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:
Overall:
Mixed (151 reviews) - 46% of the 151 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Oct 16, 2001

Sign in to add this item to your wishlist, follow it, or mark it as not interested

Buy World War III: Black Gold

 

Reviews

“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
Customer reviews
Customer Review system updated! Learn more
Overall:
Mixed (151 reviews)
Recently Posted
Masakazu222
( 0.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 6
Is surprisingly still fun.
Helpful? Yes No Funny
- ᏴᏀᎠ™ -
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: April 28
ONE WORD, STUPID.
Helpful? Yes No Funny
fox.Jenkins
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: April 16
straight garbage, you can't get into an options menu unless you launch a game. can't play multiplayer with my friend. thank ♥♥♥♥ i didn't pay for this
Helpful? Yes No Funny
grt
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: March 17
OK
Helpful? Yes No Funny
GiTemG
( 0.5 hrs on record )
Posted: March 7
Looks fun but I cant figure out hot to make it full screen. The game play menue is hidden at the bottom of the screen, out of sight and I cant access it in any way. Cant scrool down, can make it full screen. Cant even quit the game. I have to foce quit from the task menue.

Any suggestions?
Helpful? Yes No Funny
Rico007
( 1.9 hrs on record )
Posted: March 7
a really nice old school game.
Helpful? Yes No Funny
Mage of Fables
( 1.4 hrs on record )
Posted: February 29
This game is brilliant. This tells what happens before the Earth series.
Helpful? Yes No Funny
BelieveInYourSmelf
( 0.9 hrs on record )
Posted: February 12
This is the first game i ever played, its what brought me into gaming, i love it! even though its old it still brings back memories
Helpful? Yes No Funny
Sparkzh2o
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: February 6
Y'know. The RTS' I play are fun and entertaining, XCOM for example, but this. I don't know what to call this. It's a mixture of allsorts. It's RISK, COD, RTS and horrible. I'm honestly not recommending this at all. If I do, someone please slap me until I bleed out of both my nose AND mouth.
Helpful? Yes No Funny
<|Mr.Krejs|>
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: January 11
NIE POLECAM! BADZIEWIE
Helpful? Yes No Funny
angryelephant236
( 0.9 hrs on record )
Posted: January 9
I'll admit, I like older RTS's. But this was a disapointment. The Music is depressing, and you can't turn it off! There are NO infantry, at all! Last of all, the voice acting is wierd for the American units.

I saddly do not recomend this game, even when on sale.
Helpful? Yes No Funny
Splorange
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: December 17, 2015
DON'T BUY IT. THATS AN ORDER!!!!!
Helpful? Yes No Funny
AccidentlyOnPurpose
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: December 5, 2015
5.7/10 - Amazing cutscenes, aged RTS

I was really impressed with the video and actors in this game. Unfortunately, the gameplay didn't hold up as well over the years. I have to give it thumbs up because it's good, but there are definately better games to invest time in.

Worth $1

Accidently Reviewed
Was this review helpful or maybe even not helpful? Either way join this group for more. Free Keys and Reviews weekly!
Steam Group: AccidentlyReviewed
Helpful? Yes No Funny
Mustang
( 0.6 hrs on record )
Posted: November 21, 2015
Dated and badly realized. Avoid.
Helpful? Yes No Funny
noisebomb44
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: November 21, 2015
20 FPS cap??
really??
I dont care about the graphics, but 20 fps, thats a slideshow
Helpful? Yes No Funny
General Sturnn
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: November 14, 2015
When I first bought this game my pc couldn't run it(crappy windows 95 back then) found it on Steam, bought it, love it.

STEAM NEEDS TO BRING OUT EARTH 2150 NAO!
Helpful? Yes No Funny
nitro [A]
( 0.5 hrs on record )
Posted: October 30, 2015
TOPWARE!!!! You are silly
A lot of people may be too young to remember Earth 2140 or Earth 2150 or 'The Moon Project' or Earth 2160.

Wiki it.

It is worth a read. Topware likes to put all it's eggs in one basket and then throw them on the floor. Then step on them. Then cry about it. Then try to prosecute all of the evil software pirates in Germany because they think software pirates are why their company keeps going backrupt. I like Topware because I can never really tell if they are trolling.
Helpful? Yes No Funny
stfN1337
( 1.4 hrs on record )
Posted: September 28, 2015
Good fight! <3
Helpful? Yes No Funny
miesnovy
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: September 23, 2015
....
Helpful? Yes No Funny
Mr. Kami
( 3.0 hrs on record )
Posted: September 20, 2015
Had this game when I was much younger, absolutely loved this game and any other RTS game. Most people probably wont know this game but Dogs of War : Battle on Primus IV (came out in 2000) was my favourite RTS game back then. You could either control vehicles from an eagles eye view or directly control a vehicle in 3rd person, which was my favorite feature of the game. The game doesn't have that feature however, I still loved playing it. The game is pretty difficult but that's what makes it fun for me. Sometimes the AI is really frustrating but that does not bother me too much. Graphics are of course dated. Overall, loved the game and still do 8/10.
Helpful? Yes No Funny
Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 6
Is surprisingly still fun.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 90 days
1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 7
a really nice old school game.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
151 of 178 people (85%) found this review helpful
27 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 :)
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
67 of 87 people (77%) 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.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
41 of 47 people (87%) 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.)
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
55 of 79 people (70%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 3, 2014
Old but Gold.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
39 of 55 people (71%) found this review helpful
2 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.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
19 of 24 people (79%) 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.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
23 of 34 people (68%) 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,
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
19 of 27 people (70%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 31, 2015
graphics are really outdated but come on if you like C&C old games u gonna love this too, it is so much like Generals zero hour, you have 3 armies just like generals:
USA
Russia
Iraq
and all have power plants just like red alert.
i am too noob atm to decide about gameplay but so far it is stunning
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
17 of 24 people (71%) found this review helpful
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.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
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
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
14 of 24 people (58%) found this review helpful
Recommended
14.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 22, 2014
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.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
15 of 26 people (58%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 21, 2014
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
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
8 of 14 people (57%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 10, 2014
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...
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
46 of 89 people (52%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
6.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 14, 2014
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.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
10 of 20 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 3, 2014
I got it working after updating all my drivers. Old game, but playable.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
5 of 11 people (45%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 24, 2014
good strategy game,its old so dont expect much from graphics,hit it when its on special offers.
score 6/10.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
3 of 7 people (43%) found this review helpful
Recommended
23.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 18, 2015
this is the first game i ever played on pc, and everything works... so it beats most games out there... this game is like an antique and must be loved for that reason along, this is like the same thing as c0mmand and konquer and hal0 warz (pourpsley spelled wrong) introduced on november 7th 2001 this game was awesome! and i still like it.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny