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...
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Mixed (164 reviews) - 45% of the 164 user reviews for this game are positive.
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
    • Storage: 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
    • Storage: 1200 MB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX compatible
    • Additional Notes: Keyboard, Mouse
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Overall:
Mixed (164 reviews)
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Cap'n Crunch
5.4 hrs
Posted: August 20
A very good game I played it through my childhood and it's still one of my favorite games I lost my original disk copy but i'm glad that I found it on steam 8/10
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Red
0.2 hrs
Posted: August 11
Absolutely horrible.
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ḎℰѦÐ! ฿◎øм!
0.1 hrs
Posted: July 11
I couldn't even try to play this game, its that bad. It doesn't exactly tell you any basics unless you go into the stupid turtorial, the graphics could use a little update (even for 2001 this is bad) and when you try to build ♥♥♥♥, nothing happens? The music is also very loud and really hurts my ears at the random noises in it, and there is no settings to turn down the music or change the very face mouse sensitivity. You also can't use WASD to move around, only arrow keys. You also get attracked straight away in the campaign and your vechiles run out and die when the sentries could shoot them.

The ♥♥♥♥ is this game.
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Stenonis
0.9 hrs
Posted: July 9
It's an older game but still fun to play just like it's "older brother", Earth 2150. It's from 2001, so don't expect much from the graphic. I really like it's vision of the near future (i am looking to you, Russia... :P ) The gameplay is fairly standard RTS thing, with a bit more control over the equipments of the units, and with less resource management.
If you don't mind the blocky graphic, then you should try it.
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✪ Elu
0.2 hrs
Posted: July 7
Pretty bad tbh
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FireManX
0.1 hrs
Posted: July 7
Don't buy this, it's a waste of money. It had it's run.
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bread_rebellion
0.1 hrs
Posted: June 30
please dont play i say it because i care for you all
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Vinny Scarletto
0.4 hrs
Posted: June 5
I owned (and still do own) this game on CD. Looked for months to find a copy of it, and when I finally did, circa 2005 me was in gaming heaven. Today, this game doesn't hold up nearly as well but is still fun for it's low price. Works on Windows 8.1.
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Link
3.8 hrs
Posted: June 3
A game from a different era, it's quite enjoyable to remember how games were played!

I highly reccomend this for a player who knows the type of game they are buying, this isn't going to be anything like starcraft 2.
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Masakazu222
0.7 hrs
Posted: May 6
Is surprisingly still fun.
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5 of 10 people (50%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 11
Absolutely horrible.
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177 of 208 people (85%) found this review helpful
32 people found this review funny
Recommended
45.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 29, 2014
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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68 of 89 people (76%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
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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43 of 52 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 2, 2015
Why all the hate? Do not buy this game now if you don't collect games or if you haven't played the game before. I got WWIII:BG the date it appeared on steam out of nostalgia; I used to play it years ago.

If you're actually looking for a good new flashy RTS game look elsewhere (hell, even World in Conflict), don't hate on this game just because it's old. (that being said the map engine was awesome at the time. heavily changing terrain during gameplay, building structures, hidden units, etc.)
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58 of 85 people (68%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 3, 2014
Old but Gold.
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40 of 56 people (71%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 12, 2014
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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19 of 25 people (76%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 25, 2014
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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23 of 35 people (66%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
9.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 15, 2014
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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18 of 26 people (69%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
10.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 22, 2014
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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17 of 25 people (68%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 23, 2014
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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