Company of Heroes: Opposing Fronts

Format: PC

4 005209 100816
Age Restrictions: 15+
28 September 2007

Lead two battle-hardened armies across the war-torn landscape of WWII Europe in relentless campaigns for honour and country. Take charge of the tenacious British 2nd Army during the heroic liberation of Caen - or command the German Panzer Elite as they struggle to repel Operation Market Garden: the largest airborne invasion of history...

Company of Heroes: Opposing Fronts is the next chapter in the critically acclaimed Company of Heroes franchise. Players take command of the German Panzer Elite as they struggle against the might of the Allied forces, or lead the British 2nd Army in the vicious battle for Caen, France.

When the original Company of Heroes was released in 2006 it totally won this reviewer over. In a marketplace stuffed to bursting with WWII strategy games Company of Heroes carved a refreshing niche for itself.

This game is a standalone title that thankfully doesn't require the original in order to play it (although most serious gamers will already own the first instalment). However, this title is fully compatible with the original game, which means that if you have both you will be able to wage war with four unique armies.

Those that are worried that this is the same game with updated graphics will soon realise that much has been added to the game play - a lot of which are elements that are taken from the franchise's sister release Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War. The British troops excel in commando style tactics - flying behind enemy lines to help gain an advantage; while the The Panzer Elite make the best use of armoured vehicles, as well as being equipped with flame-throwers and incendiary grenades.

If you enjoyed the first game, then this is an essential purchase.

Nick Smithson

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