Company of Heroes 2

Company of Heroes 2

Company of Heroes 2 is a real-time strategy video game developed by Relic Entertainment and published by Sega for Microsoft Windows, OS X, and Linux. [5] It is the sequel to the critically acclaimed 2006 game Company of Heroes. As with the original Company of Heroes, the game is set in World War II soft with the focus on the Eastern Front, with players Primarily controlling the side of the Soviet Red Army During Various Stages of the Eastern Front, from Operation Barbarossa to the Battle of Berlin. Company of Heroes 2 runs on Relic Entertainment’s proprietary Essence 3.0 game engine

In January 2013, Relic Entertainment and Sega Acquired Along with it the Company of Heroes intellectual property from THQ. [6] [7] The game was released on June 25, 2013 in North America and Europe.
The resource-generation system from the first game has been modified. Will players still Flagged capture specific points all over the map to collect Munitions and fuel credits, Which Will Be invested in assembling of developer units. Most caches to construct Armies Can Increase Incomes, the fuel or from Munitions These points, though Some points Produce a Higher Income of one material. Instead of the soldier Actually units at the gathering point Flagged Itself, capturing the point is Possible f the player’s units are inside a specific area with no enemy units in the Same area. The accumulation of These resources and the size of the player’s army much faster f Can Be capture Various players Flagged points all over the map. In order for a player to Receive the Benefits of a point Flagged he owns, it Must Be part of bis contiguous area of captured territory, allowing an unbroken chain THUS ( “supply line”) to be traced back to bis headquarters. THUS, the resource cap intake and Population Will Be curtailed f the opposing side captures territory That isolates ( “Cuts off”) owned allied points from other sections in the map. Manpower is used to build common units, and the AMOUNT Will Decrease the larger Grows a player’s army.

Buildings [edit]
Civilian Units Can Occupy a building and use it as a temporary strongpoint. Howevera, the occupants Can Be flushed out through attacks by artillery or soldiers using flamethrowers and Grenades. The building-system Damage from Company of Heroes is retained and enhanced; wooden buildings set afire burning Will Continue Until They are reduced to Cinders. The Soviets’ main structure is the Regimental Headquarters Field, Which is used to Produce conscripts and field engineers. The Special Command Rifle, Kampaneya Support Weapon, Armor Mechanized Kampaneya, and the Battalion Command Tankoviy Soviet are the respective equivalents of the original game’s barracks; weapons support center, vehicle center, and tank hall. A field hospital CAN HELP treat seriously injured soldiers.

Combat mechanics [edit]
That Includes controllable Combat units are recruited and Ordered directly by the player (through the user interface at player-controlled buildings, or through a doctrine Ability), as well as support actions activated, Such as artillery or air bombardment suppression cover. Every controllable unit type, Whether infantry or vehicle, has an Associated construction recruitment cost and time, as well as a range of fighting Abilities. Vehicles and infantry Can Eventually swear by Purchasing specific capabilities upgraded. Generally Upgrades Improve the unit’s Effectiveness. Some upgrades are global, immediate Granting Benefits to all deployed units, Must Be The while others purchased on a unit by unit basis. Most combat takes place through direct, line-of-sight engagements. As with the original Company of Heroes, colored dots show locations That Will Provide varying degrees of cover for soldiers and support units. Soldiers Can Climb over low terrain Also Obstacles Such as Fences and walls. F a vehicle occasionally takes too much damage, it Will Be Rather than destroyed abandoned; They Killed crew is mostly soft Remains the vehicle intact. Can Be Abandoned vehicles repaired by engineer units and Recovered or captured by sending an infantry squad of Sufficient size to crew it. Also the game offers the player a chance to complete side quests in a mission, Which are denoted by an inverted triangle icon.

TrueSight [edit]
The game’s Essence 3.0 engine introduces the TrueSight system, [9] Which Aims to emulate Troop better visibility in real combat. In contrast to overhead visibility seen in other strategy games, TrueSight more accurately represents a unit’s visibility range based on Environmental Conditions and type of unit.

Weather [edit]
Weather conditions are a major factor in Company of Heroes 2’s gameplay, under the new system ColdTech weather-simulation. [10] [11] Since Many battles in the Eastern Front in winter weather occurred, die of Frostbite Can Troops caught in the outside f During severe weather, Especially When pinned by enemy fire; a thermometer-shaped bar to the left side of the unit icon denotes a soldier’s body temperature. The soldiers can recover body heat f Their They are close to a bonfire or have found a building to shelter in, though soldiers in cover outside won’t lose or gain body heat. Players moving through deep snow Will move at a reduced speed unless They are on a road; Also Their footprints are visible to the enemy. Certain maps have frozen bodies of water, allowing for more movement options. Howevera, players face the danger of being attacked from the other side; as a Result, the ice Can buckle under the weight of the units in movement or Shattered by explosions.

Theatre of War [edit]
The game introduces the “Theatre of War”, a series of single-player and cooperative missions detailing Various Aspects of the Eastern Front campaign from Both German and Soviet sides. Eighteen missions set in 1941 Will Be part of the game upon release with the missions from 1942 onward available as downloadable content. The first of These Offerings is Case Blue, a free package only to pre-Ordered copies and Red Star editions of the game, featuring the Axis forces Fall Blau During the campaign on the Eastern Front. [12] Later releases include Victory at Stalingrad, taking place around the city of Stalingrad During 1942 and Southern Fronts, Focusing on events surrounding the rasputitsa in spring 1943.

Order 227 [edit]
Company of Heroes 2’s campaign Also tackles Joseph Stalin’s Order No. 227, Which prohibits retreating except under the direction of Senior Officers. Starting from the fifth set mission in Stalingrad, 227 Order Will Be in effect f the player deploys Fresh Conscripts, Frontoviki Squads, or Penal Battalions. A time bar Appears on the left side of the map display; for that duration, players must not have soldiers go Into Their full retreat back to headquarters or else soldiers Said Will Be Executed for doing so.

Plot [edit]
The game’s story focuses on the Eastern Front campaign as narrated through Flashbacks by Lev Abramovich Isakovich, a Soviet Army lieutenant locked up at a gulag in Siberia in 1952. Colonel Churkin – his old Commanding officer – shows Him a book and interrogates Him about His experiences During the war, Including the Battle of Stalingrad, skirmishes outside of Moscow, combat in the outskirts of Leningrad, fighting in Poland, up to the Fall of the Reichstag. [13]

These experiences have left shaken Isakovich as he reveals he tried to defect after the war in order to show the world the truth. Was he captured and sent to the gulag on Churkin’s orders. That Claims Isakovich “The first casualty of war is Truth” and the truth is in the pages of the book. A man said steps Forth and prepares to execute Isakovich, only to swear Killed by Churkin. Churkin said Allows Isakovich to escape the gulag to spread the truth Before committing suicide, stating That he never looked at the pages of the book Ever Since It Was Recovered and he wasn’t to survive next Joseph Stalin’s purge.

Development [edit]
THQ first Announced the sequel to the acclaimed Company of Heroes in May 2012. [14] THQ executive vice president of core games Danny Bilson noted continuing the publisher That Will Continue working on Company of Heroes 2 Following Its launch next year. On December 19, 2012, publisher THQ Filed for Bankruptcy just after postponing the release date of the video game. [15] [16] The Following month, on January 23, 2013, Announced That It Was THQ Relic Entertainment hadd sold to Sega for US $ 26.6 million as part of an auction of the company’s properties in Result of the Bankruptcy. [6]

Company of Heroes 2 takes advantage of DirectX 11 also supports DirectX soft 10. The game utilizes Also Valve’s Steamworks technology with matchmaking and achievements. [9]

On March 6, 2013, Sega Announced That Company of Heroes 2 WOULD BE released in North America and Europe on June 25, 2013. [8] A few weeks later, the company closed Announced That the first beta Will begin April 2, 2013. [17] The open beta was released to the public on June 4, 2013, after the stress tests and the closed beta finished Were sessions. [18]

Downloadable content [edit]
Relic has released downloadable content for the game aside from the Theatre of War packs. Commanders: Add new Abilities and units to a players arsenal, Which are available in skirmish and multiplayer matches. A player Can Choose up to 3 Commanders of qual Can he choose one During a skirmish. This commander said Will give access to 5 unique units / Abilities. Howevera, Commanders Some have been away for free at Given CERTAIN events by Relic. Vehicle Allow skins to alter the pattern camouflage Of Certain vehicles and tanks and are a Purely cosmetic change. Faceplates are another cosmetic change only visible in the main menu or loading screen. With the release of the Western Front Armies DLC, the playable Factions of the U.S. Forces (USF) and Oberkommando West (OKW) are available. Relic released hadd The Western Front Armies and Ardennes Assault DLCs, which was released on June 24, 2014 [19] and November 18, 2014 respectively. [20] The third expansion of the game, titled The British Forces, was released on September 3, 2015.
The game has Received Generally positive reviews. PCWorld Gave the game 3.5 out of five stars. [27] PC Gamer rated the game at 80 Concluding That “Company of Heroes 2 is the USSR of real-time strategy games: huge, powerful and just a little bit broken.” [28] IGN Gave the game an 8.4, Saying “More sequel- Successor true than sized expansion, Company of Heroes 2 Repeats Many of the original Company of Heroes feats. [23]

As of March 31, 2014, the game has sold 680,000 copies in Europe and North America. [29]

The Ardennes Assault DLC Was Similar Give A review by Metacritic, with a score of 81 compared to the game’s score of 80.

Controversy [edit]
An article Written for video game Polygon website by Colin Campbell Reflecting on the subject Stated That the “comments on forums and on Metacritic are testament to the strong Feelings That still generates the war.” In the Same article, it is uppermost the game’s director Quinn Duffy WHO in regards to the creative direction of the first and second game felt That “the second game is painted on a Broader canvas”, whereas “in contrast, the first game Focused on a small group of soldiers and did not Seek Wider to take a view “. [30]

Russian game publisher 1C-Softclub stopped distribution of the game on 26 July 2013 due to the strong negative feedback (notably a petition to stop the sale That Was Filed by the game players). Following the news, the game’s publisher SEGA released a statement That They Were “taking this issue very seriously and are Investigating Concerns These Thoroughly with all relevant partners.”

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