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"A new take on a traditonal genre."
5 stars"

When most people think of a Real Time Strategy (RTS) game, the beloved Starcraft or Command and Conquer names come to mind. Relic have just added another name which will be on that list. Company Of Heroes.

A World War II strategy game which instead of focusing on amassing resources and an a huge army is instead more concerned with the command of individual units and using them in a way to achieve a tactical rather than numerical advantage over an opponent.

Gameplay still involves traditional RTS factors such as resource collection, base building and creating units. The focus has now been taken off the amount of units you build and changed into how you deploy your units in the field. Resources are gained by capturing strategic points and connecting them to your base, a simple affair which allows for more time to issue commands to your units. Units can be upgraded with special abilities or weapons, for example the rifleman squad can be upgraded with BAR assault rifles to better deal with infantry or the Sherman Tanks can have a bulldoze attachment to allow it to plow through heavy defenses. Units can do a variety of things including; plant mines, take cover, build bunkers and make a wall of sandbags. They can be supported by half-tracks, Anti-tank guns, heavy tanks, artillery, air support even the mighty V1 rocket. All of which provide incredibly interesting battles and strategies

The single player campaign involves following the 101st airborne division and their invasion of France during World War II as well as a German campaign. Each has its own cut-scenes, briefings and story which while it didn't appeal to me may be interesting to some.

What really stands out in this game is the multiplayer. It is incredibly well balanced (and kept that way by relics on-going support through play tests and patches). The skirmish mode offerers a tough challenge against very good AI but online is where this game shines. Relic has it's own matchmaking system with ranks and leaderboards. This allows for easy match ups against opponents of your own skill level and I've had some incredibly close matches involving extended firefights over certain points with each player desperately trying to hold their own ground. (however because the game has been out for so long there are only a few new players so best bet is to learn in skirmish mode or campaign first).

The visuals too are very well done. While the game came out in 2006 it has had a patch to run in DX10 so still almost top of the line PC's struggle to run it at full settings, yet the game still looks and runs fine on older machines. The camera can be set at any angle, zoomed in right too the ground then rotated in any direction to admire the facial expressions on soldiers or the flash of a barrel.

The only flaws I could mention are, again, the story .Don't expect a particularly compelling narrative. Also the campaign is fun but has reasonably little mission variety (i.e. ‘capture this point’ or ‘defend this area’). Finally there is quite a big learning curve not only initially, (the campaign is a kind of tutorial) but if you jump straight online most likely you'll get pretty hammered, best bet is to jump on with some friends or against AI.

Overall this game is defiantly a 5/5 and any RTS fan should at least try this game. I believe it is one of the best RTS games out there. With already one expansion out (Opposing fronts) and another coming in a matter of months (Tales of Valor) (Oh and the PRICE!!!! $20 for a full game!!!) There is almost no reason not to!

3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.
"Easily one of the best RTS games of all time."
5 stars"

If you enjoy RTS games then you'll love this game. COH excels in nearly all aspects and at this price there's no excuse not to buy it. After trying the demo and absolutely loving it I bought COH for $80 and I have never regretted it. Great campaigns and graphics (Relic releases graphics updates to ensure that COH takes advantange of the latest graphics technology) and excellent multiplayer make for a high level of replayability.

Please be aware that if you don't own opposing fronts or tales of valour then you'll need to dowload 3–5gb's worth of patches before you can play online.

"Best Modern RTS"
5 stars"

Wow! I got this game quite a while back free with my graphics card. At the time I played it for a little bit but never really gave it a go. Until recently – only a few years later!

This game is such fantastic fun. It is the most intense RTS to date. If you're like me and like action then this is for you! No spending hours building a base and army – its intense almost from the word go. The campaign is good fun, even if a little hard on some missions. I have yet to complete it but its pretty impressive. You get a real sense of destruction.

Speaking of destruction – everything in the maps can be destroyed! EVERYTHING! That includes building, benches, walls, trees, bridges, even soil and concrete.

Network play is fantastic too. Over a LAN me and my mate have such a good time. Watching and listening to artillary strikes and rocket barrages is very satisfying.

I can't describe in words just how epic this game can be. But you will need a friend to play with to really enjoy it.

Buy now! Just so you know this game runs on a Quad Core 3Ghz with 8800GT 512MB and 4GB RAM in full graphics (DX10 Vista x64).

"The best WW2 strategy game ever made!!"
5 stars"
Purchased on Mighty Ape

If you like realsitc stunning graphics and love shelling out cold metal at the Nazi's, then this is for you. Company of heroes is as good as the DVD TV series of the same name. Control your units from an above view or down on the ground like your in the midist of the fire fight. If you ever made and played with plastic army men and tanks then this is for you. See them in action like never before.

Description

Company of Heroes is a WWII Real Time Strategy game that brings to life the journey of the brave men of Able Company as they fight across Europe in the greatest war mankind has ever known.

From the studio that brought you the blockbuster games of the year Homeworld, Impossible Creatures and Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War comes the next revolution in action strategy. Company of Heroes is a WWII Real Time Strategy game that brings to life the journey of the brave men of Able Company as they fight across Europe in the greatest war mankind has ever known.

From the opening shots of the D-Day invasion of Normandy players will find themselves immersed in a rich single player campaign. Experience the cinematic intensity, courage, and bravery of the heroes that defined a generation, set against the backdrop of the most dynamic battlefield ever seen in a game.

Features:

  • Essence Engine - Relic's next generation cutting-edge engine provides graphics quality and a physics driven world that is unprecedented in an RTS.
  • Environmental Strategy - Real-time physics and a completely destructible environment guarantee no two battles ever play out in the same way. Destroy anything and re-shape the battlefield in your image! Use buildings and terrain to your advantage, or deny them to the enemy.
  • Living Soldiers - Advanced squad AI brings your soldiers to life as they interact with their changing environment, take cover, and execute advanced squad tactics to eliminate all enemy opposition.
  • 2-8 players MP competition via Lan or Internet - Go online with friends and join in the ultimate battle of Axis versus Allies.

System Requirements:

MINIMUM
Intel Pentium IV or AMD Athlon XP 2.0GHz Processor
512MB RAM
64MB DirectX compatible Video Card with Pixel Shader 1.1 support
DirectX compatible 16-bit Sound Card
DirectX 9.0c
DVD-ROM Drive
6.5GB Hard Disk Space
Keyboard
Mouse

RECOMMENDED
Intel Pentium IV 3.0GHz Processor
1GB RAM
256MB nVidia GeForce 6800 class Video Card
Re-released on
September 1st, 2008
Media Format
PC DVD-ROM
Publisher
THQ
UPC
4005209099370
All-time sales rank
Top 2000
Product ID
1548650

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