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.
Excerpt: Relic’s new Real Time Strategy title puts you in command of the Russian forces in some of the most intense, and grueling battles of the Second World War. Command your troop and commission vehicles and upgrades to push the Nazis back and secure your Motherland. The Eastern front had some of the most intense and brutal combat in the second world war, with the Soviet Union losing an estimated 9,000,000 to 14,000,000 military personnel alone.
Excerpt: The Good : More Company of Heroes. Who wouldn’t like that? The Bad : Weather – Pretty good idea, iffy implementation The Ugly : Suckiest tutorials EVAH! I should probably begin by saying that I’m not a student of history. You know that scene in Animal House where John Belushi talks about the Germans bombing Pearl Harbor and the audience laughs? I’m still trying to figure out why that’s a joke.
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...
Conclusion: Is Company of Heroes 2 ambitious? Not particularly. Does it effectively represent the horrors and humanity of the Eastern Front in WWII? Definitely nyet. But it accomplishes its play with such style and skill that you can’t avoid being sucked in and playing one more round. If not for the Motherland, then just because it’s so damn fun.
Excerpt: Seven years on, Company of Heroes remains one of the best real-time strategy games on the market. The general design worked so well in the original that it's perhaps not surprising that developer Relic Entertainment hasn't changed too much in setting up the sequel. Company of Heroes 2 once again places an emphasis on tactical bloodletting over tedious resource management, but forges a new identity by shifting the setting from the overly familiar vistas of the Western...
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.