Developed by Relic Entertainment, the Company of Heroes franchise is a high quality World War II series. It is very different from various other RTS franchises, since Company of Heroes tries to make the game feel more like how WW2 combat was conducted. It is focusing more on combat over base building, you get resources by securing different sectors on the given map, of which you can use to deploy a fierce army. Company of Heroes is much known for its cover mechanic and feature to alter the terrain based upon the battles encountered: creating new cover en a crater caused by artillery or driving through lines of massive bushes with a tank to create a flanking route.
Company of Heroes
|Released in 2006, the original Company of Heroes tells the story starts with the American Able Company as they invade Omaha Beach on D-Day during Operation Overlord, the campaign starts with a cinematic shot of the ships boarding the beach and you gaining control over your units, from here, the intensity excels as you command Able and Fox company through the rest of the campaign, while you historical-accurate battles and enemies. There isn't a Wehrmacht single player campaign, you can however command the Wehrmact, as well as the American Army, in a multiplayer battle.|
Company of Heroes: Opposing Fronts
|The first of two stand-alone expansion to the franchise, Company of Heroes: Opposing Fronts, was released in 2007. It tells the story of the German Panzer Elite as they defend the Netherlands and Germany through Operation Market Garden. The Panzer Elite is has fierce anti tank weapon at their disposal, especially if they specialize in the Tank Hunter doctrine, but they are still deadly to any infantry with units such as the Wirbelwind Flakpanzer and their versatile Grenadiers. You can also play the British 2nd Army campaign, You'll be tasked with the mission to liberate Caen. As the British, you'll have the elite Commando Units and the royal artillery at you disposal to help you complete your mission. Both campaigns feature historical-accurate events and battles.|
Company of Heroes: Tales of Valor
|The second of the two announced expansion to the franchise, Company of Heroes: Tales of Valor, was released in 2009. Instead of the full scale and lengthy campaigns that you've encountered in the original game and the previous expansion, Tales of Valor contains a three smaller campaigns, with more focus on a single squad, rather than an entire army. In the first of these campaigns you are in control of a Tiger tank. It is set in a little village, Viller-Bocage, as you fight the British 7th Armored Division. In the second campaign you are controlling an American Airborne squad as they secure a causeway for the Allies along the beaches of Normandy. In the third and last campaign you are in control of a unit of German SS Panzergrenadiers and Wehrmacht as you defend the town Turn, from an Allied assault, as the remaining German forces tries to escape.|
Three different multiplayer game modes is also added in this expansion, such as Operation Stonewall, which is basically a horde mode, where you defend your command building--which you also use to produce units--from wave after wave of enemies. There's also Operation Assault, which is very similar to Warcraft III's Defense of the Ancients. This expansion also features a lot of new replacements for older units and new skins.
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