I first stumbled upon Supreme Commander when it come in a glorious steam bundle filled with big name titles. I owned the game for nearly 3 months before actually playing playing it. (You know how it is.) Never heard of Supreme Commander or the series and passed it off as a generic knock off from Command and Conquer. WOW I WAS WRONG. SC and SC: FA are 2 of the most underrated RTS games I have ever had the privledge of playing. The progressive scaling of units and map size where hundreds of units engage in epic land, air, and sea warfare is something very few RTS games get right. NIce blend between theoretical technology and pre existing war machines with armaments that can be found in armed forces around the world. But what impresses me the most is how smooth the games run, even when 2000 units are "in play." The interface is very polished and easy to navigate. Simply scorlling the mouse wheel immediately zooms into full view of the map where units are displayed by icons instead of smaller models, allowing for fluid macro play even when your 3 bases are scattered across the map. Has all the elements that one would want in an RTS which include but are not limited to:
4 playable factions. All with their own unique flavor and yet are still balanced.
4 Tier(s) of technology and units that are EPIC when engaged in combat.
A challenging campaign with 8 missions that can last between 1 and 5 hours. (5 if you're like me and enjoy building more automated base defenses.
Incredibly fluid gameplay that is challenging and rewarding.
And finally it is quality mental exercise when you've got 10 macro'd unit groups and several dozen unit production buildings gaurding your commander against endless waves of enemy units that often have an unfair advantage.
If you're a true pc game elitist and you enjoy games of strategy that are aesethically pleasing then definitely grab SC and SC: FA next time you get a chance.
PS - could care less about any grammar or spelling oversights. (Its a steam review that no one will read anyways.)
PSS - Do not buy Supreme commander 2 unless you are a HUGE fan of the serious. Square Enix produced the 2nd installment and completely re modeled all of the units and maps and turned it into shallow, brightly colored, and insignificant shells of their former counter parts.