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Someone reccommend me an RTS...

Discussion in 'PC Games' started by cleanbluesky, 9 Mar 2006.

  1. cleanbluesky


    Joined: 2 Nov 2004

    Posts: 24,654

    I'm bored. I want something that I can play now and then in short bursts and is challenging and interesting...

    I don't have massive amounts of spare time but I do find the occaisional game relaxing... I have always had a soft spot for RTS and my favourite game must be Starcraft so get suggesting...
  2. Ugley_Matt

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    Joined: 8 Jul 2005

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    Rome Total War?
  3. cleanbluesky


    Joined: 2 Nov 2004

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    Maybe - what are the advantages?
  4. Vonhelmet


    Joined: 28 Jun 2005

    Posts: 48,107

    Location: On the hoods

    Z: Steel Soldiers.

    I'm forever recommending this. I like it, if only because the resource dynamic is different to most RTS. Instead of mining or collecting resources, you capture land. More land => more cash.

    It also means that the games turn out a bit quicker, as once the tide turns you can push down quite hard on the enemy.
  5. Sinque


    Joined: 5 Aug 2004

    Posts: 7,385

    Location: North East England

    WH40k: Dawn of War /and Winter Assault
    LOTR:Battle For Middle Earth 2
  6. Ren.182


    Joined: 2 Mar 2006

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    Location: Birmingham, England

    Age of Empires 3
    Black & Whte 2.

  7. Ja (:


    Joined: 8 Mar 2006

    Posts: 434

    Location: Birmingham o:

  8. Spacky


    Joined: 4 Jul 2005

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    Location: Cardiff, UK

    Any of the Total War series.

    Medieval + Viking addon
    Rome + realism mod
  9. atpbx


    Joined: 21 Oct 2002

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    Its perhaps the only RTS worth bothering with, as, i have found anyway, the competition is very shallow.
  10. B&W


    Joined: 3 Oct 2003

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    Location: Birmingham

    c&c generals
  11. MiGSY


    Joined: 19 Aug 2004

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    Location: UK



    *Shoots himself*
  12. Yewen


    Joined: 9 Nov 2003

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    Location: Leeds

    I would join you if I had not just got hooked to BF2.

    Rome Total War is a great game, not *that* pick up and play though sometimes.
  13. Cueball

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 24 Sep 2005

    Posts: 1,395

    Command & Conquer Red Alert.

    Accept no subsitutes.
  14. Inquisitor


    Joined: 12 Apr 2004

    Posts: 11,788

    Location: Birmingham

    Pfft. PFFFFFFT!!
    TA > RA.

    But yes, I'd agree with Rome: Total War. It has fantastic replay value (due to there being no pre-made campaign, and no plot).

    Basically It's a combination of RTS and TBS; the TBS element manifests itself in the campaign map, where you oversee your whole empire (the map spans from Britain down to the Northern coast of Africa, and from Portugal, to Israel), governing your cities, finances, moving armies around regions etc.

    The RTS element happens when one of your armies encounters an enemy's army. The screen goes from the Campaign map to the battlemap (the map you fight on is relative to where your army was on the campaign map, so if your army was next to a river, you'll be fighting next to a river in the battle map). From here you can control your army's individual units (a unit typically consisting of about 70 men, depending on its type), put them in formations etc. Battles can get pretty big sometimes, I've had battles of 2000+ men :)
  15. locutus12


    Joined: 11 Mar 2004

    Posts: 5,897

    no substitutes eh???

    there has only ever been 1 truly brilliant and properly balanced RTS, and in an RTS, balance is all important. its been rated the best RTS of all time and is still played by many people online today, and quitehonestly im ashamed of you all for not even mentioning it.

    It is of course... Total Annihilation.

    also the spiritual successor to this 1997 game comes out in january 2007 "supreme Commander"

    the graphics although not shiny are still entertaining, get the expansion packs (which are free, i can get you them) and your in for a hell of alot of fun. hell you can even play me if you think your good enough :p

    i used to play on an online system called boneyards, on which the 2 sides of the game (the ARM and the CORE) would go at it for control of a system of planets, with its own ranking system to boot. my name was Morpheus82 and i was a Core Commander.

    10 years ive been playing this game, these days primarily with the TAUIP expansion (also free) ive got just about every RTS game thats ever come out as im RTS nutts, but nothings ever entertained me as much as Total Annihilation, its the only one that never gets put back on the shelf as my friends and i are always playing it :)

    so, you want to start playing RTS ? then start with the best, the rest are all just hollow shells with flashy graphics.

    just wait till you lock on with a few long range cannons and a couple of hundred bombers, tomcats and Hawk fighters :) youl never go back...
  16. Inquisitor


    Joined: 12 Apr 2004

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    Location: Birmingham


    But yes, I agree, TA is without a doubt one of the finest RTSs ever created :)
  17. Scrutinize


    Joined: 4 Apr 2003

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    By the C&C pack with all the titles. That way you have casual RTS gaming with imo some of the best games ever for months to come.
  18. Parmesan

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    Location: Next to the ketchup...

    Take a look at Warhammer 40,000 DoW and the expansion Winter Assualt, you wont be dissapointed with that, and check out ground control 2, brilliant game on multiplayer, Screenshots of me and gord playing.
  19. Defcon5


    Joined: 4 Sep 2005

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    Location: Whitwood, West Yorks

    iv gotta say i love the sudden strike games

    SS3 coming out in july!
  20. Hostile_18


    Joined: 1 Sep 2003

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    Location: Redcar

    Age of Empires 3 vote from me as well.

    Simple to get into but massive fun, especially online.