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"You are outgunned. You are massively outnumbered. You must win." These are your orders. Humanity has already fought its war against the machines -- and lost. AI death squads stand watch over every planet and every wormhole, the few remaining human settlements are held captive in orbiting bubbles, and the AIs have turned their...
Release Date: Oct 21, 2009
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AI War Beta 7.046 - text [re]clarifications and miscellaneous bugfixes and minor changes

July 18th, 2014


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This one is yet more polish work for the new expansion, and also for the rest of the game in preparation for the 8.0 official release.

That means almost entirely bugfixes, balancing, etc. Including a lot of text work and updating the Objectives screen logic, etc. Here’s what’s left (not yet done) between now and 8.0:

- We want to do a new trailer for the whole game. If you have any saves that show the game being awesome (whether that’s the AI being clever, the explosions being massive, or whatever; up to you) please send them our way with instructions on where/how to see the awesomeness :)

- I need to go through the tutorial again; I believe I’ve kept it mostly accurate thus far but another pass is necessary, and more importantly it needs to cover at least the basics of Hacking. And mention salvage, for that matter.

- I need to add entries on the steam side for the new achievements.

- Further bugfixes and balance changes based on what you tell me needs dealt with for 8.0. Generally this means avoiding big changes, but you get the idea.

- Adding in the awesome new music from Pablo. Probably my favorite part of each expansion :)

Enjoy!

The Winter 2013 AI War Sortie Bulletin topic at the community hub is a place to find other players.

This is a standard update that you can download through the in-game updater itself, if you already have 6.000 or later. When you launch the game, you'll see the notice of the update having been found if you're connected to the Internet at the time. If you don't have 6.000 or later, you can download that here.

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AI War Beta 7.045 - polishing and balancing

July 2nd, 2014


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Changelog may be found here

This one is more polish work for the new expansion, and also for the rest of the game.

- Fallen Spire has been substantially rebalanced in favor of powerful capital ships (on the human side) and powerful FS exos (on the AI side), and away from its naturally high AIP causing runaway wave sizes (due to reinforcement redirection).

- The Galaxy Map Filters have been reorganized and improved somewhat; more work needed there but it’s a start.

- And a ton of miscellaneous stuff, notes linked above for the curious.

The Winter 2013 AI War Sortie Bulletin topic at the community hub is a place to find other players.

This is a standard update that you can download through the in-game updater itself, if you already have 6.000 or later. When you launch the game, you'll see the notice of the update having been found if you're connected to the Internet at the time. If you don't have 6.000 or later, you can download that here.

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Reviews

"AI War breaks most of the genre’s rules. Which is precisely why it’s incredible… This out-of-the-blue one-man passion project is one of this year’s finest strategy games."
- Alec Meer, PC Gamer UK, November 2009

It’s a balancing act, with your own strength on one side, and the AI’s opinion of you on the other. Piss it off before you’re ready to face it, and you’re going to get squashed. That moment, when you’re finally in a position to turn the tables, is about as glorious as gaming gets.
- Phill Cameron, Eurogamer, February 2011

I think I’ve stumbled across this year’s Really New Thing. There’s a lot of 2009 to go, but I’ll be surprised if anyone else twists the RTS formula this dramatically and this effectively. And I’m hoping it’ll be the Next Big Thing, because it’s big, different, entirely unprecedented and an exciting way to play an RTS.
- Tom Chick, Crispy Gamer, August 2009

Having played this title at two distinct points in its life cycle what really stands out is the incredible dedication of Arcen Games in keeping on top of how the game evolves and expands. Even though a great many features have been added and tweaked and refined, it was possible for me to drop back into AI War after more than a year away and not find it to be a confusing mish-mash of feature overload. The post-release support is, quite honestly, the best I’ve seen for any game.
- Peter Parrish, IncGamers, February 2011

AI War is, quite simply, the best experience you could have with co-op or single-player real-time strategy in this or any year. It combines grand strategy with emergent AI to form an excellent game perfect for parties and multiplayer. It is easily worth double the price that the developer is selling it at, and anyone with any affinity or taste for strategy games should not miss it. It may be daunting at first, but an excellent tutorial and amazing gameplay mechanics alleviate this into a game that almost anyone can - and should - play.
- James Murff, Big Download, November 2009

About the Game

"You are outgunned. You are massively outnumbered. You must win." These are your orders.

Humanity has already fought its war against the machines -- and lost. AI death squads stand watch over every planet and every wormhole, the few remaining human settlements are held captive in orbiting bubbles, and the AIs have turned their attention outward, away from the galaxy, to alien threats or opportunities unknown.

This inattention is our only hope: a small resistance, too insignificant even to be noticed by the AI central command, has survived. These are the forces you will command. The AI subcommanders will fight you to the death when they see you -- but your glimmer of opportunity comes from quietly subduing those subcommanders without alerting central processing to the danger until it's too late.

You do have a few things going in your favor. Your ships are much faster. You have safe AI routines to automate defenses and mining outposts. You have production techniques that can churn out fully-outfitted unmanned fighters in seconds. There will never be more than a few thousand of your ships versus tens of thousands of theirs, but through careful strategy you must somehow reach and destroy the heavily-guarded AI cores.

Go forth into the galaxy, steal AI technology, recapture those planets you must in order to achieve your ends, and save what remains of humanity. But draw too much attention to yourself, and the full might of the AI overlords will come crashing down.

PC System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP SP2 or later
    • Processor: 1.6Ghz CPU (2.4 Ghz recommended, Dual Core strongly recommended for Host)
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Graphics card must support 1024x1024 textures (most 32MB and up graphics cards do), 1024x768 or greater (32 bit color recommended)
    • Hard Drive: 300MB
    • Multiplayer: Broadband Internet Connection or LAN required for multiplayer.

Mac System Requirements

    • OS: Mac OSX Intel CPU and "Leopard" 10.5 or later.
    • Processor: 1.6Ghz CPU (2.4 Ghz recommended, Dual Core strongly recommended for Host)
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Graphics card must support 1024x1024 textures (most 32MB and up graphics cards do), 1024x768 or greater (32 bit color recommended)
    • Hard Drive: 300MB
    • Multiplayer: Broadband Internet Connection or LAN required for multiplayer.
Helpful customer reviews
22 of 22 people (100%) found this review helpful
267 products in account
22 reviews
233.8 hrs on record
Do you like skirmishing against computer players in RTSes, but don't think they simulate humans enough? Great, you'll like AI War. It's asymmetric, about halfway between skirmish and campaign modes, and it doesn't try to act like a real human.

Do you like really long RTS matches, but don't like that they usually turn one-sided after the first half an hour? Great, you'll like AI War, it stays tense and balanced for the entire 5-20 hour struggle.

Do you like HARD games? Play AI War. The difficulty levels you can select start low but go up to truly legendary heights.

Do you like constant battle? AI War may not be for you. Yes it's real-time, but you will spend a fair amount of time thinking and plotting and planning. Anxiously.

Do you like games that you can finish in one sitting? Don't play AI War. Just don't.

Do you like an easy, relaxed gameplay experience? Probably don't play AI War. You can set the difficulty low, but it's boring...and the difficulty goes up as time goes on, not down. Unless you're playing way below your skill level, the endgame is always a brutal nailbiter and if you are careless you can get wiped out. AI War needs you to think about what you're doing for the whole game.

This game is not for everyone, and it takes a big time commitment. If you're sitting on the fence, I'd recommend avoiding it. There is no "let's sit down for half an hour and see how it is", it will take a lot of time no matter what. Also, you will absolutely want to sit down and play the tutorial, even though it takes a couple hours. It's basically just a short version of a full game that walks you through the unique strategies of AI War with kid gloves on. Playing this game like it was any other RTS is the biggest mistake you can possibly make.

As for what makes the strategy different? You have to pick your battles. The AI is generally not that aggressive, at least not in a planet-by-planet way, but every single time you expand it's like kicking a hornet's nest. Discretion is the better part of valor, and not just because you risk your current armies: In this setting, your opponent is much bigger than you, but it also has other interests much bigger than you. If you stay small and pick your targets carefully, you can keep from drawing too much ire, but if you try to take over the whole galaxy then your enemy will say "oh maybe these humans are a real threat" and stomp the hell out of you. Don't do that.

All in all, it's a truly unique entry in the RTS genre. If the above caveats don't scare you away, give it a shot. It might not be your favorite game, but it's a truly memorable one, and worth the time commitment to play a few games.
Posted: March 4th, 2014
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14 of 15 people (93%) found this review helpful
536 products in account
5 reviews
28.2 hrs on record
I love strategy games and I especially love some micromanagement and I have probably spent too much time in the strategy games that I do enjoy (it is surely a personality flaw). At first this game was a nightmare for me - the huge amounts of units that can be manufactured and fielded even within the smallest star maps can quickly feel overwhelming. Aside from that understanding the advantages and disadvantages of the many available units and upgrades can be intimidating and also the enemy AI can potentially be brutal in the extreme which in combination makes for a steep learning curve.

But stick with it and move past the initial shock and this makes for a surprisingly intuitive and fast-paced RTS. A huge amount of options are available to adapt your games to individual tastes and with or without (but especially with) the various DLC packs you get an amazing variety of AI opponents, bizarre technolgies, neutral factions and whatever else that mean you can play a lot of games without ever repeating similar scenarios or strategies.

Sound and graphics can be unimpressive and for a more expensive game the presentation could be easily criticised, but there is nothing wrong with the gameplay or the massive amount of content. This game has now been in several sales and indie bundles and at that price I have no hesitation in recommending it to anyone who enjoys strategy games - I can certainly say I have spent more money on similar games and not had anywhere near as much fun!
Posted: February 5th, 2014
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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
82 products in account
3 reviews
4.3 hrs on record
This is pretty slick, it seems complicated at first, till you get used to all of the build queue options and the map. You have to capture the space around planets by building bases and raising a fleet of ships to destroy the enemy ai. No pvp, but up to 8 player co-op I think. And the ai gets smarter the more people you have playing. But at it's heart, this is a game about making key choices, deciding whether or not to capture certain systems is a huge factor. the amount of units is stagggering and through the controled chaos, you can micro-manage every unit. Pretty solid RTS coming from someone who doesn't play them too much.
Posted: February 15th, 2014
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11 of 13 people (85%) found this review helpful
65 products in account
1 review
30.6 hrs on record
A really very interesting game.

It's fun if you like the concept of looking around and making your decisions carefuly. You may like this game if you played FTL a lot on pause, and wish you had more to think about while you were doing so.

The game is very complex, very hard, and very tough to win. I personally go between liking the game and not liking it, but only because I'm never a big fan of losing.

Overall, i'd recommend this game to some people, but not to others.
Posted: April 16th, 2014
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
26 products in account
1 review
34.5 hrs on record
This game is fantastic. Great music and deep gameplay. The BGM is outstanding, and multiplayer is fun as well. If you get bored with normal AI, there are a variety of modifiers to make the game interesting. You will never have two identical playthroughs. My only complaints are that the graphics are quite dated, and multiplayer often requires Hamachi or some other third party software. If you have $10 and want a quality space-themed RTS, buy this game. 9/10
Posted: March 14th, 2014
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91 of 95 people (96%) found this review helpful
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66 reviews
8.7 hrs on record
Be warned - this game can get insane.

As the title suggests this game is a fleet (unit) management game, mixed in with a x4 type of experience. The scale of the game opens up suddenly and can get to the point where it just seems overwhelming, however if you stay with it and learn how it works you'll find a decent game.

I'd recommend taking this game slowly, even if the AI doesn't really want you to. You will die several times as you discover the past ways to link units together and arrange your resource collection and defending units to be most effective - that's just the nature of the game. As such this isn't really the ideal game for a beginner to x4 to step in, yet it might just be one of the most rewarding.
The depth in potential is deep and the 3 expansion packs have been done in the 'right way' adding more content to the game and improving gameplay. Thankfully the developers regularly patch AI War: Fleet Command too, which would suggest they're aware of their community, which for me is a major part of buying into a game.

I know some people aren't too keen on AI War due to the rather dated UI and graphics, but I think that's part of the charm. The lack of flashy graphics allows for resources and time to have been spent on the complex nature of the game's actual 'AI'. So, considering the game is called 'AI War', it's almost essential that the game itself has a top level AI behind the scenes making all of this work.
At times this can feel like the enemy are being hyper aggressive, but in truth they're learning about you the player. They're not just reacting to whatever race you play, they learn how you use that race and how you setup. Again this might not be ideal for a new comer, however it can help too, as sometimes they'll go 'easy' on you... for a little bit.

Overall AI War: Fleet Command is a very indepth game that doesn't seem to get much fanfare amonst the Steam Community. If you're a fan of x4 games then this is the game for you. If you can look past the very basic graphics there is a very deep experience waiting for you, perhaps one of the best experiences you'll ever have.
The added bonus is that this game is often VERY cheap on Steam during the Steam sales.
Posted: November 27th, 2013
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