Company of Heroes, Opposing Fronts, and Tales of Valor FAQs, Guides, and Links
This is a collection of Frequently Asked Questions, Member-created Guides, and Useful Links for the Company of Heroes games. It is very much a work in progress and will be added to and changed over time as we find new interesting fun stuff.
Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions
This section provides the answers to some of the basic questions about the game.
1. What are the different game versions?
Q. I bought this awesome game called Company of Heroes and now I get here and people are talking about CoH, OF, TOV, vCOH, Opposing Fronts, Tales of Valor. What’s that all about?
A. There are three different versions of the game; the original Company of Heroes, Company of Heroes Opposing Fronts, and Company of Heroes Tales of Valor. COH is an abbreviation of Company of Heroes and is used when discussing things that aren’t specifically about one version. Original COH, sometimes called vanilla COH or vCOH, is the original game, released in 2006. Opposing Fronts, OF, is an expansion pack that was released in 2007. Tales of Valor, TOV, is an expansion pack that was released in 2009.
Q. Expansion pack? Does that mean I need to buy the original game or it won’t work?
A. No, not unless you want all of the armies, units, and single-player campaigns. Each version is playable on its own or in any combination of the three. You can play multi-player against people with different versions of the game as long as everybody in the game is at the same patch level (don’t worry, we’ll talk about patch levels later).
Q. What about these other things people talk about like the Gold edition and the Anthology?
A. They are different compilation packs that were sold at different times. The three most common are the Game Of The Year edition (GOTY), Gold edition, and the CoH Anthology. The GOTY edition came out first and contained the original CoH with some extra maps that came with a patch to the original game. The Gold edition contained both the original CoH and Opposing Fronts. The Anthology is the latest compilation on sale, and has all three versions of the game, CoH, Opposing Fronts, and Tales of Valor.
2. All these patches, I’m confused?
Q. I tried to start the game and it wants to download a patch. What’s that all about?
A. Welcome to the world of confusion that is CoH patches. Because Relic wants to allow everybody to play multiplayer regardless of which version of the game they own, they have released a whole lot of patches so everybody is at the same level.
Q. So why not just give us one big patch with everything in it?
A. That’s not as easy as it sounds. It’s because there are so many different versions of the game and they all start at different patch numbers. There is a sticky thread in the Technical Assistance forum that explains the different patches and where to find them.
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Some of our members have put a lot of time and effort into creating guides to different aspects of the game and have posted them on the forums to help others. We appreciate the time and hard work they put into the guides, but they do belong to the members who created them. Relicnews forum staff aren’t going to make changes to the guides, and we may not be able to answer questions about them. This section has links to forum threads about some of the guides we think are pretty cool and useful. If anybody has suggestions for other guides that deserve mention, please PM one of the CoH section moderators and we’ll look at them.
Here are the links we have so far, in no particular order:
LD's Guide to CoH for Dummies, created and owned by Lethal Dosage.
Company of Heroes Tales of Valor Information Guide, created and owned by YurdleTheTurtle.
Beginner's Guide to Company of Heroes, created and owned by YurdleTheTurtle.
Guide to CoH "Nuances": Those Small but Vital Details, created and owned by YurdleTheTurtle.
Funkwagen 'Vampire' Halftrack Guide, created and owned by YurdleTheTurtle.
How the U.S Riflemen Upgrades affect Veterancy Experience, created and owned by YurdleTheTurtle.
How the U.S M1A1C 76mm Sherman Upgrade works, created and owned by YurdleTheTurtle.
How the U.S 90mm Pershing HVAP Upgrade works, created and owned by YurdleTheTurtle.
How British Sapper Over Repair works, created and owned by YurdleTheTurtle.
How British Royal Commando's Ultra Decryption Doctrine perk works, created and owned by YurdleTheTurtle.
How the British Royal Canadian Artillery Barrage Recharge Reduction works, created and owned by YurdleTheTurtle.
How the Panzer Elite Schwimmwagen Type 166's Doctrinal Abilities work, created and owned by YurdleTheTurtle.
How Veterancy works - An Explanation of Veterancy Mechanics for all Factions, created and owned by YurdleTheTurtle.
The 'New to Company of Heroes'-Thread, created by Zwebbie. A little old, and only relates to the original CoH, but still useful.
How To Create Company of Heroes Replay Analyzer ID Lists, created by YurdleTheTurtle.
The Difference Between U.S and Wehrmacht Snipers and Sniper Rifles, created and owned by YurdleTheTurtle.
How Company of Heroes Mechanics/"Stats" Work, created and owned by YurdleTheTurtle.
Coh MP rank icons and names, created and owned by Jannev.
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This section has some links to other interesting websites and forums about Company of Heroes.
Company of Heroes official site
Opposing Fronts official site
Tales of Valor official site
Relic’s official CoH Forums
GameReplays CoH Portal
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