Actual Armies. Actual Weapons. Actual Political Issues. World War III - Black Gold takes the player to the near future. The political crisis has been going on for months, leading to worldwide turmoil. A secret conference of the UN Central Geological Commission reveals that worldwide oil reserves have reached dangerously low levels: Oil...
User reviews: Mostly Negative (70 reviews)
Release Date: Oct 16, 2001
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“Political climate aside, this is a great game. It is well designed and features great replay ability.”
90 – Gamer's Pulse

“Black Gold's combination of intense real-time action, gorgeous graphics, and streamlined play make this one of the best real-time strategy games of 2001.”
85 – GameSpy

“It's an all-around great real-time strategy game that also happens to stand out from other games in the genre.”
84 – GameSpot

About This Game

Actual Armies. Actual Weapons. Actual Political Issues.

World War III - Black Gold takes the player to the near future. The political crisis has been going on for months, leading to worldwide turmoil. A secret conference of the UN Central Geological Commission reveals that worldwide oil reserves have reached dangerously low levels: Oil reserves will run out within 8-10 years. This proves too short for even the most highly industrialized countries to switch their economies to alternative energy sources. Soon, mass protests erupt all over the world, effectively shutting down the global economy. The Great Powers have declared WW III...

FEATURES:

  • 2 Game modes: for beginners and experts
  • 3 Campaigns on three sites: the US, Russia and Iraq in 30 epic missions of courage and honour
  • Fully 3D war terrain and units
  • Day/night cycles and variable weather conditions affect the game and your strategies
  • "Technology Tree" weapons research system
  • Tunnels, trenches and interconnected underground tunnel systems)
  • Ability to modify the 3D terrain (flattens terrain, create bulwarks or dig ditches)
  • Advanced electronic battle systems: communications tapping, photo stream capturing
  • Kamikaze and Stealth-units
  • Camouflage and Jamming systems
  • Defence systems: missile defence, decoys, anti-chemical filters
  • Anti-aircraft, anti-tank, mass destruction weapons
  • Challenging Multitplayer-Mode for up to 8 players over LAN & EarthNet

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP / Vista / 7 / 8
    • Processor: Intel/AMD Singlecore CPU
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 3D with DirectX support and 64 MB RAM
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 900 MB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX compatible
    • Additional Notes: Keyboard, Mouse
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows XP / Vista / 7 / 8
    • Processor: Intel/AMD Singlecore CPU with 1.5 GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 3D with DirectX support and 128 MB RAM
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 1200 MB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX compatible
    • Additional Notes: Keyboard, Mouse
Helpful customer reviews
30 of 40 people (75%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 29
For all the people that do not recommend this game: you should probably stop buying games that are older than you :)
Now about the game: It was and still is a great RTS and keep in mind this came out in 2001. It brings back so many good memories and bad (when my WWIII:BG CD got scratched and couldn't play the game anymore). I recommend this game to people that started gaming with 8-bit graphics games, not with COD and CS :)
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 25
A fun albeit, dated, rts that gives you the most enjoyment from the skirmishes. They are rather large skirmishes, and I mena LARGE, I was honestly surprised to see the number of AI you could add, it was this feature, really that made the game so much fun for me, the large scale rts battles made this well worth the, less than a dollar, I spent on it. In terms of gameplay it is rather standard and sometimes tedious, though despite all its short comings, I'd say if it's on sale, pick it up if you want another rts, nothing too special but for less than a dollar you get your money's worth.
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7 of 10 people (70%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 23
Its quite an Old school game so it won't just Simply run on Win7 & Win8 you have to get the ww3_patch_v_1_2 to get it to even remotely start to work normally, but other than that the game is smooth. You just gotta fix the settings for resolution and such to get it to work. Overal its good just gotta have alot of patience to even to get it to play
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8 of 13 people (62%) found this review helpful
9.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 15
Do you like C&C? This is the same game, just a bit more annoying. I had fun, but the game was dull. Because I had fun, it gets a thumbs up. I only wish there was a "meh" option. Nothing special here,
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8 of 15 people (53%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 21
I do not know why this game is getting alot of hate, It works prefect on my Win 7 64 bit Ultimate, And it is very fun. I played through the first tutorial just now and Had a lot of fun. It was easy controls and simple RTS game-play.
10/10
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4 of 8 people (50%) found this review helpful
6.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 10
It's during the Cold War... Oil are dangerously low... America finding ways to still have vehicles running. Russian generals eager to restore the Soviet Union. And Iraq doesn't care about oil... The great powers declared... World War 3...
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42 of 55 people (76%) found this review helpful
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 27, 2013
Boy was I excited when I saw this title on Steam. WWIII:BG is the first real video game I've ever layed and I absolutely loved it. While the gameplay itself may not be up to 2013 RTS standards, the music, ambience, mission creativity, mechanics, and immersion are top notch for its time. Sure there are annoying pathing bugs and stupid AI, but it's definitely not gamebreaking. A nostalgic 10/10.
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33 of 45 people (73%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 12
well worth buying, on a week long offer at the moment on steam, great game. bought this game years ago on CD, but have been unable to get it to work on my laptop. bought it today on steam and it works, happy happy me.
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34 of 54 people (63%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 3
Old but Gold.
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11 of 15 people (73%) found this review helpful
10.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 22
This is one of the best RTS games I've ever played. It has a slower pace than Starcraft yet it's just as competitive. Most importantly for me I feel it's more forgiving that other RTS games and it has a very enjoyable learning curve.
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30 of 54 people (56%) found this review helpful
6.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 14
First let me sy that I got this for a steal on sale, so can't complain too much, but

Graphics are ok (cir 2005 style), blocky 3D but effective enough
Typical RTS Gameplay, not much reasource management, just drill for Oil -> Money, focus on combat and base bulding

However, overall, this is a pretty flawed game, based on what I played at least (US campaign, then got bored).

Its tough even on normal difficulty, odds are often stacked against you, and silly restrictions (in single player campaign) such as this 1 unit must survive, and no repair capability offered, even between levels!!!?

Enemy AI is pretty simple, but effective enough... units will stay where they are, didn't see a lit of patrolling, and then they swarm as soon as you attack. Own team AI is where most of the problems are... can only set 3 basic tactics per unit/group... chase 'em, stand still, or stay within area. Even on stay within, you units often roam into areas they shouldn't and get picked off easy. Wost part is the route finding... the game relies on building many units and swarming when you outnumber the enemy... often groups of 15-20 units per group. But the pathfinding is bad. often the first 3 or 4 units head in the right direction, and the ones behind bump intoi them and then head off in another direction for an alternate, often with disasterous effects.

Base building is pretty noddy too. no sign of upgrades for most buildings, just build one to access a certain list of units and then forget it. Having to manage power was a nice touch (each gen can power two nearby buildings) which gives some tactical options of blacking-out your enemy buildings... but most of the time you'll get mashed before you get near ur enemies gens.

All in all this seems a dissapointing basic RTS cir 2000... if you want a very cheap nostagic RTS shot then grab it on sale, if not avoid, there are much better ones out there.
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9 of 16 people (56%) found this review helpful
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 22
With all the "StarCraft" and "Age of Empires" wannabes clogging store shelves, it's rewarding to find a real-time strategy game that does its own thing and does it pretty well.It ain't particularly novel and it ain't particularly easy, but it is engrossing and refreshingly reliant on strategic thinking to see you through.Reality Pump have refined the genre to near perfection, and until we see some radical changes to the RTS formula you’ll be hard pressed to find a better title.A deep, hard strategy game that offers tons in the way of customization and length.
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7 of 13 people (54%) found this review helpful
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 3
I got it working after updating all my drivers. Old game, but playable.
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4 of 8 people (50%) found this review helpful
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 24
good strategy game,its old so dont expect much from graphics,hit it when its on special offers.
score 6/10.
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12 of 28 people (43%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 20
Reminds me of Command & Conquer.
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8 of 21 people (38%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 27
I can't believe I wasted money on this. It brings back all the things you forgot old games had problems with - path finding, AI, connecting to another person on LAN and also launching the game in the first place. An old game and not worth it!
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1 of 8 people (13%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 16
No, it came out in 2001 and no one has played it since...
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29 of 73 people (40%) found this review helpful
30.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 27, 2013
I am a big fan of RTS - especially modern RTS... but this game really lacked a lot of polish. The mini-map is almost useless because you can't make anything out on it. It's hard to see your own units on the play-map because they are often the same color as the terrain. The controls are lacking too... CAN'T SHIFT-ORDER MULTIPLE COMMANDS! Finally, I can't stand how the American units have a foreign accent 1/2 the time. I am so totally unhappy with this game I want to delete it from my game list.
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1 of 12 people (8%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 26
awful
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4 of 19 people (21%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 23
It sucks a ♥♥♥♥
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