Excerpt: The real-time strategy genre is very under-represented these days, with three of its biggest players being Blizzard with the Warcraft and StarCraft series', Creative Assembly with the Total War series and Relic Entertainment with… let's just say that Relic has been making strategy games for a really long time.
Summary: Company of Heroes 2 comes off strong with its new campaign, and it packs an impressive amount of extra features. Standing on its own, it is an impressive real-time strategy game, but there are people who want to know what makes this better than the beloved original Company of Heroes . The simple answer to that question is that it's more of what they love.
Excerpt: One thing I really enjoy about gaming is that you get to dive into a different reality. Some of those realities are based on actual history, and because I’m a sucker for World War II I really enjoy it when developers use this setting in games, which is why I was so excited about Company of Heroes 2.
Pros: : Really good weather system; Great visuals; Amazing historical accuracy
Cons: : Needs a beefy machine to run; Can be harsh on beginners
Excerpt: The Eastern Front of World War II really does sum up everything that's bad in the world of online gaming. General Guderian's development of Blitzkrieg tactics, the massing of mobile armour to punch a hole through enemy defences, was the original tank rush, and the Russian human wave assault strategy was a massively cheesy zerg-rush of a thing. Plus, the T-34 tank was so OP and should have been nerfed in beta.
Pros: Sounds brilliant, Plays like it should, Plenty to keep you going
Cons: Snow not all that great, Storys not amazing, Graphically adequate
Company of Heroes 2: The Western Front Armies Review
24 June 2014
Conclusion: Regardless of whether it’s perfectly balanced at launch, Relic has shown its dedication to listening to the community with subsequent updates, and The Western Front Armies is a worthy addition to any multiplayer-loving Company of Heroes 2 player’s war chest. Nathan Lawrence can be found fragging n00bs in a variety of digital battlefields, but most commonly the ones from the franchise with a capital ‘B’.
Excerpt: Relic’s sequel to their 2006 hit Company of Heroes is a game with the weight of history firmly on its shoulders. Thanks to the change of warzone there is almost always a deep moral quandary over some of the actions taken as the Russians struggle to win the war in the East.
Pros: A realistically dark and oppressive single player campaign and story, spanning the entire war on the Eastern Front., The Soviet Red Army contrasts strongly with the Axis forces’ style, and also to the Americans and British from the first game., A great looking engine even on lowered settings, with excellent game-changing environmental effects, particularly on the Winter battlefields.
Cons: Some minor pacing issues during the campaign., Even with the Theater of War DLC to help, the learning curve from single player to online and AI skirmishes is steep., The graphics don’t hold up quite as well when delivering the story’s cutscenes.
Excerpt: Americans love World War II–our version of it, anyways. We delight in watching movies and television shows depicting honest farmboys picking up their rifles and storming across the Atlantic to solve all of Europe’s Nazi-related problems. Relic Entertainment’s 2006 strategy game Company of Heroes fit right into that milieu, using a brilliant combat engine and incredible audio-visual production to cover the same notes of reverence and heroism we’ve seen ever since Saving...
Pros: Refines the excellent Company of Heroes formula, Soviets are distinct from previous Company of Heroes factions, Excellent improvements to multiplayer, Twitch.tv integration and replays mean newbies can learn from better players
Cons: Lack of WASD Camera controls, Some of the major battles of WWII’s Eastern Front are suspiciously absent, Escort mission in campaign is really frustrating.