Company of Heroes 3‘s battles are full of these big, deafening moments where the orchestral score starts to swell, the bombs start falling and two forces collide. The gunfire, explosions and collapsing buildings create this thundering cacophony that tests your ability to keep cool under pressure. When the chaos settles and the smoke clears, you won’t recognise the place. It’s destruction and transformation, leaving behind a grim new map.
It’s a stunning spectacle, but when you’re desperately trying to keep your fleshy soldiers alive and your tanks out of the path of those bombs you don’t have much time to appreciate the obsessive attention to detail that gives birth to these dramatic, earth-shaking confrontations. Not unless you use the tactical pause system to do a spot of sightseeing, anyway.