In 2032 an Earth that knows only peace is forced to relearn the art of war. Twenty years have passed since the population of Earth did a fine job of destroying nearly everything in one final struggle for power by the politicians and military leaders.
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Release Date: Jun 14, 2001
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In 2032 an Earth that knows only peace is forced to relearn the art of war.

Twenty years have passed since the population of Earth did a fine job of destroying nearly everything in one final struggle for power by the politicians and military leaders. Twenty years have been spent building a near Utopia, a society where currency and finance are irrelevant, a planet without hunger or poverty. All weapons have been destroyed to ensure peace. But hidden away in an archipelago in the Pacific Ocean, a cabal of old-world magnates: ex-leaders, financiers, politicians, and despots, are planning a return to the greed fueled, hate filled past. And there in no way to fight them. Except this one last remaining Adaptive Cruiser – The Antaeus.

Antaeus Rising combines explosive action with powerful real-time strategy. Take command of powerful aircraft carrier/manufacturing platform. Create military units with your carrier using the most advanced nano-technology known by the modern world and lead an army against the forces of the Old World Cabal. Plan your assault from within your carrier and than enter your units for some third-person mayhem! The fate of world is in your hands, are you able to hold it?

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP / Windows Vista / Windows 7 / Windows 8
    • Processor: 1 GHz Processor
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 3D graphics card
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Hard Drive: 505 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows XP / Windows Vista / Windows 7 / Windows 8
    • Processor: 1.4 GHz Processor
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 3D graphics card
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Hard Drive: 505 MB available space
Helpful customer reviews
8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 6
(Despite my short playtime, I've owned the disc since 2001)

It's been over a decade since this game was released. I thank my dad for buying me this game. The game was well presented. The story was very powerful, and the narrator had you at the edge of your seat. As for graphics, they will obviously be ugly compared to those of more modern games, but, hey, this game was made in 2001, so give it a break. It was great at the time. Now for the gameplay. What a wonderful combination of real-time strategy and third-person shooter elements! Yes, it has the action, but you really need think, and start being strategic. And I love the resource management. The sound and music were excellent as well. What pains me is that there was no multiplayer. If it had multiplayer, then it would be a great game perfected. Unfortunately, the game only has a story mode, so once you beat the game, that's it. But it takes about 20-30 hours to complete, and a second playthrough is worth it, so that's like 40-60 hours. In conclusion, this is the best game nobody plays. I hope one day, someone will remake this game, solve all its issues and I'll buy it on day one.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 7
One of the few games that I played all the way through. Always wanting to push ahead to see what was coming next.
Issue orders to your team or take control yourself. Your team will give you attitude if you place them in the wrong vehicle and you can also turn harsh language on/off in menu. I loved playing this game. Catchy menu tune, narrated by Tom Baker (The best Dr Who!) what's not to like.

Buy it now or check my inventory for a trade deal!
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5 of 8 people (63%) found this review helpful
28.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 3
If you don't own this BUY IT NOW, Especially when it goes on sale for a few dollars or less. You will definatley get you money's worth and it's one of the very few Hybrid Strategy games that acctually works.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
24.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 6
This old remix of Carrier Command is a fantastic blend of first-person vehicle combat and real-time-strategy.
Although it starts slow (2 or 3 tutorial missions), the complexity builds gradually, till you are ordering multiple units whilst simultaneously fighting/driving yourself.

The great voice-work is fun too ("I'm an aviator : A-V-I-A-T-O-R")

Good times
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 19
BEST GAME OF MY ENTIRE LIFE!
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1.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 26
one of those quiet gems of a game. with voices of Tom Baker (Doctor Who) and Paul Darrow (Blakes 7) and a plot that feels like Gerry Andersons UFO crossed with Carrier Command, it's a steal at the current price....
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34 of 34 people (100%) found this review helpful
16.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 6
A perfect mix of a strategy and action game. A maximum of 10 units (usually 6-7 being used) active at once, along with the strategic view always pausing the game, makes it a much more enjoyable experience for those hating micromanagement (like me). The story is fantastic, it could very well come from an A-rated movie. The characters here have a soul and their constant banter makes you feel as if you weren't playing alone. It truly gives you the feeling of being a captain who is in constant touch with his soldiers over a commlink.

The game strongly hints at a sequel, but nothing's come up so far. It has potential, pick it up Valve ;).
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 14
Possibly one of my all-time favorite games. I have bought this game 3 times by now, for one reason or another. The story is rather unique and the setting you find yourself in is like few others I have ever seen. The fact that this game came out in the age of giant PC game boxes and has continued to be sold non-stop even up until today is saying something in and of itself. However, the feel of the game and its re-playability have been key reasons for why I just keep coming back to it. From the ability to hot-seat from the carrier that houses your brain (which if you try to look around in some of the internal views, you might catch a glimps of) to any one of your combat vehicals, it offers multitudes of ways to experience each of the unique levels. Even the pilots' AI's are differnt in their appoch to how they handel each type of vehical. Be it hellicopter, hovercraft, tank, or buggy; as well as what they will do in combat... even their prefered weapons can become something of a deciding factor from one fight to the next depending on the enemies they are facing and who is on their wing. Compared to most modern feel-alikes, the part that stands out most for me is the ease with which you can command your forces in the field be it from the live interface or the tactical map. The only down side I could think of is the one mission where stealth is required, where in you fail if your forces are detected before a particular objective is completed. Thankfully its only one mission and after you finish it, you never need worry about it again. If any other levels give you trouble, feel free to ask for tips or tricks. By now I more or less know them all.
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7 of 10 people (70%) found this review helpful
34.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 13
This is one of those old gems for me. It is old school RTS wih a twist.

It's one of those games where even the flaws seem to become somehow endeering.
The voice acting - meh.
The story - B movie.
The gameplay - Enjoyable and only frustrating for mostly all the right reasons.
The sound - It exists, but you wont think about it. It just feels natural.
The graphics - 2001
The difficulty - from "not too bad" to "OH GOD PLEASE MAKE IT STOP!" if you let the AI push forward.

This for me is just one of those games that shows me that games are only getting worse.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 23
nostalgia/10

Takes a while to get used to, but is a great game for its time. Would recommend.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 4
An older game with no multiplayer, but still a lot of fun if you like RTS games. Graphics do look a little dated but are still decent & the interface is very easy to learn & master. The challenge comes from the tactical use of your AI companions which are well coded.

If any game was crying out for a remake into HD with multiplayer, this is it!
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 6
Truthfully my favorite strategy game. I played this back when it was new and am amazed it has held up so well. It isn't a game where you just tell your units what to do and kick back, you have to adapt to the situation and at times be a pilot yourself (I piloted in most if not all missions, It just feels so much more involved). You learn what each soul is good at and surprisingly they do have fairly decent AI, if nothing else for the time the game is from. The banter gets a bit repetitive between your souls but I still greatly enjoy that they talk to each other. The graphics are dated heavily but they were very advanced for the time and it still isnt painful to look at. My hour count on here is only since picking it up on steam, ive beaten it countless times before obtaining it here. My disk is too worn out to run now. 10/10
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 5
is not for widescreen monitors
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 7
If you are reading this then you are wasting time that could be better spent playing this fine ♥♥♥ game. There are only two bad things about this game:

1) No multiplayer.

2) No skirmish mode.

Other than that, you can play the hell out of this game and will be a better person for having done so.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 11
One of the best games, on time when it was released in my mind. After you get your carrier repaired enough you can put ai do your commands and watch them do it, SPACE + q, i mostly use, and makes gameplay quite easy and fast.

I just wished carrier command: gaea mission would of been more complex like this is.

Just a one minus - cant have resources to the next mission that you have mined in the last, so just focus on mission objectives.

Very nice old game.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 15
Been playing for around an hour, but I feel like it's passed months. Totally fun and recommended
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
32.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 23
An unique genre and one of the best games ever!
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155 of 169 people (92%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 30
Hotile Water: Ataeus Rising is one of favourite older games.
From the moment i played the demo back when it was released! i was hooked unfortunetly for me at the time i had no method of obtaining it.

Basically you control a carrier ship which is 1 of two left in the Antaeue Project with the second being out of commison which has the ability to construct certain vehicles Land/air which will expand in variety as you play the game. The pilots for your vehicles are actually the soul of someone who died piloting one of the vehicles you harvest that have been recorded into a soulchip.

Construction happens because of the creation engine which is full of tiny nanites that can build things really fast due to sheer number of them however without energy you will not be able to make things.

You will need to collect energy via harvesting metallic objects that are littered throughout the levels.
To upgrade units/unlock tech you will need to fight and analyse vehicles/weapons.

From what i can tell thus far this is original untouched code that still play's well. The Resolution is still pretty low but don't let that put you off.

This is a strategy game that is in dire need for a HD remake or a sequel.

I am now a happy owner with 3 copies. 1 from amazon, 1 from gog and now thank to steam i now have it in my steam library.

So what are you waiting for Captain? Buy it and play it.
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70 of 75 people (93%) found this review helpful
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 30
The game itself is excellent, but the command system is what makes this game shine.
While piloting a craft I can order an AI pilot pick up a tank and drop it where I'm looking with just a few key presses.
Take a look in the manual at page 19 for example.
A basic (but nice) combination is to pilot a hovercraft youself, and have a heli cover you.

Another excellent touch are the competent AI pilots, and how you can take control or give it back at anytime.

It also have a non-trivial story told in (for its time) wellmade movies.
Yes, this game is more than 10 years, so the textures and polygon counts are bad, - but this game is still among my all time favorites. (I still have it on physical disc, but couldn't help buying it here as well)
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46 of 49 people (94%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 31
This is one of my favourite PC games of all time.

It's pretty much a forgotten gem, which is a great shame. It is a unique game that manages to combine strategy with blowing chunks of metal out of people. It's possible to manually control everything, manually gather resources (like a strategy game), manually shoot at people who would shoot at you (like a dumb tank shooter). Alternatively, you could leave it to the AI and plan your attacks out, just like a strategy game.

This game therefore turns the strategy genre on its head, allowing you to have more direct control over your units. You can have the AI do all the boring stuff, taking land vehicles from the carrier deck to the actual land and then go looking for resources, while you take control of the aircraft taking people out.

As the game goes on, you get cool upgrades, new weapons, armour, different units, all kinds of stuff. You get more AI characters to control your ever growing army, and you'll end up with some intense battles against the hordes of... well, hell if I know. The story is a bit weird. The gameplay is where it's at.

I haven't played a game like this. It's a shame really, this game is really innovative and I would have enjoyed a sequel. Unfortunately, the developers went out of business. Kind of a shame, they started off in my birthplace.

You won't regret buying this game if you like explosions or strategy. Oh, a small bonus since you read this far: hold down the right mouse button when you are in the Antaeus construction room and move your mouse. Ahh, I love random attention to detail!
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