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).
The game itself is amazing, despite some multi player balancing issues (which are quickly being patched anyway), this game is everything you could want from an RTS.
The damage system is the same as the original un-modded company of heroes, and that is to be expected.
The graphics have improved greatly in terms of detail when compared to the original Company of Heroes, and the sound work is phenomenal.
I'm not sure what people were expecting from Company of Heroes 2 to disappoint them so much, especially when it takes Blizzard 9 years to release a game that is essentially a graphics overhaul with re-imagined units.
I've herd much complaint about the story as well, but that was never the point of Company of Heroes 2 in the first place. I honestly can't tell you much about the Company of Heroes 1 campaign (After beating it multiple times, going for medals, etc.) story-wise, but that didn't stop that game from getting near perfect ratings; reviews instead focused on how visceral and fun the actual game play experience was.
In short, Company of Heroes 2 is a worthy sequel because it takes the same intense game play of the original and builds upon it with a plethora of new mechanics, wrapped up in triple A title level graphics and sound design that can be expected from the Company of Heroes series.