Gamereactor UK: "There's an issue in real-time strategy games: they aren't realistic.
Deploying your troops in the field, seeing them move forward and take down the enemy gives you the illusion of conducting a war, and for many players this is enough.
When you try Company of Heroes for the first time, however, you immediately realize that there are many elements that have been deliberately ignored by many strategy games of the past. No games like Company of Heroes manage to portray the battlefield so smartly, with the troops that seem to have their own intelligence, and that don't blindly follow what is imposed by the player. In other words, one has the feeling of giving orders, but it feels that the squads are composed of human beings, and that they aren't just puppets in the hands of the player."