Company of Heroes: Opposing Fronts

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Company of Heroes gets expansion pack

Company of Heroes gets expansion pack

With new campaigns, units, maps and more.

A second expansion pack is in the works for Company of Heroes, the PC real-time strategy title from THQ.

Company of Heroes: Tales of Valor [sic] will include three campaigns along with new units, maps and multiplayer modes. There's also something called a "direct-fire" feature that's said to allow more tactical control during battles.

Tales of Valor is being developed by Relic, the same studio behind the original title in the series. Which scored an impressive 10 out of 10, come to think of it - read Kieron's review to find out why.

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Company of Heroes: Opposing Fronts

Company of Heroes: Opposing Fronts

Because the other two fronts got along so well.

The British - tea-drinking, moustache-twirling nancy-boys. Usually dastardly, or at the very least conniving. This much, Hollywood and games have taught us. Clearly, uber-RTS developers Relic have spent some time hanging out at branches of Wetherspoons, as they've managed to paint a rather more accurate portrait of the denizens of our sceptered isle, whose forces make up one of the two new factions in this World War II RTS 'expandalone'. Apparently, we're incredibly foul-mouthed, angry and violent. Sounds about right, really. Though I did hear at least one cutscene mention putting the kettle on.

While some may be mortified by the plucky Brits' stiff upper lips uttering such unpleasantness, I can't tell you how relieved I am to not hear some hackneyed "Jolly good, let's go show them what-for, what? Fnarr Fnarr" soundbyte when I select a unit. "Let's show these F*@#ING WANKERS!", bellowed with the full, furious force of a beefy cabbie who's just been dinged by a scrawny, bug-eyed tracksuit kid in a Ford Escort, really puts the spirit of war into me.

And what a joy they are to play as, too. Turtling, the RTS practice of building up a heavily defended base and waiting for the enemy to wear itself out trying to break in before you go for them, is still considered a bit dirty in some quarters. Like it's not really playing along. Most RTS games will have a faction that's a bit better defensively than offensively, but it tends to be a polite tip of the hat to the practice rather than a passionate bearhug. This is the bearhug.

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Bag an Opposing Fronts beta key

Bag an Opposing Fronts beta key

Try the new COH expansion.

We've allied with THQ this morning to give away 300 beta keys for upcoming Company of Heroes expansion, Opposing Fronts.

It means those of you first out of the trenches will get a chance to see the improvements Relic has been working on these past months, like better computer-brained enemies, more realistic physics, and a dynamic new weather system.

All you have to do claim your key is tactically charge over to our Company of Heroes: Opposing Fronts giveaway page and hope you get there before they've all run out. But you will have to be a member of our Eurogamers community first, so pop over and register quickly if you haven't already.

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Company of Heroes follow-up confirmed

Company of Heroes follow-up confirmed

Opposing Fronts this autumn.

THQ has finally revealed what it's doing about following up excellent PC strategy game Company of Heroes.

It'll be a standalone addition called Opposing Fronts, and will include buckets of new war-time goodies, as well as an updated Essence Engine to make use of DirectX 10.

This time around you'll be playing as either the British 2nd army during the liberation of Caen in France, or taking on the role of the German Panzer Elite as you try to repel Operation Market Garden - the largest airborne invasion in history.

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