An American geological expedition, under a UN mandate, assesses the natural resources in a distant part of Siberia, deep in the trackless steppes of Eastern Russia. But instead of oil, they discover a deposit of a hitherto unknown mineral.
User reviews: Very Positive (345 reviews)
Release Date: Jun 15, 2001

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"Challenging RTS game with role-playing elements. Unique characters as a limited resource, interesting time-travel story - an underrated gem from 2001!"

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July 14

Original War updated to 2.0.2.19

OWSupport Team from http://www.owsupport.com/ did it again and created another MAJOR update to this classic jewel of a game. The new version adds OpenGL support and fixes a large amount of issues.


Change Log:
2.0.2.19
Bug Fix: No Scrolling (Issue 95)
Added: increased OpenGL FPS
Added: OpenGL 3 support
Added: AVI support

2.0.1.1

Bug Fix: Editor does not extract files from patch.owp when creating a new mod (Issue 85)
Bug Fix: Invalid Colour Codes can crash OW (OGL) (Issue 88)
Bug Fix: HTTPHandler only sends information once and then never again (Issue 89)
Bug Fix: Invalid Hint Types set in Custom Maps do not show the fallback image (OGL) (Issue 90)
Bug Fix: Chance for some Interface Elements not to be initialized before they were drawn (OGL) (Issue 91)


2.0.0.0

Added: OpenGL Renderer (98% Complete)
Added: Basic Zoom to Editor (Overlays do not zoom)
Added: When creating a new mod via the editor you can now make it extract files from the game
Added: Ability to scroll the SAIL Editor window with the mouse wheel
Added: Ability to view variable values at runtime by hovering over them (Except Local variables)
Added: CenterWindow parameter (Can also be set via eset.ini)
Bug Fix: Bloody valley - far away siberite detection (Issue 10)
Bug Fix: Controlling enemy's factories (Issue 13)
Bug Fix: Restoration of 15a Ru/Am (Issue 48)
Bug Fix: multiplayer almost always synchronisation lost (Issue 51)
Bug Fix: Non-Existent Steam Achievements causing Lag (Issue 52)
Bug Fix: Game longer than 999999 ticks crashes when commands are issued to units (Issue 53)
Bug Fix: Increased FPS in-game (Issue 54)
Bug Fix: RU09 - Epsilon mission - messed up dialogs after ammo research (Issue 55)
Bug Fix: RU11 - Beta base attack mission - Russian soldiers die sometimes during scouting (Issue 56)
Bug Fix: Bloody Valley - Tree (Issue 59)
Bug Fix: Windowex parameter: Window resizing & FPS drops (Issue 60)
Bug Fix: Ar and Ru can use partial invisibility (Issue 63)
Bug Fix: 11RU mission - bug? (Issue 67)
Bug Fix: Missing/incorrect voice for Burlak's dialogue in RU14a (English) (Issue 69)
Bug Fix: Joan Fergusson is available in RU15a when she should be dead (Issue 70)
Bug Fix: Spelling - Czech version (Issue 74)
Bug Fix: Ru_04 T. Gaidar (Issue 75)
Bug Fix: Hacked vehicle can still be controlled if it was the active unit (Issue 77)
Bug Fix: Inability to use non-default commands when player's side equals 0 (any) (Issue 78)
Bug Fix: Formation move cursor is constantly blinking in editor + access violations + sticky ALT (Issue 79)
Bug Fix: When GetTickCount returns negative number Range Check Error is tripped (Issue 84)
Bug Fix: Gaining experience from repairing own damage
Bug Fix: A vast majority of control exploits was fixed

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About This Game

An American geological expedition, under a UN mandate, assesses the natural resources in a distant part of Siberia, deep in the trackless steppes of Eastern Russia. But instead of oil, they discover a deposit of a hitherto unknown mineral.

American scientists working for Department of Defense find out that this mineral is in fact identical to the substance used to power an extraterrestrial artifact in their possession. This object is called the EON (Extraterrestrial Object Nexus).

It was found in 1919 by Colonel Emerson near the site of the Tunguska explosion. Emerson was the commander of a US military unit in charge of transporting US war supplies from the city of Vladivostok to the Eastern front during World War I.

DoD Experiments have shown that items placed in the capsule are transported hundreds of thousands of years back in time. The American scientists were not able to understand its construction, nor could they manage to synthesize its fuel. Eventually, the machine - classified Top Secret - was stored, pending further advances in human science.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 95/98/2000/XP/7 (Windows 8 not supported)
    • Processor: Intel Pentium® III - 700MHz
    • Memory: 128 MB RAM
    • Graphics: nVidia® GeForce™2 - 32 MB
    • Hard Drive: 1 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 2000/XP (Windows 8 not supported)
    • Processor: Intel Pentium® IV - 2GHz
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: nVidia® GeForce™4 - 256 MB
    • Hard Drive: 2 GB available space
Helpful customer reviews
59 of 69 people (86%) found this review helpful
12.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 16
Recommended For The More Conservative Strategists

+ Boasts a healthy and competent mix of RTS and RPG-style gameplay
+ New units cannot be spawned mid-game, lending gravity to one's actions and the manner in which one utilizes resources
+ The campaign is quite varied in terms of possible choices and effects that may result; this gives the campaign a stronger sense of replayability
+ The abiliity to control time serves to both minimalize tedium and maximize one's response time; excellent and greatly desired quality-of-life feature
+ Plot is interesting and creative; can be a bit silly and over the top, but it's not done so in a way that encourages a cringe
+ Orders for troop movements can be issues while the game is paused

- Mediocre and subdued audio
- Voice-acting leaves much to be desired
- Limited, uninspired soundtrack
- The game has compatibility issues and can be an enormous hassle to start up successfully
- Few multiplayer options; no AI skirmish or practice, for instance

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50 of 57 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
54.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 8
Step 1. Pick Russia
Step 2. Research apeman language
Step 3. Tame every apeman on the map
Step 4. Give them the gift of AK-47
Step 5. Destroy your enemys
Step 6. Reflect on the kind of future this new timeline you have created will have
Step 7. Regret nothing

Love this game. The nostalgia is real.
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26 of 28 people (93%) found this review helpful
58.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 1
Most definitely one of my bigest gaming loves.

And that is more then well deserved position! OW is (even thought it´s age) original not just in the means of timetravel and war in the far past and for the past. Above all it´s brilliant combination of rts and rpg, what makes it so unique. In terms of gameplay it means you have to care about every soldier you have (and in this harsh environment, it´s usually much less than optimal numbuer). You have to always think abut for what to use each soul and how to treat it. What skills to train, where to allocate the manpower, what technology develop and when. Becouse even won battle for valuable resource, if it took too much time, can endanger development of your base and therefore whole mission. Loosing any soldier means hell of a trouble. There are usually multiple ways how to achieve your goals, but every one need careful tactical thinking from base management to field battle strategy.

This way it may sound like hardcore stuff for very patient tacticians... but it´s not. Above all, it´s very enjoyable game for anybody. The main experience isn´t frustration, but fun. Lots of fun. There are some things that help this outcome. First is excellent level design. Missions arent repetitive, but almost always bring some new challenge. They vary from more traditional base-to-base war to Commandos-like stealth action. Often there are also twists in the developement of events, which boosts gameplay with dynamics and pushes you to be prepared for anything.

The last but not least quality is the main story. From the "cliché" of American-Russian war (just situated in unorthodox setting), situation quickly extends to be more complicated. Player is therefore forced to choose which side (and which politcs, ethics and philosophy) to pledge allegience to. Not just from global perspective, but from personal view of main hero and his relationships, too. Which even adds emotinal touch to game. Quite special for rts, isn´t it? Oh, I forgot to mention that (living) soldiers and their valuable experience goes to next missions. And that for some of the more important characters amongst them, you will soon develop special feeling.

Game has, of course, it´s weaknesses (like poor voicecast), but there are not many of them. Somebody may despise the old graphics, but I like it even after all those years.

So in the end I have only one advice regarding Original War: Enjoy It!!!
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
58.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 13
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.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 16
The best PC strategy game ever!
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