Explore war-torn post-apocalyptic landscapes and take fight against enemies using various weapons in this FPS/RTS hybrid.
User reviews: Very Positive (915 reviews)
Release Date: Sep 26, 2011

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"A Multiplayer game that combines the visceral action of a First Person Shooter with the deep branching gameplay of a Real Time Strategy title."
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December 12

Nuclear Dawn tournament

Although development has stopped for the game, one of our fans created a brand new map for Nuclear Dawn, which is going to be part of an upcoming Community created Tournament for the game.

You may find more information, the rules and a lot more in the thread setup by Kinev: http://steamcommunity.com/app/17710/discussions/0/617321352407023756/

Enjoy!

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Reviews

“If Savage and Natural Selection were your games of choice you'll find a natural home in Nuclear Dawn.”
Rock Paper Shotgun
“...an exhilarating multiplayer experience.”
8/10 – Destructoid
“A surprisingly deep and well-designed FPS/RTS hybrid.”
83/100 – PC Gamer

About This Game

Nuclear Dawn is the first game to offer a full FPS and RTS experience, within a single gameplay model, without crippling or diluting either side of the game.
As a soldier, explore war-torn post-apocalyptic landscapes, modelled on modern cities, and take the fight to your enemies as armoured, assault or stealth infantry, using various weapons across ten distinct load-outs to accomplish your objectives. The first person shooter action in Nuclear Dawn is hard, fast and unforgiving, with weapons that rely on skill and tactics more than on twitch reflexes and map memorization.
Then, take Nuclear Dawn above the action, and play as the commander. Organize your fellow players in squads, and assign them to tactical objectives. Plan the resource routes for your army, and production of your structures for forward deployment. Exploit the terrain and resource point locations to block your enemies’ advance, and crush their plans in an iron fist. Research and implement new technologies to give your soldiers the edge on the battlefield, and set up forward bases to lead the assault on your enemies, with a full complement of defensive and offensive structures to choose from, to build your perfect fortress.

Features

  • Two factions: The Empire and the Consortium have completely separate base-building paradigms.
  • RTS commander: Produce structures, research advanced technologies, unleash devastating strikes on the enemy, and lead your team to victory as a RTS commander.
  • Four classes: Each faction has four classes with various kit load outs, totalling over three dozen weapons.
  • Squad up: Squad-based 32 player full warfare battle mode.
  • Six maps: Travel across the largest, most detailed maps built in Source multiplayer to date.
  • Advanced Weaponry: As a commander, judiciously dispense healing to your troops, and death to their enemies, by managing your advanced abilities.
  • Stats and Unlocks: 60 ranks, 12 unlocks for each weapon, achievements, gizmos and more.
  • SDK: Nuclear Dawn Software Development Kit will be available for the community to be able to create custom maps, etc.
  • Source Powered: Based on the L4D2 engine and modified to bring you the ultimate online battle experience.
  • Steam Workshop Support: The game supports the Steam Workshop and allows for custom maps to be added.
  • Steam Powered: Available for Windows, Linux and Mac OSX through Steamplay with Steam Cloud support.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • OS: Windows® 7 32/64-bit / Vista 32/64 / XP or higher
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo 2.4GHz or equivalent
    • Memory: 2GB
    • Hard Disk Space: 6GB of free HDD space
    • Video Card: Video card must be 128 MB or more and should be a DirectX 9-compatible with support for Pixel Shader 2.0b (ATI Radeon HD 2900 - NVidia GeForce 8800)
    • Sound: DX 9.0c compatible sound card
    • OS: MacOS X 10.6.7 or higher
    • Processor: Core 2 Duo 2.4 Ghz
    • Memory: 2GB RAM
    • Hard Disk Space: 6GB of free HDD space
    • Video Card: ATI Radeon HD 2400 / NVidia GeForce 8600M / Intel HD Graphics 3000
    • Not Supported: OS X 10.5.x, ATI X1600 or X1900 graphics, NVIDIA GeForce 7 graphics or Intel graphics less than Intel HD 3000.
    • OS: Ubuntu or Debian/Linux 12.04 or higher
    • Processor: Core 2 Duo 2.4 Ghz
    • Memory: 2GB RAM
    • Hard Disk Space: 6GB of free HDD space
    • Video Card: ATI Radeon HD 2400 / NVidia GeForce 8600M / Intel HD Graphics 3000
Helpful customer reviews
118 of 124 people (95%) found this review helpful
1,641.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 19
I've been playing this game for a little over 3 years now and have finally decided to write a review... Most games- if you play them long enough- get boring and tiresome. The people I play with weekly and most of the time daily, have played totals of thousands of hours and yet continue to play weekly/daily. This is because there really can't ever be a round in ND thats the same as another. Each team won't ever be exactly the same, the commanders won't usually be the same, and how the players play in each map will always be different so that you really aren't just going through the motions after hours and hours of gameplay. I know that myself and at least 100-150 other dedicated core players feel the same way. The other reviews of this game that I see are from people who really havent played it all that much and have just taken their first look FPS and RTS aspects. A lot of what they say is correct.. There are definitely areas of ND that need work, and since theres no real developer working on it not much can change.

However, even though there is no actual developer, ND is constantly being improved and tweaked to make gameplay better. This is because of server managers and testers in the community itself who have fixed glitches, improved team balancing, made mods, and have organized ND soooooo much in the past 2 years. Nuclear Dawn was on a downswing and playercounts were at an all time low, but now that there are scheduled events, groups, and stats, things are getting better fast!

So to people who say Nuclear Dawn is dying: It WAS dying, now its only getting better little by little. I highly recommend this game and encourage people to give it a fair chance. Join the group "ND Battles" for scheduled formal and casual events. I truly love this game and will never stop playing it!
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39 of 42 people (93%) found this review helpful
37.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
This game deserves much more attention than it's getting. It's an amazing concept, and it works really well. It has all of the aspects of the best FPS games, like requiring a balance of different classes (not everyone can run and gun) and communication to win. Matches can completely change over just a few minutes. It's got incredible potential if they make another and perhaps polish it, but I would definitely support this game. Not very expensive for a lot of potential play time.
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32 of 34 people (94%) found this review helpful
28.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 3
First thing's first: I am a passionate lover of FPSRTS genre, having played both Savage and Natural Selection (1&2) for many many hours. So bear that in mind.

So what's Nuclear Dawn? It is a representative of a very rare breed of video games, which combine classic FPS action as a foot soldier and Top Down RTS style commander role. Two teams fight for dominance over critical locations on the map with commanders providing support in form of abilities and buildings which allow forward psawning of reinforcements, ammo/hp regen and defences.

The game itself is fast paced, with several classes to choose from: classic Assault with powerful weaponry, able to take a few hits before going down and iconic thermal vision which negates invisibility, EXO with tons of health and deadly weapons, most effective against buildings, Stealth for general sneaking about, either with knives which can backstab unsuspecing players to sniper and unique sabateur with remote bombs, and lastly a trusty support with lightning-fast firing SMGs, shotgun or a freaking flame thrower. Everyone will find something fun to choose from.

Unofrtunately the game does not have a massive following but there is a good server or two, one in US one in Germany to choose from.

As always remember: there is no middle ground when it comes to FPSRTS matches. You either get a complete stomp of a match, which thankfully does not last too long or you get a very fun and amazing experience, which will keep you coming back for more, day after day.
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25 of 31 people (81%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 13
Amazing game. Surprised it isn't more popular. Like Supreme Commander meets Counter Strike
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14 of 16 people (88%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 13
Actually an amazing game, sad that there are so few people playing it though. The Strategic asset goes well with the actual gameplay as well though it can get out of control pretty fast as well.

Would recommend if it had a larger player-base.
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15 of 18 people (83%) found this review helpful
24.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 17
Great, easy, and still complex.

The 2 sides are different, in commander aspects, and in soldier aspects too. You will find the best playstyle that suits you. Sadly there isn't always too much players online.
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12 of 13 people (92%) found this review helpful
6.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 16
Got this for $2.49 (75% off) during a steam sale. If you had any remote intrest in Gloom, Tremulous, Natural Selection 1 & 2 or Savage 1 & 2 then this might be up your ally.

Niche games, but these fps/rts hybrids have a cult like dedicated player base even if it is small. +1
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19 of 26 people (73%) found this review helpful
5.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
this game needs more people playing (+ more servers)
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11 of 12 people (92%) found this review helpful
328.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 11
I totally recommend this game. Bulding mode is awesome and combat is fast Action paced fun. Only few servers are full but you always find good gaming company.
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10 of 12 people (83%) found this review helpful
615.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 10
Nuclear Dawn is one of the best mash ups of FPS and RST currently available on Steam. It is my impression that the only contender in thei genre on steam is Natural Selection 2, so i will do a little compare/contrast at the end of this.

The good:

-Excelent RTS gameplay. UI is basic, and at times a little clunky, but in general it gets the job done for both macro and micro management of building, upgrades, and resources. The biggest problem is relying on your soldiers to defend your structures and get you resources.

-Decent FPS class based combat. Each class has thier strengths, and thier weaknesses. Weapons are well balanced across classes and teams. Certian mechanics can be difficult if you are used to more FPS centric games, and getting used to having to rely on someone to get you better weapons and spawn points can be tough, but in gerneral the FPS gameplay is rewarding.

-A Great community. The people who play this game LOVE it. They set up events on popular severs, help out new people, and are very communicative.

The bad:

-Small base of players. Time has taken its toll on the number of active players. At peak times there is often a server of 30 players or so, but other than that there are very few people playing.

-Small selection of maps. Although the community has done thier best to make a wider selection of maps, there are still a very limited amount compared to FPS centeric and RTS centeric games.

***Natural Selection 2 vs. Nuclear Dawn***

Natural Selection 2 has 2 radically different sides. Although this creates some more variety, thier strengths are appearant at different points throughout a match, which makes the game much more difficult to balance. At this point in time I would say that for balancing reasons alone Nuclear Dawn is the better game.

Nuclear Dawn has considerably larger maps than Natural Selection 2. This allows for more strategy for each commander, expecially when compared to Natural Selection's closed corridors and small rooms.

Both games have equivilent FPS gameplay, with the exception that NS2 is only class based for one of the teams. The other team can custimize thier loadouts (shotguns midgame, grenade launchers/flamethrowers late game, exo suits end game), but thier overall stats are the same.

Nuclear Dawn blows the pants off NS2 when it comes to RTS UI. Because the 2 sides have very similar buildings, the developers were able to keep the key bindings for each side's buildings the same, so it is very easy to play as commander for either side. This is not the case for NS2.


Overall, if you like FPS, or RTS this game is worth a try. Make sure to sign up with the community groups so you know when everyone else is playing.

A final note: This game, like many team based FPS, really requires a mic. You can still be an effective team member if you don't (there are in-game voice commands), but I can assure you that at least once every game you will wish you had it to call out enemy locations accuratly, or request supplies in a very specivic spot. For the RTS element a mic is a must.
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
111.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 3
A good mix of FPS and RTS, built on the Source engine. You get to play either as NATO like Consortium, or Warsaw pact like Empire (or blue team vs OpForce, as I like to call them). Game is really well balanced, with 4 different classes with different traits, and various different weapons and kits for each class.

Community is great, once you get to know them, and there are weekly events to keep the servers busy.

Also, +1 for linux release.

Looking forward to Nuclear Dawn 2, since it's a great concept, but could be improved (since I played BF2 back in the day, I miss the vehicles). ;)
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11 of 16 people (69%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 4
Please buy it. It is an amazing game that needs more attention.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
13.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 11
When you get a full server it's tons of fun.
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
364.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 22
Imagine TF2, but instead of cartoony and funny it is serious and set in a post apocalyptic universe. Teamwork is very important in this game as the flow of the game chages as well as the current objectives change too (such as defend this area, capture this resourse point etc). Probably more teamwork is involved in this game than tf2, but if you really feel like it you can just run around and kill people like other FPS games. It also has the commander role, the one person who builds all the buildings for your team and plays on an overview map. The commander role ist like playing a RTS but all the units are actual players. It is the unique blend of FPS and RTS that make this game just a blast to play and every time you play it is different than the last. It is a very unique and fun game that I highly reccomend.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 12
a very well thought out game with the purfect mix of stratagy and action, it reminds me of a game called battlezone, when i was younger it was my favourite game and nuclear dawn reminds me of it, the classes are really balanced as well, overall a good game, but i think is should be more popular then it is at this time.
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9 of 14 people (64%) found this review helpful
110.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
nice strategy mixed with combat
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24 of 43 people (56%) found this review helpful
8.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 4
This is an interesting game with both pros and cons

Pros - Fun having a real commander and controlling real people making it more realistic
- Good community
- Solid game mechanics

Cons - Some bugs on mac
- People don't listen to RTS commander
- Small weapon selection
- No in depth strategy
- Becomes repetitive
- Graphics aren't great
- Bad RTS interface which is difficult and challenging to use and generally unpleasant.

Overall I wouldn't recommend buying this unless it was on sale of at least 75% off but if you enjoy both RTSs and FPSs and don't mind some flaws such as graphics and horrible interface on RTS side then buy it anyway.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 13
Attacking the enemy full force in FPS Battle. Straight into jumping into to the command base and building a RTS Base two games genre's that mesh well i recommend this.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
171.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 15
Seriously I do not understand why there are not more people playing this game, especially from the Linux community. There is still a lack of good native games and this one is just awesome. Add to that a great bunch of players and its seriously good fun. Two play modes as well should suit most poeples tastes.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 28
It is a fun game with a nice concept. The only issue is that a lot of people don't play it.
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