Company of Heroes
If there was ever any doubt as to what company is turning out the industry's most impressive real-time strategy titles, Company of Heroes just blew it away. The game's impressive 3-D graphics and fully destructible terrain are light years ahead of the competition. And the realistic ways in which your infantry squads react to enemy attacks will leave you wondering if they even need you to issue them orders.
Company of Heroes takes place during the Normandy landing and the ensuing push across France. Along with the infantrymen of the fictitious 'Bravo' Company, you often get to command an airborne company working deep behind enemy lines. True, each mission takes a long time to load, and the game has a few odd breaches of realism. But no other RTS has offered up such dynamic scenery. Artillery barrages blow craters in fields and roads that your infantry can later use as cover. All buildings can be entered and offer differing levels of protection depending on their structural integrity. Best of all, anything you'd like to blow up can be blown up.