Posted: June 24
There are other RTS games that are closer to my heart and that I've had more fun with, but I have to admit that this is probably the best RTS ever made, and still one of the best PvP RTS games to play in 2015 if you install the 3rd party FAF (Forged Alliance Forever) client (requires valid steam or cd copy).
Epic pretty much sums up this game, as you will be amazed by the great designs (looks better than not only all games from the same time period, but most RTS games that were released the next 10 years as well), massive battles, more than enough units and awesome hero (commander) mechanics that make this game playable in two or three completely different ways. The economy system is also slightly different than other games, and challenges you a lot more to play as well as you can, but is also very forgiving if you design it to be (with minimal economic loss).
As long as you play the tutorial it's not very hard getting into the basics of the game, but after a douzen games there might be some things you still haven't figured out and won't either for the next 100 games. Look around, try every button and you will find this game has a lot of good mechanics and features you don't see in a lot of games.
The game engine, however, is slightly limited and if you set the total unit cap too high in games with more than 3-4 players it will
slow down. 75%, 50% or even 20% game speed is common for games of decent size. There's fewer people who have an issue with this than people who don't, but it's worth keeping in mind when you buy the game. To play with 3000 units on the same map you will have to make compromises.
The story is great though, and combined with a multiplayer that will have you playing every map twice or more it would have been worth buying for many times more than what it costs on Steam on full price.
If you have ever enjoyed any
RTS game, you HAVE TO buy this game!