Posts Tagged ‘Company of Heroes’

Headline With A ?: Company of Heroes Sequel?

'that's what we do to rumour-reporters'

Could it really be that Relic are at last working on some manner of follow-up to their very well-received and very well-realised World War II RTS Company of Heroes? It could, claims PC Gamer’s print edition, claims Kotaku, claims VG247. I cannot verify this, but on this slowest of slow news days I shall report it nonetheless. There are no details because this is mere rumour, but though PCG are in the habit of eating live babies they aren’t generally in the habit of being scurrilous, so let’s hope they’re on the money here.
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Still Alive: Company of Heroes

Men of war

Oh, old man Company of Heroes, so good to see you again. Pull a comfy chair up to the fire and tell us another war story. It must hurt, having seen your younger, free to pay brother pass away so unexpectedly last year, but at least we’ve still got you. And what’s that? You’re not ready to go gently into that good night yourself yet? You have a healthy new patch laden with six extra maps and a bewildering array of balance changes? Excellent.
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How To Sneak Into Company Of Heroes Online

Relic are meanies! Meanies! They go and make an exciting-sounding MMO-esque follow-up to Company of Heroes, complete with persistent online characters and ranks, and then they only go and restrict it to China. Meanies!

Oh, wait. They’ve just revealed a way for us Western-types to have a crack at it, and for free too. Cuddlies!
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Wot I Think – Company of Heroes: Tales of Valor

The second expandalone (YES I SAID THE DEVIL-WORD) for Relic’s sumptuous World War II RTS hit our excited PCs late last week. I duly celebrated Easter by killing a lot of men in it. Is it the meaty expansion we’ve been praying for, or money-grabbing tokenism? My hammer of ultra-judgement falls on it below…
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CoH As “Persistent RTS”

1UP are reporting some interesting tactics by Relic to get into the piracy-warped Chinese games market with the most excellent Company Of Heroes. Apparently they intend to turn the game into an “’experience for online gamers where players will be able to build their character up from private to general through new multiplayer cooperative missions, gameplay modes, and player-versus-player combat’ in a persistent RTS. Presumably, they have a quirky pay-to-play plan to match.”

Presumably. Hard to know though, especially when most RTS games remain free and details are still pretty sketchy for Relic’s plan of attack. The persistent RTS has long sat just over the horizon for developers, and it’ll be interesting to see whether commercial pressures like this force it to happen.

Opposing Fronts Demo

I somehow missed this in my earlier web-dredging, but there’s now a Company Of Heroes: Opposing Fronts demo available for your downloading pleasure. The WWII RTS beast weighs in at a hormonal 1.92gb, or 137 Peggles. The demo contains the tutorial and the first two levels. And by the way, if you’ve ever played an RTS and not suffered from the experience, then you should play Company Of Heroes. I mean seriously: try it now, it’s one of the better ones.

“F*@#ing Wankers” – COH Addon

Well, lookie what’s gone up on Eurogamer just this minute – it’s my review of Company of Heroes: Opposing Fronts, the standalone expansion for what was anyone with a brain’s RTS of 2006. Or, arguably, ever.

I could easily have done a Gillen’n’Boiling Point and given this multiple scores. One for Joe Ooh-I-Like-Tanks-Public, one for established RTS fans and one for people who really, really dig Company of Heroes. It was a tough decision, but I think I hit the right compromise.

Oh, and here’s a quote in case it helps you summon the extra reserves of energy you need to click through to the review.

I can’t tell you how relieved I am to not hear some hackneyed “Jolly good, let’s go show them what-for, what? Fnarr Fnarr” soundbyte when I select a unit. “Let’s show these F*@#ING WANKERS!”, bellowed with the full, furious force of a beefy cabbie who’s just been dinged by a scrawny, bug-eyed tracksuit kid in a Ford Escort, really puts the spirit of war into me.

See? There’s swearing in it, so you’d defintely better go and look now.