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Company of Heroes (Windows)

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Company of Heroes, from the developers of Warhammer 40K: Dawn of War, is a real-time strategy game that drops you into the fray of World War II Europe. From the bloody beaches of Omaha to the deadly firefights of the Bocage, you attempt to lead your troops to victory one battle at a time.

What really sets Company of Heroes apart from other real-time strategy games, much like Relic Entertainment's previous entry, is that you no longer train and control individual troops. Instead you deploy squads of soldiers. Players must train a balanced assortment of units in order to obtain victory over their adversaries.

In addition, resource gathering has gone in a different direction from that of other RTS games. Players must attempt to capture and control strategic points which bring in the much needed resources of manpower, munitions and fuel to build and train new units.

The game's Essence engine brings a level of depth to RTS games with deformable terrain and completely destructible environments. Units will take cover in burnt out craters and tanks can decimate buildings suspected of containing snipers.

The game comes with three modes of play -- single-player campaign, single-player skirmish and online multiplayer.


Company of Heroes Windows The red tablets with the white cross indicate that squad members are now healing.
Company of Heroes Windows Cruising the streets of ruined Cherbourg and looking for some action.
Company of Heroes Windows Like most RTS games, you begin skirmish with some units and a single building.
Company of Heroes Windows Bombs aren't just for show; the crates left behind can be used as cover.  The yellow dots indicate minimal cover.

Alternate Titles

  • "英雄連隊" -- Chinese title (traditional)
  • "Company of Heroes: Kompania Braci" -- Polish title

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User Reviews

Deep and engaging, but not flawless D Michael (221) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars
Company of Heroes is no RTS Relic Rambutaan (432) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars
Trick or Treat? Open_Sights (380) 4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars
Not so realistic as it claims, but brilliant fun nevertheless! SifouNaS (1317) 4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars

The Press Says

Game industry News (GiN) 2006 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Game Chronicles Oct 02, 2006 9.8 out of 10 98 2006 96 out of 100 96 Nov 16, 2006 94.8 out of 100 95
IC-Games Oct 08, 2006 95 out of 100 95 Oct 10, 2006 93 out of 100 93
Factornews Oct 24, 2006 9 out of 10 90
GameCell UK 2006 9 out of 10 90
GameSpot (Belgium/Netherlands) Sep 29, 2006 88 out of 100 88
GameStar (Germany) Oct, 2006 87 out of 100 87


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Copy protection

As of September 2006, Company of Heroes is fairly unusual for a retail game of its kind. Unlike hundreds of other games on the store shelves, Company of Heroes does not require the CD-ROM to be present in the drive while playing.

Server shutdown

After SEGA acquired the Company of Heroes rights after THQ's death in early 2013, they permanently shut down the multiplayer servers and transferred multiplayer capabilities to the Steam version. Steam accepts the retail disc code for the game and its expansions for registering.


  • Computer Games Magazine
    • March 2007 - Game of the Year 2006
  • Games for Windows Magazine
    • March 2007 - #2 Game of the Year 2006
  • GameSpy
    • 2006 – #2 Game of the Year
    • 2006 – PC Game of the Year
    • 2006 – #2 Online Multiplayer Game of the Year
    • 2006 – PC Multiplayer Game of the Year
    • 2006 – PC Real-Time Strategy Game of the Year
    • 2006 – PC Real-Time Strategy Game of the Year (Gamers' Vote)
    • 2006 – Best Sound of the Year (PC)
    • 2011 – #4 Top PC Game of the 2000s
  • PC Powerplay (Germany)
    • Issue 02/2007 – #3 Best Strategy Game in 2006
Information also contributed by PCGamer77.

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Michael Palomino (152) added Company of Heroes (Windows) on Sep 19, 2006