Company of Heroes: Tales of Valor Review
Company of Heroes: Tales of Valor box art
System: PC Review Rating Legend
Dev: Relic Entertainment 1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid 4.0 - 4.4 = Great
Pub: THQ 2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
Release: Apr. 7, 2009 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 5.0 = The Best
Players: 1-10 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair
ESRB Rating: Teen 3.5 - 3.9 = Good

A few new handy functions are also worked into the expansion. Chief among them, a new direct fire mode, accessible when controlling most tanks and some other troop types, lets you manually take over firing the cannons by manually clicking where and when you want a round to fire. This is a cool arcade-like feature, even if it's not particularly useful.

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A more helpful ability, Field Dressing, crops up when a member of your soldier units goes down. This lets you send your soldiers charging to the aid of a fallen comrade and patch up some of their wounds amidst the chaos of flying bullets and explosions. You'll use this frequently to try to preserve the limited units you're given in each scenario. Additionally, new units are unlocked for use in the multiplayer modes as you complete the main campaigns.

In contrast, the online multiplayer component of Tales of Valor is more robust. While you can always jump into a classic mode or pick from tons of skirmish maps (the latter of which can be played against computer A.I.), three new modes round out the multiplayer offerings. Perhaps a nod to the Atari classic Combat, Panzerkreig gives each player a single, unique tank that can be upgraded with various perks and sends them onto the battlefield to grind one another into dust. In Assault, both sides start out with a pre-deployed base. You're given direct control of a hero unit and tasked with fighting alongside A.I.-controlled comrades against other players, providing assistance to win the tide of battle. Stonewall is a new co-operative mode where you and other players are holed up in a fortified base and must manage resources and defend against increasingly tougher A.I. forces thrown at you.

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There's a significant different between the feel and gameplay of the single and multiplayer aspects of the expansion. While the solo campaign eases newer players into the fold and prepares them for the more management-intensive multiplayer games, not everyone is going to necessarily partake of both equally. Even when combined as a whole, Tales of Valor falls short in terms of the volume of new content most players will expect in a standalone expansion priced at $30. What's there is great, but it's just not enough.

By Nathan Meunier
CCC Staff Contributor

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
3.9
Graphics
A tad dated but a lot of pretty things to look at… and blow up.
4.0
Control
Fluid mouse controls don't require keyboard hunting and pecking but allow it.
4.2
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
Excellently thematic music, gruff soldier dialog, and killer sound effects.
3.0
Play Value
The solo campaigns are just too short, even if they're quite good. The multiplayer component is robust and enjoyable, if you're into online matches.
3.6
Overall Rating - Good
Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.

Game Features:

  • Three Immersive Storylines: Take command of key soldiers and experience how they helped turn the tide of battle in some of the most historic clashed of World War II.
  • Direct Fire Control: Not only can the player's tactical and strategic decisions influence the battle, but players also directly control units on the battlefield. Players will aim, fire, and maneuver in real-time to capitalize on the changing battle conditions.
  • Command New Units: New infantry and vehicles such as the Schwimmwagen and Staghound will be available. The Schwimmwagen is an amphibious, all-wheel drive off-road vehicle while the Staghound is a highly maneuverable 4x4 Armored Car.
  • Conquer New Territory: New maps based on famous battles such as Villers-Bocage will be available for competitive players in the online battlefield.
  • Three New Multiplayer Modes: New multiplayer modes to experience with your friends. Become a tank commander and square off in Panzerkrieg, choose a hero unit and join the battle to push back enemy lines in Assault, or team up and defend against waves of attackers in Stonewall.


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