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Gameplay 8.7
Graphics 8.9
Sound 8.9
Value 8.8
Developer: THQ
Review Date:
February 2007
Reviewer:
John Sudukis
Classification: M15+

8.8


Supreme Commander

The creators behind the immensely popular Total Annihilation series have returned in another blockbuster epic entitled Supreme Commander. The story is set in the distant future where mankind has colonized the final frontier that modestly begun in the year 2009 with the game being set in 3844.

As mankind continued to conquer space, a division soon occurred within its ranks with the United Earth Federation vowing to end the war and bring peace to the colonized worlds. Unfortunately the United Earth Federation has two threats that stand in the way, the Aeon Illuminate Order which uses advanced philosophy and the technology of an extinct alien race and the Symbionts which have gathered together the universe's top minds to end the war with their own methods based on their intellectual abilities. With three factions at war, the choice is simple... end the 1000 year long war in your faction's honor and name.

Before starting the title, the player chooses the faction of choice as they must use their wits, strategy and guile to move through the ranks of their army from lowly lieutenant to their nations overseer. Fortunately, the game does not throw the gamer into the battle without teaching them a few things about the gameplay and only increases your maps once you have completed your set missions and objectives. As with all good real-time strategy games, Supreme Commander has the player fighting for supremacy over two resources that include mass and energy which are used in conjunction to create your army. 

The combat of Supreme Commander is amazing and the battles are gigantic with each player having up to 1000 units to control, through land, air and sea. The key to Supreme Commander is to watch all your various units cohesively to ensure that your defenses and offences are equally matched because the AI of the title is rather adept, depending on what difficulty you play... or, on which side you choose, each faction has their own strengths and weaknesses that offers the player a variety of missions and objectives with each mission lasting around three to five hours to complete, giving between 20 - 40 hours of gameplay.

Apart from the in-depth single player mode, Supreme Commander also offers a great multiplayer options which allows up to 8 opponents, whether through a local LAN or via the internet.

Graphically, Supreme Commander is a visual treat on the PC that have some amazing background environments and character designs. The developers have done a great job at recreating this futuristic universe from industrial feel of United Earth Federation to the alien technology of the Aeon Illuminate Order.

There are also a variety of special effects in the title that merge perfectly with the gameplay and of course a wide gamut of weaponry. Another nifty feature is the zoom level of the game, whether it's close to battle or from the view of an eagle or the secret weapon in the game that really puts nuclear explosions to shame. The graphics are brilliant!

The game also contains a futuristic Hollywood style sounding soundtrack and a variety of futuristic sound effects that enhance the enjoyment of the title. From the huge sounds of explosions to the sounds of lasers frying through the midmorning sky... great stuff!

In conclusion, Supreme Commander is easily at the present one of the best real-time strategy games on the market that features extraordinary gameplay, brilliant graphics and a battle between good versus evil. It's the Hollywood blockbuster RTS on the PC and recommended to all RTS fans. Get it while it's hot!

 






 
 



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