If you have played the first Company of Heroes, you may know the nostalgia from playing countless hours. Now we have a Company of Heroes 2 released to the public as of June 25, 2013. But what is it?
Company of Heroes 2 is a realtime strategy game set in World War 2. It has campaigns, multiplayer, skirmish against the AI, and an option to spectate other matches. The Soviet Union is involved in the game as a faction in the game. Unfortunately, this game is a bit heavy on the DLC side. The base game gives you access to a couple campaigns, the Wehrmacht faction, and the Soviet Union faction. If you want to play as the Oberkommando West, the United States, or the British forces, you will have to purchase their respective DLC’s.
Your average match of Company of Heroes 2 be it multiplayer or skirmish is played on a map and the win condition is either victory points or annihilation. Not only will you be fighting to win, you will be fighting for resources. There are multiple sectors on a map that you have to capture to increase your resource incomes. There are three resources in the game:manpower, munitions, and fuel. There is also a population cap which you can’t build more if you have too many units. Sectors can be either a normal capture point that gives you a small income boost for munition and fuel, a munition capture point, or a fuel point. There are a few special capture points depending if the map has them. There’s a watchtower that has a bigger line of sight. Repair points have NPC’s that help fix up any damaged allied vehicles close to it. Medical points have NPC’s that recover the hp of units in infantry squads. Each faction has their own mix of infantry, support weapons, light vehicles, and tanks. The game is over if someone destroys the enemy’s bases or controls the map’s victory points to where it ticks down the enemy’s counter to zero.
There is a little customization you can do with factions. There are commanders which give you various abilities, call ins, and passive perks. There are three slots to equip commanders. Intel bulletins give you minor improvements to many units and vehicles. Skins are for vehicles that give you a different look for them. Victory strikes pelt enemy bases when you win the game. Decals are pretty self explanatory.
The game has Steam Workshop support and provides a variety of maps, mods, skins, and decals. It is my opinion that the vanilla game is dull and lacks variety in terms of units. The All Units Mod brings a lot of unit variety and defenses. The ALPHA MOD grants varying options to resource boosts and population cap. Recently the war spoils system had an overhaul and is much better. Playing games, winning games builds up a bar and filling it up grants you a drop. It’s totally random and if you get a duplicate of what you have, you are granted supply which you can use it to buy things in the in-game store. Supply can be a grindy alternative if you don’t want to spend any money.
So is it something worth to buy? If it’s not on sale the base game is fairly pricey. The faction DLC’s are in the same boat. You’re better off getting the game and whatever DLC’s you want on a big Steam sale. The graphics are okay but not too much an improvement from the first Company of Heroes. The UI is better to work with. You see all your units in the corner of your screen. Modding isn’t as varied because of the lack of modding tools Relic has released for the game. You will need a decent computer to play and it is a bit CPU intensive. I myself have under 900 hours playing and have enjoyed the game as a whole getting the game and a DLC on sale. If you have a bad PC or aren’t a fan of heavy DLC, hold off. If you want a more modern Company of Heroes experience, give it a try.