Company of Heroes 2 – Forgotten Sacrifice Trailer

Recently a new trailer for Company of Heroes 2 was released. Throughout most of it we do not get to observe any in-game action. What we do get is some facts and numbers about the 2nd World War. At first the focus is on the Western Front, where we are told what were the losses for the Americans during D-Day and further. Then we are told of the Eastern Front, and how many more losses they suffered (half a million as opposed to 11 million troops and 15 million civilians). The morale of the trailer is that we should not forget about the sacrifice of those people, to stop the spread of the Axis forces east.

I might not be a qualified historian, but the way the Trailer is presented made it feel more like a Propaganda movie reel than an actual trailer. It is easy to forget about the reasons for such high losses (not all of them were a result of Nazi murder), the fanatical, often blind, devotion to the Soviet Union. I do not mean to make it sound in a negative way, but when I recall the facts that Stalingrad and Leningrad were not evacuated, so that the Red Army soldiers would fight for a “living city”, and not a dead one, speaks a bit of how the leaders viewed the populace.

I always admired the spirit of the Red Army, which in essence allowed them to prevail, but in military terms I could never agree to the usage of “Waves”, with troops who were ill equipped or poorly trained. The “mass”, which to me was the Red Army, was a powerful force, but it never had the quality of the German Army. Even during moments when the German Army was outmatched did it perform outstandingly.

It was Joseph Stalin who said “One death is a tragedy, a million is just a statistic.”. Holding that in mind, will we see, during the game, why the Soviet losses were so grave? Or will we be met with an over-glorified image of the Great Patriotic War? It is likely that on every single history lesson we will hear the same numbers over, and over again. What we will rarely hear is the full un-biased truth. Perhaps Video Games should try it?

Alex “WriterX” Bielski

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Student of Psychology, he was identified as a Nut-Job even before he started the course. Having done some small work as a Modder for a number of titles, and worked as a Game Designer part-time, Alex now writes in third person. As Co-Owner and Editor of AlterGamer.com he aims high, while being armed only with a sling. In the future, he hopes to become a fully qualified Newspaper Editor, and purchase Google.

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