"_The multiplayer matches are suitably intense, and the single-player campaign delivers everything in terms of both expectation and intention. _" - GamersHell.com
"it has amazing faction balance that include some awesome base building strategies and terrific tech tree" - IGN.com
After the destruction of the EARTH, the leaders of the Eurasian Dynasty escaped on board an evacuation fleet. Now they are fighting for the survival of the human species. Their base is one large building comprising of smaller variable parts. The Lunar Corporation is already on the red planet and has to fight to find a new base and home after the destruction of the Earth. LC buildings are built one on top of the other, similar to a skyscraper, but with one big difference. They have the ability to defy all the laws of gravity to move quickly to a new location. UCS (United Civilized States) - these machines evolved from the UCS battle machines. During the long flight to Mars, the computer decided to kill all human survivors and then initiated a plan to conquer the Solar system with its own mechanical army. Aliens - alien renegades were imprisoned a long ago, deep in the unknown history of Mars. In 2160 landing UCS ships awoke them from their deanimation....
A whole new dimension will be added to the game by using virtual agents. Agents are freelancers available for hire who help a player during the game. Each agent has different abilities (they can help with research, unit commands, increasing mining efficiency, spying out enemies, stealing technology etc.) Agents can be hired and fired during the game. Hiring agents is done during an auction where different players can make their bids for the agent. This creates an opportunity to economically defeat an opponent by raising the price of the agent he wants to hire. Each agent remembers his old contracts with the player. The History of old contracts has a strong influence on the price of the agent. A player has to take care of his hired agents otherwise they may not want to work for him in the future. Agents also have relationships between each other. They can like, dislike, love or hate other agents. Those relationships also have influence on the price of a contract with an agent.
* Features *
- 4 playable parties with different basic technologies and abilities
- Each party consists of more than 13 basic buildings and more than 13 basic units
- Various enemy races, special units and NPCs
- 4 single player campaigns, each with 7 missions
- Skirmish mode with 10 maps
- 4 Multiplayer modes with 10 maps
- Realistic, formable multiple textured terrain
- All cut scenes are displayed by the game engine and rendered in real time
- 12 virtual agents with special abilities
- Multiplayer matches for up to 8 players per match
- E2160 World editor as an external program
- Per Pixel Shader 1.0, 1.2, 2.0 and 3.0 native support
- EarthC (programming language) SDK for Mod teams
- Full Unicode support
- Rich musical score consists of 29 dynamically varying tracks
A decent part of RTS gaming historyAkiMatti | Oct. 11, 2013 | See all AkiMatti's reviews »
Since you're already reading reviews for a RTS game, I assume the genre is already familiar to you and I don't have to explain everything from the beginning.
So, why would you get this game instead of, say, some game from the Total War series? Honestly, I cannot say there is such a reason. There are far better games out there in this genre. The graphics might have been good for its time but since it heavily relies on polygons instead of art direction, it looks mighty ugly nowadays. The battles work as well as you could expect, but there is nothing special in them. All in all, the game does everything decently.
But should you get an average game these days? I suggest Total Annihilation series, for example Kingdoms, if you want an older RTS game, or Supreme Commander. Also about any game from the Total War series gives more to the player than this. Time has moved forwards past this game. It can still entertain, of course, but like I said, there are other options.
An average RTS. Far better options exist. Play them instead.BubbaSquare | Sept. 28, 2013 | See all BubbaSquare's reviews »
The game does what it's meant to okay (being an RTS game), but there are far better options out there. The graphics have not aged well at all, and gameplay feels clunky and unresponsive. Using units don't feel as great to use. A plus is the map editor, but I found it somewhat difficult to use. If you're looking for RTS games, I highly recommend the ever-so-fun Total War games, which range from the cheaper Rome: Total War to the more expensive, yet awesome Total War: Shogun 2
Some new thingsbala1201 | Sept. 11, 2013 | See all bala1201's reviews »
Since I got this game as a gift I don't want to complain about it too much. My main problems are: too short campaigns, few maps. Well, they include a map editor, but who has got time for that? all together it is a good game, old school strategy.
Got this game free, not the best but worth to playimjpwutup | Sept. 5, 2013 | See all imjpwutup's reviews »
Great RTS game with lots of customize features and heros. This game is definitely worth the try if you're willing to overlook the outdated graphics.
Worth a playtaytothief | Aug. 26, 2013 | See all taytothief's reviews »
Decent RTS. I think I picked this up for free here, so I'm certainly not complaining. It's a nice old school space RTS.