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Company of Heroes 3, we tested the map in North Africa, soon available for everyone!

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Company of Heroes 3, we tested the map in North Africa, soon available for everyone!
Written by aquitodovale

English, German and Italian Afrikakorps are the protagonists of this intense war zone, concentrated gameplay and pure strategy of Company of Heroes 3.

We have tried Company of Heroes 3but before talking about it in detail we must give you an important news: from tonight until July 19, if you register for the COH-Development program from the official website of Company of Heroes 3, through Steam you will have access to the same mission we tested in the days passed.

The one made available by Relic Entertainment and Sega is one of the North African Operations, missions set in the desert that will be part of one of the two single player modes present when the game officially debuts on PC, November 17, 2022. The other mode is a dynamic and always different campaign set instead in the Mediterranean; scenario chosen in tandem with North Africa for the great stylistic, chromatic and tactical differences.

Under pressure

Company of Heroes 3: Troops can now board tanks and move faster but no longer safe

Let’s go back to the African desert, here at the helm of the ferocious Afrikakorps we will have to drive the British out of their trenches, and finally make a pincer move to throttle their retreat attempt.

It was a long time since we had played Company of Heroes, a series that we believe to be one of the most important and successful in the field of real-time strategy, but of which over time we had forgotten the exceptional tactical nuances, the visceral action, the intensity of the picture. strategic. And compared to the two previous games, the developers have raised the pressure further, thanks also to the inclusion of a button dedicated to tactical break which will allow us to recap the situation and issue orders with more confidence.

The pause, naturally absent in multiplayer, is an option that we haven’t used often, but which in those two or three cases was nothing short of essential, if not providential. There is so much to keep an eye on, starting with the morphology of the terrain that affects the movement of the mechanized troops, now equipped with weak points and reinforced, just like in reality, which will require a continuous re / positioning to get the best during the battles.

Furthermore, in the first match we played and which we sadly lost, we were repeatedly deceived by a ‘IA who knew how to make the most of every wrong choice we made, even chasing us when in retreat we hoped to catch our breath and try to counterattack.

The camouflage tow truck

Company of Heroes 3: Exploiting facilities will be essential to keep the surrounding streets safe and alert
Company of Heroes 3: Exploiting facilities will be essential to keep the surrounding streets safe and alert

In the North African battle it is possible to enlist the help of the Italian sappers, allies as you know with the Germans, strong in courage and first choice explosives. Here we also had the opportunity to test a new and important unit: the wrecker with which it is possible to recover practically every truck, jeep and tank lost and destroyed on the battlefield. The tow truck is a very important addition, but the ability to recover vehicles of all kinds, even totally destroyed ones, threatens problems. Will it be debunked in the full game? Possible.

Useful and galvanized instead the possibility of to pick up troops on tanks, in order to move them faster across the map. During the mission request the help of two different air supports, and a new light vehicle: all of these abilities have several minutes of cooldown.

See how it collapses!

Company of Heroes 3: the Mediterranean scenario will have colors and characteristics diametrically opposite to the African ones
Company of Heroes 3: the Mediterranean scenario will have colors and characteristics diametrically opposite to the African ones

It’s not all deserted! In addition to the trenches of the English, the map of this first mission of Company of Heroes 3 also presents several structures and a small town towards which we can test the power of our artillery. One of the strengths of this sequel is in fact the renewed physical simulation which will regulate explosions and collapses of buildings, which will now be destroyed in a more dynamic, progressive and realistic way than before, enriching both the gameplay and the show offered. To help keep the adrenaline and the cinema effect high, a structured, polyphonic sound system of the very highest category. The same however (yet) cannot be said of the graphics that didn’t seem so different from the second game in the series, even if the 1080p that were imposed on us during the test certainly did not help.

Good strategic does not lie

Company of Heroes 3: a full of allied vehicles in use in the Mediterranean
Company of Heroes 3: a full of allied vehicles in use in the Mediterranean

But damn we had a good time, and what a tension! Company of Heroes 3 seems to take the best mechanics of the first beloved game to combine them with the most appreciated ideas of the second, in order to create the definitive Company of Heroes. It’s really hard to find another real-time strategy game (now with the ability to pause!) Capable of returning such dramatic and realistic battles. In the Relic game, you become as fond of individual units as in smaller-scale games, but in warfare scenarios that are much broader than you would expect.

It is pure strategy, guaranteed fun, and if everything goes as planned also absolute competitiveness. The ambulance trucks that lift the infantry off the ground, the explosions of the approaching enemy artillery, the wagons that jump between the dunes with the troops perched on them, the races under the bullets to reach the building on the other side of the railway. .. pure show. And let’s not forget that this will be the Company of Heroes with more content at launch, including four different main factions: American, British and German, the latter divided into Wehrmacht and Afrikakorps.

Company of Heroes 3 is a very important game for Relic Entertainment. It is precisely with this awaited sequel that the Canadian software house will finally be able to prove that it is able to survive its founding fathers and live up to its illustrious past. The excellent work done with Age of Empire 4, like this our / your first contact with Company of Heroes 3, fortunately bodes well, but let us tell you: to miss this sequel would be like missing an empty penalty …

CERTAINTIES

  • Game system run in …
  • … It is up to date.
  • First-rate sound

DOUBTS

  • Graphically very similar to the previous one
  • Is the tow truck too powerful?
  • Will he be able to satisfy the purists of the first Company of Heroes?



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