Explore war-torn post-apocalyptic landscapes and take fight against enemies using various weapons in this FPS/RTS hybrid.
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Mixed (48 reviews) - 64% of the 48 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Very Positive (1,648 reviews) - 83% of the 1,648 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Sep 26, 2011

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June 15

Nuclear Dawn v7.2 Update Released

The update notes are below.

For dedicated servers, this update is optional, but highly recommended.

  • Greatly improved Assault class's thermal vision interaction with Weapon Suppression gizmo on Assault Rifle.
  • Fixed structure damage being miscalculated when structure is attacked by another structure or at times with grenades/missles/REDs.
  • Fixed a crash that could occur when spawning after a round is over
  • Fixed bots being counted in total players required for a surrender or mutiny vote to pass.
  • Fixed a few rare client and server crashes.
  • Decreased memory usage in some areas on both client and server.
  • Switched MOTD panel to use Steam's HTML rendering rather than directly embedding Chromium, effectively updating it to a much newer and more secure version of the same. (This also fixes some crashes that would occur on Mac and Linux).
  • Added numerous security-related fixes from other variants of the Source engine.

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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
Customer reviews
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Recent:
Mixed (48 reviews)
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Legendariazn
( 12.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
A good fps/hybrid.
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xiSMGix
( 106.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 23
Get the game while it's 2 bucks!!! This game is incredible, how do people not play this anymore??
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Hugo
( 22.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 17
Product received for free
I've been playing this since it came out and trust me when I say this, for being a free game it's fantastic.
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DjGodary86
( 4.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 16
online community non existant
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Sp3aRoW
( 8.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 16
Uninstall Button seems to be pretty popular, hence because its the only part that is good of the game.
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o4zloiroman
( 16.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 15
Despite what people say, community is alive enough to find full servers on daily basis. Yes, there's not plenty of us, but if you're into this kind of games, it will be enough for you to enjoy.

Haven't played this game for 4 years, still having a blast of a time.
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GearboX Files
( 6.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 15
A good game that is past its prime. Take a look at the steam charts before you even think of buying it.
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TheSpaniard
( 339.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 12
Great game, I advise buy it and another game with a friend and play together. Work with the commander and you'll have a great time! I love this game as a FPS, and RTS! Really fun, it comes highly recommended from an experienced, avid gamer.
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Fabrhell
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 11
This game is a Garbage
there are no players
and if you find someone to play it wont be fun
because this game sucks
dont waste your money
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
339.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 12
Great game, I advise buy it and another game with a friend and play together. Work with the commander and you'll have a great time! I love this game as a FPS, and RTS! Really fun, it comes highly recommended from an experienced, avid gamer.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
87.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 7
Other than the occasional graphics glitch it gives a different kind of FPS. Providing the chance to command troops with a top down look and structure placement reminiscent of Command and Conquer (in my opinion anyway). I'd reccomend this to anyone lookinf for a new and exciting FPS.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 16
online community non existant
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4 of 7 people (57%) found this review helpful
Recommended
11.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 6
havent played in ages but this game is like NS2 but human vs human
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24 of 48 people (50%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 29
Product received for free
DO NOT BUY.

The game is dead, just let it die in what may be a poor excuse for peace.

No players, those who do play cheat. Guns aren't balanced. Bots are OP. The game is just not fun.
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
184 of 194 people (95%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
2,031.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 19, 2014
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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85 of 90 people (94%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
37.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 2, 2014
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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133 of 162 people (82%) found this review helpful
114 people found this review funny
Recommended
192.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 28, 2014
I woke up this morning alive. I suited up in my Consortium regulation support medic armor and headed out from base. Word had come down from the brass that morning that some filthy Empire scum had set up camp in the north end of the ruins, and were trying to take control of several key resource deposits. Another beautiful day in the Consortium!

For maybe 30 seconds, everybody wildly fired at each other to practice their aim. Like clockwork, before every battle, we fought each other. A couple died in the melee, only to return to the class selection menu. They were good men. They were good soldiers.

We set out from base towards the primary objective immediately. As we approached the dilapidated building, a monument to Golden Age human engineering, it was quiet. I watched our six - just so I could sneak some hypospray for myself before the storm. There's nothing quite like a hit of high quality government issue painkillers right before a gunfight, all on the Consortium's dollar.

As we rounded the last corner out into the courtyard where our target lay, I saw an all too familiar sight. A swarm of rockets whizzed down the hallway. Fortunately, my nano skin hadn't worn off yet and I was preserved from the rocket blast. My squad, however, was none so lucky, buried underneath a pile of rubble. And then I heard them - the Empire knew of our attack, and had set an embush! Surly Russian voices cried out what I had come to understand as "attack!", and I set off running back the way I came. I took another hypospray just to be ready for anything.

I ran back outside, and took a full shotgun blast to the face from a crafty assault trooper who managed to get behind me! Broken and battered, I lifted my machine gun and let out a blast at his head and killed him. Okay, okay, I know it's unbelievable, but that nanoskin is good stuff for guys like us. As I scanned the perimeter, I saw them - the rocket trails of Consortium exo troopers laying siege at the far end of the primary structure. Wounded, I ran along the walls of the buildings in the street until I could rendezvous with the big guns.

Back behind my own lines, I threw a medkit on the floor which somehow managed to heal all our wounds just by laying there.

It was a good day.
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82 of 92 people (89%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 21, 2015
Recommend? Yes. It is a really good game. Solid with no bugs. If you are into the genre of FPS/RTS go for it.
The problem? Depending on where you are, you will not find servers at all. If you found them, the level between players is to big to have fun...
Why I like it? Because you can play with friends via LAN. Yep, get a good group of friends and you can rock it!
If you are a loner, this is not a game for you.
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68 of 72 people (94%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
36.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 3, 2014
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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