The demand for a sequel came almost immediately after Company of Heroes was released in 2006. But Relic had us waiting seven long years for a sequel of the game. Was the wait worth it? Let’s find out.
In order for you to have a proper understanding of the review of the game, we have divided the various aspects of the games into multiple categories. Read on to find out more.
[textblock style=”4″]1. Graphics and Sound[/textblock]
Though Company of Heroes 2 is not a revolutionary upgrade from its predecessor, the visuals are nonetheless stunning. The game is unmatched by other contemporary RTS games as it can render even the smallest details, details that can be missed in the blink of an eye if you are not observant. The animation of the war torn Russian landscape is fluid and believable. As the bullets fly and bombs explode, you begin to wonder how war can look so beautiful.
As much as the visuals can be praised, the sound effects of the game can be said to be the best in the genre. As the action intensifies, the sound effects create an atmosphere which seems disturbing but gels very well with the gameplay. The sounds of battle at times made me anxious as the action progressed. Hats off to Relic for such an excellent soundtrack.
[textblock style=”4″]2. Realistic Weather Visualization[/textblock]
Company of Heroes 2 succeeds in recreating the harsh winters the European Front is famous for having. Also, the impact that such weather has on warfare is properly depicted. I had my gut wrenched many a times as units were subjected to hypothermia and death. Even the lakes freeze in the game, creating new areas to employ new strategy for attack. The weather is very well done and imparts a degree of immense realism to the game.
[textblock style=”4″]3. Multiplayer[/textblock]
The multiplayer aspect of the game is pretty awesome for fans of Company of Heroes. It is just like the original game; you can build a base, gather resources, attack the enemy and the like. But don’t scoff on the lack of originality because this aspect is what makes the multiplayer aspect much enjoyable as you pit yourself against your friends. It is thrilling to take on your opponent employing various strategies that you have learned in the course of gamelay.
[textblock style=”4″]4. Tactical Gameplay[/textblock]
Company of Heroes 2 is all about real time tactics and strategy. This aspect makes it much different from most of the games of the same genre which primarily focus on pre-determined strategy. The different units under your command possess different abilities that can be cleverly utilized for proper and satisfying completion of missions. The essence of gameplay in Company of Heroes 2 is that you have to think on-the-go. The game is pretty difficult and requires management in all aspects, even the smallest ones. However, all this is properly rewarded by the satisfaction that is felt on completion of a particularly difficult mission.
[textblock style=”4″]5. Theater of War Mode[/textblock]
The Theater of War mode in Company of Heroes 2 is enjoyable to say the least. The mode erects different scenarios, both single player and multiplayer and makes you compete for high scores. From time survival missions to various missions with unique objectives, the mode brings out your creativity and capacity for strategy. Completion of missions will unlock various rewards from gameplay bonuses to cosmetic upgrades.
Till now I have been all praises for that game. But nothing is flawless; the game possesses some aspects that were not at par with the aforementioned ones. Let us have a brief look at what is not so enjoyable in the game.
First of all, it is the campaign presentation. Although the story is not so bad, the presentation leaves a lot behind when compared to the gem of a gameplay that the game possesses. The cut-scenes are really flat, and lack the emotive expressions that have become a mainstay of the games of the current generation. The narrative is quite well written, but the presentation does not do justice to it.
Secondly, the multiplayer is very frustrating for gamers who have not played Company of Heroes. The tutorial aspect of the game does not properly teach the ropes to inexperienced players. The tactical and intellectual challenge of the multiplayer is much more challenging than the campaign mode of the game and that makes it all the more difficult for newcomers.
[textblock style=”4″]Final Verdict[/textblock]
Having gone over the pros and cons, I am pretty sure that you all unanimously agree that the pros outweigh the cons. Although the game can be criticized to lack originality and emulate its predecessor, it is heartening that the game is at par with Company of Heroes, which was a marvel in almost all aspects of its design. Enjoy the game without reading much into the repetitive aspects; you will have a good time.