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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.

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imvix1958d ago (Edited 1958d 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.

Fred-G-Sanford1958d ago (Edited 1958d 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.

imvix1958d ago

Try Warcraft 3, its one game where the story alone will get you going.

zag1958d 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.

Xilef1958d 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

RAYMEISTER1958d ago

I agree, try company of heroes. There's a lot of stuff going on so it's actually fast pace.

bumnut1958d ago

@Zag

I think you mean Dune 2

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lastdual1958d 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.

OrganicMachine1958d 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..

ATiElite1958d ago (Edited 1958d ago )

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.

KeithWorth1958d 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.

Muckbeast1956d ago

Age of Empires 2: Age of Kings.

Still my all time favorite.