Moves the battle away from the common Western Front focus of World War II and refocuses on some of history’s most brutal and devastating conflicts on the Eastern Front, challenging players to take command of the iconic Red Army and repel the Nazi invaders from the very gates of Moscow.
Company of Heroes 2 is a game that I really want to like more. The sound effects are truly atmospheric and the visuals are stunning, but that's about it.
The maps leave a lot to be desired. They're all fairly good maps, but all feel like the same scenario: fighting over farmland, occasionally with a tactically irrelevant river involved. Where, outside of the campaign, are the war torn streets of Stalingrad? Even the recent update that brought a beloved COH1 map into the game brought, langres, the one map that was like the others in COH2, when it could have introduced Vire River Valley (which would have been fun to play in the "winter" mode) or Lyon or Montereme (for some desperately needed variety).
The combat, aside from being visually pleasing, is frustrating. A squad of shock infantry, when placed at point blank range against a helpless artillery crew, has to fire continuously for something like 15 seconds before they kill their target, while a single grenade or mortar shell can wipe out that same squad in one blast. Tanks have to fire about five well placed rounds at enemy tanks before destroying them, but can fall through ice and be lost in a moment's notice.
I rate this game a 7 and not a 6 because I do think there is potential. Updates to the game that make infantry less useless and add maps with variety could make the game much better. Even just the release of a map editor would do so much to improve this game.
I'm rooting for Company of Heroes 2, but it has a ways to go
A fantastic Game with Really Good Graphics, And It includes a really realistic Portrayal of what war was really like. (not the Damage system ;) .) The truesight and the Cold Tech Really makes the game dynamic. And Don't get me started on the Theater of war mode, which is also Fantastic
Despite the initial problems, Company of Heroes 2 remains a solid sequel to an excellent game. While the new ColdTech system is annoying IMHO, everything else is well done (the new "jump over low walls" to lessen the impact of early barbed wire-trapping, abandoned vehicles allow Soviet players to joyride in Tiger Tanks, TrueSight which makes ambushes more rewarding, etc.)
Some of you may be appalled by the plotline of the campaign, but remember that what the Stalin-ruled Soviets did in WW2 were just as bad as the Germans they were fighting, if not worse.
Yes, I know there are some ludicrously-priced day-1 DLC, but those are completely optional (The DLC commanders aren't that different from the ones on the full game) and the skins are purely cosmetic, and no one is forcing you to buy it.
Multiplayer is currently Peer-to-peer Automatch only for the time being, but rest assured that they will make some new additions in the future (not just skins).