Company of Heroes 2: The Western Front Armies Patch Notes

Company of Heroes 2: The Western Front Armies was released slightly earlier than expected on Steam, and if you’re wondering what the new features, armies, maps, and bug fixes are, check out the official patch notes below.

New Company of Heroes 2: The Western Front Armies content:
  • Added two new armies
    • “Oberkommando West”
    • “US Forces”
  • Maps
    • Added The Western Front Armies Maps
    • Faymonville Approach (2)
    • La Gleize Breakout (2)
    • La Gleize (2)
    • Trois Pont (2 – 4)
    • Vaux Farmlands (4)
    • Hurtgen Forest (4)
    • Ettlebruck Station (4-8)
    • Lienne Forest (6-8)
    • Lazenrath Ambush (6-8)
    • Road to Kharkov (2-4)
New Features (all players)
  • Public Games List
  • War Spoils
  • Victory Strikes
  • New progression system
UI Updates
  • New armies selection
  • New inventory system
Updates
  • Optimized pathing in a number of areas on maps
Bug Fixes
  • Yes, many bugs have been squished!
Balance Updates
  • AOE Profiles
    • All weapons that have AOE profiles will inflict less damage at midrange
    • Mines will be less prone to wiping out an entire squad
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  • Tank traps
    • HP increase from 250 to 500
    • Armor increased from 35 to 50
  • Werhmacht Bunker
    • Sight from 35 to 10
    • Bunker upgrade increases sight by 25
  • Panzer Grenadiers
    • Now have reduced receieve accuracy by 15%
  • 222 Armored Car
    • Population increased from 4 to 5
  • StuG III G
    • Population increased from 10 to 8
  • StuG III E
    • Population increased from from 6 to 8
  • Panzerwerfer
    • Population increased from 10 to 12
  • Brummbar
    • Population increased from 16 to 14
  • Tiger Ace
    • Population increased from 24 to 26
  • Panzer IV
    • Cost increase from 320/115 to 350/125
    • Distant scatter max value from 9.5 to 6.4
  • Tiger Heavy Tank
    • Health reduced from 1280 to 1040
  • Elefant
    • Range from 100 to 70
  • Panther
    • Armor increased from 270 to 290
  • Pak 43 Anti-tank Gun
    • Range reduced from 100 to 80
    • target weak point range reduced from 100 to 80
  • Panzerwerfer 42 Multiple Rocket Launcher
    • Recharge time reduced from 90 to 70 seconds
  • Pak 40 Anti Tank Gun
    • Added Hold Fire
  • ZiS-3 76mm Field Gun
    • Added Hold Fire
  • Stuka Close Air Support
    • Close reduced from 240 to 200
  • Relief Infantry
    • Price reduced from 120 to 90 Munitions
  • Osttruppen Reserves
    • Price reduced from 500 to 425
Soviet
  • Soivet Partisans
    • Can now capture points
  • Tank traps
    • HP increase from 250 to 500
    • Armor increased from 35 to 50
  • M3A1 Scout Car
    • Population increased from 4 to 5
  • T70
    • Population increased from 6 to 8
  • T34-76
    • Population increased from 10 to 12
  • T34-85
    • Population increased from 12 to 14
  • Katyusha
    • Population increased from 10 to 12
  • KV-1 from 15 to 12
    • Population increased from 10 to 12
  • KV-2 from 22 to 24
    • Population increased from 10 to 12
  • ISU-152 Heavy Assault Gun
    • Range from 100 to 70
    • Concrete Piercing Round ability range reduced from 100 to 70
  • IS-2 Heavy Tank
    • Health increase from 960 to 1040
    • Armor increase from 340 to 375
  • M-42 45mm Anit-Tank Gun
    • Added Hold Fire ability
  • T-34/85 Medium Tank
    • CP requirement increased from 9 to 10
  • KV-8 Heavy Flamethrower Tank
    • Health increase from 720 to 800
    • Price increase from 360 / 135 to 390 / 145
  • Rapid Conscription
    • Price reduced from 160 MU to 120 MU

This Week in Gaming: Anticipated Releases from June 1 to June 7, 2014

Here are the most anticipated games for release this week, broken down according to the Platforms, Release Date and Genre for each game as well as a brief description for anticipated releases.

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Ultra Street Fighter IV

  • Platform: PS3, Xbox 360
  • Genre: Fighting, 2.5D
  • Release Date: June 3, 2014

New gameplay mechanics for Ultra Street Fighter IV include: Ultra Combo Double, Red Focus Attack and Delayed Standing.

In addition to new gameplay mechanics, there will be new modes available for use: Elimination and Online Training. Elimination is an improved Team Battle mode for online play, bearing great resemblance to the three-on-three survival style from the King of Fighters series. Online Training makes its return from Street Fighter X Tekken, allowing for players to train together online.

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Murdered: Soul Suspect

  • Platform: PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One
  • Genre:
  • Release Date: June 3, 2014

Murdered: Soul Suspect is a supernatural detective thriller which challenges players to solve possibly the hardest case of all… their own murder.

When Ronan O’Connor, a detective with a chequered past, gets caught up in a violent burglary, his life is brought to an untimely end by a brutal and relentless killer. Shocked to find himself in the afterlife, his only escape from the limbo world of ‘Dusk’ is to uncover the truth behind his killer, track him down and bring him to justice using his detective instinct and new-found supernatural abilities.

As Ronan, you have the freedom to explore the modern-day town of Salem: its New England-style wooden houses, narrow streets, gothic churches and mental asylum for clues. Battle demonic spirits to save your soul and uncover the shocking revelations about who is responsible for your death.

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Wildstar

  • Platform: PC
  • Genre: MMORPG
  • Release Date: June 3, 2014

In WildStar, players are able to create a character that they can control through their playing session. These characters can move in an open, persistent world environment. Characters can level from 1 to 50. Gameplay mainly consists of quests, dungeons, and player versus player combat.

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Lifeless Planet

  • Platform: PC
  • Genre: Adventure, Indie
  • Release Date: June 6, 2014

Lifeless Planet was inspired by Cold War era science fiction stories, posing questions about humankind’s desire for space travel. What if you journeyed across the galaxy to another planet, only to find humans had already been there? What kind of person would sign up for a one-way mission, leaving behind planet Earth and everyone they’ve ever known and love… to go in search of an Earth-like planet?

Equipped with a limited-use jet-pack and a mobile robotic arm, the player must use wits and skill to solve puzzles, unravel the mystery, and survive the Lifeless Planet!

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Hyperdimension Neptunia Producing Perfection

  • Platform: PS Vita
  • Genre: Simulator
  • Release Date: June 6, 2014

The player takes on the role of the main character, who happens to fall into Gamindustri and is immediately hired by one of the four CPUs — Neptune, Noire, Blanc, and Vert — to be their producer and manage their idol careers. Get your training wheels on, ladies, because a new producer is in town and the fate of Gamindustri hangs in the balance! Will you be able to properly raise these CPUs into idols, or will their citizens be stolen away from them by the popular idol group MOB-48!? Teach these girls to sing, dance, and properly promote themselves to the general populace thanks in part to your expertise in training video game idols back on Earth. As the girls’ popularity rises, they will be able to join one another in singing duets, or maybe even come together for a full ensemble!

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Tomodachi Life

  • Platform: 3DS
  • Genre: Simulator
  • Release Date: June 6, 2014

For the first time ever, Mii characters behave based on the personality traits you select in Tomodachi LIfe, playing out the drama you set in motion. A celebrity might fall in love with your math teacher. Your mom might jump on stage to belt out heavy metal songs. Or you could become famous striking poses down the runway of a fashion show wearing cute and silly outfits. Best of all, you can document these unbelievable moments for posterity and share them all with your friends via the Nintendo 3DS Image Share service.

Mario Kart 8: First Impressions

PokemonYouTube and Megamanmushroom666 are only some of the users who were able to nab an advanced copy of Mario Kart 8 at SEARS this week. From their initial feedback, Nintendo’s highly anticipated flagship racing game seems to be worth the wait, featuring smooth graphics, very refined controls, balanced items, stutter-free gaming, and rewarding, skill-based gameplay.

On graphics:

Remember that demo you played on Gamestop? Well the game looks even better than that. It looks so much better on my TV.

Item balance:

And I love the item balance, whenever I am in first, second, or third I feel very safe. On the other hand when I’m behind the pack it is very hard to catch up. Previous games have had this backwards.

Online play:

I played online and I am pretty much the only American playing and boy it runs so smooth. I have not experienced any lag whatsoever and I had plenty of 10-12 player matches, the game plays like a dream.

Gameplay and skill:

In other words, in this game everything counts, it finally feels like you need skills more than anything. Hitting all those jumps, boosts (starting boost), hitting all those drifts, it all matters. There’s times I’m in first, I’m doing everything perfect and I can’t see anyone behind me, but then I’m drifting and accidentally hit the wall for a second and I feel the person right behind me. It feels amazing to hit and do everything perfectly.

Track design:

I’ve beaten the first two cups so far and some of the tracks are downright fantastic. Thwomp Ruins, Toad Harbour, Twisted Mansion and Shy Guy Falls were great.

With such positive feedback from early users, Mario Kart 8 seems to be a title that delivers on its promise. Get ready and set for the coming weekends Mario Kart 8 marathon!

Mario Kart 8 Spoilers found in leaked guide photos, shows simplified gameplay

Here are some interesting “enhanced” features of Mario Kart 8 found by WaLuigiTails in a paperback guide that was delivered to a nearby store. So, do you think Mario Kart becoming easier to play over the years?

  • CPU can never pick up triple red shells
  • Last place can not receive Lightning bolt
  • To get 3 star all you need is 60 points (1st place all races)
  • Unlocks are at 50 coins until 1000 points, after that it’s 100 per unlock
  • Grumble Volcano has a new shortcut after lap 3
  • You have to win a cup with each character for 30 stickers and beat 32 staff ghost for the other stickers. The other 28 are already earn by starting the game.
  • You can’t pull a star the first minute of battle unless you’re on frantic and have only one balloon

Here are the actual photos of the guide:

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This Week in Gaming: Anticipated Releases from May 25 to May 31, 2014

Here are all the games being released this week, broken down according to the Platforms, Release Date and Genre for each game as well as a brief description for anticipated releases.

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Watch Dogs

  • Platform: PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One
  • Genre: Action, Adventure
  • Release Date: May 27, 2014

You play as Aiden Pearce, a brilliant hacker and former thug, whose criminal past led to a violent family tragedy. Now on the hunt for those who hurt your family, you’ll be able to monitor and hack all who surround you by manipulating everything connected to the city’s network. Access omnipresent security cameras, download personal information to locate a target, control traffic lights and public transportation to stop the enemy…and more.

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ibb and obb

  • Platform: PC
  • Genre: Indie, Action, Adventure
  • Release Date: May 27, 2014

ibb & obb is a two player cooperative game set in a puzzle filled world where gravity goes both up and down. You can only succeed by working closely together. Find a friend for some true local co-op couch fun or match up online.

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Monster Monpiece

  • Platform: PS Vita
  • Genre: Card game
  • Release Date: May 27, 2014

Monster Monpiece is a card battle game where users collect virtual cards and use them to battle foes. Battles are turn-based and take place on a 7×3 grid in which cards can be placed. During a player’s turn, he or she can drag and drop monster girl cards onto the grid field to activate them. The game contains over 100 different cards divided into four types, and not all of them are “monsters”. The four types are melee, ranged, healer, and booster. The game utilizes an “extreme rub” system to seal cards: “Poking, rubbing, and touching” the Vita’s screen will bring up the sealing mascot and remove the character’s clothing in stages, “from thick clothes to lightly dressed to skimpy bathing suit.”

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Insanity’s Blade

  • Platform: PC
  • Genre: Arcade, Action, RPG, Platformer
  • Release Date: May 27, 2014

Take a father’s journey to hell in order to save the souls of his wife and child. Insanity’s Blade: The Chronicles of Thurstan is the first in a series of games based around the journey of a sword possessed by a fathers powerful grief and hatred. This first game is the tale of the swords creation.

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Europa Universalis IV: Wealth of Nations

  • Platform: PC
  • Genre: Real-time Strategy
  • Release Date: May 29, 2014

Prepare to be showered with gold and possible trade tariffs as Europa Universalis IV gets a ‘Wealth of Nations’ DLC expansion on 29 May. This is the second major expansion for EUIV after Conquest of Paradise and adds features to that most confusing of areas; trade.

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Mario Kart 8

  • Platform: WiiU
  • Genre: Racing
  • Release Date: May 30, 2014

The newest feature for the series is anti-gravitational segments that not only allow for more dynamic track design, but also for racers to drive across walls, ceilings, and other seemingly unusual places. When in anti-gravity, if a racer bumps into another racer, the kart spins rather than just bumping and both racers receive a speed boost. This technique is called “spin boosting”.

This Week in Gaming: Anticipated Releases from May 18 to May 24, 2014

Here are all the games being released this week, broken down according to the Platforms, Release Date and Genre for each game as well as a brief description for anticipated releases.

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Mugen Souls Z

  • Platform: PS3
  • Genre: Role-playing, Adventure
  • Release Date: May 20, 2014

Mugen Souls Z is a role-playing video game developed by Compile Heart and co-produced by GCREST as the second installment in the Mugen Souls series. It was released in Japan on April 25, 2013 for the and in Korea on October 16 2013 for Sony PlayStation 3. It is scheduled to release in the west on May 20, 2014 on the Playstation 3 as well the PlayStation Network. The game plays very similar to the previous title but with a lot of fixes and plays a lot faster. Though the original game was very hardcore and takes a long time to get the platinum trophy and is very difficult to learn, Mugen Souls Z adds in a lot more features for veterans of the previous game to take advantage of and shorten their time to power up and mechanics will not need to rely as much on luck.

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Transistor

  • Platform: PC, PS4
  • Genre: Action, Indie, RPG
  • Release Date: May 20, 2014

From the creators of Bastion, Transistor is a sci-fi themed action RPG that invites you to wield an extraordinary weapon of unknown origin as you fight through a stunning futuristic city. Transistor seamlessly integrates thoughtful strategic planning into a fast-paced action experience, melding responsive gameplay and rich atmospheric storytelling. During the course of the adventure, you will piece together the Transistor’s mysteries as you pursue its former owners.

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Wolfenstein: The New Order

  • Platform: PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One
  • Genre: Action
  • Release Date: May 20, 2014

Wolfenstein®: The New Order reignites the series that created the first-person shooter genre. Under development at Machine Games, a studio comprised of a seasoned group of developers recognized for their work creating story-driven games, Wolfenstein offers a deep game narrative packed with action, adventure and first-person combat.

Intense, cinematic and rendered in stunning detail with id® Software’s id Tech® 5 engine, Wolfenstein sends players across Europe on a personal mission to bring down the Nazi war machine. With the help of a small group of resistance fighters, infiltrate their most heavily guarded facilities, battle high-tech Nazi legions, and take control of super-weapons that have conquered the earth – and beyond.

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Drakengard 3

  • Platform: PS3
  • Genre:
  • Release Date: May 21, 2014

Drakengard 3 transports players to a medieval world where six goddess-like sisters known as “Intoners” have brought peace to the earth with their power to manipulate magic through song. Harmony is disrupted, however, when the eldest sister, Zero, attempts to murder her younger sisters with the help of her dragon companion, Mikhail. As the story progresses, players find themselves in a battle to unravel the mystery of Zero and learn her true intentions.

A prequel to the original Drakengard, Drakengard 3 features the series’ signature brand of action, pitting players against hordes of fiends and foes in remorseless hack-and-slash ground combat, and then sending them soaring for pitched aerial battles on the back of the dragon Mikhail.

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Tesla Effect: A Tex Murphy Adventure

  • Platform: PC
  • Genre: Adventure, Indie
  • Release Date: May 22, 2014

Tex Murphy wakes up – disoriented and head pounding – on the fire escape outside his office atop the Ritz Hotel. Another typical morning for the last of the old-school detectives. Except it isn’t. What starts out as the worst hangover in history becomes a baffling nightmare: something – or someone – has erased Tex’s memory of the past seven years. Motivated by lost love, revenge and the world’s strongest coffee blend, Tex must retrace his own steps into a maze of unsolved murders, hidden agendas and lost technologies of Nikola Tesla. Only by solving the mysteries of his past can Tex hope to regain his memory in time to restore what’s been lost…and stop a terrifying future.

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Euro Truck Simulator 2 Special Edition

  • Platform: PC
  • Genre: Simulator
  • Release Date: May 23, 2014

The critically acclaimed Euro Truck Simulator 2 is back, featuring a vast amount of additional content including the ‘Go East’ expansion but also several exclusive paint jobs for your trucks.

Explore Europe, completing a variety of haulage contracts to increase your finances to begin your very own trucking company. You’ll invest in new trucks, hire truckers and even have the option to free drive around Europe.

Featuring several officially licensed truck manufactures including SCANIA and DAF, this special edition also includes the 1.9.22 patch which improves many textures and adjustments to AI behavior.

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Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return

  • Platform: 3DS
  • Genre: Puzzles
  • Release Date: May 23, 2014

Oz is in Trouble again thanks to the evil Jester! A new villain named Jester showed up on the scene and started kidnapping a lot of the legends of Oz! Scarecrow, Lion and the Tin Man were all captured by his flying monkeys, and now they’re being held with others against their will! Dorothy needs to recruit some new companions to help her make it to the Emerald City. With exciting new lands of Oz to explore, you can help Dorothy and become a Legend of Oz!

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Yu-Gi-Oh! Millennium Duels

  • Platform: Xbox 360
  • Genre: TCG
  • Release Date: May 23, 2014

Duel with characters from all four Yu-Gi-Oh! animated series in the newest Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME on Xbox Live and PlayStation Network!

In Yu-Gi-Oh! Millennium Duels, players enter a Virtual Dueling System, an advanced program in which they battle against simulated Duelists in the animated series, from classic Yu-Gi-Oh! to Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL. Players can even unlock avatars from the animated series and take them online to battle other players in versus matches.

This Week in Gaming: Anticipated Releases from May 11 to May 17, 2014

Here are all the games being released this week, broken down according to the Platforms, Release Date and Genre for each game as well as a brief description for anticipated releases.

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The Last Tinker

  • Platform: PC
  • Genre: Action, Adventure, Indie
  • Release Date: May 12, 2014

The Last Tinker is a joyous platformer inspired by classics such as Jak and Daxter and Banjo Kazooie. Koru, a young boy from the slums of Colortown, must rise from his humble roots to tackle the Bleakness, a dark force intent on wiping out joy. Koru must use color and emotion to restore life to Colortown!

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Borderlands 2 (PS Vita)

  • Platform: PS Vita
  • Genre: Action, Adventure, Indie
  • Release Date: May 13, 2014

A new era of shoot and loot is about to begin. Play as one of four new vault hunters facing off against a massive new world of creatures, psychos and the evil mastermind, Handsome Jack. Make new friends, arm them with a bazillion weapons and fight alongside them in 4 player co-op on a relentless quest for revenge and redemption across the undiscovered and unpredictable living planet.

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Slender: The Arrival (Xbox 360 and PS3)

  • Platform: Xbox 360, PS3
  • Genre: Survival Horror
  • Release Date: May 14, 2014

Slender: The Arrival is the official re-imagining and expansion of the original game created by Mark Hadley, teamed up with the writers behind the Marble Hornets series and the development team at Blue Isle Studios. The Arrival features a brand new storyline, improved visuals, great replay value, and most importantly, survival horror at its best.

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BattleBlock Theater

  • Platform: PC
  • Genre: Casual, Action, Adventure, Indie
  • Release Date: May 15, 2014

Shipwrecked. Captured. Betrayed. Forced to perform for an audience of cats? Yes, all that and more when you unlock BattleBlock Theater! There’s no turning back once you’ve started on your quest to free over 300 of your imprisoned friends from evil technological cats. Immerse yourself in this mind bending tale of treachery as you use your arsenal of weapon-tools to battle your way through hundreds of levels in order to discover the puzzling truth behind BattleBlock Theater.

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Kirby: Triple Deluxe

  • Platform: 3DS
  • Genre: Casual, Action, Adventure
  • Release Date: May 16, 2014

Devour trees, obstacles, and huge chunks of stages with Kirby’s Hypernova ability and inhale enemies to copy epic new moves like Archer. It’s a grand new Kirby™ adventure PLUS a new multiplayer battle mode, Kirby Fighters!