Tomorrow's War Is NOW Ripped from today's headlines, Act of War: Direct Action™ is a frightening tale of suspense, international intrigue and geopolitical military conflict. This real-time strategy experience puts you squarely in control of counterterrorist forces and delivers a first look at tomorrow's war.
User reviews: Mostly Positive (70 reviews) - 72% of the 70 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Mar 14, 2005

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June 1

AoW: DA updated and relaunched!

Dear Act of War: Direct Action Fans,

We are pleased to announce that we have updated and relaunched AOW: DA! With this update we have been able to expand compatibility, so the game now runs on modern operating systems including Windows 7 and Windows 8.1. Additionally, we have made sure that the digital version of the game is now at parity with the last disc released version making this the most up-to-date version of Act of War: Direct Action ever available digitally. The game has been updated to version 1.06.3.

Please note, although we do not anticipate any issues with Saved Games at this time, you should as a precaution backup your Saved Games before updating the game. We suggest creating a backup of the entire AOW Saved Game directory (listed below).

Saved games, for most players, can be found at the following location on your computer:

For 32-bit WIndows:
c:\program files\steam\steamapps\common\Act of War Direct Action\AOW

For 64-bit Windows:
c:\program files (x86)\steam\steamapps\common\Act of War Direct Action\AOW


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About This Game

Tomorrow's War Is NOW
Ripped from today's headlines, Act of War: Direct Action™ is a frightening tale of suspense, international intrigue and geopolitical military conflict. This real-time strategy experience puts you squarely in control of counterterrorist forces and delivers a first look at tomorrow's war.
The Situation:
A crippling energy crisis. Terrorist attacks. Massive strikes. Global instability.

The Enemy:
A shadowy Consortium of back-room conspirators determined to throw the world into utter chaos using widespread terror tactics.

The Heroes:
A new "direct action" operation known as Task Force TALON to counter massive military assaults, rescue hostages, conduct classified spy missions, take prisoners and stop an unpredictable enemy bent on toppling the world's governments.
  • Command ultra-realistic modern military units
  • Power-packed combination of high-end cinema, video effects and live action
  • Intense multiplayer operations for up to eight players
  • Real urban combat, including POW captures and landscape destruction
  • Gripping storyline by NY Times bestselling author, Dale Brown

System Requirements

    • Supported OS:Windows 2000/XP
    • Processor: Pentium 4 1.5 GHz or equivalent (3.0 GHz recommended)
    • Memory: 256 MB RAM (512 MB recommended)
    • Graphics: 64 MB Hardware T&L-compatible video card (256 MB recommended)
    • Sound: DirectX® version Windows 2000/XP-compatible sound card
    • Hard Drive: 3 GB free HD space
      * Broadband connection required for online multiplayer play
Helpful customer reviews
36 of 38 people (95%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 21
Just finished my playthrough of Act of War: Direct Action last night.
However did play the GOG version as the steam version isnt fully updated with Win 10 support yet.

That beeing said, the steam version should support upto Win 7 so if you have that then do not fear from buying it on steam!

So that is over with, now to the game.

Act of War is a RTS from 2005 that follows the "purest" RTS form with build basing and lots of unique units for every faction. The single player playthrough is fun and gives you quite a few headshakes even for a old school RTS players like myself, every unit has it´s strenght and weakness which is amazing and makes it impossible to just take a huge bunch of tanks and win the game, every unit has a counter and even footmen the most basic unit in every RTS is in fact valuable in end game.

The story itself isnt much to talk about, it does the job and drives the game forward in a good speed and in a way that makes you want to continue, it is made with on old Red Alert/C&C formular with greenscreen recordings and real action videos, this gives you a more insightfull way to follow your missions and why you need to do what the mission states, it is overall a better story than most RTS`s i´ve played and it really keeps you stuck in many ways.

Gameplay wise Act of War has everything you could wish for in a RTS and more. That it starts with the entire lineup from any classic RTS, footsoldiers, light tanks, tanks, special units and ofc super weapons. Now that is all like any other and that is what we enjoy, but hold on, there is a lot more, like capturing prisoners of war for money, counter super weapons, off screen airplane control, usage of heli´s to save your wounded soldiers and tanks across the battle field and much much more.

All in all Act of War is a great RTS that has been overlooked by many as it came out while there was other more famous RTS`s on the market which is a shame as it is diffenetly worth buying and worth playing.
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18 of 20 people (90%) found this review helpful
6.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 31
Act of war direct action is one of the brilliant strategy game ever made for me.Probably I must have played this more than 100 hours at non-steam version when it was first released.It's scenario was inspired from Dale Brown's stories (Who is well known military novel author like Tom Clancy).If you like Tom clancy style scenarios or series like 24,homeland etc you will probably like this game.

AoW:DA also looks similar C&C titles,building base,gathering petrol resources and producing units to crush enemy.Cutscenes is one of the best part of AoW.Which made with real actors.On missions a little video screen appears on the corner and begins to inform you about mission and shows news just like C&C.You can capture wounded enemy soldiers as a prisoner and sell it.

Game changing shape according to missions.Sometimes you control small tactical units to eliminate enemy forces or sometimes building bases and producing mass armies.

As far as I read around, some guys complain about that game doesn't work on windows 7 64 bit and more than 2 GB ram.I run windows 7 64 bit home premium and have 8 GB ram,I haven't experienced any problem with game.I just installed and hit the play button it launched.
Edit:A patch has been released for game to run on win7 and 8.1

+Good scenario
+excellent graphics (compare 2005's titles not todays)
+C&C style videos
+No unit limitations
+tactical units
+never bored (it depends on you of course :) )

-No widecsreen resolution but there is a mod on moddb that can add widescreen resolution

As a result 10/10.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
22.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 3
While this was a fun game back in the day, feeling of a similar vein to Command and Conquer but with a sleeker, more realistic vibe. I can't recommend this, at least as a Steam purchase due to the fact that the developer never updated it properly for systems beyond Windows XP.

While it is possible to get it to run on later OSs with some system tweaking or some "unofficial patches" created by fans, I find it more trouble than it's worth and even with me implimenting these fixes the game still suffered major flaws, such as crashes and ridiculously long loading times.

If you have Windows XP or don't mind tweaking around with obscure system settings which can potentionally render Windows unoperable, then try your luck with this game. If not then play something else.
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6 of 10 people (60%) found this review helpful
17.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 30
Wouldn't run on Win7 or Win8 no matter how many fixes you tried?

Get Win10 instead... it runs! Awesome!
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7 of 12 people (58%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 23
Used to work but not anymore. Latest update supposedly supports Windows 7, well before you hit the Add to Cart button, I highly recommend you do not buy it! Absolute waste of money, time and download limit.

Very disappointing as the idea of this game is awesome, but that is all.
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