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Company of Heroes 2: Ardennes Assault Review

12 Dec 2014, 09:31 AM
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Good review. The price is indeed a bit too high (€30 would be a fair enough price). Now I must admit that I am not a fan of single-player gaming, but I hope AA sells well.
12 Dec 2014, 09:53 AM
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A quality, sensible and in-depth review, Marcus. I largely echo your final analysis; good quality, but too expensive. The same applies to all Relic DLC so far.
12 Dec 2014, 09:57 AM
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A quality, sensible and in-depth review, Marcus. I largely echo your final analysis; good quality, but too expensive. The same applies to all Relic DLC so far.

12 Dec 2014, 10:07 AM
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Good review Marcus :snfMarcus:

12 Dec 2014, 10:17 AM
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Good reading Marcus.

I'm still disappointed that they haven't released Ardennes Assault along side with Western Front Armies. A campaign for both factions would have been awesome. I gladly would have payed 40 € for that.

But I'm not a fan of seperating content and selling it piece by piece.
12 Dec 2014, 10:39 AM
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I had high expectations for Ardennes Assault. And in fact Ardennes Assault was a bit disappointing from me.

First of all a expected an actual campaign which means unique missions with unique objectives. Sadly there are many "dynamic mission" which is an euphemism for skirmish. And that sucks.

The MeaMap was also a big disappointment. Did someone of you play Dawn of War: Dark Crusade? This was the frist Relic game with a MetaMap. You chose one of 7 (7, not just 1!) armies and try to conquer the howle map. And the other factions, played by the ai, tried the same. There was a dynamic on this map. Territory was lost, reconquert and so on. The only way to beat a faction was to conquer there fortess. This mission where scripted with unique dialogs for each faction. So you wanted to play with all factions to know the howle stroy. There were also some Territories which over special boni. You need to fulfill specific objectives to conquer these Territories. You also had the requisition point mechanic which allows you to garnision convert sectors, or buy new units for your commanders honour guard. Sucess on the battlefield also gave you the chance to upgrade your commanders equipment. The only problem about this mechanic was the repetitiveness. You played on the same map severals times, sometimes as attacker, sometimes as defender.

I expected Ardennes Assault to be like DC, just better. Which means:
-i wanted more cool, scripted missions, playable from both sides as attacker and defender (not just as attacker and as US Army), maybe even maps which keep there status of destruction to represent that there was already a fight going on in this area
-i want my enemy to move around the MetaMap and try to beat me

I like the company mechanic and the fact you have to minimize loses. The briefings and intro´s are also very nice. But the MetaMap is just there, nothing happens on it since the opponent is nothing more but a punching ball. Okay, there are random events but they are nothing but props. Oh and yes, you have to decide about which territory you conquer in which sequence because oft he retreat mechanic but thats it.

Thats just not enough for 40 (!) Euro, considering i payed about 50 Euro for CoH2. And CoH2 had a singleplayer (a campaign, singleplayer missions, coop mission, skirmishes) and a multiplayer. Also DoW 1: DC cost around 50 as well and you got 2 new factions plus the campaign. I´d say 15 - 20 Euro would be ok, 40 are way too much. It should have been a part of WFA for this price.
12 Dec 2014, 11:42 AM
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I didn't read, but nice review markus Kappa
12 Dec 2014, 11:57 AM
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Thanks Marcus, very nice :)
12 Dec 2014, 12:49 PM
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Nice review!
12 Dec 2014, 15:15 PM
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this is the reason i dint put on facebook page https://www.facebook.com/EuSouGamer?fref=ts its too spencive for portugues and brasilian markets the price cost for a game of 5h dosent compensate for the price cost truly disapointed they could have add the WFa armys for free it this purchase or just add any multiplayer mode the point its not for the singplayer to buy stuff but to increase the online market you nedd a good multiplayer server and alout off player base ^^ just my oponion you game you rules !!
12 Dec 2014, 19:25 PM
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Nice review. I really enjoyed Ardennes Assault, I've played through it twice so far and expect to play it again at some point. It is certainly more interesting than the vanilla campaign. I do feel though, that the enemy strength is a little inconsistent. A mission vs 3 strength enemy during my first playthrough was much easier against a 5 strength during my second. This could simply be attributed to the fact that I knew what to expect the second time around, however, I'll find out when I play again the next time.
23 Dec 2014, 21:08 PM
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I'll buy it when it hits $10. I'm not going to get suckered into content that should cost about a fourth of what they're asking. It's the equivalent of selling a used pickup truck for 60k.
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