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Submitted by DanielSpeaks 1280d ago | article

Just What is a Real-Time Strategy Game, Anyway?

You've probably heard the term before, but do you know what it means? Real-Time strategy games put a military world at your fingertips, and set you as the commander. How do you start? What do you need to know? This guide will introduce you to the Real-Time strategy game genre and the features that set it about from turn-based strategy games. (Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars, Command & Conquer: Generals, EA, PC, Supreme Commander 2)

imvix  +   1280d ago
I would strongly recommend people get Warcraft 3 if they havent played it already. its about 9 years old now, though still one of the best RTS games out there. The story is simply epic. If you like the medievil setting, warcraft 3 is a legend. Any laptop can play it today, since the game isnt demanding at all. Those thinking to get into RTS i would recommend they pick this up.

In case you are wondering about the MP, theres still about 50,000 - 100,000 people playing the game online depending on time, so MP is still very active. Also there are various mods available for the game to extend gameplay time even further.
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Fred-G-Sanford  +   1280d ago
RTS games are the one type of game that I really wish I could get into, but no matter how hard I try, I just can't.

I find them to be too slow and dull, but I know that there are a lot of highly rated RTS games out there, so I feel like I'm missing out.

Maybe someday I will learn to love them.

*Ok, thanks imvix, I will look into it.
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imvix  +   1280d ago
Try Warcraft 3, its one game where the story alone will get you going.
zag  +   1280d ago
The real first RTS is Dune made by Westwood.

Warcraft would have been made upon that engine and the whole C&C games are pretty much based off that 1 Dune game.

I see there's a new Dune mod out that expands the RTS game as well.
Xilef  +   1280d ago
You should try Company of heroes and Warhammer 40k Dawn of war series they are pretty damn good and aren't that slow paced
RAYMEISTER  +   1280d ago
I agree, try company of heroes. There's a lot of stuff going on so it's actually fast pace.
bumnut  +   1280d ago
@Zag

I think you mean Dune 2
lastdual  +   1280d ago
It's sad to think that there's a whole generation of people for whom WarCraft is known only as an MMO. WC2 & 3 are both classics, with WC2 in particular being the game that got me into the genre. Vintage Blizzard.
OrganicMachine  +   1280d ago
start with starcraft and move to Warcraft III then Play Command and Conquer games and then.. and then.. Total War games.. UUUggghh so fun..
ATiElite  +   1280d ago
Real Time Strategy lesson
Stonkers 1983 ZX Spectrum Home Computer was the first RTS made but it constantly crashed.

The Ancient Art of War 1984 Apple/DOS the first RTS that was fully playable.

Herzog Zwei 1989 Sega Genesis and Dune II 1992 DOS/Sega Genesis are two games that pretty much laid the format for the modern day RTS games.

Warcraft: Orcs & Humans 1994 MS-DOS MAC-OS, Most don't realize WOW started as a RTS with 4 games in the series before turning MMO

Total Annihilation 1997 PC/MAC and Starcraft 1998 PC Mac N64 became the two true benchmarks of RTS games from then on out.

Command & Conquer, Dawn of War, Company of Heroes, Total War, Age of empires, Rise of Nations are a few of the other highly acclaimed and successful titles in the genre.
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KeithWorth  +   1280d ago
Maybe I need to quit trying to get into to the strategy games through Turn Based, Warcraft sounds more fun than Civilization. Going to have to give RTS a try.
Muckbeast  +   1278d ago
Age of Empires 2: Age of Kings.

Still my all time favorite.

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