The Great War is a modification for Company of Heroes meant to bring the war two decades earlier. This mod focuses on the later years of the First World War. Currently the two teams will be the British Expeditionary Force against the German Empire, however with time the team will try and bring some more nations in, such as France and Austria-Hungary. This mod will focus or realism but keep the game balanced enough to make it enjoyable. Things to look for in the mod are the famous artillery strikes and the infamous gas attacks. Trenches will provide vital cover for infantry while tanks will roll over the battlefield and instil fear into the enemy troops.
Accomplishing what no other mod has done before, The Great War brings WWI to life with great variety of combat. It allows you to fight it out in the trenches or engage in the mobile combat that characterized the great breakthroughs of the last German offensive. Good variety of units and specially made maps makes it obvious the amount of effort the team put into this mod. This is enough to give this a 10, but the mod was also very easy to install and runs just fine after CoH converted to Steam servers.
A Great Mod for the Great War.
I've been awaiting this release now for the better part of two years and i'm glad to say that the wait was worth it. The professional feel of the mod, the excellent unit layout and customisation options and the general feel of the battlefield make this a strong contender for the mod of the year 2013.
I may be a bit biased as WWI tactics definitely suit my COH play style: "take ground with assault units" - "build slit trenches and consolidate position" - "hold the ground while you build a mass of assault units and tanks to ovverun the enemy bases" but this doesn;t make it boring for me, quite the opposite and i'm sure players with different play styles will enjoy the challenge of adapting to the battlefield of the First World War.
The only reason this mod gets a 9 from me instead of a 10 is the content. Although i'm sure, and i hope that additional armies and an expanded tech tree will be included in later versions, the simple lack of them now takes it down a notch.
But that's just nitpicking :P it's a great mod, easy to download, easy to install and even easier to get the hang of playing. Top work guys, looking forward to seeing more from you!
A WW1 mod, that's interesting enough no? But this is much more than that!
What the team has made:
-proper designed, factions and otherwise, unlike regular CoH which has some design flaws which can be frustrating.
-with my limited WW1 knowledge I found the docterines to portray 1918 well, from the famous stormtroopers to the infamous Dicke Bertha.
-the ingame art, the unit icons, the textures, the models are all very well done. The team even made their own buildings.
-good balance (it has a few issues, but this is their first release)
-only the basic infantry can really be spammed.
-gas warfare offers interesting gameplay if you use it well.
I can only say thank you to the team for portraying such an interesting setting and designing and making such a great game. This game is perfect for competive play, it only needs people to play it competively as of now.
The mod does seem less popular than it should. So if you would like to play multiplayer join the Steam group:
Company of Heroes: The Great War 1918 TGW
The only thing I can say that I do not like about the mod are the field guns, which do not feel like real field guns at the moment but more like anti-tank guns. Other than that this game is perfect to me so it deserves a 10.
This mod is frankly superb. I don't know what else I can say on top of what everyone else has already said but frankly this is the finest CoH mod I've played. I am looking forward eagerly to the inclusion of other armies, especially the French, and more maps.
Well done firstly, but there are a very important issues to adress here. One thing being it's the same fast paced game, bolt actions rifles old technology. Another point, 2 artillery gun max? Seriously? Artillery is a huge part of WW1 and you barely touched on it. Costs are another issue. The costs are way too high for as useless as the units are, the AI can spawn em faster than you can and you're done. But I expect an updated release will ease that. I'd suggest dropping everything 100 man power. Also the trenches are really glitchy, most units cant figure out how to get in for at least a minute. The lack of arty is laughable and the lack of variety is awful. Please fix and you'd get a 10/10
This mod is great. The new feel of the mod, with the change in pace to WW1 standards, is refreshing considering how many WW2 RTS games there are. The trench system is great, as it is easy to design impressive trench systems. The focus on infantry/artillery play is also nice, as the vehicles in this mod are extreme late game. That said, this mod has a black sheep;
At the moment I am writing this review, I noticed it causes problems with my Eastern Front Mod for CoH. Now, some might be saying, it could be random. Well, I tried both my EF mod and my EF ostheer beta mod, and both suffer lag issues and crashes. I have an aleinware, so my computer isn't the problem. I suspect that it is in the mod's coding, altering the base CoH game, thus making the EF mod laggy, but it worked twice before.
Overall, an excellent mod, but due to the possibility of hurting other mods out there, I have to give it an 8/10.