could get better,jackyboi1014 | June 28, 2013 | See all jackyboi1014's reviews »
Company of heroes 2 has taken all of the good things that made CoH 1, refined them, and then added yet even more.
Whilst the campaign came across as a repetitive and numbing, this game truly shines in its "Theater of War" and Online skirmish modes.
Battling it out with your friends in Online Skirmish has never felt more visceral and intense. Explosions shred the ground, as vehicles collide with battlefield obstacles, sending broken props flying in all directions, whilst gunfire and mortar fire ring out from every direction. Overall, visuals and battlefield sound fidelity are superb, serving to draw you into the tense, ceaseless atmosphere throughout the course of the battle.
The theme of asymmetrical warfare that was evident in CoH 1 has made a triumphant return, allowing a whole host of fun abilities, commanders, and units to play around with in battles.
AI pathing and vehicle controls have been significantly refined since CoH 1, allowing faster response times and greater freedom of movement throughout the map. However there are still a few issues when controlling large groups of forces, as often times these blobs can bottleneck, causing a degree of frustration.
Theater of War allows the player to play solo, or cooperatively, along the course of World War 2 on the Eastern front, spanning from the initial invasion of the Soviet Union in 1941, to the fall of Berlin in 1945. This mode allows for an interesting historical look at the game, whilst meeting your demands for action, chaos and challenge!
Whilst there is a slightly steep learning curve for those new to RTS, and in particular CoH, I can guarantee that if you stick with it, you'll not only be able to stand a chance against some of the better players, but you'll also have hours upon hours of high destruction fun.
What more can you ask for?
Great sequal of the great gameyoonsj2 | June 26, 2013 | See all yoonsj2's reviews »
CONS - Excellent graphic - Dynamic game mechanics - Great physics engine - Theater of War missions are well designed and gives nostalgic feel of Sudden Strike and Blitzkrieg - Overall, very well polished.
PROS - AI is kinda dumb - UI is a stepback from COH1 (you will miss on-screen unit stats from COH1) - No rank match on Online game - No Online profile - Online play is kinda out of balance at the moment - No auto CO-OP match
In my opinion this is a great sequel of the great game. Multiplay seems like incomplete as it does neither online profile (no win/loss stats) nor auto rank match. I hope they improve multiplay in future. They left some space here and there for future DLCs (Commanders, Theatre of War missions, skins etc). Relic will definably continue provide support for this game to milk my money and I am willing to pay more as this game has high production value.
I strongly recommend everyone to try this game.
Great RTSDemilisz | June 26, 2013 | See all Demilisz's reviews »
Unless you played a first Company of Heroes, you just need to grab this one. It is currently the best looking RTS on the market and only incoming Rome 2 could beat this. And one of the few that was made outside Russia that allow you to play as Red Army. Campaign was made only for Red Army, but there is additional mode called Theatre of War - a sets of special, challenging missions where both sides are playable.
The most important flaw of this game is simple - there is not much changes from first CoH. Even campaign missions feel like the ones from first game, just with Russian soldiers rather than American and with different scenery. The most notable new feature is weather - on winter maps there is chance that snowstorm comes and every soldier that is outside building, vehicle or far away from fire source will freeze to death. Slow enough so player has a chance to save his men but fast enough so you wan't take a weather lightly. Even more, it produce a deep snow terrain that greatly decrease unit movement speed. And there is ice that can break under your tanks or be destroyed by artillery fire.
Outside that, this game has every feature a CoH has - there are three main resources (men power, ammunition ad fuel) that are slowly replacing themselves. To speed thing up you need to capture a certain position on the map and keep them under control. In campaign missions there would be goals for you to achieved in order to progress, but on multi you will usually try to secure a three key points on the map - controlling it decrease your opponent score (and the same goes other way - you lose points if opponent control key objectives). Whoever lost all his points first loose a match.
Game get a few tweaks or minor changes. A True Sights is nice and brings some new tactics on the battlefield, but it isn't something gamechanging. The same goes for Commanders - they are nothing more than customisable Doctrines known from first installment of the series.
All in all - a very good RTS, but if you polayed a Company of Heroes with mods you can skip it for now. The ones that are new to serie - buy, you wouldn't regret it.
Brilliant.wildster30 | June 26, 2013 | See all wildster30's reviews »
If i'm honest i'm one of the few people who didn't really enjoy the first company of heroes. However COH 2 is the best WWII strategy games I have played. The campaign is very well done, with an interesting and fun story line, while the multiplayer is amazing RTS gameplay. On top of this are the really well done graphics and mechanics such as weather effects that cause your troops to freeze if they are left in the cold for too long. Overall simply brilliant.
Company of Heroes 2 Is A Solid sequelravestar | June 26, 2013 | See all ravestar's reviews »
Anyone who has played the predecessor to Company Of Heroes 2 will feel right at home with the game system. As a fan of the series, the game might not seen to have change much at first glance, but it;s obvious there are improvement and new elements once you go deeper into the gameplay.
Lots of little things come to attention later on, such as in the cold weather, the soldiers may be frozen to death. The multi-player mode is very good, although still lacking some variety here and there in terms of modes.
The Theatre of War mode is very successful executed and great fun! The story in the campaign is very closely modeled on original locations, and the graphics for an RTS is absolutely the bomb!
Of course there are also negative points such as the pathfinding of the troops (AI and own) and the hardware requirements for a decent gaming experience..
Nonetheless, it is expected that at least the AI will be improved with the Patch update. This is a fast-paced and exciting Strategy game, those who liked CoH Who will love COH2.
Amazingcaptainstark | June 25, 2013 | See all captainstark's reviews »
Very innovative and fun with friends, fresh and the graphics are nice with the new engine. The combat is fun as there is quite a lot of people playing. Get this early you won't regret it.