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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 possibilities...

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Don't worry Germany, this Company of Heroes 2 expansion makes no political judgments

The next expansion for Company of Heroes 2, a stand-alone campaign called Ardennes Assault, will allow players to take control of U.S. army forces during a Battle of the Bulge siege against a resurgent German army - but developer Relic Entertainment maintains despite its political basis in history the game remains entirely apolitical in its treatment of the opposing German forces. In Ardennes Assault, players take control of one of three U.S. Forces Companies, each of which features unit-specific officers and playstyles. Game director Quinn Duffy confirmed to Polygon that players will not be able to take control of the German Oberkommando West forces. "It's less of a political thing, it's historical," said Dunn in response to a question of how German fans have responded to this...

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Company of Heroes 2: The Western Front Armies DLC trailer, E3 2014

Sega's Company of Heroes 2, the World War II RTS for PC, is getting not one but two pieces of DLC. The first is a called Oberkommando West, featuring a retooled and refitted German army. The second features the weary forces of mid-war General Dwight D. Eisenhower. Both can be purchased separately for $12.99, or together for $20 on June 24th. To see the rest of our E3 trailers, check out our StoryStream.


Two trailers go to war for Company of Heroes 2 DLC

The Oberkommando West is one of two $12.99 packs being offered in Company of Heroes 2: The Western Front Armies, a forthcoming DLC release from publisher Sega. Profiled in one of two trailers released today (above), the German army is "battle hardened and newly equipped ... a resurgent and very dangerous foe," according to developer Relic. Oberkommando West's mission is to defend Germany from U.S. attack, in a simulation of the Battle of Hurtgen Forest during World War II. The other video (below) focuses on U.S. forces, led by General Dwight D. Eisenhower. Fatigued following the rapid advance from Germany, they must overcome a tough enemy and uncompromising terrain. Company of Heroes 2: The Western Front Armies arrives on Windows PC on June 24. The two packs can be bought together...


Company of Heroes 2: The Western Front Armies returns to blood and grit of 1944

From Blitzkrieg to El Alamein, from D-Day to the Race to Berlin, the ability to support fast-moving vehicles proved crucial. Few battles demonstrate this more effectively than the Battle of Hurtgen Forest, which preceded the German counterattack against the Allies in the Ardennes forest, in the winter of 1944, known as The Battle of the Bulge. Lasting three months, Hurtgen Forest is the longest single battle ever fought by the U.S. Despite significant numerical and hardware supremacy, the Germans fought hard on their home turf, digging in and making use of rough terrain and difficult weather to neutralize Allied mobility advantages. This is the setting for Company of Heroes 2: The Western Front Armies, which switches focus from the game's Eastern Front narrative of the Soviet war...


Sega reports income growth and strong digital market performance

Sega is reporting income increases and ongoing success in the digital game market for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2014, in spite of sluggish packaged game sales. Net sales for the fiscal year hit 378 billion yen ($3.71 billion), an increase of 17.6 percent on the previous year. In February, Sega Sammy Holdings adjusted its projected financial results for the year from expected net sales of 485 billion ($476) to 377 billion yen, which it pegged on postponed sales of pachislot and pachinko machines. Operating income increased by 102 percent from the previous fiscal year to 38.53 billion yen ($378 million). Sega Sammy recorded a net income of 30.72 billion yen ($302 million), a decrease of 8.2 percent from the previous year. Net sales for its consumer business arm increased by 18.6...


Company of Heroes 2: The Western Front Armies expansion launches June 24

The Western Front Armies, a standalone multiplayer expansion for Relic Entertainment's real-time strategy game Company of Heroes 2, will launch June 24 for $19.99, publisher Sega announced today. Sega also revealed that those who pre-order The Western Front Armies will receive a unique vehicle skin for each of the two factions, the U.S. Forces and the German Oberkommando West, as well as matching faceplates. Each army will also be available to purchase individually for $12.99. You can see both in battle in the trailer above. As the name implies, the expansion will bring players back to the setting of the first Company of Heroes. Each army will have unique abilities, vehicles, weapons and more to use in The Western Front's eight multiplayer maps. Company of Heroes 2 was released...


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. ...


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.

Company of Heroes 2 Releases
North America
  • Windows
    • Released 06/25/2013
    • Publisher Sega
    • Developer Relic Entertainment
    • Score 7.0
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