Publisert: 22. februar
Company of Heroes two, abreviated as CoH2 from here on out is a game that is famous for WW2 gameplay.
However, being famous and well known, doesn't dictate quality, as past fancy graphics the same problems that plagued the first game, have sadly been brought over to the 2nd.
That is the stupid Ai movement system, this have ALWAYS been an issue, and in a game that features so many details and barriers that your vehicles and personell can get stuck on, it quickly turns into a nightmare.
The other problem is the illogical "balanced" weapons handling, tanks keep firing and often illogically have their rounds bounce off the opponent, but that tiny light tank that puffs off a round at your front scores damage on your heavy tank.
All of this adds up to a lot of problems, this problematic system wouldn't have been so bad, unless the movement Ai was... Utterly crap, you need to have your tank reverse out of the field?
Well they provided a nice "Reverse" function button to tell the tank to back out of there, but you have a 50/50 chance of him ignoring it and turning his weak rear to the enemy and getting owned as a result.
And that is the flaw of this game, a flaw that the developers behind Men Of War series realized isn't fixable, no matter how much time you spend on Ai deployment you can NEVER EVER beat a superior human at navigating a tank through obstacles, so how did they solve it?
In Men Of War, they allow the player to take control of the vehicle in question, something that in my circle of friends is called the "END the stupidity key" since you hit the END key on your keyboard and you are in direct command and control.
A function that you desperatly wish for in this game, but alas isn't there, it is time to realize you cannot fix a core problem and implement this Sega!
The other problem this game suffers from is... Microtransactions, camoflauged as DLC.
Think you get the full game by buying this and all the DLC on the Steam store page? Guess again, you are still missing missions, maps and commanders that you have to BUY in game with REAL MONEY!
Unlike traditional microtransaction games, these are things you pay for once, and then own for "life" but it is still the exact same microtransactions at the core.
In short, if you want a fun time playing WW2 RTS games, buy the Men Of War series, yes their Ai has the same navigational problems, but at least you have the option to intervene and avoid a disaster, unlike CoH 2 where you will have to watch that precious tank or squad get smashed doing stupid things.
If you are set on a CoH experience, you are better off buying CoH 1, it is very similar with Skirmish matches for Coop, but that game is complete without any nasty microtransaction junk.
If you heard about the coop stuff in this game and thought you got a nice Coop campaign? Forget about it, all there is, is some Skirmish missions where you start off with a different loadout, and some scripted Ai, like the Ai getting an illogical reinforcement that is then thrown at your position, there is no such thing as in Men Of War where you do it mission style to aqquire assets, and where that artillery gun may need to come down before you can move on your objective for an example.
In short, CoH 2 was a disappointment at launch, and hasn't gotten improved with the years since then.