Aug 18 2009
The second generation of real-time wargames has arrived. Dune 2, Command & Conquer & Warcraft have a lot to answer for. Red Alert was no more than C&C 1.5 and KKND just C&C retouched, Total Annihilation & Dark Reign are the ones to watch out for. Line of sight is the biggest plus in both these games, despite the arm’s length ‘features’ they both boast. Ambushes are what have been missing – secreting caches of troops and tanks behind hills and glades of trees and actually surprising your enemy could lead to a whole new wargame frenzy.
Total Annihilation is the next generation in real-time strategy gaming. Its technological and graphic advancements, including true 3D terrain and real-time 3D rendered units and buildings, make it the most challenging and visually stunning real-time combat game around.
Large and diverse maps transport players across radically different landscapes such as lava worlds, ice planets, desert valleys, artificial metal worlds, alien tundra, towering mountain peaks and vast, island-dotted oceans. Mega-maps for 32Mb and 64Mb users made of thousands of screens promise hours, even days, of multi-player campaigns and battles.
With true 3D weapon trajectories, holding ‘high ground’ isn’t just a saying. Lob shells over the side of the hill, and destroy defenceless attackers. Long range ‘Bertha’ cannons have the ability to bombard the enemy half-way across the world.Players can drive true 3D tanks up mountains, into valleys and even underwater. Units are made of hundreds of individually articulating parts. Cannons recoil and vehicles shake after each hit. Aircraft wings fold and unfold on take-off and landings. Because each vehicle is 3D rendered in real-time, aircraft can bank gracefully during turns while under-belly cannons rotate to track targets.
Extensive water units such as submarines, rocket boats, aircraft carriers and fast attack craft give Total Annihilation a whole new edge. Entire campaigns and battles can be mounted from the water. Amphibian tanks actually drive underwater, allowing players the opportunity to wait for the right moment to surface and attack. Aircraft may be deployed directly from carriers in order to attack enemy bases across the sea.
Total Annihilation brings new scope, depth and meaning to real-time war gaming. Prepare yourself.