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This is is the stand-alone expansion to the original CoH game that gives you two extra single-player campaigns, playing as either the British or the Germans.
The British campaign revolves around the battle for Caen and gives you the flexible and reactive British units to play with. The German campaign is based on defeating the Brits in Operation Market Garden, and provides the awesome Panzer tank divisions as the focus for the new units.
The game engine and basic gameplay are the same as the original CoH game, the attraction with this expansion is the extra units. Both forces have completely original units, the versatile British infantry can create emplacements and artillery, the German tanks can pulverise any enemy head-on. Extra abilities, upgrades and battle paradigms are all new, I particularly liked the British Commando option, allowing you to smash gliders into any part of the map which then spill out tough commando units.
There is enough here to keep you entertained. Again like the original the story is lacking and the voiceovers aren't varied enough, but those are minor points. I did get a little bored with the generic European maps, I think THQ missed out, seeing as it's Britain vs Germany they could have done something with the Africa campaign.
Opposing Fronts is the standalone expansion for the Company of Heroes RTS. Opposing Fronts adds two new factions, the British and the German Panzer Elite. These factions offer different strategies to play, building on one of the great successes of Company of Heroes that each faction feels distinct and means you have to play in a different way for each faction.
The British faction offer a very unique style to the game. You only have 4 buildings that are in fact tents that load/unload. Allowing players to move their bases around map. This allows you to wage a guerilla war, constantly moving making it hard for the opposition to pin you down.
The Panzer Elite builds on the standard German faction but focused on tanks. The best tanks are available to Panzer Elite players as well as some specialist tanks that fulfil certain roles.
There is new campaign which is just as fun as the original campaign. There is also very good online play, even if you only own Opposing Fronts you can still play people who have the original.
This is a great add on for owners of the original game but can also serve as a start to the game. It is so very cheap now, £3 on Amazon, and there hasn't been a better RTS since especially those interested in the World War 2 setting.
This stand-alone expansion of Company of heroes adds two new campaigns aswell as two new armies and an apropreiate ammount of new units. both the campaign and multiplayer are awesome but one of the downsides are that you need to be logged in to THQ online to play and it might not work on all computers.
of course if you need to be conected to THQ to play you're going to have to wait for an hour or so as it trie to download and install all the patches.
the new armies each have a unique feel and playstyle thus makng it all worthwile, wether you take the mechanized units of the panzer elite or the leader buffed groups of the british its strategy at its best.
for those of you who remember close combat, this is its modern descendant and if you loved that game as I did you will agree that this action RTST is one of the best WW2 RTST there is today.
Company of Heroes Opposing fronts is a real time World War 2 stragegy game, which makes the battle come to life!
You can play as the British Army or the German Panzer Elite. You can play a campaign in both British and German mode.
Interestingly, the campaigns are staggered so that they're in nonlinear order. You'll begin with the story of two German brothers battling against the daring airborne assault of Operation Market Garden, and in the following campaign you'll leap further back into the past to participate in the British Army's lengthy and bloody assault on the French city of Caen.
Panzer Elite is built around the idea of hard-hitting and fast-moving combat groups that can race around the battlefield, either to counter what the enemy is doing or to exploit an opening. To that extent, the Panzer Elite doesn't so much lock down territory as it bulldozes its way across the map. Thankfully, Panzer Elite infantry can repair vehicles during slight pauses, but you won't have a lot of time to hunker down before another situation needs putting out.
British Army is built similarly around the idea of mobility and defenses, given that it has mobile headquarters units that can relocate around the map. However, the British also excel at building things: devastating howitzer emplacements, mortar pits, slit trenches, and more. As one might expect, the campaign missions highlight each faction's abilities quite nicely. In the brutal house-to-house fighting of Caen, the British can call in the dreaded "creeping barrage" that shatters enemy lines. Likewise, the Panzer Elite can punch through Allied defenses and raid around their rears to capture or destroy landing points for airborne forces.
There is also a very large online multiplayer community too. Players range from complete beginners to seasoned verterans. With every battle that you win, you are given an increase in rank. Pretty cool stuff.
The graphics and audio in this game are very good. The only down side that I can report is that the game will crash for no reason at random times. This tends to happen after an automatic patch is installs when starting the game, when Relic update the game.
This is a fantastic game that you can play very seriously, or if you've had a bad day at work, you can just turn it on and blow stuff up.
The AI is very good when playong against the computer, but you can change the difficulty.
Last yearÆs Company Of Heroes was probably the best new real-time strategy game on the PC for ages but it didnÆt quite do as well as it deserved û probably because the whole World War II setting is starting to look a bit overdone nowadays. This standalone expansion provides a second chance to experience not only the best strategy game for ages but also one of the few games to do anything original with the WWII theme. For a start you donÆt actually control American troops in the game but either the British 2nd Army or the German Panzer Elite. (You can play though the missions as the U.S. Army and Wehrmacht if you have a copy of the first game to hand though.) The Allied single player campaign revolves around the Battle for Caen, shortly after D-Day, and features the three primary regiments from the campaign: the Royal Canadian Artillery, the Royal Commandos and the Royal Scottish Engineers. The unique way the 2nd ArmyÆs technology tree works allows access to all manner of new weapons and tactics including creeping barrages, Horsa gliders and three variations of the Churchill tank.