I think this thread has gone about of topic to be honest folks but in answer to your posts.....
I never bought or played the orginal releases so more than likely I'm getting more enjoyment out of it than some of you veterans. However points in its favour....
1. It's free. You don't pay a cent or a penny for it. For that you get the orginal Company of heros online campaign and multiplayer support.
The game is on open beta right now so micro transactions aren't yet in but you don't actually need to pay any money at all to play.
By playing your company commander gets xp in the form of support points and also unlocks items. If you win a match you get more. You also get support points and unlocks by playing the single player american Normandy campaign, the tutorials, the computer AI in practice games and in pvp.
For me I've enjoyed lvling my commnader, I've been learning the pros and cons of the game and have enjoyed the multiplayer fights. Some mind call in a bit of a grind but then so is WOW. If you enjoy player v player its fine. Certinally more fun and cheaper for me then spending £29.99 to by The Dawn of war expansion on Steam.
When the game goes live you will be able to pay real money for support points and unlocks if you choose. In my experience so far playing someone with unlocks you don't have isn't game breaking. If they are a worse commander than you chances are you will still win. The chance to get a new shiny toy every few battles is still kind of addictive in a RTS, and though not a fan of grind in mmos I can enjoy it in a free game for a few hours every week.
I know the series is a few years old now but it still looks good on my Rigg in 3D. Most RTS games have limitations, like most games you need to work out the do's and don't to win. To be honest for a free game that has been called the best in the genre in the past I can't see it being anything other than a great deal. If it attracts more players to it and provides more pvp oppenants that must be a good thing right?
Any one wanting to form a PC gamer team the offer still stands!