Company of Heroes®: Tales of Valor™ is the expansion to the Game of the Year winner and highest rated real time strategy franchise Company of Heroes®. Featuring new campaigns to overcome, units to command, and battlefields to conquer, Company of Heroes®: Tales of Valor™ delivers evolved gameplay mechanics and 3...
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Release Date: 8 Apr, 2009

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Buy Company of Heroes Complete Pack

Includes 3 items: Company of Heroes, Company of Heroes: Opposing Fronts, Company of Heroes: Tales of Valor

Buy Company of Heroes Franchise Edition

Includes 9 items: CoH 2 - The Western Front Armies: Oberkommando West, CoH 2 - The Western Front Armies: US Forces, Company of Heroes, Company of Heroes 2, Company of Heroes 2 - Case Blue Mission Pack, Company of Heroes 2 - Southern Fronts Mission Pack, Company of Heroes 2 - Victory at Stalingrad Mission Pack, Company of Heroes: Opposing Fronts, Company of Heroes: Tales of Valor

 

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Company of Heroes®: Tales of Valor™ is the expansion to the Game of the Year winner and highest rated real time strategy franchise Company of Heroes®. Featuring new campaigns to overcome, units to command, and battlefields to conquer, Company of Heroes®: Tales of Valor™ delivers evolved gameplay mechanics and 3 episodic adventures including 9 new missions, 3 new Multiplayer Modes, and new abilities to master.

  • 3 Immersive Storylines — Embark on the definitive WWII experience from all sides of the war. Each episode contains new missions and objectives in a persistent environment.
    Episode 1: Tiger Ace: Control Tiger Tank Ace Hauptmann Voss's highly decorated Tigergruppen against the British 7th Armored Division on D-Day in one of the most famous tank battles of WWII.
    Episode 2: Causeway: Command an American Paratrooper Company in the hours following the initial D-Day landings.
    Episode 3: Falaise Pocket: Command the Wehrmacht Army as your soldiers try and hold off the advancing Allied army.
  • 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.
  • 3 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.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows® XP or Vista
    • Processor: SSE capable processor, 2.0 Ghz Intel Pentium IV or equivalent or AMD Athlon XP or equivalent.
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM. 1GB MB RAM required for Vista
    • Graphics: DirectX 9.0c compatible 64MB video card with Pixel Shader 1.1 support or equivalent and latest manufacturer drivers
    • Sound: DirectX® 9.0c compatible 16-bit sound card
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28 of 34 people (82%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
26.9 hrs on record
Posted: 8 March
NOTE 1:
Also see my Company of Heroes Review here:
http://steamcommunity.com/id/miyumiayase/recommended/4560

And my Company of Heroes: Opposing Fronts here:
http://steamcommunity.com/id/miyumiayase/recommended/9340

NOTE 2:
Normally I would give this expansion a 'Not Recommended' rating but since a 'Complete Pack' exists I highly advice that you buy the aforementioned Pack to have the full Company of Heroes 1 experience.

TL:DR? See Conclusion

INTRODUCTION:
Company of Heroes: Tales of Valor is a real-time strategy game developed by Relic Entertainment and published by THQ (RIP). This game serves as the second official expansion pack to the series which adds new game types that focuses on micro-management of either a single or small unit sizes, new 'Direct Fire' ability, new mini-campaigns which rewards you with alternate unit models for certain factions and fun new multiplayer modes.

The expansion pack 'Tales of Valor' gives the players three new mini-campaigns. The first one is 'Tiger Ace' which lets the players control a rampaging Tiger I Tank in a small town. The story follows the exploits of Majorgeneral Voss (character from Opposing Fronts) and Hauptmann Schultz (main antagonist of the first game). The second mini-mission is 'Causeway' where the player takes command of a group of paratroopers of the 86nd Air Division in their efforts to secure and hold the La Fiere Causeway which was being used by Allied forces to pass through the Normandy beaches. The last and final mini-mission is 'Falaise Pocket' where the player controls a renegade SS Panzergrenadiers and Wehrmacht soldiers who were ordered to evacuate but defied High Command in order to hold off advancing allied forces and give time for retreating German troops to escape.

PROS:
+ New missions are fun to play
+ New units looks nice but... (See CON # 2)
+ New and fun multiplayer game modes like 'Stonewall'
+ Micromanagement gameplay (specially with the 'Tiger Ace' mission) was very fun
+ 'Falaise Pocket' mission was extreme
+ Artwork cutscenes were nice and complemented with good voice acting

CONS:
- No new armies or units
- Some new units are just skin replacements
- Mini-campaigns can be completed in a few hours for all three missions (I didn't expect it to be as long as the original campaign or as long as the Opposing Fronts campaign but I didn't imagine that it was this short)
- The 'Directed Fire' feature is very hard to use and is implemented badly
- Tried to do Stealth missions which were implemented (just like the above CON) badly
- This expansion feels rushed

CONCLUSION:
Much like a Sherman to a Tiger Tank, this expansion is vastly inferior to the other games. It has its moments with some really intense battles particularly the 'Falaise Pocket' campaign, interesting new game mechanics from 'Tiger Ace' and cool looking replacement units but in the end, it doesn't really add anything innovative to the title. Playing through the campaign missions will leave players feeling that this expansion was rushed and released prematurely.

Normally I would give this expansion a 'Not Recommended' rating but since a 'Complete Pack' exists I highly advice that you buy the aforementioned pack to have the full Company of Heroes 1 experience.

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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
19.8 hrs on record
Posted: 7 January
Ignore the Playtime, I played this on disc without Steam Support, the only reason I have it on steam is because I was given a key for COH1 Complete Collection (Even though I owned it on disc)
So here is an RTS that has stood the test of time, and is still fantastic today 9 years on. This was also made by the masters of RTS, Relic Entertainment.
Tales of Valor offers three short campaigns all consisting of three missions each (Two German, One American) The campaigns are well thought through and are very enjoyable, also you get three brand new Skirmish modes (Stonewall, Panzerkrieg and Assault) And a ton of maps some good and some bad depending on your playstyle and new uints for completing the campaigns!

Panzerkrieg is Similar to Assault, with the "Hero" units being replaced by tanks. The Axis Team can procure 3 tanks: the Hotchkiss, a small mobile tank hunter, the Panzer IV, the all-around tank, and the Panther tank, which specialize in head-on armor conflicts. The Allies have the M18 Hellcat, a mobile tank hunter, a Sherman tank that is meant to counter the Panzer IV, and the Churchill tank, which is the answer to the Panther.

Stonewall is were players are the defenders of a small town, defending against 16 waves of enemy attacks. Allies players face waves of Axis attacks progressing from a small band of Volksgrenadier to the mighty Tiger tanks. Axis players defend against waves ranging from Riflemen to M26 Pershing tanks. There are always four critical buildings in the town: the Church, that automatically heals units next to it, the Garage that repairs all allies' vehicles, the bank that gives a boost in manpower, and finally the Manor that gives an increase in population cap.

Assault is were you choose one of seven heroes "Heroes" each different in their Offensive, Defensive, and Support abilities. Ranging from a Pioneer/Engineer to Paratroopers/Recon, the goal of the game is to destroy the enemy's base, which requires the player to fight through three separate lines of defenses. Protected by mortar firing bunkers, these also act as the Player Respawn point. By destroying each bunker the player is able to progress closer towards the enemy headquarters. Once the gas tanks inside a base has been blown, the team that destroyed them wins and the game ends.

Overall the content you get in this small package is good and toatally worth it (New gamemodes, new units, new maps and three short campaigns) Only con is that they did not add a new army like the Free French forces etc. (I also recomend buying Opposing Fronts with this or just buying the Complete Collection)
Game gets an 7 from Hen
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.3 hrs on record
Posted: 20 June
This game is absolutely amazing. I would say that this is the greatest game I have ever played.
I remember that I had hundreds of hours : 300 wins and 350 loses before moving to Company of heroes ( new steam version). however there are some disadvantages like: low texture quality and lake of melee units
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: 11 June
Company of Heroes: Tales of Valor war/ist (leider) das letze Eigenständige Add-on zu CoH.
Tales of Valor bietet weniger als das sehr gute Opposing Fronts, aber dafür wieder eine neue Kampagne in der ihr auf seiten der Wehrmacht eine Panzer-Crew durch diversen Missionen Ballert.
Tales of Valor hat eine ziemlich simple aber coole neue "neuerung", das Direkte Feuern (Direct Fire). Damit könnt ihr quasi eine Einheit bzw. ein Panzer selber Fahren und auch selber auf Ziele schiessen, oder eben auf Häuser, wo sich eventuell Soldaten verschanzen.
Neue Multiplayer Modes gibt es auch, ich weiß aber nicht ob man die noch nutzen kann, da Relic leider von uns gegangen ist. Tales of Valor bringt viel Spaß, daher gebe ich hier 6/10 Punkten, da es aber leider viel weniger Bietet als das Großartige Opposing Fronts.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
20.3 hrs on record
Posted: 10 April
haven't been playing this game for long i just started this week , and all i can say is that this game has taken a lot of artwork and graphic designing .....
and the result is : a FANTASTIC game
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