Explore war-torn post-apocalyptic landscapes and take fight against enemies using various weapons in this FPS/RTS hybrid.
User reviews: Very Positive (1,411 reviews) - 84% of the 1,411 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Sep 26, 2011

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"ND is a hybrid FPS/RTS, that combine teamwork with real time action, good & big maps, 12+ weapons 10/10."
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“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.


  • 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

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
6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
19.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 23
I love this game!

The blend of RTS and FPS is uniquely satisfying.
Fast paced and very team oriented; this is totally my kind of game!

I much prefer this to Counterstrike. There is an even beginning but as the game progresses the teamwork really shows.
The only thing I would like to see added to the game is remote vehicles for players. Controlling an Air drone or a ground ROV would allow a different dimension for the player.

Otherwise this is a well executed and brilliant concept.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
36.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 14
Great cooperative game. Ingame you have the option to choose your class and specialization(infantry ,stealth,heavy,support each with 3 specializations), and a squad to belong to. The grand strategic decisions are made by a commander, who usuallly pings the area to attack and builds+researches to unlock extra turrets or specializations. A good commander can change the tide of battle very quickly. All in all, a highly underrated game, great fun if you land in a player populated server.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 20
One of the best games for its money!
Especialy on sale(2$).
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 12
Like Interstellar Marines, but with more classes...

BUT with the Commander feature from Natural Selection 2 added.

Here's the thing, this game is actually fun if you manage to join on a day/time that there's an active server with 16+ players. I love trying the different classes & I found the community to be nice so far, from what I've experienced.

Every class has a special ability that you use with the 'f' key. And within each class you pick 1 of 3 specializations (although some have to be unlocked through leveling before you can pick them.)

And within each specialization, you pick a 'gizmo' (attachment). Still not sure how you unlock all these, but I assume it's through research. (Research: assuming this means for each match, you only have access to what your team/commander is able to research)
...The gizmos are unlocked by leveling up. There are also class specific levels and gizmos.

Anyway, I'd pick this game up on sale if you see it for $5 or less. I got mine in a bundle & was pleasantly surprised at how unique and tactical this FPS is. also, it has bots, so you don't have to wait forever for players to join. :)
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 23
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