Explore war-torn post-apocalyptic landscapes and take fight against enemies using various weapons in this FPS/RTS hybrid.
User reviews: Very Positive (798 reviews)
Release Date: Sep 26, 2011

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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

PC
Mac
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
62 of 65 people (95%) found this review helpful
1,485.4 hrs on record
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!
Posted: August 19
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14 of 18 people (78%) found this review helpful
7.1 hrs on record
This game is a combination between RTS (Commander) and FPS (Foot soldiers) that features two factions, multiple classes with multiple layouts which lead to different playstyles, leveling (upgrades), an incredible amount of huge maps with multiple layers and nice little details and many more features.

For the commander it's a RTS. He can build stuff, e.g. walls to protect his comrades from bullets or turrets that support them on the battlefield.

The goal for both teams is to secure points of interest that generate resources for the team and ultimately lead to the destruction of the enemy base.

I could go on and on, but I know that nobody will ever read this, so ...

I highly recommend this game. It's a shame I've never heard about this awesome game until a few weeks ago. It's one of the best Multiplayer/Tactical-FPS I've ever played, competiting only with Natural Selection 2 I guess.
Posted: June 20
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8 of 11 people (73%) found this review helpful
7.3 hrs on record
Nuclear dawn is a amazing game,the atmosphere is great,game play is a breath of fresh air. but there are tons of bugs. the AI is garbage. but the game play makes up for it. The fps-rts hybrid works really well here,but attempting to play the rts with bots is a pain,in fact. one time i told the bots to "defend" on a primary objective and they were trying to jump onto the roof
Its a great stupid fun game,and its worth picking it up,just mind the glitches
Posted: April 23
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
282.4 hrs on record
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.
Posted: June 22
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
11.1 hrs on record
High recommended. Solid FPS and RTS elements, with a lower learning curve than say NS2 (which is also great). The lower learning curve DOES NOT mean that it is easy to win or dumbed down in anyway. If anything there are more options to choose from (each of the four classes has three different specialisations (Exo/Heavy has two), with unique abilities & tools to choose from), which complement different strategies well. There is also a degree of persistent levelling which allow new gadgets/'perks' to be unlocked as players progress.

Maps are pretty big with different play styles associated with each (some of CQB heavy, others more open sniper maps), all of which still require considerable team work in order to succeed.

Given Nuclear Dawn is built on the Source engine, the graphics are great and really add to the feel of battling it out in a post apocolyptic environment, with many buildings being able to be entered.

If you're looking for something different from the faster paced CS / BF / CoD one-man-army bullet fest, with a bit more strategic depth and a great community to boot, I would highly recommend Nuclear Dawn. One of the best games I've played in a while.
Posted: April 27
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