Company of Heroes 2 Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Company of Heroes 2 RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network Claim 4 Free Steam Games as Part of Sega's 60th Birthday https://www.gameskinny.com/y5rov/claim-4-free-steam-games-as-part-of-segas-60th-birthday https://www.gameskinny.com/y5rov/claim-4-free-steam-games-as-part-of-segas-60th-birthday Thu, 15 Oct 2020 16:13:11 -0400 Josh Broadwell

Sega is celebrating its 60th birthday with a bevy of free games on Steam, along with plenty of discounts. One of those free games is Streets of Kamurocho, a free Streets of Rage 2 x Yakuza mashup from Empty Clip Games only available from October 17 to October 19.

Streets of Kamurocho has players choose from Kiryu Kazuma and Goro Majima and then wander the streets of Kamurocho, pounding the pudding out of thugs along the way — the usual Yakuza material.

But all this takes place in glorious 2D. Kamurocho's iconic locations and, surprise, streets are recreated in Streets of Rage 2 style.

Along with Streets of Kamurocho, Sega fans can claim the following free games:

  • Armor of Heroes — co-op, top-down shooter, available until October 19
  • Golden Axedworking prototype of the canceled Golden Axe Reborn, available until October 19.
  • Endless Zone — combination of Endless Universe and Fantasy Zone, available from October 16 to October 19

Finally, Sega is hosting a Steam sale featuring Warhammer, Company of Heroes, Two Point Hospital, Persona 4 Golden, Yakuza 0, Alien: Isolation, Shenmue 1+2, Bayonetta, and a handful of free-to-keep games including Sonic the Hedgehog 2. The sale itself ends on October 19, and it features savings of up to 95% off. If you're a Sega fan, there's plenty worth checking out. 

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RTS Games to Play While Waiting for Warcraft 3 Reforged https://www.gameskinny.com/2cknl/rts-games-to-play-while-waiting-for-warcraft-3-reforged https://www.gameskinny.com/2cknl/rts-games-to-play-while-waiting-for-warcraft-3-reforged Tue, 14 Jan 2020 11:57:06 -0500 Ty Arthur

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What's your favorite RTS game to chill out with while waiting on Warcraft 3: Reforged? Sound off in the comments below, and we'll see you in the Battle.net lobby when it finally lands January 28!

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Of course, with the remake coming soon, we're left wondering: is a true successor ever going to come from Blizzard? Will we ever get Warcraft 4

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Knowing Blizzard's track record with canceling anticipated projects and the timeline on the company actually releasing follow-ups to major franchises, we won't hold our breath.

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Sins Of A Solar Empire: Rebellion

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Love both turn-based 4X expansion games and fast-paced RTS titles? You get both with Sins Of A Solar Empire, and its a winning combination.

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Even before diving into the modding community, the replayability available here is simply huge, and somehow, Rebellion is still getting new patches, updates, and events from the development team eight years after its initial launch.

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This is an old one, but one that should be at the top of your list if you've never played it. 

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A Year Of Rain

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When looking for an experience very similar to the original Warcraft 3: Reign Of Chaos, it doesn't get much closer than A Year Of Rain. The influence and inspiration it takes from Warcraft 3 is very clear, but the twist here is that you can play co-op as a team of two.

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The only thing to keep in mind before jumping into A Year Of Rain is that this is an Early Access and unfinished release. There's a lot of potential here, but you have to see it. There's still lots of room for improvement overall.

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Seven Kingdoms Ancient Adversaries

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There aren't many super-old-school games that manage to effectively work in espionage and diplomacy to the standard RTS conquer formula. But Ancient Adversaries pulls it off.

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Managing your population and morale is just as important as amassing overwhelming force, and you've actually have to think about what you will do with a conquered area after taking it over.

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As a game that came out in the late 1990s, Ancient Adversaries is a little clunky due to an aging UI, but it's still worth it for fans of old-school RTS titles.

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Creeper World 3: Arc Eternal

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A mix of tower defense and RTS, Creeper World 3 is radically different than the rest of the games on our list, but still well worth playing if you want to try something new.

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Instead of hordes of orcs or stormtroopers, here, you are basically fighting a spilled liquid that terraforms the terrain. Your goal is to stop its relentless advance and eventually fight back to take out the source. It's somewhat like Plague Inc., with a nefarious virus-like substance polluting the land. 

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There's a lot more strategy to it than you might think, though, and the number of levels and playthrough styles on offer are staggering. With a level editor included, you could easily sink a very silly number of hours into mastering every aspect of Creeper World 3.

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The Tone Rebellion

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Since releasing back in 1997, there has never been an RTS quite like this one, and it baffles me there's never been a remake or sequel in all that time.

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Very much a product of its time, The Tone Rebellion features a quasi-3D style that will bring to mind contemporaries like Alien Legacy or Septerra Core.

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As a leader of the jellyfish-style Floaters, your goal is to free your people from the tentacles of the mighty Leviathan. With light RPG elements and a totally different faction selection than your typical RTS, this is a game that deserved more attention than it ever got.

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Sadly, this is one of those classic games that never made it to digital outlets. Your only options now are to find a disc floating around somewhere or hit up an abandonware site. Make sure to give it a vote on the GOG community wishlist page if you want to see it make a proper digital return!

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Age Of Empires 3

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Plenty of gamers still look with rose-colored glasses at Age Of Empires 2 as the pinnacle of the series. And yeah, it had a lot going for it back in the day. Hell, the game's been re-released twice, with the latest Definitive Edition bringing brand-new campaigns and civs to the game. 

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For something a little different, though, I recommend hitting up the sequel if you haven't played it yet or just want a historical game in the RTS genre.

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The time periods and locations on display here aren't often explored in the real-time strategy genre, skipping around from Spanish knights in the 16th Century to various First Nations conflicts, the American Revolution, and even the Indian Rebellion in the 1850s.

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That's not to mention several new series' mechanics make AoE 3 well-worth checking out. 

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Tooth and Tail

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Ready for a tale of riots, revolution, and meat, my furry comrade? Imagine if Fievel Mousekewitz and his clan decided to stay home and devour their oppressors while overthrowing the bourgeois instead of moving to America and you've got Tooth & Tail.

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Many of the traditional RTS base building elements are turned on their heads here, resulting in fast-paced matches as the Longcoats, Commonfolk, KSR, and Civilized factions engage in a war of supremacy to discover who gets to eat tonight. 

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If you dig anthropomorphic mice fighting for justice (whether Mouse Guard or Redwall), you'll have a good time here.

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Battlefleet Gothic: Armada 2

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If you like the ship-to-ship combat of Empire At War and want to skip the ground-based skirmishes altogether, then the Battlefleet Gothic series is the way to go.

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While most of the Warhammer 40K games are based around space marines or various alien factions engaged in wars of attrition on various planets, these titles finally give the Imperial Navy its proper due.

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From the killer ship designs to the unique space-based maps, there's a ton to love for Games Workshop fans here, although the PvP and skirmish modes are probably more fun than the campaign in the longterm.

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Star Wars: Empire At War

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If you somehow missed it, yes, there is in fact a proper real time strategy Star Wars title set during the rebellion era, and it is absolutely as awesome as that sounds like it would be.

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Whether moving resistance soldiers through the rainy wilderness to take down a shield generator or commanding a fleet of Star Destroyers to destroy rebel X-Wing scum, Empire At War is pretty much everything you could want from an RTS Star Wars game.

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While the base campaign is fun, the real goods are found in the modding community. Devoted fans have painstakingly recreated the Clone Wars and other famous eras of franchise history, which vastly increases your potential play time.

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Northgard

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Viking-themed RTS? Sign me up! The fact that this one is from the indie developer behind the clever Evoland titles is just icing on the cake.

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Northgard has less micromanagement than other fast-paced strategy entries, and it has a more "board-game" feel to it. But it's still most definitely a real-time game that can blow away large chunks of your time. 

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In another fun twist, Northgard works in some interesting Catan-style elements for a different economy and resource management system. It also has some decent "expansions" worth checking out. 

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Company Of Heroes 2

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A unique take on historical strategy, Company Of Heroes 2 offers a slightly different focus than most of the other RTS games on our list.

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Starting as the Russian army moves in to break the German forces, this tactical look at WWII features an infantry creation and management system that has been shifted and streamlined from the typical strategy game. 

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CoH2 has a solid balance of objective-based gameplay and RTS front-line conquering. While extremely intense because of the subject matter, Company Of Heroes 2 still has enough entertaining gameplay elements to keep you hooked and playing for hours. It, like Dawn of War, is often part of quarterly sales on Steam and GoG. 

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Dawn Of War

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Somehow, the Games Workshop license still hasn't managed to produce a better 40K real-time strategy game than this ancient (and let's be honest, kinda' ugly) entry from Relic Entertainment.

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While a lot of fans were enamored in the first few days, the luster of Dawn Of War 3 wore off pretty quickly. Between bugs in the campaign and the fact that the single-player mode was basically a tutorial for the game's mutliplayer component, things went downhill fast.

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Skip that title in the series and come back to this hallowed classic instead. The story campaign of the original Dawn Of War is still incredibly solid for its age.

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If you just want to jump into some RTS action and take over territory, though, both the standalone Dark Crusade and/or Soulstorm "expansions" are the way to go. You can grab all of them at Steam or GOG for a very reasonable price these days.

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Ready for the re-imagined Warcraft 3: Reforged to finally hit the Battle.net launcher? We've only been waiting 18 years for a proper return to Azeroth in all its RTS glory. And now, it's nearly here!

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After Starcraft: Remastered arrived back in 2017, it shouldn't have been much of a shock that Warcraft 3: Reign Of Chaos would get an overhaul next. Frankly, it needed one. While the cut scenes were gritty look and the mechanics solid, the actual gameplay featured a cartoonish graphical aesthetic that didn't quite match the dark story set in the world of Azeroth. 

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We still have a few weeks until we can finally return to fight for orcish independence, though, so in the meantime, you might want to polish your classic RTS skills with a few rounds of skirmishes. With that in mind, we've rounded up all the top real-time strategy games to play if you just can't wait for Reforged to arrive at the end of January.

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We're going with mostly classic titles here either because they came out decades ago, or just emulate that old-school style with a few more modern entries as well to round things out.

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Let's command and conquer! 

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Does Historical Accuracy Matter in the RTS Genre? https://www.gameskinny.com/gq5q9/does-historical-accuracy-matter-in-the-rts-genre https://www.gameskinny.com/gq5q9/does-historical-accuracy-matter-in-the-rts-genre Sun, 25 Feb 2018 15:27:37 -0500 Alberto C.

The simple and straightforward answer to the question, "Does historical accuracy matter in the RTS genre?" is “well yeah, duh.” If we’re going to be playing a game based around a certain time period in history, or if it is supposed to depict a historical event, perhaps because we generally tend to “know” what really happened and are aware of the facts surrounding them, we have a natural inclination to denounce everything we perceive as “false.” It only seems logical that if we witness something we think to be untrue, to call it out or at least notice it.

This problem on the question of historical authenticity is and has been especially problematic within the RTS genre. It is one of the few types of games where the player simultaneously controls various types of units at the same time and tests them against one another. This means that developers have to take into account how each and every unit will react when put against all the others. What’s more, the RTS genre is one heavily dominated by games that use history itself or a period of it as a base for the whole game. Games like Total War, Age of Empires or Company of Heroes are some of the heaviest weights you can find in the genre and, with the exception of recent Total War titles, rely heavily on history.


Age of Empires is famous for depiting ancient historical periods...while being able to Wololo that war elephant into joining your army.

The question is then not so much does historical accuracy matter, but how much does it matter, and up to what point. When playing an RTS game that is based on a historical period, chances are we would prefer to play a title that is historically accurate rather than one that isn’t. The exception to this would be if a game is explicitly marketed as one that doesn’t intend to be accurate and it is not what players should expect. Games like War Front: Turning Point or Age of Empires do not have the emphasis on being accurate, but rather on taking you through alternative timelines or various historical ages, respectively.

Though not an RTS, Civilization is a series guilty of historical inaccuracies.

The titles that do brand themselves as being historically factual have then to find a balance between that faithful representation of reality, and being overall fun. These are the titles where developers are inevitably forced to decide how much are they willing to bend the rules and how can they justify it. In the end, developers do and should put gameplay and enjoyment over being accurate. If they did the opposite, games wouldn’t be nearly as fun and it would result unavoidably (but historically accurate) imbalances that would be especially pronounced in the multiplayer arena. Games shouldn’t be imbalanced no matter how accurate it may be.

Most history buffs of World War 2 know that German tanks were overall better than their American counterparts, but that doesn’t mean it should be as so in a video game that doesn’t go beyond a computer monitor. RTS and video games overall are meant to be fun first and foremost. They are rarely, if ever, marketed as tools meant to depict how past events developed. The fact of the matter is a historically inaccurate game is infinitely better than a broken game, which was what they risk being by putting the former ahead of the latter.


German Tiger Tank I was notoriously superior to the M4 Sherman.

No matter the game and no matter the time period, some players out there are always willing and determined to point out the historical inaccuracies a game may suffer. They’ll voice their complaints about how their favorite unit should endure more damage or whatnot within the game. What these players often fail to realize is that games that take history as a basis do exactly that: as a basis. They merely use it as a foundation upon which to build their own fictional world. To expect anything other than that is misguided, ill-founded, and will only hamper the enjoyment of the game itself.

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Five Eras Company of Heroes Should Visit Next https://www.gameskinny.com/i662h/five-eras-company-of-heroes-should-visit-next https://www.gameskinny.com/i662h/five-eras-company-of-heroes-should-visit-next Thu, 01 Feb 2018 11:25:32 -0500 Alberto C.

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Other eras?

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When suggesting the possible scenarios CoH could visit, the main consideration taken into account were eras that we believe wouldn't require drastic changes in gameplay mechanics. 

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But that doesn't mean the game's core mechanics couldn't be transferred to an era with significantly different technology and tactics and become a success. PlayerUknown's Battlegrounds is, after all, based on the core gameplay mechanics of a military simulator, and we all know how that turned out.

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Got any ideas yourself about an era CoH could be based on? Let us know in the comments section below!

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Future Warfare

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Relic should not just consider the past but also the future as valid settings for their coming games. They already did a decent job with the Dawn of War series, and that was based on the already-defined universe of Warhammer 40k. And that is exactly why looking to a future setting would be even better: freedom from the constraints of history or from an already well-established lore that's decades old. A future setting for a CoH would give not just the artists more creative freedom, but the game designers as well. They wouldn't have to worry about bending the facts of history too much or of angering a fanbase raging about how "unit type A would never be able to take down B because rule 25 of 1994."

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The future setting would allow developers to tweak and create scenarios as they would see fit, putting gameplay as the most important factor when designing their game, not having to worry about authenticity or historical or fictional aspects that have already been defined.

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Cold War

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It is sort of surprising that Relic hasn't even ventured into this era yet considering how well it has done in other titles like World In Conflict or the Wargame series. Obviously, the game couldn't be based purely on historical events since the U.S. and its NATO allies never actually came to blows with their Soviet opponents and their respective allies. But this list isn't titled "5 Eras CoH Should Represent" for a reason.

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Some of the most tense decades of modern civilization were lived in during the Cold War period, and it would be a shame not to see what CoH's developers could do with the era marked by a rapid advancement in technological warfare and vast accumulation of forces. From the streets of Berlin, the subarctic climate of Alaska, and the tropical landscapes of Cuba, a Cold War setting has plenty of options for a development team to play with.

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Vietnam

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From booby trap-infested jungles to the napalm strikes of the US Air Force and the infamous Agent Orange, Vietnam would be a fascinating setting for the next CoH game. The Vietnam conflict brought helicopter tactics to the forefront on the American side, while their opponents relied on tactics of attrition.

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Some may argue that jungle warfare might be too hard to bring to the RTS genre, but the Vietnam War also saw its fair share of urban combat, as the fall of Saigon so vehemently illustrates. It is but another conflict with widespread international involvement, guaranteeing the possibilities of faction variety similar to those Relic already achieved in CoH and CoH2.

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Korean War

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This conflict will probably be the easiest one to transit to if Relic is looking for new eras to experiment with. Set just five years after the end of WW2, the Korean War featured a lot of the same equipment seen in the previous conflict but with a more widespread use of technology than was commonly seen before, such as helicopters and jet aircraft.

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The setting would also be an interesting one for the seemingly low status the Korean War has in American 20th-century history, being overshadowed by WW2 and the Vietnam War. It would also spice up things a bit by allowing us to take part in a conflict between nations we have not seen confront each other before in any historically based game: the United States and China, along with their South and North Korean allies respectively.

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World War I

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The most common argument you can hear about making an RTS game based on The Great War is probably  about the most defining factor of the conflict: trenches, machines guns, and static front lines. And they wouldn't be wrong. WW1 was notoriously stale compared to later conflicts. The technological advancement of the machine gun, combined with trenches and artillery, had the front lines barely shifting throughout the four years of conflict. Tank warfare was in its infancy at best, and the nation's armies learned the hard way that massing troops isn't a great way to keep your army functional.

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But Company of Heroes isn't about accurately representing events or how they unfolded. After all, the game features units and tactics that were already pretty rare in World War 2, like the American Pershing tank or using V1 bombs against enemy forces. What CoH did was take inspiration from WW2 first and foremost. WW1 would be a great source of inspiration that the masses have already shown interest in, as the success of Battlefield 1 reflects.

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Company of Heroes, one of the most acclaimed RTS series since the beginning of the millennium, made its hallmark back in 2006 with its squad-based infantry, directional cover, and map control-driven resources. The success of the series was so great, it even shifted the original style of Dawn of War to one more akin to CoH.

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The series has, however, thus far refrained from venturing from the comfy and well-known setting of World War 2, and though one rarely gets tired of making King Tigers test their strength against the Red Army or America's 101st Airborne, it would sure be intriguing to see how Relic would visit some other eras of history.

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Though the 20th century is but a drop in the ocean of humanity's history, technological advancement radically changed how warfare was conducted in plenty of occasions. Here are some eras of the century we think would be good for CoH to consider and why.

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Five RTS Games Just as Unforgiving as They Are Billions https://www.gameskinny.com/jysoi/five-rts-games-just-as-unforgiving-as-they-are-billions https://www.gameskinny.com/jysoi/five-rts-games-just-as-unforgiving-as-they-are-billions Fri, 09 Feb 2018 18:40:24 -0500 Alberto C.

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To the average spectator of RTS games, the outcomes of fatal mistakes, especially those made in the multiplayer PvP arena may be amusing to watch regardless of who comes out on top. But we all probably know from personal experience that the sweet taste victory and of salty defeat are about as mutually exclusive as it gets.

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In the RTS games we've mentioned in this article, the difference between the good decisions and bad ones can be as easily confounded as sweet or salty. In most cases you'll need to have the reflexes and know every hotkey by heart to recover from your mistakes, if you even have a chance at all. But as with cooking cooking baking, once you've put that sucker in the oven, you're just likely to end up with an awful meal, or in this context, a ruined match.

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Europa Universalis IV

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If there was ever a grand strategy game published by Paradox that was noob-friendly, Europa Universalis IV must surely be it (any WW2 fan who were attracted to trying Hearts of Iron without previous experience in the genre knows what I mean by this). The amount of detail in games like Victoria or Hearts of Iron makes one wonder how it is even legal to publish such games without the good old fat manuals we used to get in the '90s. Looking for RTS games with steep learning curves? Surely Victoria, Hearts of Iron, and Europa Universalis are up there, with EU being the “easiest” of them.

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So besides a steep learning curve, what’s the big deal? Just because a game’s difficult to learn does not necessarily mean it’s unforgiving to play, right?

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Well, that assumption would be quite wrong. Unless you start as one of the major nations, you’re in for a rough time. There are literally hundreds of countries you can play as, and the vast majority of them have a difficulty level that will have you hoping throughout the first 20 years of game time that major nations don’t involve you in their imperial goals. Ever declared war on some pesky neighbor in a Total War, won, and annexed them within a year of in-game time? Yeah, you can forget about those tactics in EU. Not only does randomly attacking nations carry big penalties, but it also can severely affect your economy by locking out centers of trade, creating inflation, forcing you to take out loans, and decreasing your nation's legitimacy and glory levels.

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And even if you endure all of that, holding onto the smallest province might prove to be a pretty hard thing to do thanks to factors like core provinces, casus belli, revolt chances, and religious differences. EU is definitely not for players who are not used to facing setbacks or aren't willing to reload to a save game from the week before.

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Men of War: Assault Squad 2

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Men of War: Assault Squad 2's distinguishing trademark is the level of detail and work put into individual units and how they work. Not only are the units' stats as representative as possible in the game, but the physics of the game's engine adds levels of depth not seen in some of its major competitors, like Company of Heroes. The system is so sophisticated, you can literally shoot enemy troops off vehicles and take them for yourself

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Add to that an incredibly realistic level of complexity, such as needing vehicles to carry AT guns, a crew to man them, and supplies to keep them firing, and you have a micromanager's dream. Oh, you forgot to purchase a supply truck? Looks like you're out of luck. Good luck trying to penetrate the frontal armor of that Tiger with that handheld bazooka.

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Men of War: Assault Squad 2 is an RTS with a strong emphasis on tactics, to the point of giving the player the option to determine the actions and inventories of each individual soldier and crew member. It is a game with a level micromanagement that resembles games like Commandos.

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World in Conflict

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Picture Red Dragon, but on a smaller scale is somewhat smaller and with twice as many vulnerabilities to account for in your strategy. In addition, there are off-map abilities like daisy cutters, tank-busters, napalm, and even tactical nukes. What do you end up with? Pretty much World in Conflict

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Like the previous title, reconnaissance and being able to mask your own movement prove to be essential in even the most basic matches. When the enemy can swoop across the map in a matter of seconds, leaving your heavy artillery without an escort isn't the wisest thing to do.

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Counters are so strong in this game that the enemy’s gunship squad can come in and destroy all of your precious T-80Us faster than you can say blyat. The good news is that the game's visuals and effects are so nice, losing is almost as enjoyable as winning.

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Wargame: Red Dragon

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Based in an alternative timeline where events such as the renewal of the Korean War takes place, Wargame: Red Dragon is one of those games where many units don’t have a strong counter, and they can be wiped out faster than you can blink.

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Company of Heroes might be all about counters, but at least that game gave you time to retreat your units (provided you were paying enough attention). But Wargame is a whole other ball game: reconnaissance, logistics, line of sight, buildings, and terrain are all fundamental aspects of gameplay you'll need to take into account. Failure to do so can have you seeing those precious fighter-bombers you sent to hit that easy-looking target of heavy artillery go down in smoldering flames -- all because you didn't want to take the extra 30 seconds to wait for the recon LAV to get a bit closer to take a peek to see what else was around.

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Or you can lose half of your deployed army in the opposite way like some poor player did in this online match:

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Company of Heroes

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While Dawn of War introduced a wonderful subgenre of RTS games that focused primarily on combat and pushed resource management to the sidelines, Company of Heroes perfected the approach by removing resource-generating buildings of any kind, forcing the player to rely almost exclusively on map control.

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In CoH, you don't have to worry about base-building and economic management; instead, you'll be focused on the direction your AT cannon is facing, if there is green or negative cover, and wondering, "Did I remember to mine that path on the left flank?"

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CoH is a game that's all about counters -- not because the tank does more damage than infantry, but because infantry will deal no damage at all to the tank with their basic weaponry. You might have been able to set castles on fire in Age of Empires II by getting your Spanish peasants to bash the castle's outer walls, but in CoH, if you forgot to develop the right tech or invest in that specific unit you didn't think you would use a lot, you better hope your opponent doesn't know the game well enough to know you don't have an appropriate counter for his strategy.

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Oh, and by the way, CoH is also one of those games you might not want to play with the music too loud, unless you don't mind not hearing the audible cues of incoming off-map abilities.

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A case example of why you should pay attention to the sound, around the 34 seconds mark to be precise:

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They Are Billions is an RTS game with an uncommon goal for most games of the same genre: survival. Set in a post-apocalyptic steampunk setting, the gameplay of TAB is a mix between city-management and world survival.

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Much like with The Settlers series, you start off with a basic main structure from which you must strive to build a colony in hopes of surviving in the zombie-ridden wasteland of TAB. Requiring careful resource management, you must make tough decisions that either contribute to the growth of the colony and increase its chances of long-term survival, or make investments in short-term security measures in order to effectively respond to immediate threats.

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TAB is unforgiving because the smallest oversight in your lines of defense can bring down your entire colony -- after all, these are zombies, and not only will they destroy your structures in their mindless rages, they will also infect your colonists and turn them against you. You can very easily end up with a snowball effect of decaying flesh and destruction, all because you thought one defensive tower and a single wall would be enough to hold that tiny gap.

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In the spirit of TAB, we've come up with a list of other unforgiving RTS games where single mishaps can have similar cascading or outright immediate catastrophic effects for your mission and/or campaign. So without further ado, let's get on with the first of the list.

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Only a few days left for the Humble SEGA Strategy Bundle https://www.gameskinny.com/lbnpj/only-a-few-days-left-for-the-humble-sega-strategy-bundle https://www.gameskinny.com/lbnpj/only-a-few-days-left-for-the-humble-sega-strategy-bundle Fri, 01 Apr 2016 03:04:13 -0400 Chrisator

There are only a few days left until the SEGA strategy bundle sale ends its offer for some great games at quite a bargain. If you're not familiar with the Humble Bundle sales, they offer a set tier of games for a variety of prices, and with the purchase of each tier you also gain access to the previous one. This in turn means you can buy a stack of 12 games for as low as $12 total. You also get to send a portion of your spending to a charity of your choosing, making it a worthwhile experience all around.

 The SEGA bundle, which ends on April 5th, includes well known-games such as Company of Heroes, Total War: Attila and Warhammer 40k. For a full dropdown of the sale, check out the screenshot below.

The top two games on offer, Total War: Attila and Company of Heroes 2: Master Collection, normally go for around $40 and $30 respectively, making this a pretty big steal overall! So whether you're itching for some WWII style RTS action, or have been waiting for the newest Total War game to go on sale, this is your chance for a great bargain.

To check out the bundle, go to the SEGA strategy bundle page here.

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The best gear for competitive RTS games without emptying your wallet https://www.gameskinny.com/lj5n7/the-best-gear-for-competitive-rts-games-without-emptying-your-wallet https://www.gameskinny.com/lj5n7/the-best-gear-for-competitive-rts-games-without-emptying-your-wallet Sun, 28 Feb 2016 03:57:08 -0500 Kevin Cobban

Unlike FPSs and MMOs, playing competitive RTS games doesn't require expensive, high-end equipment. Many professional Starcraft 2 players prefer simple mice and keyboards when competing because they don't need the extra features you see on high-end gaming gear. Comfort and durability take priority over most other options, and everything else is just marketing to make gamers spend more than they need to.

With that being said, having the right gear can make a difference in RTS games. Professional gear can streamline your game-play by allowing for faster mouse clicks and fluid keystrokes, and the extra comfort helps during long practice sessions. Plus, professional gear is usually more durable.

After interviewing a Dawn of War 2 professional, looking at professional SC2 player's setups, and conducting research of my own, here is the gear I recommend for players looking to compete in RTS games.

For playing RTS games competitively, you need three things: A comfortable mouse with a fast response rate, a mechanical keyboard, and a thick mouse pad.  

Logitech G502 Proteus Core

As I mentioned before, comfort and response rate is the most important feature when picking out a good RTS mouse. The G502 features adjustable weights that can be placed on different areas, letting you control the feel of the mouse. The G502 also has an excellent DPI range of 200-12000, which fits the recommend range of 1000-2500 for RTS games.

Moreover, the mouse has an incredible one-millisecond response rate and 11 programmable buttons (although you won't need them). 

With so many great features and a slick design, it's surprising that the G502 costs between $67-79.99.

You can purchase the G502 on Amazon.

Next you will need a mechanical keyboard

Corsair Vengeance K65

What makes the K65 so valuable for RTS players is its simple, compact design, and Cherry MX Red Key Switches. The design cuts out the number pad and extra programmable keys, thus making your finger movements quicker.

Also, red key switches are ideal for RTS gaming because they have a low click resistance, allowing for fluid movements and making it easy to give multiple commands with no feedback. The K65 also features 100% anti-ghosting so each click will register no matter how fast your APM is. 

However, if you prefer keys with more feedback, then consider the Corsair STRAFE MX Brown. Brown keys offer a slight physical and audio feedback so you know when you hit a key.

The K65 can be purchased here, and STRAFE here.

Long practice sessions can be hard on your wrists so pick up a nice mouse pad to avoid discomfort or injuries.

SteelSeries QcK Mass 

Many professional RTS players use SteelSeries mouse pads, and for good reason. They are durable, comfortable, and affordable. I've had my SteelSeries pad for years and its held up great. The padding supports your wrist and lets you play for hours without feeling discomfort. 

Even if you dislike the the size or thickness, SteelSeries sells several different pads so I'm sure you can find one that fits your needs.

You can purchase the Qck here.

These recommendations will be more than enough to get you ready for any RTS tournament.

Keep in mind the limitations of all professional gaming gear. An expensive mouse or keyboard won't make a difference if you lack the mechanics management skills needed in RTS games. A professional SC2 player with a cheap windows keyboard and mouse would still win against a lesser-skilled opponent with better gear. So emphasize practicing above all else. 

 

 

 

 

 

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Company of Heroes 2: The British Forces releases launch trailer https://www.gameskinny.com/gq7vj/company-of-heroes-2-the-british-forces-releases-launch-trailer https://www.gameskinny.com/gq7vj/company-of-heroes-2-the-british-forces-releases-launch-trailer Thu, 03 Sep 2015 20:27:53 -0400 Marshall Jenkins

Company of Heroes 2 has slid under the radar for most gamers as the RTS genre has funneled most interested parties into the Starcraft arena. While the World War II strategy game has its dedicated fans, those that inhabit the games multiplayer still intend on remaining. Their perseverance has paid off with the launch of the games third multiplayer expansion pack Company of Heroes 2: The British Forces. 

Featuring 8 news maps, 15 new units, and an array of balance changes to already existing mechanics, British Forces hopes to give the franchise traction in the dwindling age of the WWII RTS genre. A slew of new character animations and changes to the five factions are also included in the $12.99 price tag.

What is important to note is that this is a standalone multiplayer expansion. Anyone can purchase The British Forces and receive all the original multiplayer maps from the base game as well as everything that comes in the expansion. For those uninterested in RTS story components, this is great news. 

The expansion releases today, so RTS fans should check it out! Let us know in the comments how you like the new changes or if you are a newcomer enjoying it for the first time. 

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Limited free trial for Company Of Heroes 2: The British Forces, end of August https://www.gameskinny.com/mk9zx/limited-free-trial-for-company-of-heroes-2-the-british-forces-end-of-august https://www.gameskinny.com/mk9zx/limited-free-trial-for-company-of-heroes-2-the-british-forces-end-of-august Thu, 20 Aug 2015 07:42:43 -0400 | Narz |

Get your free limited trial of Company of Heroes 2: The British Forces from Relic Entertainment! Starting at 10:00am PDT on August 31 and ending at 2:00pm PDT on September 2, 2015 up to 55,000 players will get to battle with the British army thanks to SEGA of America and SEGA Europe.

The trial includes access to 15 new units, up to six new commanders, and eight new multiplayer maps. This includes the four factions and base commanders from all previous Company of Heroes 2 games. The six new commanders will have three in the base game and three more via the War Spoils loot dropping system. 

Company of Heroes 2 The British Forces Includes

New Combat Styles

  • ‘Hammer’, an aggressive, mobile approach
  • ‘Anvil’, a deliberate but highly potent defensive approach.

New Additions

  • 15 new units
  • 6 new commanders
  • 8 new multiplayer maps

Company of Heroes 2 The British Forces will be available September 3, 2015 for $12.99 or as an addition to the existing Company of Heroes 2. New players will have access to all pre-existing Company of Heroes 2 maps.

Pre-order on Steam and get a 10% discount while owners of any of the Company of Heroes game will receive a 20% discount!

Follow @companyheroes Twitter feed to learn details on how to grab a game key via exclusive media partners or Relic! For more information on Company of Heroes 2, visit the website at www.companyofheroes.com

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Steam and GOG Both Giving Away Free Games This Weekend https://www.gameskinny.com/c0t5k/steam-and-gog-both-giving-away-free-games-this-weekend https://www.gameskinny.com/c0t5k/steam-and-gog-both-giving-away-free-games-this-weekend Wed, 15 Oct 2014 20:02:39 -0400 Brian Crimmins

This weekend marks yet another Free Weekend on Steam. Valve has been doing these for a while, so what makes this particular weekend newsworthy? Scale. Usually, Steam makes a very small number of games free for its Free Weekends. From today until Sunday (10/16 - 10/19), the following ten games are free on Steam:

Also newsworthy is the timing. Earlier this week, GOG announced their own version of a free weekend. GOG is launching the beta for their multiplayer service, GOG Galaxy. To promote and test the service, GOG will be giving away Aliens Versus Predator Classic 2000 for free to those who sign up for Galaxy. This would currently be the only way for people to get the game.

A reaction to GOG Galaxy?

Taken together, we can guess why Steam chose this weekend for such a big free weekend. Until now, GOG and Steam have addressed different needs in the gaming community. While some of their libraries overlap, each generally serves their own purpose: Steam appeals to a general audience, while GOG caters to those who like older games. However, GOG Galaxy might cut into Steam's audience. The Free Weekend, although minor, might be a cutthroat way of pre-empting the impact Galaxy might have.

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THQ's Final Liquidation Approved https://www.gameskinny.com/wlkoz/thqs-final-liquidation-approved https://www.gameskinny.com/wlkoz/thqs-final-liquidation-approved Wed, 17 Jul 2013 13:43:42 -0400 Capt. Eliza Creststeel

Seven months since the troubled game publisher declared bankruptcy on December 19th, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Mary F. Walrath granted permission to a plan for THQ to pay back some outstanding debts.

"THQ has met the burden of establishing that the plan should be approved, and I will confirm it."

According to Bloomberg, the liquidation agreement would divvy up some $78.6 million in company assets, $72 million of which comes from recent game property sell offs. These sell offs included their popular Saints Row, South Park and Company of Heroes franchises among others.

Remaining properties were sold only a few months ago, including Darksiders for an estimated $6.6 million.

Before the bankruptcy declaration, THQ had an outstanding debt of some $248 million and only an estimated $204.8 million in assets at the time. The balance will be paid to their creditors on a case-by-case basis. Most unsecured investors will recoup between 20%-52% of what they are actually owed.

THQ's overseas investors are still looking to recoup their losses.

Sega said last week they will be suing THQ in regards to Company of Heroes 2 pre-order sales.

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Company of Heroes 2- Theatre of War https://www.gameskinny.com/jxytm/company-of-heroes-2-theatre-of-war https://www.gameskinny.com/jxytm/company-of-heroes-2-theatre-of-war Thu, 16 May 2013 19:07:58 -0400 Captain Rob

The Germans are coming! The Germans are coming! Yes indeed they are, and who will stand up to fight them off? That's right, your ever so grizzly Rooski! Yes, ladies and gentlemen, Company of Heroes is back and it looks to be a huge improvement from the last game. Instead of fighting on the western front as the Americans and British, you now control the mighty Mother Russia U.S.S.R. and must fight the advancing Nazi Germans from taking over your motherland.

Introducing a New Game Mode

Company of Heroes 2 has announced a new game mode that I think is a fantastic idea; it is called "Theatre of War". This mode is a new way for Relic Entertainment to add new content to the game and tell different stories from the conflict on the Eastern Front. This mode will offer single player and co-op maps as well as a challenge mode that puts you in matches where the odds are not in your favor. So look forward for fun co-op scenarios with your friends and challenging yourself against unique enemy commander AI. This mode covers both the Soviet and the German battles so rewrite history in your own unique way!

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Closed Beta of Heroes 2 https://www.gameskinny.com/s7la8/closed-beta-of-heroes-2 https://www.gameskinny.com/s7la8/closed-beta-of-heroes-2 Thu, 28 Mar 2013 17:16:41 -0400 Wokendreamer

Company of Heroes 2 has some ambitious ideas for combat, most notably weather and winter storms having a more major impact on gameplay than is normally considered desirable or plausible in a real-time strategy.  How well that kind of system works and balances is a big question brought up in response, as well as how random these weather effects actually are.

Soon those questions will start to get answers.  A press release for the game states it will enter a closed multiplayer beta starting on April 2, 2013.  There will maps for 1v1, 2v2, 3v3, and 4v4 gameplay, allowing players to play against AI-controlled enemies if they so choose.  The players in this beta test phase will be able to sample the first 40 levels of progression and load-out customization, so this beta will be giving quite a bit of meat for those on the fence to chew over.

The beta will initially be restricted to pre-order customers but should be opening up to a wider pool of Company of Heroes 2 players later.

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