Company of Heroes is a video game developed by Relic Entertainment and was published by THQ in September 2006. This video game features a real time strategy game genre set in the events during World War II. Real time strategy is a video game genre where players take the role of a commander in charge of maintaining a territory by constructing structures, gathering resources, and controlling combat units in defending the player’s base or eliminating enemy forces. The main player objective in a real time strategy game is to secure a territory to able to gather resources safely while continually mobilizing units in order to defeat the opposing camp. Company of Heroes has two game modes: Single Player and Multiplayer. The game’s single player mode allows players to play the story campaign mode and skirmish mode where they can choose the faction to control and the game map. The game’s multiplayer mode supports 1-8 players over a Local Access Network or Internet connection. Multiplayer mode has two game types. First is the victory point control where players focus on capturing and defending several victory points around the middle of the middle of the map. The other game type is Annihilation where players need to destroy all enemy structures in order to win the game.
Company of Heroes’ campaign mode makes the player command either the Able Company of the US Army’s 29th Infantry Division or Fox Company of the 101st Airborne Division as they fight battles set during the Allied Normandy Campaign and the Liberation of France. Players are provided with a wide variety of combat units such as infantry, mortar teams, artillery teams, armored units like tanks and armored personnel carriers, as well as support units like medics. Players need to gather three types of resources in order to continue to produce units. These resources include Manpower, which is crucial in producing units and enlarging the player’s force, Munitions, which allows players to upgrade squads and vehicles to be able to use special abilities, and Fuel which is used to purchase vehicles, build base buildings, and acquire global upgrades. The main enemy faction in Company of Heroes is the German Wermacht of the Axis forces.