Company Of Heroes
Company of Heroes is a 2006 real-time strategy video game developed by Relic Entertainment and published by THQ for the Microsoft Windows and OS X operating systems. It was the first title to make use of the Games for Windows label.
Company of Heroes is set during the Second World War and contains two playable factions. Players aim to capture strategic resource sectors located around the map, which they use to build base structures, produce new units, and defeat their enemies. In the single-player campaign, the player commands two U.S. military units during the Battle of Normandy and the Allied liberation of France. Depending on the mission, the player controls either Able Company of the 29th Infantry Division‘s 116th Infantry or Fox Company of the 101st Airborne Division‘s 506th PIR.
Company of Heroes received widespread acclaim, winning multiple awards for the best strategy game of the year. The success of the game led to a sequel, Company of Heroes 2, which was released in 2013. As of January 2013, the whole Company of Heroes series has sold more than 4 million copies worldwide. Two expansions were released for the game, the first one named Opposing Fronts in 2007, and the second one titled Tales of Valorin 2009. A free-to-play massively multiplayer online version of the game, Company of Heroes Online, was briefly released as an open beta in South Korea in April 2010, before being cancelled in March 2011.
The game focuses on the Allies’ invasion of German-occupied Normandy in 1944, specifically on close-quarters skirmishes between infantry and armour. Company of Heroes presents a number of novel twists to real-time strategy conventions, but at heart, this game works like other RTS games do, by putting you in charge of base construction, resource gathering, and tactical command of various military forces in an effort to defeat the opposition.
The game includes a good-sized single-player campaign spanning more than a dozen missions, in which Able Company lands on Omaha Beach on D-Day, liberates a number of key towns and strategic points, disrupts German supply lines and secret weapons, and finally helps crush the remnants of the Nazi war machine in France.
It’s an exciting campaign, tied together with cutscenes and mission briefings coming from a variety of voices, which creates a few threads that help tie the missions together.
In addition to the campaign, you can play skirmish matches with up to seven computer-controlled players on a series of different maps, and you can also jump online into the proprietary Relic Online service to challenge other players in ranked and unranked matches.
The Relic Online service is a cut above most similar offerings, and lets you easily find a ranked match against players of similar skill or host a match with your own custom settings.