Following the console release by only about three and a half years, this snappy PC release will probably struggle to get noticed. Before we played it on consoles, we were led to believe that this was an action game, even the demo said so. Unfortunately, this is actually a piss-poor strategy game. However, the heavy metal soundtrack is outstanding. Any metal head will love the cameos and the visual design of the game that pays homage to the fantasy-style album covers of yesteryear. I've rarely wanted (but ultimately failed) to enjoy a game as much as this one, but still find myself telling people to give it a go. Brutal Legend is out on the 26th February.
Thanks to gamestraderjames at HotUkDeals.
Bohemia Interactive have released a new trailer for strategy/action hybrid Carrier Command: Gaea Mission that shows off its varied gameplay elements in action. Captaining a hulking vehicle carrier on the high seas, players will be able to take direct control over both aerial and ground units or command them using traditional RTS mechanics. You can read more in our Carrier Command: Gaea Mission hands-on preview.
It's out on September 28th for PC and Xbox 360.Click here to read more...
I shouldn't really have to tell you about Black & White 2, but I'm going to anyway! Once you've picked a creature to represent you, it's time to drum up some people to worship you. Looking after your followers can be rewarding, however playing as an evil deity is definitely more fun. If you're not avoiding Game like the plague at the moment then you can get hold of this one for £4.99, which should save you almost £4 on then next best offer coming in from Cool Shop UK. Thanks to ChuckNorris @ HUKD.
Stormrise isn't the greatest RTS to ever hit our shelves. Far from it, in fact. It's pretty ugly, not particularly polished, and sags under the weight of too much ambition and not enough talent. That said, for just £1.79 you can nab it off Bee. Simply input the code CHESTER at checkout, and marvel as the price drops to lower than a pint of milk - at least from my local shop, where costs have skyrocketed recently!
A big thanks to mrzootsuit over at HUKD!
Paradox Interactive, premier publishers of historical strategy sims, have announced a new title in their King Arthur series. Fallen Champions will bridge the gap between the original game and its upcoming sequel - and naturally provide a lot more tactical medieval battling with RPG elements. Full details after the break.Click here for the full story >>
It's possible that this one didn't make a blip on your radar when it first came out, but it's definitely worth taking a look at! There are quite a few elements at play in Valkyria Chronicles, you'll get a dash of real time strategy, a splash of third person shooter, and a dollop of turn based combat, the important thing to remember though is that the game knits all these aspects together quite nicely. HMV are parting with copies of the game for £6.99, which is a saving of about £8 on the next best offer. Thanks to Iain123 @ HUKD.
A lot of people overlooked Valkyria Chronicles when it first came out and, if you were one of them, you can now get yourself a pretty good deal by picking it up for a couple of pounds cheaper than the next best offer with the help of the money saving voucher code listed above. The game's a bit of a Frankenstein's monster sowing together real time strategy, turn based combat, and third person shooter components, which it does extremely well whilst also being a joy to look at. Thanks to bobcsg @ HUKD.
Halo Wars was a bold attempt to translate a genre predominant on PC to consoles, with capable RTS outfit Ensemble Studios at the helm. The result, however, wasn't quite as triumphant as fans might've expected, and was a large factor in Ensemble's closure. But it's still a pretty damn good game with some cracking FMVs, and you can nab it all for just £5.99 off Sainsburys Entertainment, saving you about two quid.
I wish I could tell you Company of Heroes is a tense, tactical RTS affair with sublime controls, fantastic resource management and cracking visuals. I wish I could tell you that and actually mean it. But I can't. Allow me to explain; I was born with a brain some might describe as 'limited', and burdened with a PC others might dub 'ancient'. As such, THQ's 94% rated RTS epic is too much for me. However, if you're not mentally limited or have a PC that can barely run screen-savers, you might like Gamers Gate's offer for Company of Heroes. £1.99, saving you just under two quid.
If you're registered on Steam and love a bit of historical re-enactment on a grand scale, then this deal is for you. For just £4.99 at Green Man Gaming, you can nab a Steamworks copy of Napoleon: Total War. Chronicling the legendary figure's life, you can either opt to play as Napoleon or rally against him, with the story taking place across two decades and multiple countries.
This generation, we saw a renewed effort from traditionally PC-centric developers like Creative Assemble and - may they never be forgotten - Ensemble Studios in bringing true RTS experiences to consoles. It's a difficult and unenviable task, translating the dozens of button prompts and mouse-clicks possible on a personal computer set-up to the ten or so options available on your standard controller. One such attempt was Stormrise, and while it was kind of ugly, not very balanced or elegant, it was daring and ambitious. And it's only £2.65 now, so even if it isn't amazing it's at least worth a few quid!
Set in the future after an experiment causes the Earth's climate to almost completely collapse, a number of factions battle it out across America in order to get hold of weapons that can control destructive weather conditions such as torrential rain, hurricans, and earthquakes. Seeing as this is an RTS, you'll be commanding legions of troops instead of heroically charging into the fray first person shooter style, so you'll have to stay on your toes to successfully co-ordinate your men and keep them alive when your enemies turn the environment against you.
I'd love to be an RTS fan. I can just about manage the simplified nature of Halo Wars, and even then my diminished mental capacity is on overdrive. So, as you can imagine, the celebrated Total War series frightens me. However, if you can muster and command armies and micromanage resources and capital, you might be interested in Zavvi's pre-order deal for the Limited Edition version of Total War: Shogun 2. Returning to the compelling era of 16th century feudal Japan, a nation divided by power-hungry despots, you assume the role of an upstart warlord seeking to claim the country for his own.
If swiping and jabbing your Playstation Move wand around like a mad conductor composing the ballet of war, then this deal my interest you. RUSE, Ubisoft's ambitious RTS, is now available for just £17.99 at Play, and it's compatible with the PS Move, too. I haven't played RUSE yet, so I can't pass judgment on it, but I did keep an eye on its progress, pitched as an RTS where you could trick your opponents into making moves or encroaching on booby-trapped territory, hence the title. I especially love the fact that if you pull the camera back far enough, you reveal the gameworld to simply be a holographic display table, housed in a war-room churning with stony-faced individuals.
Hello, strategy fans. Look at the price, and then the comparison. Now back to the price. Now back to the comparison. No, your eyes are not fooling you, today’s deal of the day on GfW Marketplace really is Age of Empires III and both of its expansion packs for just 10p. Fans of the series will know exactly what they’re getting into with this purchase, but for the uninitiated Age of Empires is a RTS in which you build up a small town, progress through the different ages which grant you better technologies, and then crush your enemies. It’s a well-polished and thoroughly enjoyable game, and while this deal is most likely a ploy to get you to install GfW on your PC just remember; you’re getting this game for 10p. Thanks to VashTheStampede @ HUKD!
Prepare for Zerg rushes and Battlecruisers overhead once again as Blizzard’s beloved franchise returns. Continuing from the original game and its expansions you take control as Jim Jaynor, a human outlaw with a love for whiskey, as he tries to bring down the corrupt Terran Dominion he unwittingly helped into power. Through 26 missions you build bases, gather your resources, and order units to crush your enemies. Add to this a wonderful voice-cast, a gripping story, and hint of Firefly and you’ve got yourself one of the best PC games in years. While it was released at a debatable £40 price point this deal will return it back in line with the ‘normal’ price of other PC titles so it’s definitely worth a look if you’ve been waiting.
Personally, I'm not fond of Halo Wars for a number of reasons. One, for being the first truly mediocre Halo title, and two, for resulting in the loss of one of the finest RTS developers, Ensemble Studios. However, if you're less irked by all this, then why not pick up Ensemble's last effort from LoveFilm, available for just £6.93.
Averaging an 82 on MetaCritic, Halo Wars impressed critics with its streamlined RTS controls and accessibility. Personally, I was severely underwhelmed by the game. It's supposed to be a Real Time Strategy game, emphasis on strategy. And yet, for some reason, Ensemble decided to funnel entire armies through gauntlets of Covenant-overrun environments. You can't mine resources, or plan well-coordinated assaults. It is, essentially, a Halo game from an RTS perspective, instead of an RTS from a Halo perspective. And yes, I'm aware how backwards that sounds!
Set in the first years of the human-Covenant war, Halo Wars tells the story of one ship, the Spirit of Fire, and its crew of pilots, soldiers, scientists and, yes, Spartans. Following a Covenant attack on the planet Harvest, the Spirit of Fire and a Covenant fleet stumble on a Forerunner Shield-World, where the elusive architects stored an army of Dreadnoughts, ships with nigh-unstoppable power. The Spirit of Fire crew realise the Covenant seek to claim the Dreadnought fleet for their own, and know if they don't stop them, the Covenant will win the war.
It's an interesting story, although yet another reminder of how branching out series often results in a dilution of the original canon. Finding the Halo ring in the first game was supposed to be a seminal moment in Halo history, and yet now we find out the UNSC and the Covenant have already set foot on Forerunner land.
Gas Powered Games have done a good job of producing a sequel to their Supreme Commander that improves upon the console version of the original in almost every way.
Supreme Commander 2 is currently on sale for £12.95 at Zavvi, the cheapest I have ever seen it and £2 down from the next best price of £14.95 from My Memory.
The console version of the original Supreme Commander was a buggy mess with a very poorly performing engine and anything but a joy to play. Thankfully the developers have clearly learned from their mistake and this follow up instalment has all but eliminated these issues.
Graphically the game is lacking; the textures are muddy and the overall look is bland and low in colour or detail but at least they run a damn sight more smoothly than those found in the original Supreme Commander. The sound is similarly uninspiring and sometimes downright awful, with audio that can actually at times be very uncomfortable to listen to and voice acting which is stilted and monotonous. However, other than some dodgy enemy AI, there is very little else to complain about. The game runs wonderfully smoothly and is, by and large, a joy to play. The campaign is tightly paced and keeps you gripped throughout.
If by some miracle you enjoyed the first game that you probably adore this one, thanks to all its tweaking. Everyone else may well find that they have a great time with this rts which does an excellent job of balancing challenge with accessibility.
Thanks to taswir1 at Hotukdeals.
It's nice to start the week with a genuinely good deal. Halo Wars is a solid RTS that manages to translate the complex layout of a predominantly keyboard-centric genre onto a console controller. If you're a fan of Halo or the RTS genre, or simply fancy something new, then why not pick up Halo Wars from ShopTo? It's only £7.85!
Averaging a respectable 82 on MetaCritic, Halo Wars didn't share the same commercial or critic success as its FPS siblings, but did impress fans of both the series and the genre with its ability to map complex tasks to a single button-prompt. This is the cheapest deal around at the moment, and at under a tenner with free delivery, it's a nice piece of filler before the summer, and gives you time to brush up on Halo lore before Reach drops.
Set before Master Chief or the Halo rings had been discovered, Halo Wars puts you in control of an entire UNSC army as they face off against the nascent threat of the Covenant. In order to fit the complex genre on a home console, developers Ensemble Studios, of Age of Empires fame, have streamlines the RTS approach, with minimal resource gathering and order stacking. You'll push forward into new territory, as the clock steadily clicks towards your next reload of troops, ammo, vehicles and base upgrades.
Halo Wars succeeds on a number of fronts. One, it perfectly translates the Halo aesthetic to a different perspective, such as the trademark colour-palette, the Grunt squeals and Elite roars, and, of course, the shuddering chassis of the Warthog as it bounds across the terrain. It also manages to make the usually complex task of managing multiple squads and keeping an eye on resources extremely simple and accessible, with one button able to swiftly switch from base to base, squad to squad, and another single button able to perform numerous tasks. Tap A to select an individual unit, or hold it to expand a larger cursor across a group. Tap A again on a nearby enemy, and the selected troop(s) will attack. Simple, and yet intuitive.
There's not a bad selection of games in today's price cuts on Steam, and I've brought you a couple of my favourites, which include a cracking RTS, an outstanding FPS, and a fun WWII multiplayer team shooter. Also, do remember that these deals'll expire at around 6pm this evening.
Being a big Star Wars and RTS fan, I was extremely excited when I first discovered Empire At War, and the game was certainly everything I'd hoped for. This instalment of the extended universe takes place between episodes III and IV, and was around long before The Force Unleashed sauntered onto the scene to steal the limelight of this period in Star Wars history, and nicely covers the events leading up to the start of the Empire's downfall at the hands of a merry bunch of charismatic rapscallions. Of course the way the story unfolds depends on whether or not you're playing as The Galactic Empire or The Rebel Alliance, and both campaigns are great fun to play through. You'll spend your time either waging war in space or on the ground, and it's highly amusing to be able to control a tiny version of Darth Vader as he stands alongside a gigantic ATAT. The Gold Pack also includes the Forces of Corruption expansion pack, so this is a pretty good deal that'll save you at least £5.
Last week they slashed the price of the original, now it's the turn of the superb sequel to receive an irresistible price tag! Once again Gordon Freeman is battling against alien assailants, using every weapon he can get his hands on to send them to their graves. I don't think anything I can say will really do the game any justice, save for the fact that it's won multiple awards and its reputation is about as shiningly positive as you can get, which it definitely deserves. For such an iconic game £2.37 isn't much to ask for and if you've not played it yet, which is a little bit of a crime, then you should take advantage of the low price whilst you can. Another incentive to pick up the game now, not that you really need one, is that you'll be making a saving of almost £6 on the next best price.
I'll be honest with you, I used to be a big fan of WWII era games, unfortunately I can't help but feel that the genre has been worn down and strung out about as far as it can possibly go. Having said that, this is so cheap that I couldn't resist including it. The game offers you a wonderful online multiplayer experience, as part of either the US Army or the German Wehrmacht, and you'll have a selection of classes at your disposal depending on what style of gaming takes your fancy. There are two modes on offer; territorial, where you have to take control of certain areas of the map in order to win; and detonation, where surprisingly your objective is to destroy hostile targets, which range from AA guns to tanks. You'll get the most out of the experience by forming a team with a group of friends, and at £1.49 you'll save up to £8, and you can't get much fairer than that.