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Platform Win Publisher Sega Developer Relic Entertainment Release Date 06/25/2013

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Company of Heroes 2 review: chain of command

Set on the Eastern Front of World War II, Company of Heroes 2 loosely relates the story of a commander turned reporter as he recounts his experiences fighting the German army — and surviving the Soviet commanders. Thematically, the morality of Company of Heroes 2's engagements is murkier than that of most other strategy titles. Relic places an often heavy hand on the wheel, depicting an army terrified of the enemy and its leaders. This battlefield nihilism would be more effective, save that it never really stops. Eventually, Company of Heroes 2 devolves into a forced march through mission after mission where it's difficult to find a greater motivation and investment in things beyond "win." And it doesn't help that Relic teases real innovation in the tactics and gameplay...

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Company of Heroes 2 expands with The Western Front Armies this June

Relic Entertainment's Company of Heroes series returns to World War II's Western Front with new multiplayer content in Company of Heroes 2: The Western Front Armies, Sega announced today. Two new armies, the U.S. Forces and German Oberkommando West, will be playable in the upcoming add-on, each with new units, new models, new abilities, new animations and new strategic and tactical options, Relic said. Eight seasonal multiplayer maps set in the Western Front will ship alongside the two armies, and Company of Heroes 2 players can use each faction in player-versus-player multiplayer or against AI. According to a release from Sega, a new progression system introduces other unique content and enables players to "dive deeper into the tactical and strategic aspects" of Company of Heroes 2....

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Total War: Rome 2 and Company of Heroes 2 players vie for free DLC

Sega announced today a promotion that pits Total War: Rome 2 players against Company of Heroes 2 players to see who can score the most points in a bid for five days of free downloadable content. Until Feb. 17, Sega will track the number of in-game victories in both games, with each victory earning points that will count towards a total tally. The community with the most points as of Feb. 17 at 1 p.m. ET will earn their chosen game some brand-new DLC that will be free to download for five days. Players can keep up-to-date with the tally here. During the promotion, both games will be discounted on Steam by 50 percent.

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Company of Heroes 2 and Saints Row 4 free to play this weekend

Company of Heroes 2 and Saints Row 4 are free to download and play on Steam this weekend, with both titles being heavily discounted during this period, Valve announced today. Until Sunday Jan. 19, 2014 at 4 p.m. ET, Steam users can download and play both titles for free. Until Monday Jan. 20 at 1 p.m. ET, both titles are also on sale, with Company of Heroes 2 being discounted by 66 percent to $13.59 and Saints Row 4 getting a 50 percent discount to $19.99. The Saints Row franchise pack, which bundles together Saints Row 2, Saints Row: The Third, Saints Row 4 and their accompanying downloadable content, is also on sale for $29.99, a 60 percent discount on its regular price.

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Green Man Gaming offers BioShock Infinite for $9.99

Online retail outlet Green Man Gaming has announced a Cyber Monday sale, including BioShock Infinite for $9.99. Irrational Games' highly-rated adventure normally costs $39.99, so the offer represents a 75 percent discount. DLC episode BioShock Infinite: Burial at Sea is down 25 percent at $11.24 while map-packs 'Clash in the Clouds' and 'Columbia's Finest' are down from $4.99 to $2.49. Other offers include Chivalry, down 75 percent from $34.99 to $17.49; Company of Heroes 2 down 33 percent to $26.79 and Europa Universalis down 50 percent to $19.99.

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Company of Heroes 2's Victory at Stalingrad DLC coming Nov. 12

Company of Heroes 2 players will be able to buy new content called "Victory at Stalingrad" for the game's Theater of War mode Nov. 12, the studio announced today. Launching alongside a previously announced free expansion, Turning Point, the "Victory at Stalingrad" DLC mini-pack comes with a co-op Scenario, Kalach Pincer; two Solo Challenges, Tatsinskaya Raid and Bridge Defense; and three AI Battles: Winter Storm, Stalingrad Resistance and Stalingrad Encirclement. "Victory at Stalingrad" will cost $9.99, although players can pre-order it on Steam for $8.99, a 10 percent discount. A trailer for the DLC is available above.

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Company of Heroes 2's Turning Point expansion hits Nov. 12

Turning Point, a free expansion for Relic Entertainment's real-time strategy game Company of Heroes 2, will be released Nov. 12, the developer revealed today. Turning Point will include two new multiplayer maps, Rails & Metal, which is designed for 2-4 players, and Lazur Factor, which is designed for 6-8 players. It will also introduce the World Builder, which will allow players to create maps, four new multiplayer commanders and public chat lobbies. Relic Entertainment will be livestreaming Turning Point content this Friday on its official Twitch.tv channel. Check out the trailer above to see a highlight reel for the upcoming Turning Point content. For more on the RTS, be sure to read and watch Polygon's Company of Heroes 2 review.

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Russian government wants to help produce patriotic games

The Russian Military History Society is working with video game developers to produce "patriotic" video games that promote "historically truthful" events, according to the Hollywood Reporter. "A video game has to have not only an entertainment value, but it also has to teach and be conducive to patriotic education," Arseny Mironov, an aide to Russian culture minister Vladimir Medinsky, who heads the Russian Military History Society, told the Russian newspaper Izvestiya. Portraying a "negative image of the Russian warrior" in the games will be unacceptable, Mirinov said. The first game in development will focus on the Russian military's aviation in World War I and is expected to be released in 2014. The announcement was made in the wake of Relic Entertainment's Company of Heroes 2,...

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Company of Heroes gets first Theater of War DLC, 'Case Blue'

Company of Heroes 2 developer Relic Entertainment is releasing the game's first Theater of War add-on, a minipack called "Case Blue," via Steam today. "Case Blue" contains both single-player and co-op content, all based on a real-life German campaign from the Eastern Front of World War II in the summer of 1942. The DLC includes two solo challenges, two AI battles and one co-op scenario. Relic is also releasing a title update for Company of Heroes 2 today with two free multiplayer maps. The $9.99 add-on will be available on Steam at 1 p.m. ET, and interested parties can pre-order it for the next three hours at a 10 percent discount, $8.99. "Case Blue" came with Company of Heroes 2's Digital Collector's Edition and Pre-Order Edition, so owners of those versions of the game don't have...

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Company of Heroes 2 getting two free maps Sept. 24

Company of Heroes 2, the real-time strategy game from Relic Entertainment, will receive two free multiplayer maps tomorrow, according to a representative for publisher Sega. The first map, Rostov, is based on the WWII battle of the same name and will support up to six players. The second map, Khakov, is based on the Ukraine's second-largest city, which was also the site of several WWII battles. It will support up to four players. Downloads for both maps will be available free on Sept. 24. For more on the game, be sure to read and watch Polygon's Company of Heroes 2 review.

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  • Windows
    • Released 06/25/2013
    • Publisher Sega
    • Developer Relic Entertainment
    • Score 7.0
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