The last days of man are at hand.. Two years after the Infinite War the once great warring nations now lie in ruins, and humanity’s hope for a brighter future is nothing but a bitter memory. A new, seemingly unstoppable enemy, supported by the zealots of The Order, now seeks to eradicate mankind: UEF, Aeon Loyalist, and Cybran alike.
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Release Date: Sep 28, 2011

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The last days of man are at hand.. Two years after the Infinite War the once great warring nations now lie in ruins, and humanity’s hope for a brighter future is nothing but a bitter memory. A new, seemingly unstoppable enemy, supported by the zealots of The Order, now seeks to eradicate mankind: UEF, Aeon Loyalist, and Cybran alike. With their backs against the wall and staring into the abyss, the tattered remnants of Humanity’s forces must put aside old hatreds and band together as they prepare to make one last desperate stand. One last chance. An alliance forged in blood, steel and hope, they turn to face the dark.

Key Features:

  • New Playable Faction: A completely new playable faction will be available in multiplayer games and serve as the main threat during the new single-player campaign. This new threat is a cunning and devious race with advanced technology and are true masters of quantum technology. New weapons, new strategies, new conquests!
  • New Units: 110 new land, sea, air, base and experimental units evolve armies to address strategic weakness or become the ultimate expressions of factional military doctrine.
  • Warfare on an Epic Scale: Fully realized navies, orbital weaponry and advanced counter intelligence technologies give commanders unprecedented, deadly new capabilities in what is already the most strategic RTS on the market today.
  • New Multiplayer Maps: New multiplayer battlefields provide new grounds for players to prove their supremacy.
  • New Single Player Campaign: Play through a brand new single player campaign as you gather your forces to save mankind from extinction.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows® XP Service Pack 2, Windows® Vista
    • Processor: 1.8 GHz processor
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Hard Disk Space: 8GB available hard drive space
    • Video Card: 128 MB video RAM or greater, with DirectX 9 Vertex Shader / Pixel Shader 2.0 support (ATI 9600+, Nvidia 6200+)
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows® XP Service Pack 2, Windows® Vista
    • Processor: 3.0 GHz Intel or equivalent AMD processor or better
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM or better
    • Hard Disk Space: 8GB available hard drive space
    • Video Card: 256 MB video RAM, with DirectX 9 Vertex Shader / Pixel Shader 2.0 support (Nvidia 6800 or better)
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248 of 254 people (98%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
32.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 8, 2014
YES I DO RECOMMEND THIS GAME.

One of the most under-appreciated games of all time.

Mediocre campaign generally speaking, but containing the BEST real-time strategy gameplay... ever.

When you have learned how to play it properly (50+ hours at least), you realise that this game does real-time strategy better than any other RTS in the world. An RTS should allow the player to use all the systems he has at his disposal, and use those systems -and his excellent knowledge and wisdom- to make TOOLS in which he uses to complete the objective. Let me explain.

In other RTS games, you get resources, you put those resources into aggressive units, and you attack the enemy.

In Supreme Commander, you have a basic start, and then the rest is completely up to you. There are many resources: Mass, Energy, Time, "Build Power", "Micro", but it is completely open so that you can choose exactly what to do with your resources, to execute some strange and excellent strategy that YOU created just now on the spot. You have so many units available to you to use in new ways. These units are not limited to merely 'aggression'. The magnificent unit diversity allows for all sorts of strategic applications. And not just units, but buildings too.

You could send an engineer out right into enemy territory, get it to build a Stealth Generator, construct a Tactical Missile battery, and snipe the enemy commander. This is a logical combination of only THREE units, and none of them the typical 'go and shoot stuff' aggressive units you find in other RTS games. You could teleport a Support Command Unit into the heart of the enemy turtle base and destroy the Strategic Missile Defense in his three seconds of life so that your nuclear missile can do its job. You could send a decoy squadron of Interceptors along one flank of the enemy's base so that your transport drop of an army can get past his horde of Air Superiority Fighters and do damage to the base. You could choose to put your resources into Mass Extractor upgrades and engineers, so that your engineers can focus their build power on speeding up the upgrades one by one, and so run away with exponential increase economy. Actually, that last one is done by all good players anyway. But you can do it as much as you like. There are endless combinations.

The situation is never 'I have x resources, I can put them into y firepower' it is 'I have x spare engineers - I can put some on reclaim and use those bonus resources from reclaim to go into ecenomic upgrades', and 'I have x spare resources that are being wasted sitting in my storage instead of being aggressive units that could get me more ground and Mass Extractors or shields that could give me better hold of what territory I have already claimed', etc.. Your Mass resources can take the form of strong and heavy turrets. Your Energy resources can take the form of air scouts.

But they do not have to stay in those forms. In SupCom you can reclaim those resources by dismantling structures and units through your build power. This unlocks massive intuition, adaptation, and freedom - aspects that encourage strategy. It feels right in an RTS that you can switch up your techniques so easily. You cannot go back to the cold dark RTS games where dumping resources into the wrong form dooms you.

Reclaim is certainly not the only thing in SupCom that makes it so outstanding. It gets everything right. It is the combination of unit variety, resource conversion, scale, and control that makes up so great strategic freedom. I cannot put into words how perfectly this game gets strategy. Everyone needs to enjoy the satisfaction of having such freedom of strategy.

Admittedly, it is quite a learning curve for the first few hours, and then you think you've got it, but then you find you got the basics, and you need to build complexity on those basics so you can unlock more learning curve. It's hard to do, but you can expect so much from such freedom. And if you can't grasp it, just play it simple: get the economy right, and turtle. Lots of players do this. They pick a map with one thin line or gap so that the two teams can hold the line or gap against the other team while everyone gets a superpowered economy and shoves firepower into the middle. Not much strategy, but enough to satisfy many.

Short story is, grand scale of war, control of your forces, freedom of strategy...

BEST RTS EVER. Get it. Or at least watch some casts by Gyle on YouTube. Be warned, many of them are epic, that means potentially hours long, and yes, skirmishes do last that long because this game is epic. And then get Forged Alliance Forever - the community lobby, which I could write another entire review for.

EDIT(S): *Clears throat* I may have *cough* done a bit of a *cough* typo somewhere... Also, I may have been too harsh on the campaign previously.
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226 of 253 people (89%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 27, 2014
Nuked myself by accident. 5/5
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117 of 118 people (99%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
112.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 27, 2014
People told me this game was good, but I never expected THIS.

- Great graphics, especially for a game from 2007.
- 4 unique factions.
- 4 tiers of technology! 4!
- A very good intel system.
- 4 TIERS. 4!!!
- A good campaign with a good story.
- Interesting characters. Oh yes.
- Your commander is actually useful, even later in the game.
- T1 units stay pretty relevant. Building 20 factories to unleash a swarm of T1 tanks is funny.
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118 of 135 people (87%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
228.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 18, 2014
Best RTS game I have ever played. Better than Starcraft.
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95 of 111 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 25, 2014
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Graphics:
+ hundreds of units with their own animations
+ nice effects in close-up
- little brittle when zooming out

Atmosphere:
+ feeling of omnipotence
- sterile look
- colorless characters

Sound:
+ massive explosions
+ many sonic details
+ pleasant, unobtrusive music
- little voice output

Balance:
+ difficulty can be changed before each mission
- extremely steep learning curve
- unfair surprises

Missions:
+ operational area expands
+ positional changes of
- missions always run the same scheme

Enemy:
+ attacked from all sides
+ detects weak points
+ is not cheating
- pathing issues

Units:
+ spectacular special units
+ every vehicle and building meaningful
- few differences between the factions

Story:
+ old enemies become friends
- no cutscenes

Game Size:
+ enormous diversity of tactics
+ 54 multiplayer maps
+ solo playtime around 30 hours
- solo missions for all three parties the same

It’s a real-time strategy game in which hundreds of robots collide upon enormous maps. 40-by-40 square kilometers (or even 81-by-81 in skirmish and multiplayer), the game offers a lot of flexibility and room. Forged Alliance takes the already brain-poundingly complex and uber-balanced unit structure of SupCom basic and adds more than 100 new robots and vehicles to take into account (including 10 new unit types for each of the old factions). Releasing FA as a stand-alone game was an odd choice, then, as anyone who hasn't played the original will likely be way too overwhelmed by both oft-unstoppable AI and lightning fast online opponents.

The campaign six missions are often weak applied for in-game cutscenes, which is almost always present in need of blowing up another enemy base interrupted. But it's really not about story - it's about war on a planetary scale. SupCom wasn't loved for having a particularly good story, and it's no better here despite a valiant effort. If you were a fan of Supreme Commander, you've probably already purchased this expansion and will surely be pleased with it.

If you're new to the series, this is, logically speaking, the game to grab first.
It's not a game for every gamer, not even for every RTS fan, and, quite frankly, you might be turned off even once you get to know it.
It's your first day - take it easy until you've learned the ropes :D

Score: 83 / 100
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36 of 36 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
68.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 19, 2014
Be advised: Playing this RTS will make you like other RTS games less, simply because this one is so good.
My favourite RTS at the moment, and it has been since launch!
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33 of 33 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
63.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 2, 2014
How is it that an excellent strategy game like this is so obscure, while a number of worse and more pricey RTS games are extremely popular? It boggles the mind!
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32 of 34 people (94%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
87.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 16, 2014
I can't even describe how much I loved this game when it was released. Great thing is, that you are allowed to effectively use land, air and sea units and also offensive structures like cruise missiles, long range artillery and nukes. This variety is even expanded by experimental units. Despite that the game is well ballanced and every one of three factions has something to offer. Playing campaighn is quite fun and skirmish offers great amout of maps and customization.

PROS
  • Land, Air, Sea Battles
  • Variety of Structures
  • Variety of Units
  • Great Skirmish
CONS
  • None
MY RATING: 86 %
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28 of 31 people (90%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 1, 2014
Probably in the top 5 of All RTS games ever made. Will admit that the learning curve is steep but the depth adds so much replay ability to the game

GPG has long since ditched the online game play but the community has made their own match making and ladder system!
Check it out at forged allience forever!
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30 of 35 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
86.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 1, 2014
11/10 would bang.
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22 of 22 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
810.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 16, 2014
Best strategy game ever! My hrs into this game (787.5hrs + my other account) have well exceeded 1000hrs, nearing 2000hrs of total game play. It was without a doubt the best game I've been introduced to. I recommond this game to everyone, expecial those who love stategy game; whether or not it's on sale. Some have said that SC crash's and I would more point that at thier system then the game itself. Still, if you find it crash's simply go to google (Who uses bing ;)), search up Supreme Commander Forged Alliance Forever and download it. It'll fix your crash, as well as give you tounds of new mods and palyers to play with.

12/10
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19 of 20 people (95%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
149.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 20, 2014
Probally the BEST real time strategy game I've ever played. I definately recommend this game to anyone.
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16 of 16 people (100%) found this review helpful
176.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 8, 2014
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.
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12 of 12 people (100%) found this review helpful
133.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 18, 2014
I am a long time RTS fan and I used to play total annhilation years ago. I bought this game a while back on steam after getting bored of single player on my discs. This is an incredible game and for 2007, the graphics are ridiculously good. I have been reading the negative comments and the majority state "Game won't work" or "It Won't start."
After about 130 hours of playing my copy, my game broke like many other have done. However it is a quick fix. Don't spend hours looking for another way, just download the Forged Alliance Forever Client.

Forged Alliance Forever is a community driven project and is a great plays to play games. There are mod vaults, map vaults, ladder mathes, tournaments and even tutorials for the new players. I have played on this for at least another 200 hours since my steam copy stopped working.

I hope everyone has found this helpful!
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12 of 12 people (100%) found this review helpful
169.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 9, 2014
This game is a masterpiece it is a base building RTS based in a future where the galaxy has been torn apart by a millenia of war by 3 factions:United Earth Federation Cybrans Aeon eahc being different and unique this game also has a unique unit system where u start with ur ''commander'' who builds structures for u and can defeat low level enemy units and ur commander can be upgraded to be improved in combat or have access to higher level structures u can also build enginers a=however ur commander can build quicker there are 3 technically 4 tiers in the game and are defined as ''tech'' u will start at Tech 1 and u get to higher techs by building factories of the previous tech eg once u have a T1 factory u can upgrade it to T2 then T3 each tech allows access to more advanced structures and units once u get T3 engineers or upgrade ur commander to T3 u can get ''experimntals'' which are the most powerful units in the game they are expensive and have high health and damage
The campaign takes place during the ''infinite war'' as the wars combatants have nicknamed it due to it's long period of fighting however when an alien race appears called the ''Seraphim'' the 3 factions UEF Cybrans and Aeon are forced to make a temporary cease fire and stand together to fight the Seraphim threat the campaign features 7 missions I believe each challenging with interesting objectives and characters uuuu can unfortunately not play as the Seraphim but can choose a commander from one of the 3 allied factions
The combat section of the game is phenomonal however battles can last too long these can be multiplayer in the campaign or the multiplayer the combat even though can last too long is great battles are intense and massive and requires strategy and constant attention matches rarely get boring
Pros:
Brilliant gameplay
Unique mechanics
Hard campaign
Interesting characters
Great story
Large battles
Intense gameplay
Well balanced
Cons:
Battles can drag on too long
Some units build too slowly
Campaign can get too difficult at times
In the end the game is a masterpiece if I gave it a rating it would be a strong 9/10 it is unfortunately held back by ridiculous difficulty spikes and battles dragging on for literally hours but I would highly reccommend this game to anyone who like the genre.
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15 of 18 people (83%) found this review helpful
722.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 10, 2014
Best RTS Evar! Very typical, but very mature design with a refined interface. Learn to use templates.
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
33.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 17
This is a significant upgrade to the SupCom engine, making everything appear much more polished and smoother, especially with fog of war. Along with balance changes and new units, it's like a whole new game, rather than an expansion. My favorite part of this game is how it offers a mesmerising view of a futuristic battlefield. How it allows you to zoom up, watch individual parts of an unit move and fire true projectiles. That might not seem to be not that special, but the level of amusement I get when I see projectiles hit things they're not supposed to hit is goofy high. I can spend hours zoomed in just to watch the animations of units, even small things like energy storage growing taller as more energy is stored, and how engineers tilt their wheels to float on the water. I wish every game had strategic zoom like this game, with such polished visuals.

The user interface is still rather basic, but much improved over the original, giving you much more space to see the battlefield. It requires 3rd party add-ons (UI mods) to allow things such as keybind remapping, to display health bars all the time, managing templates easier, and upgrade helpers. I highly recommend at least getting GAZ_UI (I used version 6.1). I had to adjust my build order with the changes that took place, such as starting with a factory first. It wasn't until FA that I seriously started to look at deciphering all the + and - numbers on everything, and learning how to balance energy income with mass income, depending on what I wanted to build. A lot of reading tooltips, looking at unit stats in the unit database web page, and a bit of math helped me out, which is akin to doing spreadsheets.

This game seems to love Intel processors, or those with great "single-thread" performance. Playing on a laptop or AMD CPU will result in some slow-mo action before the end. Even if you have a good CPU, playing in a game with another with a slow CPU can make it agonizingly slow for you, especially if you're used to it being faster. The game doesn't run smoothly at full speed if there's someone else in your game with a poor or unreliable connection as well. I felt like I couldn't play big 8 player games with air battles and 1000 unit cap, until I got my PC upgraded (from AMD X3 720 to i2600k).

The gameplay itself is a handful. It's a challenge to multi-task. The objective is simple, to destroy the enemy commander, but achieving it is another story. You should manage to progress your economy, never settling with a certain amount as "enough", and considering how there's 3 tech levels of it and the hugeness of how maps are, you quickly find out how difficult it is to keep track of anything spread out. Staying compact will allow you to progress through tech at a manageable pace, but this is not an ideal way to achieve victory. Until you get used to things, to the point they become subconscious actions, your strategies will be extremely limited. I resorted to gambling with basic strategies, such as building up dozens of tanks, outnumbering the enemy, and using an upgraded commander to spearhead the assault, looking to surround the enemy commander. At first it was successful, but as maps get bigger and enemy teams get more members, this becomes less effective. Using a dozen tech 2 bombers or gunships to just simply fly in and bomb the enemy commander was a gamble that was easily countered by a shield and a few flak units. Once I got the hang of quickly upgrade my mass, I tried getting out an experimental as quickly as possible, but this strat could be beaten by a zerg rush. Sneaking a T3 commander with a transport as soon as possible was a huge gamble, but seemingly was the only strat that worked if I could land it where I wanted, without endless practice in other parts of the game.

Multiplayer is still barely alive. I was able to register my product serial on Steam to play there, but a competing 3rd party lobby seems to be sucking players away with its advertising. If you choose to play multiplayer on that other lobby, "FAF", I hope you have thick skin and have great luck! I'd describe it as being an active volcano. Be extra cautious and watch out for eruptions. Go in with low expectations, else you may be disappointed, as their advertisements are clearly biased. They lose as many users as they get new ones, due to how toxic and unwelcoming they can be to some, especially those who go in expecting too much. Stick it out and endure the frustration and you'll be able to play one of the most noteworthy RTS games with some actual players.

After playing this, I haven't found another RTS that has impressed me enough. SupCom2 was okay for a short while, fixing some issues I had with Forged Alliance, but was not close to being a FA killer, since it just didn't have the same scale and felt cheapened overall, such as with the cheesy sound effects (ex. commander explosion) and Aeon unit names that sounded cheap and unoriginal. I can't wait for a real update to SC:FA.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
33.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 7
One hard strategy game with quite a few things going on. Quite a bit different (and more challenging and rewarding IMO) than starcraft or Age of Empires or even Planetary Annihilation. Quite an impressive feat considering when Forged Alliance game came out.

This game is going to be alive for a while until another Supreme Commander comes out that pleases all of the fans. Most prefer this one over Supreme Commander 2.

Be sure to look up Forged Alliance forever if you get this game. It will help you with matches, watching replays of other players and other things.
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 7, 2014
Having played Supreme Commander on the Xbox 360, I have never touched the expansion pack until now. A new campaign, new units and maps make this one fun RTS game. For those who have never played SC, it's basically a spiritual successor to Total Annihilation, an RTS where you can make large numbers of units to decimate enemy armies. But SC takes that further by adding larger maps and unit caps and experimental units (larger units that are more expensive, but can turn the tide of battle if used properly). Forged Alliance just adds more to that formula.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
27.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 30, 2014
TL: DR- 10/10, literally one of the three best strategy games i've ever played, and probably the best RTS.

This game can have a steep learning curve, and campaign missions may well take you two hours to complete if you go carefully, or twice that if you go full defensive on the hardest difficulty setting, but this just means that there's actually meaning to good base design, and it is incredibly satisfying to build up an impenetrable fortress then create an army that will flatten your opponent... hopefully. Then there's also the option of building so many nuclear launch facilities that you can overwhelm your enemy's missile defense systems and drown them in nuclear fire (for reference, nukes in this game are just about the hardest to obtain in any game i've found, but they're also the most visually spectacular and you actually have cause to fear them)

There is a good variety of options for the skirmish mode, you can put yourself in a cagefight with a trio of AI opponents that cheat just for added difficulty, you can customise some major gamemode settings such as completely disallowing certain units or tech-levels, or you can increase the rate at which everyone gathers resources to speed the game up a bit.

The graphics are very nice, especially considering the number if units you will have running around the map at any given time. the textures don't look that great if you were to zoom all the way in, but if you do that you'll zoom out again to find that OH GOD THE CYBRAN HAD A BUNCH OF STEALTHED MONKEYLORDS OUTSIDE MY BASE AND THEY'RE TRAMPLING MY REACTORS!

However, the place this game really outshines anything else i've played is its interface. you can customise so easily what the map shows you in terms of the range of your anti-air, anti ground, indirect fire, etc, your sonar, radar, omnisensor ranges... it offers you so much information but if you're finding it overwhelming you can just switch it all of with about two clicks.
Unit control is so good in this game, in terms of automation. you can very reasonably set up a factory to produce infinite of a set of units, have air transports pick them up from your base, and airdrop into a different part of the map with no input from the player. this makes managing hundreds (or, with mods, thousands) of units so much eaiser, leaving you to direct your army, navy and airforce, and watch the explosions.
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