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?
An old but still enjoyable and unique 3rd person RTS hybridLegolas_Katarn | Dec. 8, 2015 | See all Legolas_Katarn's reviews »
"In the year 2012 the Earth was hit by the last thing it was expecting, sanity." A mix between a 3rd person vehicle combat game and an RTS. You scavenge for parts then use them to build ground and air units that you can customize further with additional equipment, armor, etc. Once the vehicle is complete you can either control them yourself or have the AI do it, each craft is assigned one of ten AI profiles, each with a unique voice, lines, and things they are good at. You can monitor their health and they relay their situation to you. The plot and voice acting is entertaining, as is the chatter between the pilots, though they do tend to start talking over each other. Combat is pretty basic and the game and visuals are obviously dated but it is still fun and unique.
great gameblustar1 | Aug. 8, 2015 | See all blustar1's reviews »
this is a very good retro game. reasons i like this game are it has a good style of game play with you being able to control the units and have the real time game play as well. also the story is good for a real time action game. also the graphics are good for the game being 14 years old. the one thing i did not like about it was that it always inverts the y axis for me so i had to go change it to invert the y axis in the controls menu but that is more of a personal preference. so overall i give this game a 90/100 if you buy the game i hope you enjoy 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.