• Publisher: Sega
  • Release Date: Jun 25, 2013
Metascore
80

Generally favorable reviews - based on 82 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 70 out of 82
  2. Negative: 2 out of 82
  1. Jun 25, 2013
    100
    [A] shining example of what an RTS game should be: a mix of classic mechanics with new features and technology.
  2. Jun 26, 2013
    94
    A beyond competent, gorgeous, and well-crafted World War II strategy game. It may very well be the best WWII strategy game ever produced. It is, however, a game for those who already enjoy the genre, and particularly for those entranced by Company of Heroes’ hallmark approach to combat.
  3. Jun 21, 2013
    94
    These gripes really do pale in comparison to the overall achievement of a sequel that is absolutely well worth the wait. Even now, I can’t wait to finish this review and sink some more hours into the multiplayer which, coming from an avid admirer of the original games, is testament to how well Relic Entertainment has made a game for the fans, but also presented a whole lot more.
  4. Aug 2, 2013
    90
    Almost everything that I loved about the first Company of Heroes is back in the sequel and done even better. It’s been a long time since I played such a stunning and addictive RTS. [CD-Action 09/2013, p.46]
  5. Aug 1, 2013
    90
    Real-time strategy doesn't get much better than this. [Aug 2013, p.84]
  6. Jul 4, 2013
    90
    A beautiful, dynamic, unforgiving and remarkably snowy RTS that perfectly showcases the absolute hell that was the Eastern Front. [Aug 2013, p.64]
  7. Jun 26, 2013
    90
    For Company of Heroes veterans, Company of Heroes 2 feels a little like coming home.
  8. Jun 24, 2013
    90
    It’s an strong addition to the genre, and does a fine job building upon the foundation set by the lauded Company of Heroes.
  9. Jun 22, 2013
    90
    If you like real-time strategy games, or if you enjoyed the first one, this is a game you can't miss. It's not a revolution, but it polishes the original experience.
  10. Jun 21, 2013
    90
    Even though Company of Heroes 2 has some issues, the fact is this: it's a truly great game. Evolutionary changes made by the developers turned out to be an excellent choice. Fans of the original Company of Heroes are getting the same game, but superior in every way (and enriched with some cool new things). Relic's game is a must have for dynamic strategy game enthusiasts - it is the best RTS set during WWII.
  11. Jun 21, 2013
    90
    He who does not sweat through at least a T-shirt in an online game of Company of Heroes 2 has already lost or has a downright frosty soul.
  12. Jun 21, 2013
    90
    An amazingly deep and challenging RTS that will keep even veterans of the genre on their toes. Relic's latest work brings true strategy to the table, even if it neglects inexperienced players in doing so.
  13. Jun 21, 2013
    90
    If nothing else, Company of Heroes 2 proves that Relic really is in the top eschelon of RTS developers. This is the crème de la crème, people. Do not be the one to pass it up.
  14. Jun 21, 2013
    90
    Relic has taken one of the greatest strategy games of the last 10 years and given it a brilliant new coat of paint while subtly refining the rock-solid mechanics and gameplay.
  15. Jun 21, 2013
    89
    Company of Heroes 2 is an awesome RTS game. A shining example of one of the best PC games this year.
  16. Jun 26, 2013
    88
    Company of Heroes 2 is a solid RTS that will capture your attention from the beginning. Its fun and immersing gameplay guarantees that you will come back several times to fulfill the challenges and unlock the more than 300 achievements it has to offer.
  17. Jun 25, 2013
    88
    RTS fans cannot miss a sequel true to the original and well crafted, though not perfect.
  18. Jun 21, 2013
    88
    Quotation forthcoming.
  19. Jun 21, 2013
    88
    Company of Heroes 2 is a must have game for real-time strategy genre, a title that all fans of the genre should have on your computer, and probably a game that every curious gamer should try.
  20. Jul 11, 2013
    87
    Company of Heroes 2 focuses more on online gameplay than a single-player driven experience. War on the Eastern Front is just as chaotic as it was in the West, but the addition of environmental factors adds a new level of depth that players will also have to tackle. Realistic combat coupled with a multiplayer mode that delivers will keep you charging the fields for an extended period of time.
  21. Oct 7, 2013
    85
    Company of Heroes 2 is curiously forgettable as single player, even though cliched horrors of war and overdose of fake accents try their best. As a multiplayer it shines, although beginners usually think otherwise. [Aug 2013]
  22. Jul 8, 2013
    85
    I think people like me who enjoyed the first one may in the back of their minds complain a little about what exactly we waited seven years for, but the front of their minds will be having a pretty good time playing it.
  23. Jun 30, 2013
    85
    After seven years of waiting Company of Heroes 2 doesn't disappoint. The great gameplay like we know it from he series, doesn't give way and only gets more intense thanks to the wintery weather and TrueSight. It's a shame though that the story lacks impact and the AI has a few hiccups. Still, Company of Heroes 2 is a fantastic game that guarantees more than enough strategic pleasure.
  24. Jun 28, 2013
    85
    Simple, familiar, but one that’s becoming increasingly rare: fans wanted a sequel that preserved the strengths of the original game, smoothed out flaws, and added new content. That’s exactly what they got. Company of Heroes 2 doesn’t reinvent the RTS, but it doesn’t have to. It’s got physics.
  25. Jun 28, 2013
    85
    An excellent RTS with great online challenges, co-op, war scenarios and a long-lived and extremely varied single campaign. Maybe Relic didn't insert many changes from the first episode, but the game structure works perfectly and strategic depth, both in single as in online challenges, will not disappoint fans of the genre.
  26. 85
    As a newcomer to this series, this game was a thrill to play. The single player campaign is engaging and enjoyable. I also found it difficult to put down as I was always curious what the next map would bring.
  27. Jun 26, 2013
    85
    Few real-time strategy games make battle such a visceral and satisfying experience as Company of Heroes 2. The core gameplay of the series remains intact while veterans and newcomers will have to adapt to controlling the Soviet Red Army in their battle for Mother Russia.
  28. Jun 25, 2013
    85
    It’s hard to ask for more from a game in terms of content. Company of Heroes 2 provides a robust campaign, substantive side challenges, and a deep multiplayer that has the potential to foster a thriving community. It’s unfortunate, then, that control issues and obtuse game systems cloud the experience.
  29. Jun 25, 2013
    85
    Company of Heroes 2 has a few downsides, but remains standing effortlessly thanks to the great gameplay. Relic Entertainment has done an excellent job by adding some very welcome elements which have battles be about daring tactics and troop combinations. Just the way we’re used to.
  30. Jun 24, 2013
    85
    While there’s little new here to differentiate between titles besides the change of scenery to WWII’s Eastern Front, Relic once again delivers a premiere RTS experience.
  31. Jun 24, 2013
    85
    A little too much of an emphasis on the emotional side of World War 2 detracts from the otherwise brilliant RTS game, regardless of whether you favour single-player or multiplayer.
  32. Jun 21, 2013
    85
    We can hardly blame Relic for not wanting to reinvent the wheel having such a fantastic formula. It´s a great sequel that will manage to reunite and reinvigorate the CoH community.
  33. Jun 28, 2013
    84
    Company of Heroes 2 is an all around solid effort and experience that most RTS fans will find hard to ignore.
  34. Jun 26, 2013
    84
    Play the original first (it’s cheap) but Company of Heroes 2 satisfied my appetite for more.
  35. Jun 28, 2013
    83
    This is a competent sequel to an outstanding RTS game with a compelling multiplayer experience, although problems with AI and path-finding are still evident.
  36. Sep 10, 2013
    80
    Relic Entertainment cleared the hurdle the original game set as far as I'm concerned. Tweaking, remoulding and teasing out the underlying systems of the original, and then layering things like cold weather, may not set the world on fire like the original Company of Heroes did but it's still a solid strategy game and with the right support and continued release of content I can see it living on for quite some time.
  37. Jul 29, 2013
    80
    Plenty of standout moments, but CoH2 isn't the revolution we hoped for. [Sept 2013, p.76]
  38. Jul 28, 2013
    80
    Another unmissable release from Relic Entertainment. [Issue#137, p.110]
  39. Jul 23, 2013
    80
    If you wanted Company of Heroes 2 only for the single-player campaign, don’t waste your money – the story and mission design are atrocious. On the other hand, its multiplayer battles are lightning-fast and ferocious – easily the best in the RTS genre right now.
  40. Jul 10, 2013
    80
    It remains one of the best options within the RTS and one of the hardest as well.
  41. Jul 10, 2013
    80
    Relic have played it safe here, it has to be said. With an admittedly beautiful graphical overhaul and solid mechanics Company of Heroes 2 was never going to be anything less than good. But there are few real developments in terms of gameplay and innovation which may feel like a missed opportunity for ardent fans.
  42. 80
    Band of Brothers of the Eastern Front. An atmospheric, intensive and exciting game proving a real-time strategy is not a dead genre. [Issue#231]
  43. Jul 8, 2013
    80
    Company of Heroes 2’s weakness is its strength, as much as some aspects of the game disappoints, others make up for it tenfold. This masterpiece is an opiate of World War II themed strategy, it will have you coming back for more.
  44. Jul 5, 2013
    80
    Relic may have taken a safe route with Company of Heroes 2 and made it very similar to the earlier games in the series, but that also means that it has the same cinematic and engaging action that made them famous. The campaign fails to deliver anything special but the skirmishes are just as fun as one could have hoped for.
  45. Jul 3, 2013
    80
    I really enjoyed my time with Company of Heroes 2 once I got over the initial learning curve. As I mentioned, this is not the case for players returning from the previous iteration, though they will likely find little in the way of true innovation outside of the new weather effects. Still, this is a solid RTS that showcases what the best developers in the business can do with the genre. If you are a fan, I definitely recommend giving this one a look.
  46. Jul 1, 2013
    80
    It may not be the reinvention of the wheel its predecessor offered and it may have some ambiguous gameplay design choices, but Company of Heroes 2 is every bit as great as the previous installment and some of its amazing improvements offer a spectacular strategy game.
  47. Jul 1, 2013
    80
    Company of Heroes 2 might tread familiar ground, but that ground is an amazing foundation.
  48. Jun 30, 2013
    80
    If you’re not into real time strategy, this game won’t change your mind. There isn’t a huge difference between COH2 and its 2009 original, just prettier graphics, and a new campaign. However if snow and shooting Germans is your thing, snap this up immediately.
  49. Jun 30, 2013
    80
    Company of Heroes 2 is not revolutionary as its predecessor was. However, it takes the strengths of the first part with it, polish the game and adds some new elements. And with that said, Company of Heroes 2 is a great game.
  50. Jun 28, 2013
    80
    It's fun for exactly the same reasons Company of Heroes: Tales of Valour was fun. Many hours of rewarding historical conflict await. Play the original first: it's considerably cheaper.
  51. Jun 27, 2013
    80
    Even if it's undoubtedly on of the best strategy games of the year, Company of Heroes 2 lacks a bit of dare before we can call it genius. Well done and quite consistent, Relic Entertainment's title fails by greediness (26 DLC's for over 50 euros on day one, seriously??), a tendency to require a very powerful PC and some AI problems. Happily, the game mechanics inherited from the first episode are still enjoyable, and the influence of winter time on the gameplay is an appreciated novelty.
  52. Jun 26, 2013
    80
    But despite some minor misfires, the core gameplay is stronger than ever, and while it may not break the kind of new ground the original did, Company of Heroes 2 is still a terrific RTS with a ton of content that no fan of the genre should miss.
  53. Jun 26, 2013
    80
    Company of Heroes 2 builds on the formula and adds new mechanics with interesting gameplay ramifications. Unfortunately, Relic does a poor job of easing new players into the rules systems.
  54. Jun 26, 2013
    80
    While Company of Heroes 2 sometimes makes you feel like you're fighting the game as well as the enemy, if you take time to understand the systems at work beneath the carnage and pick and choose your battles wisely, you will ultimately be rewarded by a deep and enjoyable RTS.
  55. Jun 26, 2013
    80
    Many, many years we had to wait for the next chapter to one of the best strategy games ever. Naturally, not everything still feels as fresh as it did almost seven years ago, with Relic clearly going for a natural evolution, rather than a revolution. However, this doesn't change the fact, that, a few issues with close camera angles and the AI pathfinding notwithstanding, Company of Heroes 2 makes for an experience as tactically engrossing and challenging as its predecessor.
  56. Jun 25, 2013
    80
    If it had been made by an upstart studio trying to make a name for itself, we’d be praising its ambition and presentation. Coming from Relic Entertainment as the follow-up to one of the landmark real-time strategy games in the genre’s history, though, it fails to meet expectations.
  57. Jun 24, 2013
    80
    As rewarding to play as it is mentally exhausting. Company of Heroes 2 consolidates the progress of its predecessor, expands into some new territory and keeps alive the grand tradition of major PC RTS releases.
  58. Jun 23, 2013
    80
    Not a huge difference from the first game, but nonetheless a superb online experience.
  59. Jun 21, 2013
    80
    Company of Heroes 2 is a shot of vodka. You know what to expect from its real-time tactical combat, and playing one mission or match quickly turns to two, three or four. But watch out for the hangover; the Eastern Front was hell.
  60. Jun 21, 2013
    80
    Despite a deep experience that evolves the previous game in different ways, we expected a smoother gameplay and more ideas. The Essence Engine is great but it can't be the only innovation.
  61. Jun 21, 2013
    80
    While not quite as innovative as the original, Company of Heroes 2 does little wrong besides weigh itself down with the mildly superfluous and fail to push the envelope of video game narrative--though at times it really seems desperate to try.
  62. Jun 21, 2013
    80
    It’s a beautiful, gritty and spectacular strategy game, and while it doesn’t do much particularly new, it doesn’t have to.
  63. Jun 21, 2013
    80
    Company of Heroes 2 is the USSR of real-time strategy games: huge, powerful and just a little bit broken.
  64. Jun 21, 2013
    80
    Company of Heroes 2 is a worthy sequel to a classic RTS, honoring its roots and handling its subject matter with the utmost respect. There are times when it will feel very familiar to series veterans, but sticking to your guns is no bad thing when they have never let you down in the past.
  65. Jun 30, 2013
    79
    Company of Heroes 2 is a good World War 2 strategy game. But it’s not a memorable World War 2 experience.
  66. Jun 25, 2013
    79
    This is a sequel that’s more about refinement than innovation, and elements such as the weather effects and the robust Theater of War serve to make an already great franchise just a tad greater. A heavy reliance on the past keeps it from earning the legendary status of its predecessor, but appropriately, Company of Heroes 2 marks a dogged victory for Relic -- these guys have clearly been fighting the good fight.
  67. Jul 10, 2013
    77
    Company of Heroes 2 is a wonderful game. The gameplay elements work remarkably well.
  68. Jul 2, 2013
    75
    Company of Heroes provides ample entertainment for strategy and history enthusiasts alike, but it suffers significantly from the burden of expectation created by its lineage.
  69. Jun 28, 2013
    75
    It might not be leaps and bounds over the original, but it’s enough of an improvement that I can’t see myself going back to the original Company of Heroes any time soon.
  70. Jun 25, 2013
    75
    Its barrage of online and offline skirmishes doesn't always hit its mark. But when it finds its target, Company of Heroes 2 delivers a loud and mighty payload.
  71. Jul 16, 2013
    71
    Overall, Company of Heroes 2 doesn't capitalize on its own strengths and ends up paling in comparison to the juggernaut that started the franchise.
  72. Jul 12, 2013
    70
    Company of Heroes 2 feels much like playing the same game we’ve played all those years back. Apart from that, it honestly doesn’t offer any changes to a familiar formula.
  73. Jul 12, 2013
    70
    Company of Heroes 2 would be a singular kind of RTS, if the previous game didn’t exist. While Company of Heroes had its own host of practical issues that Company of Heroes 2 looks to fix — matchmaking and server stability among them — it’s difficult to see how the sequel makes enough forward progress. Company of Heroes 2 is a good game, and a great, unique multiplayer experience. But the most frustrating thing about Company of Heroes 2 is how disinterested it appears to be in showing players exactly what it does best.
  74. Jul 3, 2013
    70
    Company of Heroes 2 doesn't really reinvent its own formula; but it clearly enriches it with several new layers of micro-management. It's a hell of a rich RTS game, but one that doesn't really take care of newcomers; if you were a fan of the original, you'll probably love this sequel, if you're new to the series, well, brace yourself, you'll have to learn the hard way.
  75. Jul 3, 2013
    70
    Company of Heroes 2 has its number two in the title somewhat wrongfully. This is not a sequel in its true meaning because it does not guide the series to a new way. This is only an enhancement enriching it with a few trifles and one new playable nation. Once again, it is the strongest in its multiplayer game. If Relic continues to deliver its usual expansion packs, the CoH 2 game is going to be better and better.
  76. Jun 28, 2013
    70
    It was a great game in 2006, it's remained a great game since, and now this sequel is roughly more of the same. But after seven years and with a $60 asking price, I'm also left asking, "Is this all there is?" It's the Eastern Front, after all. It seems like there should be more to it.
  77. 70
    Hopefully COH2 gets a ton of post-release support, as it really needs it. The technical aspects are lacking, and the graphics are nowhere close to justifying the hardware requirements. But if you turn down the bells and whistles and push through the opening tedium of the campaign, and you’ll find an engrossing and entertaining strategy game.
  78. Jun 23, 2013
    70
    A disappointing sequel in many ways but as a refinement of one of the best real-time strategies of all-time this is still an enjoyably cinematic experience.
  79. Jun 21, 2013
    70
    Attempting to explore the Eastern Front thematically proves misjudged, while persistent unit stupidity is wearing thin after seven years and four games. Counteracting that are the core mechanics, which are as enjoyable as ever, and there are smart new missions to test series veterans. It’s not a glorious revolution, then, but COH2 is a solid continuation of the finest WWII RTS around.
  80. Aug 23, 2013
    60
    Everything its predecessor was: an intense and enjoyable RTS that gives you the feeling of really being an armchair general. It is just unfortunate that after waiting so long for a sequel, it doesn't offer too much in the way of innovation.
  81. Jun 27, 2013
    40
    Company of Heroes 2 cruises when it should be sprinting, and when you couple that with the fumbling of the tone and setting it becomes a very difficult game to recommend.
  82. Jun 24, 2013
    20
    Company of Heroes 2 might be the steepest tumble from game design genius to crassly missing the point that I’ve ever seen.
User Score
2.0

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 5901 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Jun 25, 2013
    0
    Relic! Really?
    As a Company of Heroes veteran (have bought and extensively played the previous four), I really could not be more
    Relic! Really?
    As a Company of Heroes veteran (have bought and extensively played the previous four), I really could not be more disappointed.
    Every developer has had a big miss, and Relic has their first huge miss.

    Company of Heroes 1 was released 7 years ago. Yet it has better UI, better unit information, better maps. And even better graphics, as Company of Heroes 2 demands huge computer power for very little enhancements.

    Snipers are worthless, no mines, or sandbags. Buildings look much worse than COH1, the User Interface wastes ridiculous space in worthless unit descriptions.

    There are so many steps back from its predecessor, that the snow effects and 5% better graphics really cannot make this game passable.

    And the little snow pocket watch. What! This is a serious RTS not Command & Conquer. Timed blizzards are ridiculous.

    Very very angry at Relic. Seven years in the making, they could have just added some snow to COH1. Maybe a $10 DLC.
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  2. Jun 25, 2013
    1
    For the love of god DON'T BUY IT! This game is a failure on so many levels. Firstly as some of you could have guessed somebody was going toFor the love of god DON'T BUY IT! This game is a failure on so many levels. Firstly as some of you could have guessed somebody was going to complain about, day one DLC, I don't care what anybody says content created pre-release should be in the game, especially when it is important content like commanders etc. Secondly the campaign is horribly done they have put almost no work into this campaign making it a chore to play through (besides that fact like some other users have pointed out I feel like the campaign is a slight bit racist towards Russians). Thirdly as you might also have guessed almost NOTHING HAS CHANGED seriously this is just ridiculous, basically what they have added is a semi-working version of true sight, weather (snow), Russians. As far as I can tell they haven't done a thing to improve the AI nor have they improved on any of the other hampering game mechanics. Really I don't see where all the work they claim has gone into this project is because as far as I can tell this is a DLC adding the Russians and little else. If your argument is if it works why change it then one they shouldn't make almost the exact same game and sell it as if it's a new release, second company of heroes has a lot of room for improvement so don't try to ruse people into believing the game was perfect. Full Review »
  3. Jul 3, 2013
    0
    This is a joke. 7 years later we get this? I am referring not only to the amount of content (which is pitiful AND they are selling DLCsThis is a joke. 7 years later we get this? I am referring not only to the amount of content (which is pitiful AND they are selling DLCs starting day one) but also to the scope of innovations (which is functioning in REVERSE). Gameplay wise this a dumbed down version of original coh that manages to run like on high-end gaming PCs. End of the story. Full Review »