• 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.
User Score
2.0

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 5882 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
    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 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 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 »