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Company of Heroes - Incl. Dawn of War: Game of the Year Edition (PC DVD)

by THQ
Windows XP
 Ages 18 and Over
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)

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  • Essence Engine - Relic's next generation cutting-edge engine provides graphics quality and a physics driven world that is unprecedented in an RTS
  • Environmental Strategy - Real-time physics and a completely destructible environment guarantee no two battles ever play out in the same way. Destroy anything and re-shape the battlefield in your image. Use buildings and terrain to your advantage, or deny them to the enemy
  • Living Soldiers - Advanced squad AI brings your soldiers to life as they interact with their changing environment, take cover, and execute advanced squad tactics to eliminate all enemy opposition
  • 2-8 players MP competition via LAN or Internet - Go online with friends and join in the ultimate battle of Axis versus Allies
  • Also includes Dawn of War Game of the Year Edition, as well as a Dawn of War: Dark Crusade demo

Game Information

  • Platform:   Windows XP
  • PEGI Rating: Ages 18 and Over Suitable for 18 years and over. Not for sale to persons under age 18. By placing an order for this product, you declare that you are 18 years of age or over.
  • Media: Video Game
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Product details

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  • ASIN: B000GJEF2E
  • Release Date: 29 Sept. 2006
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,271 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

Product Description

Product Description

There's been a huge amount of excitement surround Relic's Company of Heroes ever since it was first revealed. Since then, it has gone on to win countless industry awards, all indicating that it would eventually become one of the finest strategy titles, PC games and WWII experiences, to-date.

A few short weeks ahead of its release and reviews have given further weight to these expectations. PC Gamer described it as 'the finest RTS we have ever played' and PC Zone remarked that it is 'nothing short of brilliant'. And the praise is continuing its relentless advance as the downloadable demo circulates internationally.

Aesthetically, the visuals, audio and overall presentation are quite astonishing. The emotional intensity of the deeply involving gameplay is also like nothing seen before, as players zoom in from their strategic overviews to witness the pained expressions on their own soldiers' faces. The remarkable AI ensures the chosen strategy is executed as intended, and with fully interactive, dynamic environments punctuating the cratered backdrops.

For RTS fans, PC gamers and WWII enthusiasts, Company of Heroes is essential. As, indeed, it is to anyone with even the most fleeting interest in video games.

Amazon.co.uk Review

World War II needs winning again but this time you’re not going it alone as you take command of Able Company in this innovative real-time strategy that sees you battling through the D-Day landings and the liberation of Europe.

The lowdown:
Real-time strategies have been stuck in a rut in recent years but this game doesn’t just offer a change in scenery. It goes out of its way to reduce the amount of micromanagement, with troops that can be trusted to act sensibly when under fire and don’t need you to tell them to duck when a shell comes their way. As you’d expect there’s no mining of resources, but instead you have to expand your territory via control points to get more men and resources. Stockpiling fuel, munitions and manpower allows you to bring in more specialised units but to keep a sense of realism everything needs a lot more time and effort to build than in the average real-time strategy. With a surprisingly subtle mix between the needs of realism and gameplay this is the freshest new strategy game for years.

Most exciting moment:
Graphically this is one of the most impressive real-time strategy games ever seen, but what really impresses is the artificial intelligence, both of your troops and the enemy. Soldiers on both sides will take cover without being asked and the enemy will constantly try to outflank and outgun you.

Since you ask:
Company of Heroes is the first game to use developer Relic’s "Essence Engine". It features many special effects usually only seen in first person shooters such as HDR (high dynamic range) lighting and the Havok 3 physic engine.

The bottom line:
Bored of WWII games and real-time strategies? This makes both seem exciting again. HARRISON DENT

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Company of Heroes maybe? 3 Oct. 2006
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
The Game plays great and the graphics are excellent and so far the campaigns have been good fun some tough some easy (I have been playing on normal level).

If you are a RTS fan this is a must game and the added bonus of war hammer (which I've not tried yet) was very pleasant.

There is nothing fundamentally new in the process of building up your army, other than the resources; this is a bit lame for want of a better word. Capturing command points means extra resources, which means extra men and machine to capture them which in turn means extra resources, which means extra men and machine to defend the resources.........This can become very frustrating when the krauts keep slipping in and nicking the point before you can reinforce it. You then have to wait for resource's to build up in order to start the process again. Unlike other RTS games where you can keep every thing together these command points are all over the map.

The AI's not bad but from time to time (especially Armour) it can leave you a little frustrated, i.e. your tank runs over your sand bag wall you have just built instead of going around, your tank drives backwards straight in to an enemy tank exposing its weakest armour, your tank runs straight into a building and gets stuck for no reason.

As for the men's AI they seem to be pretty much on the ball i.e. if they see a tank they will duck for cover but every now and then they will commit suicide.

All in all though this is and excellent game and the zoom feature is brilliant and the detail is great. I would hartley recommend this to any RTS fans.

One word of warning check the system requirements as its graphic drain is amazing and you need a good graphics card to appreciate the detail of this game.
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A huge leep foreward in RTS standards 5 Oct. 2006
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Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I do not do RTS games.

They annoy and frustrate me, to the point that I shout at them and load them up no more, and this usually happens at a very early stage in the game, from past experience.

But, I was drawn in to looking at the demo for this game by the clever publicity, (wall-to-wall adverts on Freeview History chanel). And, I have to say, the demo really looked good; the graphics were great, the sound samples were top-notch, and the Historic element in the recreation of the Normandy invasion was a big draw. I was hooked.

How does the full game measure up to expectations, after having seen the adverts and the demo???

I have been equally blown away!

Seriously, this is one serious game! I have spent the past 5 days giving serious attention to the Campaign single person game. It is a belter. Very hard, but with an amazing level of satisfaction on completing each mission. The missions build up progressively, guiding you deeper and deeper into the more powerful elements of the game. I think, after a weeks worth of gaming, there may be much more ahead with the single player game.

Regards the Multiplayer, online game, all I can say is I was blown away yet again!!!

Absolutely superb in every detail. A wonderful example of a user-friendly interface, with a stunninlgly good game experience on the other end of a few mouse clicks to be there competing with other players on the internet.

I am hooked. And considering I was previously only interested in First Person products, capturing my interest is a massive achiement in itself. I can add to that, just one week in, that I am convinced already that this game will be a "Classic", a milestone, and one that will manage to break the barriers between FPS and RTS.

I love it! What better praise can I give?

If you are remotely interested in WWII and/or RTS games, this is the game you have been waiting for. Buy it!
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent. 20 Sept. 2006
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Where to start.

This game is nothing short of genius.

Initially i was quite skeptical about this game, as i sometimes do not listen to the hype about supposed "Best game ever". This was not the case with this one.

I have always been an RTS fan, and with the recent spate of world war II genre games getting good and bad reviews, i loaded it with some trepidation.

Initially, once you load up you have two main choices:

1. Jump staright in and play the skirmish game blind,

or my personal favourite,

2. Play the training levels.

The training levels in my opinion allow everyone from the new RTS player to the advanced to get to grips with the game console and basic movement. It also cleverly has the option to bypass the basic movement explantions of left click selct, right click move.

It has the more advanced explanations of the different types of units that can be used- infantry, armour, engineers etc.

It also explains how you obtain resources in order to buy those new units, or upgrade existing ones.

Now its time to start to play the campaign.

The first mission takes about 30-40 minutes to complete and is based around Omaha Beach (thats all I'm saying-NO SPOILERS).

Each mission has an optional objective allowing you to earn medals if you complete them, and look at them in the main menu display case at your leisure.

The missions get gradually harder but still remain attainable on the normal level and are quite challenging as i still have not comleted it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
What a classic. Wish i had a PC to play it again.
Published 3 months ago by Snoops
1.0 out of 5 stars suckathon
Here's the deal. This game looks great, it's really new and shiny, and that's great for stoners, but not gamers. Read more
Published on 3 Jan. 2008 by M. Kanat-Alexander
5.0 out of 5 stars The best Real Time Strategy of all time?
These words can't make you buy the game, they can only reason to the hardcore gamer inside you. Did you ever like Dune 2? Command and Conquer the original? Starcraft? Read more
Published on 3 July 2007 by M. Huggins
5.0 out of 5 stars INcredible
this game has to be one of my best purchases ever. the single player campaign is brilliant, the quick action games are great and the online multiplayer is incredible. Read more
Published on 8 May 2007 by Will
5.0 out of 5 stars Company Of Heroes - almost as good as call of duty
This game is amazing, I am about a third of the way through the campaign and each mission just gets even more difficult and challenging from the previous one. Read more
Published on 11 April 2007 by Angus F
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun... but a right old mare for your pc
Don't get me wrong, i love this game to bits, gameplay wise it is possibly the most satisfying and fulfilled rts i have ever played. Read more
Published on 28 Feb. 2007 by J. Fallas
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent RTS and entertaining game
This is to address incorrect statements in several other reviews posted, and to make an exceptionally strong recommendation of this game to the public. Read more
Published on 23 Feb. 2007 by Dave Jenkins
5.0 out of 5 stars What are you lot talking about
This is the best game ever made full stop.All the other reviews don't know what there are talking about!!!!
Published on 13 Feb. 2007 by Mr. Thomas Dean
3.0 out of 5 stars No, not a lovely war
I was given this game for Christmas and hoped for great things, but mostly what I got was dissapointment. Read more
Published on 24 Jan. 2007 by Stephen Ellwood
4.0 out of 5 stars Great WWII RTS - but not everyone's cup of tea...
...and here's why.

This game looks great. On a 3GHz P4 with GeForce 7800 it runs smooth as silk, with a genuinely realistic look and feel. Read more
Published on 21 Jan. 2007 by Stuart Wilson
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