Relic used to make some absolute corkers, huh? They’ve lastly discovered their method again within the highlight with Age Of Empires VI, however in the event you have been kicking in regards to the RTS area within the 00s, they have been akin to gods. Between Homeworld’s area opera spectacle and Warhammer 40ok: Dawn Of War’s grimdark bombast, they in some way discovered time to make slightly collection of down-to-earth techniques video games in regards to the biggest tragedy in trendy historical past. Company Of Heroes 2, the excessive level of their World War 2 operations, is free to obtain this weekend. Likewise, the remainder of the wartime franchise has been lower to 1 / 4 of the fee ’til Sunday night.
While contemporaries like Starcraft focussed on high-speed memorisation and counter-play, Relic’s video games all the time felt slightly extra manageable. Whether on the muddy fields of 1940s France or the blood-soaked hellscapes of the 41st Millenium, capturing useful resource notes was key to each powering your struggle machine and gaining intel on the sphere.
Company Of Heroes was much more granular. Supply strains, useful resource varieties and battle strains meant you could possibly ship some punishing blows by being in the correct place on the mistaken time. Cover, unit formation and car dealing with might additionally imply the distinction between a grand push and an embarrassing massacre.
Oh, I’ve had a grand previous time on Company Of Heroes 2’s battlefields. I used to play it with uni friends who grew into grognards far too early, spilling technical deets of each final tank, rifle and shell as they manoeuvred across the battlefield.
Personally, I simply performed the yanks and constructed the most important, baddest rocket tank. Can’t take cowl if the duvet’s not there.
While Dawn Of War would get weirder (and worse) and Homeworld could be handed off to a different studio for a spin-off and a sequel, Company Of Heroes 2 is oddly frozen in time. It’s Relic at their finest, and it’s price choosing up.
If you obtain Company Of Heroes 2 on Steam between now and Sunday at 6pm (UK time), it’s yours. No catch. There’s additionally a franchise-wide sale on the remainder of the wartime technique collection, together with all of COH2’s expansions and its predecessor.