Hostile Waters: Antaeus Rising
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"_This is a great mix of strategy and action and should keep most gamers well entertained. _" - IGN.com
"expertly combined new ideas in real-time strategy along with enjoyable action elements--a combination similar to that found in previous critically acclaimed games, such as Uprising and Battlezone." - Gamespot.com
In 2032 an Earth that knows only peace is forced to relearn the art of war.
Twenty years have passed since the population of Earth did a fine job of destroying nearly everything in one final struggle for power by the politicians and military leaders. Twenty years have been spent building a near Utopia, a society where currency and finance are irrelevant, a planet without hunger or poverty. All weapons have been destroyed to ensure peace. But hidden away in an archipelago in the Pacific Ocean, a cabal of old-world magnates: ex-leaders, financiers, politicians, and despots, are planning a return to the greed fueled, hate filled past. And there in no way to fight them. Except this one last remaining Adaptive Cruiser – The Antaeus.
Antaeus Rising combines explosive action with powerful real-time strategy. Take command of powerful aircraft carrier/manufacturing platform. Create military units with your carrier using the most advanced nano-technology known by the modern world and lead an army against the forces of the Old World Cabal. Plan your assault from within your carrier and than enter your units for some third-person mayhem! The fate of world is in your hands, are you able to hold it?
Timeless classicDemilisz | March 25, 2014 | See all Demilisz's reviews »
Anateus Rising is a RTS/action hybrid, where the player is controlling an carrier and completes missions to ultimately win the war. Only that carrier itself isn't doing much fight, relying instead on units he can produce almost on the fly. The player can at any time take control of a chosen vehicle and play like in third person action game, leaving other units to AI. Or he can use a command menu and play like in Real Time Strategy, ordering units around. Both ways are equally good as AI, while not the best out there, is descent enough to not frustrate player and making him jump like crazy from unit to unit. Graphics may not looks much right now, but gameplay makes for it and Anateus Rising is still enjoyable, despite it's age.
Wonderful RTS / action hybridCross_ | Feb. 5, 2014 | See all Cross_'s reviews »
Hostile Waters is my all-time favorite strategy game. For unknown reasons it never became a best-seller and quickly ended in bargain bins instead. As commander of your squad you can either assign AI pilots to your vehicles or take charge of the vehicles directly turning it into a third person shooter. The story is good and nicely captured in the missions (be sure to pay attention to the evolution of the enemy vehicles). Physics and graphics were good at the time but are now thoroughly dated.
Perfect example of "oldie, but goldie"Shav | Feb. 3, 2014 | See all Shav's reviews »
Buyers beware, this game is old, and it really looks like it was made 13 years ago. But trust me, this game is still LOADS of fun, even though the graphics are terrible nowadays. While it is a strategy at heart, it mixes different kinds of games, as you can manually control everything on the battlefield. However, what really makes the game such a gem is a command system - while you are piloting something, you can give orders to the rest of your troops. It is hard to explain, but you will get used to it very quick in-game.
Even now, Hostile Waters is one of the most innovative and unusual strategy games ever made. You just have to keep in mind that the game is old, and it aged pretty bad in terms of audio/video. If you can get past the graphics and sound you will be pleased.
It's not StarCraftsonicchaos | Feb. 2, 2014 | See all sonicchaos's reviews »
I remember this generic thing. The game was heavily inspired by Carrier Command and Battle Command, but it's so totally Ground Control. Basically there's some boring story set in "the future" about some alliance of dictators who plan to take over the world (OF COURSE! says Raul Julia as Bison... His last name was Julia, did you guys knew that?) by inventing an alien threat and thus receiving help in creating a bada** carrier with which they obviously turned and waged war against the whole world. They won, and after a bunch of years, the governments unite and plan a retaliation. You are the retaliation. Yes, you... the player. It's a strategy game. You must build all kinds of tanks and other vehicles in order to take over various islands until you win the game. That's it.
So, the game looks good, even after so many years, has a good presentation and a clean hud. I can't remember much about the sound, voices and stuff, unless I watch videos to remember and that would be like cheating. Overall, I'd rather get Ground Control over this, but as a score, it's still a 6 out of 10.