The highly anticipated sequel to the critically acclaimed game Act of War: Direct Action picks up where the techno-thriller left off. On the eve of the U.S. Presidential elections, simultaneous terrorist attacks hit both candidates. Clues point to corrupt elements within the U.S.
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Release Date: May 30, 2006
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June 1

AoW: HT updated and relaunched!



Dear Act of War: High Treason Fans,

We are pleased to announce that we have updated and relaunched AOW: HT! 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.

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 High Treason\AOW

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

Cheers,
Atari

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May 26

New Update for Increased Compatibility Coming Soon - Backup your Saved Games Now!

Dear Act of War: High Treason Fans,

We are pleased to announce we will soon (next 24-48 hours) be releasing an update to this game that we believe will increase compatibility on more modern Operating Systems.

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 strongly urge all players to backup their saved games, now, in anticipation of this update. 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 High Treason\AOW

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

Cheers,
Atari

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About This Game

The highly anticipated sequel to the critically acclaimed game Act of War: Direct Action picks up where the techno-thriller left off. On the eve of the U.S. Presidential elections, simultaneous terrorist attacks hit both candidates. Clues point to corrupt elements within the U.S. military, but also to the shadowy organization known as the Consortium.
You take on the role of U.S. Army Brigadier General Jason Richter, a career soldier and former commander of the 1st Special Forces (Delta Force) who has been given control of an elite new anti-terrorist unit: Task Force TALON. From massive enemy assaults to delicate hostage extractions, from classified spy missions to search-and-destroy onslaughts, Task Force TALON is deployed to engage the enemy in hotspots around the globe. Using near-future weaponry, Richter's men will be pushed to their mental and physical limits to contain a powerful unpredictable enemy bent on toppling the governments of the world.


  • Ultra-realistic modern military RTS with massive new features for both single and multiplayer
  • Over 50 new multiplayer maps and new single player campaign
  • Three new online multiplayer modes and customization options
  • Naval combat with advanced water physics and expanded technologies
  • Nine different mercenaries to expand the gameplay experience
  • Over 50 new ships, tanks, planes, soldiers, and upgrades
  • Enhanced A.I., graphics, artillery and aircraft handling, and much more!

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • Supported OS: Windows 2000/XP
    • Processor: 1.5 GHz CPU or better
    • RAM: 256 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 64 MB video RAM with full hardware T&L support
    • DirectX Version: DirectX® 9.0c (included) or higher
    • Hard Drive: 7 GB free HD space
Helpful customer reviews
2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 27
In my honest opinion, this is the best base building, old school rts you can get on steam. I've played quite a bit of C&C including tiberium wars, which for a while was my favorite for their variety of units and awesome fighter jet dogfights. Act of War has a very large variety of maps, from vacant cities and towns to open fields and sandy plains. I still haven't played on every map yet. The factions are really awesome and diverse, for example, Task force talon has simple base building and units that are masters at adapting to any situation, units can be further upgraded for unleashing hell on who ever you place the attack order on, while the US army (or murica) have to rely on power sources for their buildings and their units mainly excell in only a few fields having different types of units to deal with what ever the threat may be, infantry, armored or air.

And they recently patched the game so it works for windows 8, this game is a MUST buy for any rts gamer 10/10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 21
The sequal to Act of War Direct Action, I bought the DVD version back in 2006. so even Steam registered me only played less than an hour, I believe I can still write a fair review.

first of all, you do not need to have AoW: DA installed to play. however

Act of War: High Treason follows the TFT commander Jason Richter to discover and prevent a political scheme. Fight against the old enemy of Consortium and on few instances, the US military.

This sequal carries on the innovative system from AoW DA, where wounded infantry and downed pilot become part of the economy syetm in the game. It comes with new units and new campaign. the new units adds several tactical options for each factions. making it more interesting to play. However the missions are not as well designed as those in Direct Action: some comes with odd restriction and conditions, making it just too difficult to beat. New units includes Naval units, but only available in certian mission and some multiplayer maps.

AoW: HT adds Mercenary system, where carefully deployed Mercenaries can turn the tide of the battle. Be warned, it cost a lot to deploy mercenaries so use it wisely.

Gone are the good Live action cutscene, replaced with CG. I do not believe this was voiced by original actor either. the charactor in this is more playful and the charactors in Direct Action are more collected, focused and let's say, "no nonsense".

One improvement over Direct Action is: HT supports widescreen, 16:9 resolution. Keep in mind, this is after all a 2005/2006 game so don't expect to have top notch graphics from modern game engine. However it is still a fun game to play.

When it first launched on Steam, like Direct action, it suffered from memory addressing issue, but I believe it is now fixed. as I am able to play it with windows 8.1, i7 processor and 12GB of ram without any modification.
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25 of 27 people (93%) found this review helpful
6.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 3, 2014
+ Good graphics.
+ Challenging AI.
+ No redundant units.
+ Does not require the original Direct Action to play.

- Campaign not as good as Direct Action.
- Online multiplayer requires 3rd-party software (Hamachi or GameRanger)
- AI does not support all game modes.

The Good
We'll start with the graphics: very good considering this game came out in 2006. The stock maps just as detailed as Direct Action, but with far more variety - Aside from the usual desert and urban maps, you can now play on more forest and jungle theatres.

Infantry play a prominent role right up until the late game. Act of War focuses less on tank rushing and requires the player to think a bit more. Well placed infantry, for example, can ambush a tank convoy from trees/tall grass and gain a x2 damage bonus. Likewise, artillery could be used to clear out forests and potential ambush zones. It's nice to play an RTS where infantry are more than just cannon fodder.

There are some very interesting game mechanics here too. While oil is your main source of income, it is still a finite resource and will run dry eventually. You can take and hold banks to acquire funds, or you can even take wounded enemies as hostages for ransom.

The expansion also adds naval warfare, which actually works rather well once you get the knack for it. Each faction has it's own unique variety of ships with different play styles.

Another interesting mechanic introduced to High Treason is the addition of mercenary units. These are expensive, but very effective specialist units that excel in what they do. For example, you can hire a specialist team of medics to provide a heal radius around wounded infantry - or call in the Rawhide artillery team and level an enemy base with rockets from afar.

The Bad
The AI does not work in naval warfare, which means you're up against humans whether you like it or not. Only a minor complaint, but sometimes it's nice to practice against the AI and hone your skills.

The campaign is brutally hard compared to Direct Action. Some veteran players might be okay with the tougher AI, but I personally struggled. Also the lack of live-action cut-scenes was also a disappointment.

The Ugly
Compatibility issues lie with Windows Vista, Win7 and Win8. There is a Win7 compatibility patch on ModDB which works perfectly - you can get it here

Final Thoughts
Despite the initial compatibility issues, this game has proven to be a very underrated RTS. It's what C&C Generals should have been.

VERDICT: Highly recommended.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
13.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 5, 2014
Once you deal with the whole exceeds 2gbs of ram ordeal, its one of the best rts' i've played. It runs very smoothly and each faction is very unique yet very simple to use. There's cool mechanics like hiding in trees and proning to become hidden. It's like a prettier, more detailed version of command and conquer generals....but better. That's saying alot.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
8.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 23, 2014
Finally seems to be stable after all these years. A great RTS with a great air strike system.
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