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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...
Release Date: Oct 16, 2001
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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 the 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
23 of 30 people (77%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
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.
Posted: May 12
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18 of 33 people (55%) found this review helpful
6.1 hrs on record
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.
Posted: May 14
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5 of 9 people (56%) found this review helpful
1.4 hrs on record
I got it working after updating all my drivers. Old game, but playable.
Posted: April 3
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Reminds me of Command & Conquer.
Posted: June 20
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3 of 6 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
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.
Posted: July 21
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33 of 46 people (72%) found this review helpful
2.7 hrs on record
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.
Posted: September 27, 2013
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