Summary: As both a sequel and an RTS game, it doesn't excel in key areas to help it stand out from the rest of the crowd. Instead, it feels like another expansion that happens to have more content and more multiplayer options than one might expect.
Pros: Solid RTS mechanics, New weather system, Fun multiplayer
Cons: More of the same, Mediocre narrative, Bad accents
Excerpt: As much as the West would like you to believe otherwise, it was actually the Russians who did the real heavy-lifting defeating the Nazis in World War II. Sure, the Americans like to talk themselves up, and in the Pacific they were da’ bomb (literally), but which front would you rather be stationed...
Conclusion: For Company of Heroes veterans, Company of Heroes 2 feels a little like coming home. Yes, the game sticks closely to the formula that made the original such a triumph, but in this case familiarity fails to breed contempt.
Conclusion: Viewed side by side, it might be tough to distinguish Company of Heroes 2 from its predecessor. When examined up close, the changes introduced to distinguish warfare on the Eastern Front of World War II from the Western are as problematic as they are interesting.
Pros: Great graphics, Tactical gameplay, Challenging campaign
Excerpt: Company of Heroes is a classic real time strategy game for a reason. It brought design innovation and Hollywood kick to the genre, and it did it with a stultifyingly familiar setting. You loved Company of Heroes no matter how badly you were burned out on World War II!