In the space of fifty years, Earth changed from a planet on cusp of a challenging future to a world a breath away from lifelessness and plunged into an apocalyptic time of ecological disaster, global warfare and the meltdown of human civilization. This is the time of the Maelstrom.Read full description
"KDV and Codemasters has a lot to be proud of in their latest creation, Maelstrom is a beautiful game filled with a lot of strategic talent and plenty of room for big pretty explosions, and squirtings of blood. If you love a royal RTS experience then grab Maelstrom and plunge in." - StrategyInformer.com
In the space of fifty years, Earth changed from a planet on cusp of a challenging future to a world a breath away from lifelessness and plunged into an apocalyptic time of ecological disaster, global warfare and the meltdown of human civilization. This is the time of the Maelstrom. In this ravaged world, the planet's dwindling resources have divided what remains of mankind in two: the urban freedom fighting 'Remnants' and the technologically advanced 'Ascension'. Now they must wage war against a new threat, the invasion of a savage alien race, the Hai-Genti, and each other in a desperate struggle for supremacy and survival. Through the game's missions, take command from different viewpoints and employ faction-specific tactics and weaponry to achieve your objectives. Complete with the ability to terraform landscapes and transform units, Maelstrom provides gamers with the power to harness the forces of nature in the most frantic, destructive, action-packed RTS game yet.
A stunning mix of action-packed RTS missions set in a totally destructible and immaculately realised environment.
A devastated future Earth becomes the battleground as a divided human race fights for survival against alien invaders.
Through the game, players control each of the game's three factions - the Remnants, Ascension and the alien Hai-Genti - each with unique identities, strengths and tactics.
Modify the terrain and use the elements as a strategic weapon. Create valleys, carve out lakes, freeze water, melt ice, create tornadoes and even control the wind.
Characters grow experience and level up with new abilities as you progress through the game.
© 2006 The Codemasters Software Company Limited. All rights reserved. 'Maelstrom'™ is a trademark of The Codemasters Software Company Limited. Developed by KD Vision Company Limited. Published by The Codemasters Software Company Limited ('Codemasters'). 'Codemasters'® is a registered trademark. Netcode by DemonWare. [Cover image of earth courtesy of NASA.]
When I first saw Maelstrom: The Battle For Earth Begins I thought it was going to be a boring and a dull game, but I was so wrong! The game has the looks of a completely mediocre RTS and neither the graphics nor the sound make a good first impression either. But the game is suprisingly good! You get to choose between three unique factions with different play style: The freedom fighting Remnants, technologically advanced Ascension and a savage alien race, the Hei-Genti. There are three basic resources: energy, mass, water. But the mass is different for every faction - DNA for Ascension, scrap for the Remnants and bio-mass for the Hei-Genti. A single-player campaign is pretty good and I enjoyed it. The best aspect of the campaign is that it gets better as it goes on and you'll never get bored of it. On top of all it is quite addictive and the overall experience is quite rich. The game has a very nice faciton balance and it's very fun to play once you get used to it. The voice acting is almost perfect and the campaign is top notch. However, the graphics are merely mediocre, animations are bad and multiplayer could be a whole lot better. But, yeah, I enjoyed the game and I think it's worth those 5 bucks I spent for it. If a sequel should come, I will definetly buy it.
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