Longer time ago an American expedition found in Siberia a strange artefact called EON. After some time scientists found it’s a time machine. For using EON there was necessary a fuel called Siberite. However there was one problem - all supplies of Siberite were in Siberia, in Russia. That’s why Americans decided to send an expedition 2 milions years to the past and all supplies of Siberite move from Siberia to Alaska (that time they were connected). Then would be changed the space continuum and all Siberite would be in USA one day. But the Americans weren’t the only ones, who got this idea...
Original war is a real-time strategy with strong elements of RPG. The game was after it’s release (incorrectly) compared with Red Alert 2, but OW is pretty different game. There you have limited characters and every of them has own identity and skills that you can improve during missions. Often you can choose your favourite characters for your team the mission starts. If there dies any of your person, you will not be able to “reborn” him or her again. So, it’s not a strategy where you can buy hordes of soldiers and then you would crush the enemy by massive force. There you need to find the way how to defeat often stronger or better stationed enemy.
+ very original game (original war should be original =)) and interesting story
+ nice graphic (at least for year 2001)
+ campaigns are long and nonlinear (player has to make many decisions that can influence the story and the end as well)
+ three playable sides (Americans, Russians and later Aliance) and one additional (Arabians)
+ every side has special weapons and professions
+ nice cutscenes
+ many and sometimes funny dialogs
+ every character can improve skills and change professions (soldier, builder, mechanic, scientist and others)
+ many characters have own charisma and special features (you will like them =))
+ prehistoric animals
+ some animals you can use and train
+ includes multiplayer (you can play there for Americans, Russians and Arabians too)
- no campaign for Arabians (although you can hire several times Arabians)
- no skirmish mode
This game I already played maybe 100 times during last 12 years, so I think I can say this is an excellent game. I can definitely recommend this game as I have never met any person who said "I didn’t like it". I have to give 10 points from 10.