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  • Summary: The Western Front Armies is available as a stand-alone package that represents an entry point into the franchise and access to the vibrant Company of Heroes 2 community. New players can also access 23 existing Company of Heroes 2 maps in auto-match, and play against all other existing factions.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 28
  2. Negative: 0 out of 28
  1. Jun 24, 2014
    While the inclusion of paratroopers and para-dropped items—that can be deployed anywhere on the map—are the most obvious new feature via specific US Commanders, there’s also a balanced emphasis on regular infantry and armour, too.
  2. Aug 6, 2014
    Newcomers to the genre or the series should pick up the core Company of Heroes 2 at first, to get themselves familiarized with the series and its ideas, and then make the jump to The Western Front Armies in order to experience more varied matches.
  3. Jul 4, 2014
    Quotation Forthcoming
  4. Jun 23, 2014
    While issues of army balance will inevitably rear their head down the line, it's a smart concept that gets off to a good start with The Western Front Armies. If you're yet to try out Company of Heroes, which is one of the best multiplayer RTS experiences currently available, this is a great opportunity to do so. Just bear in mind that aside from skirmishes you won't get any singleplayer options.
  5. Jun 28, 2014
    The new fractions and maps play well and distinguish themselves from the pack, while complementing quite well what's already there.
  6. Jun 23, 2014
    The Western Front Armies is a good expansion and an interesting starting point for new players.
  7. Jun 23, 2014
    Company of Heroes 2: The Western Front Armies is a great deal for newcomers, who can buy, for 20 euros, a deep RTS online. Existing players will have a solid DLC, but a worse deal.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 22
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 22
  3. Negative: 4 out of 22
  1. Sep 4, 2014
    A very good DLC (mini expansion pack) for the multiplayer. The two new factions bring about new tartics along other goodies. What I really enjoy is that the design is quite meticulous: they actually took the time to make new decent sound and graphic effects for new units instead of rupping off from previous ones. Expand
  2. Jul 4, 2014
    Coh2. Eternal ww2 franchise has returned with two factions; the forces us and oberkomando west. They add a lot of gameplay and duration of the base game. New units, habilitys, sensations which worth playing an exciting game Expand
  3. Jun 24, 2014
    This is what Company of heroes 2 should have been like all along. At the price of 20€ for us Europeans it is nothing less then a steal. It completely transforms the game into something with a little more edge. The units, the graphics and even the physics seem to have gotten an overhaul, with the welcome addition of two new armies and the introduction of the American forces.

    Another welcome addition is the new lobby system that now allows for users to make their own custom matches without all the hassle of only being able to invite friends via steam.

    On top of the lobby system, is now the new "spoils of war" loot system, that will randomly drop you a "supply crate" after a game has ended, rewarding you with a random new upgrade weather its a new commander, skin or bulletin of various "rareness". A brilliant little feature. All in all, if you liked the original Company of heroes or the sequal, the Western Front Armies is nothing short of a must buy.
  4. Jun 25, 2014
    It's amazing how much of a difference Western Front Armies has brought to the game. The factions are a breath of fresh air, different and unique enough to the extent that I dont see myself playing the Soviet or German forces for a while.

    Also shocking is how balanced the factions are, which is unprecedented. Granted there will likely be a few tweaks on a few units soon enough, but all things considered, it's quite an excellent feat. Combined with the patches that have made the game even more enjoyable, it's difficult to fault Relic here. They've really done the right thing by their fans, which is lovely.
  5. Jul 27, 2014
    The DLC is great in terms of the new factions. Both factions do not build bases the oberkommandos are much like the british in coh 1 while the american forces have a prebuilt base that requires higher echelon troops to unlock buildings which gives an entirely different feel to the game. From what i've seen on the oberkommando side they have good troop variety and can even use one of their main base trucks as a powerful flak cannon. The americans on the other hand which I have played frequently is a bit flawed. For one the american riflemen will be the backbone of your army literally since they are the only combat infantry available short of using a commander summon. There are no rangers or even mortars. On top of that the higher echelon troops usually cost a lot of fuel 75-90 and by then the germans would have armored cars rolling in. Another problem is that U.S. forces although their base has gun racks that give instant weapon upgrades it doesn't exactly help because when your men are out in the field you have to retreat them to give them a bazooka/browning and depending on the size of the map it actually takes longer to upgrade weapons while also putting your territory at risk. It would be great if they had some type of truck that can pass out weapons but until then americans will be steam rolled by germans if there are no russians on their team.

    The spoils of war system is a bit in the "baby" phase meaning I never really got any but what I have received is useless compared to germans that receive 10% bonus exp on infantry so it varies from faction to faction.

    The game itself did receive some love since my framerate no longer lags since I have an average computer.

    All in all if you liked the first company of heroes this would probably be a must buy since they go back to their roots a bit.
  6. Oct 13, 2014
    This game is a tactical rts, not a traditional C&C style rts. You must use cover, its not about constructing buildings and wasting units. You must fight meter by bloody meter to control the map. You must keep your units alive, since they can gain ranks. Ranks mean they fight better.

    Western front added two new armies, to the game and removed the dlc commanders, its not longer pay to win. Two downsides, though. First, they did a launch day dlc thing, making mission packs where you have to pay extra, to unlock them, despite them already being in the game, itself. Second, it has terrible net code.

    Another game that is similar, but has less dlc related issues, would be the original dawn of war 2 and dawn of war 2 chaos rising. If wwii is not your cup of tea, try the 40k universe, version. Both play very similarly.
  7. Oct 3, 2014
    Do not buy this game if you care about multiplayer. 2 years in and Relic cannot get a playable game made. Incredibly frustrating seeing so much cheese and imbalance after being so long out. The game runs like a pig as well. The ratio of people q'ing for the game is 90% vs 10% due to severe imbalance. Plus you have to Pay to win to get the commanders needed to beat the cheese call in units. Expand

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