Company of Heroes 2
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"All-told, Company of Heroes 2 is a worthy, if not excellent, heir to the franchise’s legacy." - 4/5, Games Radar Review
"It’s an enthralling example of the genre, and one that deserves a good following. There’s plenty here too, between a lengthy (though not too horribly padded out) campaign and the various multiplayer modes." - 8.5/10, NOWGamer.com
"_Company of Heroes 2 does feel right. What I’ve played perfectly captures the grim tone of war while still being an exciting and tactical RTS. _" - PCGamer.com
"This is Company of Heroes with several twists, essentially two new armies and more maps and weather effects – and that should be enough to make any fan excited." - IGN.com
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In the world’s darkest hour you are a commander of the Soviet Red Army, entrenched in brutal frontline warfare to free Mother Russia from the Nazi invaders.
It is 1941 and the beginning of what will become the bloodiest conflict of World War II resulting in over 14 million military casualties.
Witness the struggles of the Red Army from near defeat through their incredible triumph over Germany in the most challenging and costly theatre of the war, the Eastern Front.
Your military tactics hold the power to tip the very balance of this conflict. Engage in tactical combat that will define you as a military leader and wield the might of the Soviet Empire as you smash your way to Berlin.
The Motherland is Calling!
Award Winning Franchise – Sequel to the highest rated strategy game of all time returns with an innovative warfare experience that will redefine the Strategy genre once more
Essence 3.0 Engine – Cutting-edge technology that increases the graphical quality and accuracy of deadly combat with an unprecedented TrueSight™ system that changes strategic warfare forever
Blood and Snow – Take command of the iconic Red Army on the Eastern Front and repel the Nazi invaders in this Battle of the Ideaologies
Tactical Warfare – Develop and utilize your new Commander Abilities and experience the up-close moment-to-moment brutality of frontline warfare through new Dynamic Battle Tactics
Intense Online Combat – Featuring the great competitive and co-operative multiplayer that fans have grown to expect from this high-quality and critically acclaimed franchise
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!