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Explore war-torn post-apocalyptic landscapes and take fight against enemies using various weapons in this FPS/RTS hybrid.
Release Date: Sep 26, 2011
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Hotfix update released

April 21st, 2014

A game update has been released with the following fixes. Servers do not need to be updated.

  • Fix crash when downloading maps upon server connect on Mac and Linux.
  • Fix multiple mouse-related issues as commander on Mac and Linux.
  • Fix Authoring Tools such as Hammer crashing on launch.

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Nuclear Dawn major update released v7.1. + On Sale this week at 75% off!

April 20th, 2014

We have just released Nuclear Dawn Update 7.1 with full support for OSX, Windows and Linux.

Hello everyone, we've got some news for you!

- You may not have been aware yet but this game supports Steam Workshop. In this Update we have made several improvements for this feature.
- Another major addition, is that Linux players can now play against Mac and Windows players.
- We have also fixed several language options !

Here is the complete list of fixes and additions for Nuclear Dawn update 7.1:

General:

- Enhanced Linux support for the game to allow Linux players to play vs Mac and Windows players.
- Fixed Russian and Czech Languages not being selectable in Steam game properties.
- Fixed minimap placement issues that would sometimes occur after resolution change.
- Fixed issue where commander could get stuck on a ladder.
- Fixed sonic turret fire range being slightly shorter than lock-on range.
- Whitelisted r_decals client convar by community request.
- Improved overall stability.

Community-created Content:
- Updated Workshop map instructions link.
- Added missing “Final” Hammer compile configuration.
- Fixed typo in hammer fgd file causing Empire wall and barrier issues.
- Fixed client crash when subscribed to Workshop file that no longer exists or has been made private.
- Fixed server crash that could occur when attempting to sync Workshop maps when Steam was down.
- Fixed uploading maps of size > 100mb to Workshop.
- Increased individual user Workshop storage quota to 1gb.
- Greatly improved client subscribed Workshop map sync time on game launch.
- HTTPS map downloads with self-signed certificates now work.
- Clients now automatically download game server Workshop-synced maps directly from Workshop on connect.
- Map support files (scripts, loading image, etc.) now get automatically”bspzipped” into the map before upload if not already in map.

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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 the 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.

PC System Requirements

    • 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

Mac System Requirements

    • 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.

Linux System Requirements

    • 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
51 of 62 people (82%) found this review helpful
104 products in account
23 reviews
28.1 hrs on record
Nuclear Dawn is Real Time Strategy/First Person Shooter...yes a RTS/FPS I know right?!?!?! I never had so much fun dying before. But it lacks in certain elements this offline play isn't that much fun because the AI for the bots is horrible bots get stuck don't listen to commands that well. But the offline play is good to get a better feel of the Commander Position. So the breakdown of the game is one of the players gets designated commander. The commander is the most important position he is in charge of the the RTS side of the game building structures and telling the FPS players where to go. A great commander will make or break the game. The online play is FANTASIC. I would of loved to see this game in its heyday because not a lot of people are playing online but it is still so much fun. You can normally find one server with a few people online. The downside is they have been playing for awhile and its hard to level up your character. But keep at it and you will get there I almost have my EXO (heavy weapons/heavy armor) to level 10 to get an upgrade. There are four classes of soldiers, Assault, EXO, Support, and Stealth. Each class has its unique abilities for the game stealth you can cloak and back-stab for the kill or become a sniper. Assault just like the name says but you also get the thermal vision so you can see the stealth soldiers cloaked. The EXO is great for starting out a character in my opinion because of the heavy armor. Support is paramount to any good game with abilities to fix structures heal players, and resupply them. This game is well worth it $9.99 price tag and is sure to provide you with plenty of hours of fun.
Posted: February 13th, 2014
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26 of 30 people (87%) found this review helpful
310 products in account
116 reviews
6.3 hrs on record
A surprisingly deep and well-designed FPS/RTS mix. A GREAT Team Fortress 2 alternative 8.5/10
Posted: April 21st, 2014
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67 of 101 people (66%) found this review helpful
359 products in account
2 reviews
16.1 hrs on record
This game was a good game a few years ago, but now it is practically dead with very few servers left and only a handful of players on. I don't recommend buying it as the developer has also folded and left the game abandoned.
Posted: February 24th, 2014
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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
200 products in account
1 review
470.4 hrs on record
Ive put many hours into this game now, and I can honestly say its one the best, if not THE best game Ive ever purchased through steam.

The gameplays surprisingly unique feeling, controls are usually quite tight, and even when losing a lot of battles a lot of fun can still be had.

True enough the game is not without bugs (and then some), but I would still give it 10/10 despite them, and frankly its a lot better than It was. I simply cannot recommend this game highly enough to people.
Posted: March 8th, 2014
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9 of 13 people (69%) found this review helpful
564 products in account
358 reviews
2.7 hrs on record
It's unfortunate to see Nuclear Dawn suffer from simple errors, as underneath these flaws is an above-average game with some new, interesting ideas at its core. If you're playing with friends or get lucky with a random server, it can be a lot of fun - but often that's not the case and as a result Nuclear Dawn doesn't quite earn the recommendation it's otherwise capable of receiving.It could do with a practice mode or some proper tutorials to introduce newcomers to the commander mode, but if you're up for a challenge or find a decent server, Nuclear Dawn is an exciting take on a genre that's usually lacking new ideas.Nuclear Dawn is a game that can reach great things if it was put together more coherently.
Posted: April 22nd, 2014
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