* BrokenBase: The British in ''Tales of Valor''. 'Roo rushes. Don't dare mention if they are overpowered on the Relic forums, because you ''will'' learn what it's like to be on the receiving end of a Firestorm barrage.
** The second game's... skewed ideas about how faction balancing should work. There was a string of patches where Soviet vehicles were vastly underpowered compared to German ones. It's gotten much better, and this includes the newly added American and Overkommando West factions.
*** Larger 3v3 and 4v4 game-modes versus the smaller ones. Players of the latter are likely to say the former are giant clusterfucks which completely devolve the game's strategy and flow and correspondingly are impossible to balance - it's not unlikely players' very different experiences of certain units stems from the game mode they frequent.
* CrowningMusicOfAwesome: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GgLjDnstvnY This alone deserves some mention]], though there is a lot of CrowningMusicOfAwesome to go around.
** Some of the soundtrack can be obtained [[http://store.steampowered.com/sub/1529/ here]].
** 2 also has some amazing music as well, special mentions must be made to its [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xJaA_Wb7da8 Main Theme]], which is just gorgeous.
** And continuing the Relic tradition of awesome themes for their games, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ILZWsVy6_LE&feature=youtube_gdata_player The theme of Western Front Armies expansion]], which is simply amazing, and very reminiscent of the older WWII games.
** For Allied players, Puma armored cars. The bastards are damned fast, virtually immune to small arms, and ''will'' kite your anti-tank infantry from beyond effective retaliation range with their 20mm cannon--and if you send M8 Greyhounds (the accepted counter) against them, they have the nasty tendency to pop in a 50mm gun to serve as tank destroyers on the cheap. The saving grace is that players who rush for a fast Puma generally can't get heavier tanks out very quickly; it also usually means that they've neglected their Tier-II units, particularly the heavy infantry and anti-tank guns.
** Anti-tank guns themselves count for anyone who tries a tank rush: it is incredibly frustrating to watch your expensive tanks get blasted apart at range by a cheap little 57mm/Pak 38. This is fully intentional, by the way: tanks ''need'' infantry to back them up and to clear AT nests. German players relying on either heavy tanks or a lot of tanks are especially crippled by AT guns, as they tend to not have much, if any, infantry due to how expensive their tanks are.
** Do you like tanks? Well, U.S. Rangers don't, and they're here to crush the hopes, dreams and fun of German players. What makes them so dangerous compared to Airborne is that they don't have to pay for their bazookas; instead, they come with the unit. They're also ''ridiculously'' cost-effective, and are capable of tearing through most infantry at close range if you upgrade them with [=SMGs=].
** Mines are, of course, invisible to your troops and require a minesweeper to detect and remove, which is pretty annoying as it is and likely to quickly induce paranoia. But it is when your enemy manages to place them with a machine-gun nest covering them in a chokepoint that you'll be ''really'' irritated by them.
* MostWonderfulSound: Your commander informing you that you're now able to use one of your later-game doctrine abilities after unlocking them.
** Your heavy tanks' commanders' voice lines tend to imply they enjoy the obvious power of being in one. That'll probably rub off on you as well.
** Hearing your troops report they've wiped out an enemy squad or destroyed a vehicle.
** Listening to your troops report they've got their ass-kicking weapon upgrade.
* ScrappyMechanic: The player's troops can be stupid when it comes to enemy vehicles, with a tendency to run up to the enemy vehicle and get themselves killed. Even if a soldier so much as touches the enemy tank there's a good chance they'll instantly be killed. Yes, this can include running into the side of a stationary vehicle. This can wipe out 4 or 5 men from a single squad in under a second. Worse yet, this seems to be highly inconsistent - at times, the men decide they like living and jump out of the way of enemy vehicles rolling by, other times they get effortlessly run over.
** Some players managed to get a head of it to weaponize the system - infantry jumping out of the way of the vehicle do so perpendicularly from where they predict the vehicle will run into them, allowing a sufficiently fast vehicle that can crush them which approaches them on an roughly 30-degree angle [[http://img692.imageshack.us/img692/6394/l46.gif to probably still flatten the infantry trying to move away from it]], or approaching the infantry [[http://cdn.makeagif.com/media/4-03-2015/nZX0Ei.gif while between them and terrain they can't go through]].