Eastern Front is a free mod for Company of Heroes. Following the ethos of mimicking a Relic Entertainment expansion pack, Eastern Front has succeeded in adding two full new factions, the Soviet Red Army and the German Ostheer, packed with unique and exciting units to the existing armies - a feat never before achieved in the Company of Heroes world.
It's a really fun mod, and I have to give it credit for being the first mod for CoH to add a complete faction to the game and as much as possible not sacrificing balanced gameplay, action, and fun.
People who review this saying it is bad because it isn't realistic like other mods don't understand the point of the mod. The mod wasn't made to be realistic or historically accurate. It was made to add a new faction for players to enjoy alongside the existing factions, without modifying the already existing factions for balanced fast-paced gameplay.
I'm not rating it perfect because there are some hiccups and glitches, as well as extremely frustrating AI. At times I have seen the AI use tactics they never used before and displaying more intelligence, but other times, it seems like they have an unfair advantage. It's like they build faster than you do and they pump out tons of units(mostly vehicles) and overwhelm you.
I can't wait for Ostheer :P
Eastern Front adds an entirely new faction. That is something new and a huge accomplishment! I always wanted a Soviet team in COH. Also, they managed to balance it out evenly with the other factions so they are not sUper ULTRA-PWNAGE 1337 AWESOMENOSS unstoppable, but then again, they are not too weak. This was pretty good. However, the mod keeps alot of the original elements. Even the original penetration system. Some new, realistic eastern front skins for the Germans would have been nice too. Plus I send in two T-34s, a SU-100 and a JS-2 to the german base. A panzer and a panther take out the JS-2, the SU and damages the T-34s. They retreat but get killed off by a stug. I think the Soviet tanks should get a buff, but all-in-all, its a good mod that will please many people.
I don't have much else to add to what the other good reviews have to say, I largely agree with them. I just really enjoy the mod, I have a really hard time going back to vCoH after playing it, especially when I have other people to play with. The only real problem is the exposure and accessibility to the most recent builds at the time that I write this.
This mod is essentially at the level of what I would expect from the creators of Company of Heroes. The voice acting is spot on, and I'm proud to say that, as a Russian, there are no grammatical mistakes that I could detect in the dialogue of the soldiers. The gameplay is also spot on - I have not tried the Ostheer troops but the Soviet side has a great amount of depth as well as a wide area of troops to choose from. The new maps are also enjoyable - It's extremely entertaining and satisfying defending the Moscovian outskirts from the German invaders as well as liberating the Sevastopol port. Sound effects are also spot on.
There is only one negative that I can say and that is the fact that it took me a while to figure out how to launch the mod. I kept on getting an error telling me to launch it from Steam even after multiple reinstalls. Luckily, I came upon a way to launch it and it works flawlessly.
One thing I was especially glad to see is how stable the mod is now - I remember around a year ago when I gave it it's first try: It would crash not often enough to make me throw the mod out completely but often enough that it would get frustrating. Now I have not experienced a single crash, so good on the creators for making the mod more stable.
Overall, I love mod - from the satisfying onslaught of my T-34's onto the enemy base after a long and arduous battle for Kursk to the hilarity of the leader of the engineers going "Oh, you hurt your hand? Man up!"
After seeing how many awards this mod got I felt compelled to try it out. First thing I noticed was all the maps load way slower with Eastern Front installed, going from 15 seconds loads in vanilla to around 2 minutes.
Both the Soviet and Ostheer armies bring new units and doctrines to the table but they both feel weaker than the other 4 forces. The Soviet troops are too fragile and expensive (even my beloved T-34), while the Ostheer AI needs some serious rework as it doesn't know how to use it's own troops.
Aside from the 2 issues I mentioned above the mod is runs well and even comes with winter themed maps to fit the setting. (and the russians speak russian)
This mod is as close to perfection as you can get. Expanding the roster to 6 factions is just awesome.
The Russians are a total joy to play, and feel uniquely balanced for the experience.
The Ostheer are also starting to grow on me too; it's just strange we have so many German factions. It's representative of the setting so I can't argue. Still, having an Italian faction or Japanese Faction would be interesting too. What's here is MORE than impressive, and I am NOT saying I'm either capable nor willing to tackle such a task myself. Just voicing my opinion on having so many German factions.
That strange interlude aside, this mod is very impressive. It was awesome with even just the Russians being added. The recently added Ostheer are just icing on the cake.