real-time strategy.

Faces of War

Faces of War
4

Faces of War is a blend of RTS action set in World War II with the fast-paced thrill found in games such as D-Day or Heroes. No coincidence, since this was a game developed by Best Way, the team behind the underrated Soldiers: Heroes of World War II. It retains a similarity in the way […]

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Earth 2160

Earth 2160
3.5

The little-known Earth series started its journey as an obscure, C&C strategy game among a sea of similar looking games – aka Earth 2140. Eventually it morphed into a more original sequel, Earth 2150, which presented a novel meta-campaign where three factions strived to fund their own space-faring project to escape a doomed Earth. Fast […]

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Battle Mages

Battle Mages
3

Battle Mages from Russian-based publisher Buka is the usual stew of strategy and role-playing that seemed so common after Warcraft III. There’s also a hint of Sacrifice and Rage of Mages thrown into the game. The main gist of it is a generic romp through a fantasy setting replete with monsters to kill, towns to […]

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Korea: Forgotten Conflict

Korea: Forgotten Conflict
2

The Korean Four left four million dead and a poverty-stricken, highly ideological totalitarian state which could conceivably be described as the last bastion of stalinism left on Earth. But the first confrontation in the Cold War also holds plenty of potential for gaming, both because it’s been ignored and because developers have capitalized all they […]

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Codename: Panzers – Phase Two

Codename: Panzers – Phase Two
4

Phasing out the old. Sort of. Codename Panzers was a well-executed, content-rich strategy title that got somewhat overrun in the tank-rush of major releases at the time. Its successor, Phase Two, presents different Anglo-American/German fronts in WWII as experienced by a cast of new characters, and promises to round out the package with even more […]

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Dark Colony: The Council Wars

Dark Colony: The Council Wars
2

Earth is hungry, cold, and cramped; its peoples need food, energy, and new frontiers. The Pleidans (called the Grays by Earthlings, and familiar to anyone hanging around Roswell 50 years ago), a race which apparently specializes in genetic manipulation, have troubles of their own; genetic experimentation gone awry apparently decimated their culture, and they’re struggling […]

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Chaos League

Chaos League
3

Chaos League is an odd mix of strategy and football set in a fantasy universe. The objective is simple – you need to get the ball in your opponent’s endzone. The method, however, will involve using your team members to inflict quite a bit of pain and suffering on the opposition. It’s blood football on […]

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The Lord of the Rings: War of the Ring

The Lord of the Rings: War of the Ring
4

Warcrafting a quality strategy game. While Lord of the Rings: War of the Ring does little to revolutionize the real-time strategy genre, it does serve Tolkien’s Middle-Earth admirably while letting you control the actions of the majority of its most storied denizens. Frodo, Gandalf, Aragorn, Gimli, Legolas, Saruman, Gollum — they’re all here at your […]

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Battle Realms: Winter of the Wolf

Battle Realms: Winter of the Wolf
3

The official Battle Realms expansion pack, Winter of the Wolf, is a bit on the skimpy side, weighing in at 11 brief missions, eight additional expansion units, and four new Zen Masters. Set seven years prior to the events in Battle Realms, Winter of the Wolf casts you as Grayback of the Wolf Clan, a […]

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Battle Realms

Battle Realms
3.5

At first, Battle Realms seems to have all of the ingredients of a true winner, including designers that previously worked at Westwood of Command and Conquer fame. Well, we can scratch the instant-classic status, because despite its best efforts to revolutionize the RTS genre, Battle Realms too often plays like every other RTS game on […]

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