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.
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.