The year is 2419. War has devastated Earth, and mega-corporations take to the stars to fight over colonised planets. Your employer, the Crayven Corporation, chose you to command an army of ground and air forces. You thought it would be just another brush-fire war. You were wrong.
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Release Date: May 31, 2000

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“A marvellous game. It sparkles with polish, detail and originality.”
9/10 – Eurogamer

“A fast-paced game of skill that's highly accessible and often very impressive.”
8.5/10 – GameSpot

“When you start playing Ground Control, you get sucked into a game that is hard to escape from.”
8.6/10 – IGN

About This Game

A classic blend of action and real-time strategy

The year is 2419 and mankind is on the brink. War has devastated Earth, and mega-corporations take to the stars to fight over colonised planets. Your employer, the Crayven Corporation, chose you to command an army of ground and air forces on the distant world of Krig-7-B. You thought it would be just another brush-fire war in a longstanding dispute. You were wrong.

Ground Control Anthology offers a thrilling RTS experience beloved by fans and critics alike. With a trendsetting mixture of 3D action and strategic combat, it’s still just as epic as it ever was.

Ground Control Anthology includes

  • The original Ground Control
  • The Dark Conspiracy expansion

Key Features

  • A unique mix of 3D action and classic real-time strategy.
  • An intuitive interface designed for both novice and advanced players.
  • 30 singleplayer missions split across two factions in the original game.
  • 15 more singleplayer missions and a new faction in the Dark Conspiracy expansion.
  • Extensive multiplayer* for up to 8 players, including both co-op and competitive modes (LAN only).
  • Dozens of customisable units.
  • Expansive terrain and timeless, highly detailed visuals.

*Multiplayer notice: Because is no longer operating, playing over the Internet is no longer possible. Playing through a LAN is still available.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP (SP3), Windows Vista (SP2), Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1
    • Processor: 1.8 GHz Processor
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX 9 compatible 3D graphics card
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 4 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9 compatible sound card
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82 of 86 people (95%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
14.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 8, 2015
Played this game back when I was just a kid. Loved the atmosphere (I've always been a fan of sci-fi), the lore, soundtrack, and the graphics were (they still are, especially Ground Control 2) amazing.

This is a very good game for those who have been missing old school games of the RTS/Tactical genre.
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28 of 30 people (93%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 1, 2015
Both "Ground Control" games work absolutely fine on windows 7 and for the price are superb:) thank you for putting them on steam:).

Tony Yorkshire:)
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18 of 18 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 20, 2015
Just... an immortal classic that goes to show that, despite the graphics being dated (though workable), solid tactical gameplay mechanics and decent UI design can keep a game going well beyond it's heyday.

If you haven't played this before then it is well worth a try, with controls and gameplay mechanics that still ring true today despite it being made in 2000.

One thing you may need to do is hop on Mod DB and get the "Ground Control 1 Resolution Changer" so that you can set the game to more modern resolutions. Apart from that, have at it and enjoy, I have not had any compatibility problems so far on Windows 7 64.
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14 of 14 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 1, 2015
Ground Control just like I remembered from 'the old days', highly recommended!
(runs just fine on Win8.1)
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 22, 2015
Ou yeah, glad to pay 5 eur for this amazing game. Working excellently on Win 10 and graphics are still quite good, considering how old the game is. But gameplay, gameplay is still very good and I am enjoying this game again a much. Even controlls are still accetable for such a old game. Highly recommended. I just put down all fallout 4, FM2016, NFS and playing this game. You can not cheat old valuable games and you will be keep going back to this game here nd there. buy it now
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
78.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 27
This is a classic game, one of the first full 3D RTS games with innovative feautures for that time - no base or unit building, realistic view and weapon ranges. Pure tactics without economy.

It contains many hours of gameplay - 45 missions await you.

If you like it, make sure to play its sequel Ground Control 2 (much nicer graphics, but gameplay is changed a bit to stimulate player to move and control more, well, ground instead of steadily bombarding everything wth artillery from a safe distance). Another excellent futuristic 3D RTS (with additional fun of ) is Battlezone Redux 98 that is also available on Steam. Later 3D strategic games worth playing are Supreme Commander 1 and 2.

The recent (and excellent) Deserts of Kharak is also inspired by Ground Control and plays like it.
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 11, 2015
I played this title as a teenager way back in 2000. It was one of the first RTS games I had played that ditched resource management and focused solely on squad tactics. The game succeeded wildly in hooking me into the story, through its excellent voice acting and deep gameplay mechanics. The visuals still impress me even today, 15 years later!

Fun Fact: Jennifer Hale is the voice talent behind the game's protagonist, Sarah Parker. Her work alone makes the game a delight to play.

I include Ground Control with the likes of Homeworld as members of a gold standard for unique, top-tier RTS games. If you want a fun sci-fi story coupled with deep strategy, you'll want to pick this one up.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
13.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 4
Ground Control is one of those games that i highly remember after all this time. Played it ~10-11 years ago (got it FREE from FilePlanet, who can remember that?), and even now, after countless computer upgrades, it has not lost it's shine (entirely), nor looks bad as other "old" games (and it runs fine on W10 without doing anything to boot).

I have yet to see more RTS's with this style, where the units you have at the beginning are all you will ever get. The only game i can recall at the top of my head is Soldiers: Heroes of WWII (which is also one of my favorites). This makes the squad configuration critical for success and not just a race of who can mine resources faster to spam units.

If you love RTS's, i cannot recommend this strongly enough. After StarCraft, AoE, RoN and others, i can still get back to this game and not feel disappointed at all.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
51.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 24, 2015
I grew up playing this a lot. Hands down my favorite RTS of all time. But its 2015 and this could use a remaster to fix a few annoyances. Its needs wide screen, window mode support, and better cursor acceleration options. Homeworld received a remaster, so I hope for the best here.

On wide screen if the resolution is streched, you may run into the issue with the cursor whipping across the screen horizontally and it might sometimes move at a crawl vertically. If you have third party mouse drivers that control DPI, you might want to disable them here and tweak the game's mouse sensitivity to your comfort. The awkward acceleration on modern hardware does make it tricky to micro your squards to move them out of focus fire and/or friendly fire in the heat of combat.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
25.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 3, 2015
I still have the disc version of GC, but as it no longer runs properly the updated Anthology version has provided a welcome return to the glorious game I grew up with at a real bargain for only $5.

P.S. If the cutscenes won't play, turn of the "Fullscreen Movie" option under the General tab. It will save you time with the sluggish customer service.
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Flynn Taggart (Norfindel)
1.7 hrs
Posted: September 24
I am in love with Ground control 1. Ground control 2 is not my favourite though.
But this game is still totally worth the money.
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0.8 hrs
Posted: July 26
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14.8 hrs
Posted: July 14
Good old Ground Control, thanks to Steam I was able to play one of my most favourite RTS Games again. I played this Game alot when I was way younger and didn't have any acces to the Internet. Got it from a Magazine that bundled multiple Games on one CD.
The games pretty old now, outdated graphics, but alas a classic and I'd recommend it to anyone who like's RTS games.
Since it's the Anthology Version, I got to play Dark Conspiracy aswell, since that wasn't part of the Game I played way back. I was looking forward to the campaign.
The Cutscene's are definetly better made then in the original campaign. After finishing the campaign. It felt like some missions, of Dark Conspiracy, were more like a chore than a challenge, some of them just seemed drawn out and I don't know if it's just me but I think there were way more enemies per mission than in the original campaign. It felt a bit like, Quantity over Quality. In the original campaign some enemies were well placed and could catch you off guard. In Dark Conspiracy it just seemed like they were all piled up on one point in some missions.They were still fun, but I enjoyed the original missions much more. The new faction they introduced didn't really impress me that much, 1 or 2 units were pretty cool like The Swarm Aerodyne, but that's pretty much it.
I'd still recommend the base game and if you really enjoyed the Gameplay and want more. Go ahead and try out Dark Conspiracy. Or try playing the Multiplayer, there's not alot of people, but a dedicated group of players who play on GameRanger. I've only ever played the Multiplayer in the 2nd one, but it was alot of fun.

tl;dr Definetly give it a try if you like RTS Games
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19.5 hrs
Posted: June 20
Alrighty. An RTS classic. Ground Control does not feature any base building.

- Interesting gameplay (at the time)
- Friendly Fire system
- Several difficulty levels
- Long, narrated story (45 missions in total)
- Plethora of units
- 2/3 factions

- As I said the gameplay is no longer up to snuff.
- Atrocious path finding. Units will get stuck frequently or get "lost".
- Very slow moving units.
- Story gets bland with the introduction of the addon.
- Factions aren't unique enough. Basically they all got the same units, minus some special skills, stats and a few unique units.
- Obviously very dated graphics.
- No save system, no check points...

GC and its addon are definitely not geared towards the casual player. You basically get a handful of units for every mission, which are not replenishable, meaning, when a squad gets completely wiped out it's gone for good, which does not only suck for the mission, but for the overall campaign, since your units "supposedly" level up (never really noticed that, but apparently they get more accurate, more durable, etc.). The good thing is that you can restart a mission at any point and get your units back, the bad part is, there is NO save system whatsoever. That 90 minute mission you just failed at the last instance? Yea, you gotta repeat it ALL again. The addon also introduces some fairly ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ insta fail missions called "infiltrations". In these you have to find your way through the map with only 1 or 2 sniper squads...preferably unseen. If you get spotted the mission is not failed, but the enemy WILL kill your units pretty quickly. Also, ♥♥♥♥ing snipers don't deserve the name. While they kill many units in 1 hit, they aren't all that accurate. I've once spent 5 minuts trying to hit 1 infantry guy...

The game also moves at a glacial pace. You might be looking at your units crossing a desert for several minutes until they arrive at the next nav point. Even worse is that you can't just order them there, because the path finding will ♥♥♥♥ it up, so you basically creep forward inch by inch...and wait for your slowest units to still catch up...only to have them encounter an ambush, a mine field or spawned event enemies, which you are unprepared for against. Guess what, you might just have to repeat it all over again. The addon introduces some "interesting" mission concepts. However, they don't really work that well with the responsiveness of the game. While your units move fairly slowly (at least the more powerful ones), they can die pretty quickly in combat, especially if they are shooting each other.

Say hello to the friendly fire system...just don't. Theoretically you should be able to arrange your units to not suffer friendly fire. Practically I found that to be an insane amount of micro management and frustration, changing formations, ordering troops out of the way...having them walk around confused in circles thanks to the path finding...and have fun ordering a heavy tank into another position.

This is a game for die hard fans of squad based RTS games...not sure it's for anyone else. At the end I chose to cheat my way through it, because the glacial pace of the gameplay coupled with the lack of a save feature was just too much to handle for me. I just wanted it to be over. Got through the Crayven campaign without cheating at least.

Still a good game for its age...if you're looking for this kind of gameplay.
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1.9 hrs
Posted: April 30
I remeber when I first heard about this game. I played the demo on a PC Gamer demo disc. The 3 missions that were on the disc hooked me into buying the game. Of all the games I have ever bought, Ground Control, Homeworld, and Red Alert 2 were underpriced according to the experience they gave. This game was produced when the RTS genre was in it's prime and Ground Control reflects that era perfectly. Ground Control should have gotten more publicity than it recieved.

It plays on the more tactics base that RTS veterans should know rather than spamming hundreds of units to win. This game, hands down, has the most valuable units of any RTS due to the fact every unit plays a role and they can not be replaced once lost. This game will hammer the importance of tactics, unit placement, and formations into you. If you want a challenging RTS, (coping with the stupid AI is a task of it's own) this game will deliver. You better be on your A game with the higher difficulties where it incorporates friendly fire.

The soundtrack is outstanding and complements the story and gameplay very well.This is probably the most immursive RTS you will ever play. As much as I hate IGN, they were right on the money with this one.

The graphics are dated, but the game retains its more defining features that separated it from the rest.

I did an entire playthrough of the core game recorded and uploaded to Youtube.
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0.3 hrs
Posted: March 25
Control the grounds! (lol)

+ : memories, strategy, ok controls, accaptable graphics, great story, multiplayer, played smoothly on W10, expansion included, nostalgia

- : it is old (but good), sometimes cutscenes won't play

Advice: be sure to check out the bootcamp/tutorial (lol)
recommended for people who loved it before, if you want to try it there is an offer sale pack sometimes (this + GC2)
7/10 would ground again
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10.2 hrs
Posted: March 25
Worth every penny.

The game is not like any normal RTS. This game focus seriously on the tactical side of the RTS. You don't base build, you select and equip your drop ship for the up coming battle, while the game has soft and hard counters in play, it doesn't feel like its a rock paper scissor game as you need to take care in the using the terrain to the advantage. Also be aware that friendly fire is a thing in this game.

Would love an remake....
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E Dawg
0.3 hrs
Posted: March 18
Still to this day one of the best combat strategy games around!
We still play it online religiously every weekend and If you want to join us or get involved we host matches Fridays, and on the Weekend around 22:00 GMT on Gameranger. Visit for more details!
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35.3 hrs
Posted: February 22
One of the best real time strategy games ever. IF you like tanks you'll love ground control.
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