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 (64 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
1 of 1 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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6 of 11 people (55%) 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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0 of 3 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 26
awful
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2 of 11 people (18%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 26
VERY ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ STRATEGY GAME I'VE EVER PLAYED- no offense

BUT SRSLY..

First mission I played I see my troops shooting at the dirts while the enemy ROCKET THEM TO DEATH
that is all

-9/+11

THANK GOD I BOUGHT THIS GAME FOR LIKE 0.80$ FOR UNKNOWN REASON
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5 of 21 people (24%) found this review helpful
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 25
This Game is by Reality Pump and is Pre Earth 2140.
This game is World War 3. The game its self looks very like earth 2140. with less units and zero Mechs.
The res System is the Standerd Earth 2140 system and has been improved threw the years, i only baught this game to play when im bored and for that it is acceptable. I WHULD NOT RECOMMEND THIS GAME. HOWEVER I WHULF RECOMEND EARTH 2150. It uses simmaler system for Res Gathering and you can costom your Units.
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3 of 24 people (13%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 15
this game is not as it appears. and not as cool as other games made back at 2001
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2 of 22 people (9%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 24
Worst game ever...even for 2001 standard....glad it only cost 80 cents..
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19 of 29 people (66%) 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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4 of 7 people (57%) 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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7 of 14 people (50%) 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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2 of 5 people (40%) 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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11 of 26 people (42%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 20
Reminds me of Command & Conquer.
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7 of 32 people (22%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 21
Be very careful and look at the date of release before you think of buying this. It's 13 YEARS OLD!! The release date of 2001 is in very small print.
The videos above make it look like a modern game. However, these aren't in game graphics, just footage from cut scenes. When I bought this game, it was being advertised on the main Store screen as being "new!" However that is deliberately misleading and this has now become a very vocal and major issue of the way Steam is deliberately misleading it's customers (some are saying "downright rip off" on many gaming sites and gaming focused YouTube channels).
I find this very sad as Steam used to be held in high regard by myself and many, many others for it's integrity and honesty to it's customers.
As for the gameplay of WW3: Black Gold, it looks very dated now and has been left way behind by so many more modern games in the RTS genre. It just can't be compared to more modern RTS games in ANY possible way.
I bought this game and before playing it, went to visit my big time PC gaming neighbour. By coincidence, he was playing the game and was ranting how he had been "conned" by Steam and cursing the game and it's gameplay. So I sat watching him playing it for a few hours, hoping it would get better the further he got into the game. It didn't.
So when I got back home, I uninstalled it and never bothered with it again. So I haven't logged even a minute of gameplay on it on my own computer. What I saw at my friend's was enough for me.
So when I want an RTS fix, I go for Company of Heroes 1 and 2, Starcraft 2 (both of the already finished games of the intended trilogy), the Warhammer RTS games and the Paradox Grand Strategy games such as Hearts of Iron 3 TFH, Europa Universalis and Crusader Kings 2, etc.
So the lesson to be learned here is that Steam is quickly losing it's integrity and high regard in the gaming industry and so be careful to look at all the small print in the advertising for EVERY game it sells. Plus, assume "new" means the game is new to being available on Steam and not necessarily new as in made in 2014.
I really hope this isn't a downhill spiral and that Steam gets back to how it used to be which made it essential to all PC gamers.
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0 of 16 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 25
I regret buying it. It is dated and not fun to play.
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6 of 30 people (20%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 22
Utter crap. Good concept, badly carried out. 60% of the game didn't even work. I want my money back.

No, seriously, I couldn't build units, helicopters, or anything other than structures. Game constantly glitched out and turned the map black, and so many other things I can't even begin to type out. I want my money back, like I stated before.
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2 of 21 people (10%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 21
i bought this game thinking it would be like earth 2150, it wasnt, it was like iwas trying to be like earth 2150 and was trying to hard and aside from that, it was to complex making it very difficult to get anything done.
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11 of 42 people (26%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 25
Pro-tip: instead of buying the 'Crash to Desktop simulator 1998', take those 74 cents and give them to the heroin addict down the block. Knowing that you just helped fund someone's addiction is way more fulfilling than buying this game is.

1/10: I want that those 74 cents back.
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1 of 19 people (5%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 22
It's like ♥♥♥♥ing a pixelated gopher.
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1 of 19 people (5%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 28
Reminds me of Age of Empires from a few years back. Guide your troops into war, more similarities that I can't think of though. I didn't really enjoy AoE though.
1/10
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1 of 19 people (5%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 16
ill keep this simple .. quite possibly the worst strategy game ive ever bought
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