Summary: Victory at Stalingrad is paid DLC that's a part of the larger Turning Point update, which also includes new free multiplayer maps, the World Builder tools, four free commanders, and four premium commanders. The free stuff is great, so even if you don't want to buy more DLC for Company of Heroes 2 , you will still find something new if you jump back into the game. I really enjoyed the base game quite a bit, and it has added a lot of content since its release.
Review: Company of Heroes 2 is more of the same, but with a chilling twist
18 July 2013
Excerpt: The Eastern Front is often referred to as the largest and bloodiest theater of World War II. With over 30 million deaths as a result of the confrontation between Germany and the Soviet Union, it's generally believed to be the deadliest conflict in human history. This conflict -- this chilling warfare -- in which human life was so blatantly disregarded, serves as the backdrop of Company of Heroes 2.
Excerpt: At its core, Company of Heroes 2 doesn’t offer immense changes over the original, but also doesn’t really break what was great about its predecessor. A lot of the mechanics changes make the game fresh again, even if it won’t change many minds about the original’s core formula.
Pros: Lots of gameplay changes that fit the new setting
Company of Heroes 2 reestablishes the series as one of the best strategy experiences (review)
26 June 2013
Conclusion: Company of Heroes 2 builds on the formula and adds new mechanics with interesting gameplay ramifications. Unfortunately, Relic does a poor job of easing new players into the rules systems. I hope you have the patience to slog through tutorial videos, play skirmishes against easy A.I. opponents, or watch Twitch streams so that you’d can learn the many subtleties of this finely tuned RTS.
Pros: It’s still Company of Heroes … and then some Relic knows that it’d hit a tactically and strategically interesting formula when it introduced capture points throughout the map that generate resources for players to spend on their armies with the first Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War game. This kind of gathering system — standing on contrast to the static base operations common in past genre staples like Westwood Studios’ Command and Conquer series and Blizzard Entertainm...
Cons: Poorly implemented tools for learning how to play With a game as dense and brimming with options as Company of Heroes, the learning curve can feel exceedingly steep early on, naturally. Relic, unfortunately, just hasn’t given players enough tools to ease themselves into the shoes of a commanding officer. This sequel features a single tutorial mission located within the not-so-obviously named Tactics tab off the main menu. This excursion briefly goes over the basics of...
Excerpt: It is said that war never changes; war's intensity, its perils, its world-shifting consequences remain unflinchingly true. Company of Heroes 2 demonstrates this weary axiom by overwhelming your senses with the heat and light of battle--battle that closely recalls the kind of skirmishes you once triumphed over in the original Company of Heroes .
Pros: Many matches are a test of skill and resolve, Theater of War missions offer a variety of great challenges, Winter maps demand different tactics, The best missions emphasize the despair of war, Fantastic production values get the adrenaline pumping
Cons: It's too easy to exploit the campaign's endless conscripts, Balance issues and grind to contend with, Some tedious missions showcase inconsistent enemy behavior
Excerpt: Since the release of Company of heroes in 2006 by Relic the creators of the Dawn of War franchise has grown and grown in popularity, with the first campaign focusing primarily on the allied invasion of France all the way through Operation Market Garden.