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"Well focused and balanced expansion."
5 stars"

The original Company Of Heroes was a good game. It developed it's own take on the RTS genre and added features such as cover, self aware squads and less of a focus on base building and more on the control and orders given to the individual units.

Company Of Heroes: Opposing fronts takes all of these features but you can experience them with two new factions, The British and the Panzer Elite.

This game is not an expansion in the traditional sense in that it doesn't require the original to play yet doesn't split the player base up by still letting you play against people who own the original. The gameplay is exactly the same as the first but with the new added units which differ so much from the old ones and provide new and challenging situations when fighting the old factions.

Each faction has their own, well crafted campaign to introduce you to the many new units and the tactics which they involve, such as British commando units dropping behind enemy lines in gliders to reek havoc on your opponents front lines. Or try commanding the Panzer Elites' invincible Jagdpanther and charge right into your opponents base. The story didn't particularly appeal to me as typically i don't play RTS games for their engaging plot

Each faction has 3 new doctrines which allows for many interesting strategies. These can be developed and taken online to play against people in the Relic match making system with ranks for how well you fair. This adds that sense of progress and level ups which so many gamers find addictive and is common in many games these days.

The multiplayer is very well balanced and constantly being updated to keep the gameplay fun and interesting. What is most notable about the Mutiplayer/skirmish modes is it's depth. It is still possible to win against say the computer or a beginner opponent by building a mass of units and charging into the base. At higher levels the gameplay becomes much more balanced and requries careful focus on recon, knowing what your enemy is planning, resource denial, cover, suppression, artillery support and many tactical moves become not only possible but necessary.

Overall a fun, yet incredibly deep strategy in which newcomers and fans should defiantly pick up. Not recommended for younger gamers.

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.
"Love it"
5 stars"
Purchased on Mighty Ape

An excellent cheap and easy way to get more out of COH the two new factions are fantastic, I just love setting up defences with the brits then shelling them to bits. The two new campeins are also a nice addition, if you like COH get this you wont regret it

"A very worthy expansion but an epic, impossible quest to patch"
4 stars"

Relic have indeed carved a name for themselves into the halls of gaming when it comes to RTS and this expansion underlines that point.

The British and German forces have excellent campaigns and some exciting units. Skirmish maps are great fun and can make for some intense warfare.

If only Relic could get their patching sorted, be prepared for a world of pain. There are 7 patches and all them huge, sequential and essential if you want to play online.

I had no joy in patching and so disconnect from the net to load up my game…otherwise you get returned to windows! A bizzare and shocking system designed to beat the pirates. However the customer suffers!

Amazing game.......ago­nizing to patch.

"An very good addition to the original COH game"
4 stars"
Purchased on Mighty Ape

This adds two new armies to use, the British and an “elite” German army. Each army has its strengths and weaknesses, but the new German side seems a little under-powered. Given that it is supposed to be a panzer elite force, there seems to be a lack of awesome tanks! But that minor shortcoming aside, these two new sides as well as a slew of new missions add great depth and new strategy to the game.

Description

The next chapter in the #1 rated RTS franchise thrusts players into a hellish war torn landscape to command two battle-hardened armies in relentless campaigns for honor and country. Players lead the tenacious British 2nd Army during the heroic World War II liberation of Caen, France, and command the German Panzer Elite as they struggle to repel the largest airborne invasion in history.
  • Two New Armies: Play as the British 2nd Army or German Panzer Elite, each with devastating command trees options and unit upgrades.
  • Two Full Campaigns: Command the British 2nd Army to liberate the key strategic position of Caen, France. Control the German Panzer Elite to repel the Allied airborne invasion in Operation Market Garden.
  • Real War, Real Battlefields, Real War Enhanced: Mission Persistence, Dynamic Weather Effects, Enhanced Vehicle Tactics and more deliver a new level of realism and all new battlefield tactics.
  • All new Multiplayer Modes: Combine Company of Heroes™: Opposing Fronts™ with the original Company of Heroes for a total of four playable armies online. Join British artillery with American armor to dominate the 3rd Reich or utilize Wehrmacht and Panzer Elite blitzkrieg tactics to annihilate the Allied invasion.
  • DirectX® 10 Support: The highest rated RTS franchise features enhanced lighting effects and terrain details setting new standards in visual realism.

System Requirements:

MINIMUM PC REQUIREMENTS
2.0 GHz Intel Pentium IV or AMD XP or equivalent
512 MB RAM
9 GB Hard Disk Space
DVD-ROM Drive
64 MB DirectX 9.0c compatible Video Card with Pixel Shader 1.1 support or equivalent
DirectX 9.0c compatible 16-bit Sound Card
RECOMMENDED
3.0 GHz Intel Pentium IV or equivalent
1 GB RAM
256 MB NVIDIA GeForce 6800 series or better
MULTIPLAYER SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS
Broadband Connection
Re-released on
September 26th, 2008
Media Format
PC CD-ROM
Publisher
THQ
UPC
4005209099448
All-time sales rank
Top 500
Product ID
1540660

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