Players need to have a ‘tip top’ personal computer system (especially a high quality graphics card) to run this amazing, intense World War II action/strategy game from THQ. DirectX 9.0c is even required.
The amazing detail and destructive options set this game apart from similar military titles and any other action/strategy game. Military fans get some standard historical events like the invasion of Normandy, all in European settings, but any fan can appreciate this game. There’s always a lot going on and a lot of things you can do about it.
Company of Heroes is initially it's overwhelming, especially if you’re not familiar with the genre type (don’t worry too much – there’s a tutorial). The beginning time investment will be fairly high, especially if you want to be successful to begin battles in the multiplayer/online modes. Once you settle in, take notice of the power levels and capabilities, so you can make informed decisions on the battlefield to get that competitive edge.
Players can get an extra edge by acquiring/destroying elements and utilizing the options at their disposal. Get strategic points to increase the rate of manpower, which creates a nice overwhelming element. As players control more territories, their population cap (maximum number of units allowed) increases.
Promotion and veteran status can also improve performance. Don’t get too dependant on the numbers game though, it’s just fun to attack no matter what the situation is, just to see what happens.
More profound elements regarding fuel, flamethrowers, engineers, pinning enemy squads and, gulp, body parts sets this title apart in a flooded military genre. You can also acquire points through the company commander system where the Allied forces have infantry, airborne and armor, while the Axis has defensive, blitzkrieg and, of course, today’s quintessential evil – terror. The Axis forces have more interesting weapons including a rocket battery that emits a pretty creepy sound.
The overall sound is great and the camera work impresses, except for a few camera views that are a bit too close. This game has a replay value for the variety of strategic scenarios and deep environments, which can translate into several replays in the single player campaigns and endless multiplayer/online challenges.
This highly recommended game provides endless entertainment.
Collector’s Edition and mobile phone version are also available.
Company of Heroes is rated M (Mature) by the ESRB for Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Strong Language.