Company of Heroes 3's tactical pause lets you snatch control of the battlefield

Boot Camp

Company of Heroes 3 HQ

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We’ve partnered up with Sega to create Boot Camp, a series of articles and videos that showcase the new features and tactical considerations of Company of Heroes 3.

Ever had an argument and only realised what you should have said five minutes after you stormed out of the room, kicked over a chair, and broke your toe in the process? If only you could have paused time in the heat of the moment, and thought about what you actually wanted to say, rather than the garbled nonsense that emerged from your mouth because your brain seized up like a Panzer tank in a Saharan sandstorm.

In reality, pesky physics prevents such handy temporal interludes. But in Company of Heroes 3, time is much more accommodating. The latest entry in Relic’s World War II strategy series adds a new feature called ‘tactical pause’. When playing any of the game’s single-player battles, a quick tap of the spacebar will instantly freeze the action, letting you survey the battlefield, issue new orders, and plan your next move.

It’s a simple but incredibly useful feature, with a surprisingly wide array of applications. Here are four ways tactical pause can help give you the upper hand in Company of Heroes 3.

Soldiers huddled around an artillery cannon.

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