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Submitted by Geinsar 1497d ago | opinion piece

Feature: The demise of the RTS

It’s sad to see something you’ve grown up with and loved slowly vanish into obscurity. It’s worse seeing it replaced with hideous glistening monstrosities, squatting immovably in its place like a giant plastic turd, grinning smugly at you.

I’m referring (of course) to the demise of Real Time Strategy games, or at least how they were in their old form. The glory days of watching your harvester dump 700 credits of Tiberium into your silos, just 100 away from your next Medium Tank; the days of sending units to mend your buildings which were burning forever because some blocky men had hit them repeatedly with a sword; strange, nonsensical research trees and dodgy path finding which would cause your entire attack force to get stuck in odd bends. Those were the days… right? ( Warzone 2100, PC, Supreme Commander 2, Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War 2)

Letros  +   1497d ago
This article has one major flaw, Dawn of War 2 is one of the most innovative RTS games to hit the market in recent years, it's as far from a C&C clone as you get.

I understand what he is getting at by them becoming more of the same, but it's a very old genre, look what's happened to FPSs...

There's still some innovation left in RTS, End of Nations will attempt the MMORTS, Natural Selection II will get FPS/RTS done right.

It's not down and out just yet.
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Geinsar  +   1497d ago
I like to compare DoW2 to the original and then to Company of Heroes. It feels as though Relic had decided to save money and just put DoW into the ready and waiting CoH engine. I'm a huge fan of both franchises but expected DoW2 to be different to what we got. Still, I'm looking forward to Retribution immensely.

I think the comparison between DoW and C&C was that in both you can generally just select all troops and attack without much need for strategy.

Is Natural Selection anything like Savage?
Letros  +   1497d ago
Its somewhat similar in the sense of a commander and FPS players, although heavily closed quarter, Marines vs. Aliens type, environmental effects are huge. Here's a vid.

http://www.youtube.com/watc...

Nuclear Dawn is another FPS/RTS coming out that looks interesting.

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