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Etherium launches today, buy it for just £15.95

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Etherium, PC games, RTS

Etherium launches today, buy it for just £15.95

Etherium launches today as a proper full-fat RTS with three factions, colourful Sci-Fi aesthetic and some Better yet, you can save a tenner and buy Etherium for just £15.95!

Use the Facebook voucher code for the extra discount, just click the widget at the top of their store page and follow the instructions.

I've played a fair bit of Etherium over the last few days, but sadly had to put it on the back burner to take care of Pillars Of Eternity. My impressions are pretty favourable: the three factions are interesting, it's uncomplicated, fast and fun, though the lack of a proper campaign is a shame.

Total War: Attila cheapest pre-order still only £16.99 - but will it be another buggy launch?

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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PC games, RTS, Total War: Attila

Total War: Attila cheapest pre-order still only £16.99 - but will it be another buggy launch?

Total War: Attila pre-order still only £16.99 on CDKeys. Click here to buy! >>

If you haven't learned to steer clear of Creative Assembly games until all the bugs are fixed, or plan on teaching them a lesson by voting with your wallet this time, this is the cheapest PC pre-order deal we've seen for the next Total War title.

Total War: Attila will run you £16.99 with their Facebook voucher code, saving you a bundle. Attila takes us back to 395 AD, the start of the Dark Ages, overhauling some of the mechanics and bringing "apocalyptic destruction" to the proceedings. Click here to get your 5% voucher via Facebook >>

Zerg rush! Starcraft II: Heart Of The Swarm collector's edition now £14.99 via Amazon

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Expansion, PC games, RTS, StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm

Zerg rush! Starcraft II: Heart Of The Swarm collector's edition now £14.99 via Amazon

Starcraft II: Heart Of The Swarm collector's edition now £14.99 via Amazon. Click here to buy! >>

If you're looking for the swag-tastic physical version of the Starcraft II: Heart Of The Swarm expansion, Super-Bargains are currently selling it for a delightfully cheap £14.99 via Amazon. Note that it's not fulfilled by Amazon, though the seller has a 92% reputation rating based on more than 2,500 reviews. Thanks Godlikezebra @ HUKD!

SPACECOM only £3.74 on GamersGate, save over £6!

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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PC games, RTS, SPACECOM, Strategy games

SPACECOM only £3.74 on GamersGate, save over £6!

SPACECOM now only £3.74 on GamersGate (Steam). Click here to buy! >>

Brutal and brilliant space RTS SPACECOM costs £10.99 on Steam, but GamersGate will sell you a code for only £3.74: a massive 66% saving. However, you can amplify these savings even further if you have a few mates to throw in with, seeing as a 2-pack costs £6.46 (£3.23 per copy) and a 4-pack will run you £10.20 (£2.55 per copy). To put this in perspective, remember that the game costs £10.99 solus at full retail price!

Pre-order Total War: Attila for only £16.99 - cheapest yet, but will it actually work?

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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PC games, RTS, Total War: Attila

Pre-order Total War: Attila for only £16.99 - cheapest yet, but will it actually work?

Total War: Attila pre-order only £16.99. Click here to buy! >>

If you haven't learned to steer clear of Creative Assembly games until all the bugs are fixed, or plan on teaching them a lesson by voting with your wallet this time, this is the cheapest PC pre-order deal we've seen for the next Total War title.

Total War: Attila will run you £16.99 with their Facebook voucher code, saving you a bundle. Attila takes us back to 395 AD, the start of the Dark Ages, overhauling some of the mechanics and bringing "apocalyptic destruction" to the proceedings. Click here to get your 5% voucher via Facebook >>

Planetary Annihilation down to £5.86 on Bundle Stars

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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PC games, Planetary Annihilation, RTS

Planetary Annihilation down to £5.86 on Bundle Stars

Planetary Annihilation didn't manage to fulfil its Early Access potential when it launched early this year, but if you're in the market for an absolutely bonkers RTS, Bundle Stars are currently undercutting the Steam Exploration Sale thanks to their SUPERNOVA25 voucher code.

I've said it before and I'll say it again: there's a difference between a great deal and a great game. This is a great deal, but the game still feels unfinished. Planetary Annihilation was very promising in preview and is fantastic fun when you're wielding huge robot armies and smashing moons into each other, but the lack of tutorials, multiple factions and a more digestible UI can make this insane RTS an overwhelming and frustrating experience for newcomers. Still, if you like the idea of destroying other players with ridiculous mechanised rushes and planet smashers, we've never seen it cheaper than this. Thanks to oUkTuRkEyIII @ HUKD, who found this long before I did!

Sword Of The Stars II Enhanced Edition only £3 at Bundle Stars

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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4X games, PC games, RTS, Sword Of The Stars II: Enhanced Edition

Sword Of The Stars II Enhanced Edition only £3 at Bundle Stars

Cheap PC game deals are going to be ten-a-penny come Cyber Monday, but as usual, digital distributors are making merry in the run up to Christmas. Sword Of The Stars II: Enhanced Edition is a steal at only £3 at Bundle Stars, at least, if you aren't already charting the wild black yonder in Starpoint Gemini 2.

Sword Of The Stars II was an absolute mess at launch, but the Enhanced Edition has fixed and improved almost every facet of the game. The lore, expansion and real-time battles are a lot of fun, though a restrictive 'mission' system and substandard tutorial ensures that we're looking at more of a Masters Of Orion 3 as opposed to Masters Of Orion 2. Still, again, £3, there's a difference between a great game and a great deal - this is the latter.

Get King Arthur II for £2.00 in the Bundle Stars Paradox Interactive Sale

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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King Arthur II, King Arthur: The Role-Playing Wargame, Paradox Interactive, PC games, RTS

Get King Arthur II for £2.00 in the Bundle Stars Paradox Interactive Sale

If you're looking for a cheap games deals on Paradox Interactive titles, Bundle Stars has you covered. They sell games separately, despite their name, and they're running a huge sale including King Arthur and King Arthur II for £2.00 apiece.

Personally I'd recommend both King Arthur and King Arthur II (click here to read my review, though note that the techncial issues have been sorted since), which are available separately or via a £5.00 double pack including DLC. They're slightly odd hybrids of RTS and choose-your-own adventure, with plenty of rough edges yet plenty of heart if you're a fan of the genre. However, I'd also suggest exercising caution as far as Dungeonland is concerned, which is actually free to play on Steam!

Planetary Annihilation £9.19 on Bundle Stars, save £13 (or don't)

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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PC games, Planetary Annhilation, RTS, Uber Entertainment

Planetary Annihilation £9.19 on Bundle Stars, save £13 (or don't)

Planetary Annihilation | Bundle Stars | £9.19 (save RRP: £22.99)
Planetary Annihilation Hands-On Preview

I've said it before and I'll say it again: there's a difference between a great deal and a great game. This is a great deal, netting you a Steam code for Planetary Annihilation at a major saving.

The game, though, feels unfinished despite leaving early access. Planetary Annihilation was very promising in preview and is fantastic fun when you're wielding huge robot armies and smashing moons into each other, but the lack of tutorials, multiple factions and a more digestible UI can make this insane RTS an overwhelming and frustrating experience for newcomers. I doubt I'll have time for a full review,  but I personally wish that Uber had spent more time rounding what feels like a fun yet incomplete product into a full package.

Commandos Collection only £1.99 on Steam

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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PC games, RTS

Commandos Collection only £1.99 on Steam

Commandos Collection | Steam | £1.99 (save £3)

I've lost count of the number of times that we've run a deal for this fantastic collection over the years, but that shouldn't detract from the fact that it really is a fantastic collection. The Commandos games are hardcore strategy titles with real personality, a proper blast from the past. And £1.99 is a screaming deal. Thanks to Nicko1387 @ HUKD!

INTERVIEW | Eugen Systems co-founder introduces Act Of Aggression!

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Features
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Eugen Systems, Gamescom 2014, PC games, RTS, Video interviews

New RTS, Old-School flavour

Eugen Systems are going back to their roots with their next RTS. Act Of Aggression will serve as a spiritual successor to Act of War, playing much like a classic strategy game of base-building, resource collection and massed conflict with new features and automation. I caught up with Eugen Systems co-founder Alexis Le Dressay for the latest at Gamescom 2014.

Age Of Empires II HD Edition £3.74 at GMG, save 75%

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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PC games, RTS

Age Of Empires II HD Edition £3.74 at GMG, save 75%

Age Of Empires II HD Edition | GMG | £3.74 (RRP: £14.99)

We can probably all agree that Age Of Empires II was a very good RTS indeed. Some would even call it great, and frankly, I'm one of them. However, the jury's also out on whether it's worth paying £14.99 for an HD Edition that doesn't necessarily improve matters all that much.

So good thing GMG are selling it for £3.74, then. Thanks to ferreirm @ HUKD!

Planetary Annihilation only £10.19 in the Steam Summer Sale

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Kickstarter, PC games, RTS

Planetary Annihilation only £10.19 in the Steam Summer Sale

Planetary Annihilation | Steam | £10.19 (save £19.80)
Planetary Annihilation Hands-On Preview

This mad Kickstarted RTS is one of the most outrageous, high-octane and ludicrous examples of the genre I've ever played, even in Early Access. Halfway between Total Annihilation and Supreme Commander -- because it's made by the same designers -- you'll wage total war with hundreds of units, orbital weaponry and smash planets into each other for the fun of it. The new Galactic War mode adds singleplayer shenanigans into the mix, letting you get the hang of its crazy gameplay before getting involved online.

Thanks to Steam's summer sale, you can save a cool £20 over the next 30 hours. Well worth a punt if you're curious, even in its beta state.

Planetary Annihilation celebrates singleplayer update with £17.99 sale

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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News
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Early Access, PC games, RTS, Uber Entertainment

Planetary Annihilation celebrates singleplayer update with £17.99 sale

Just when we thought Planetary Annihilation couldn't get any bigger, seeing as it already lets you smash entire planets into each other, Uber Entertainment's ridiculous Kickstarted RTS has added a massive procedurally-generated singleplayer mode.

Click here to read more...

Relic Entertainment tantalisingly coy about Dawn Of War III

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Dawn Of War, PC, PC games, Relic Entertainment, RTS, Sega, Warhammer 40K

Relic Entertainment tantalisingly coy about Dawn Of War III

"We're excited about the potential opportunities within the studio"

Relic Entertainment recently revealed Company Of Heroes 2: The Western Front Armies, a new standalone expansion designed as an entry point for newcomers and a massive update for existing fans. We were lucky enough to conduct an extensive video interview with Relic Entertainment producer Greg Wilson and director Quinn Duffy... but excited as we are about Company of Heroes, many of us are still itching to play another Dawn Of War RTS set in the Warhammer 40,000 universe.

So I just couldn't resist ambushing them on the subject!

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Company Of Heroes 2: The Western Front Armies Interview | On Tactics, Multiplayer, Homeworld & Warhammer

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Jonathan Lester
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Features
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Company Of Heroes 2: The Western Front Armies, Expansion Pack, Interviews, PC, PC games, Relic Games, Rezzed 2014, RTS, Sega, Videos

Company Of Heroes 2: The Western Front Armies Interview | On Tactics, Multiplayer, Homeworld & Warhammer

Company Of Heroes 2: The Western Front Armies was one of the biggest announcements of Rezzed 2014: a standalone multiplayer expansion pack that will act as a new point of entry for the series. The US Forces and Oberkommando West will grant us completely unique gameplay experience set throughout a brand new theatre of war, which slots straight into the existing multiplayer of Relic Entertainment's impressive RTS.

Want to know more? So did we. Luckily Company Of Heroes 2 producer Greg Wilson and game director Quinn Duffy were on hand to answer our many questions about the two armies, maps and new tactical opportunities that commanders will encounter on The Western Front.

Naturally we also had time to quiz them about Homeworld, the next Warhammer game and developing during THQ's implosion. They're fantastic sports, as you'll see in the video below.

Company Of Heroes 2: The Western Front Armies Interview | On Tactics, Multiplayer, Homeworld & Warhammer

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Planetary Annihilation (Early Access) only £19.79 on The Humble Store

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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PC, PC games, RTS, Uber Entertainment

Planetary Annihilation (Early Access) only £19.79 on The Humble Store

Planetary Annihilation (early access) | The Humble Store | £19.79 (save 50%)
Hands-on preview

Planetary Annihilation is as ridiculous as you'd expect from a hybrid between Total Annihilation and Supreme Commander. Insanely hectic RTS battles take place in entire solar systems, with players wielding outrageous weaponry and even smashing celestial bodies into each other. It's still very much a work in progress, but if you want to engage with the Early Access cycle, you can save 50% on its inflated RRP via The Humble Store. As always, remember that you're paying for access, not a polished product at this stage, so only pay what you can afford to lose.

Thanks to BattleMoose87 @ HUKD!

Spellforce 2: Demons Of The Past Review | Past Due

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Reviews
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Mind Over Matter Studios, Nordic Games, PC, PC games, RPG, RTS

Spellforce 2: Demons Of The Past Review | Past Due

Platform: PC

Developer: Mind Over Matter Studios

Publisher: Nordic Games

Don't even think about buying Spellforce 2: Demons Of The Past if you're not a die-hard series veteran.

It's a standalone expansion to a niche game that released eight years ago, and to their credit, Mind Over Matter Studios make this crystal clear from the off. The tutorials are choppy low-resolution videos of the tutorials from the previous expansion. An unhelpful intro cinematic plunges you straight into the last chapter of the impenetrable story, a battle for world survival involving the terrifying demonic villain Zazhut and a dark elf named... Craig?! That's not exactly the most imaginative hard fantasy name I've ever seen, though since my heroic avatar is called "Dealspwn," I suppose we should stop throwing stones in this glass house. If you don't already know how to play and what a "Shaikan" is, there is nothing for you here.

Spellforce 2: Demons Of The Past Review | Past Due

Never mind though, because Demons Of The Past isn't trying to win over new converts, rather it's an attempt to tie up the storyline before what we hope will be a reveal for Spellforce 3. As such you can expect another 20-30 hours of RTS and RPG hybrid gameplay, wherein you'll experience the best and worst of both genres throughout some truly enormous maps. Resource collection, unit building and sweeping strategy goes hand-in-hand with character development, sidequests, inventory management and dialogue galore. Spellforce fans will be in their element, though arguably even they will have to curb their expectations to fully enjoy what Demons Of The Past brings to the table.

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Planetary Annihilation Early Access Preview | Overwhelming Force On A Solar Scale

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Features
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Early Access, Kickstarter, PC, PC games, Planetary Annhilation, RTS, Uber Entertainment

Planetary Annihilation Early Access Preview | Overwhelming Force On A Solar Scale

Platform: PC

Developer: Uber Entertainment

Whether I'm sweeping a terrifying army of bipedal tanks across an entire planet, desperately defending a colossal robot commander from swarms of bombers or bathing the surface of a moon in nuclear fire, Planetary Annihilation is easily the most ridiculously hectic RTS I've played since Total Annihilation and Supreme Commander.

That's no coincidence. Uber Entertainment may be best known for Monday Night Combat, but Jon Mavor heads up a team of strategy veterans who helped to develop both of those classic titles, and they plan to take the core framework to its unbelievable conclusion. The insanely fast-paced chaos of Total Annihilation meets Supreme Commander's mech combat in a conflict of interplanetary proportions: a fully-simulated solar system itching to be crushed. Players don't just vie for control of a map, rather they duke it out in outrageous pitched battles between hundreds of units for entire planets and moons, or even strap rocket engines onto celestial bodies to create ridiculous weapons of mass planet-smashing destruction.

Planetary Annihilation Early Access Preview | Overwhelming Force On A Solar Scale

Planetary Annihilation is barmy, gratuitous, ambitious, bombastic and dangerously over the top - even in its Early Access stage. I therefore like it intensely... at least, when I can wrap my brain around it.

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Command & Conquer Gets The Axe After Negative Player Feedback

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
Command & Conquer, EA, F2P, RTS, Victory Studios

Command & Conquer Gets The Axe After Negative Player Feedback

F2P C&C RTS RIP

Command & Conquer has been canned after players heavily criticised the free to play economy and gameplay in a recent closed alpha - leading to Victory Studios being disbanded.

However, the franchise will apparently return down the line, perhaps in a more traditional format.

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