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The mid-nineties was an era when PC gaming began in earnest, kick-started by the mighty Doom's release in 1993. First-person shooters burgeoned as a result, and their combination with the real-time strategy genre conspired to make the humble home personal computer a powerful commercial gaming platform. And when it came to RTSs, the one name on most people's lips was Command & Conquer. Except for those in the know. They namechecked Cavedog's futuristic adventure, Total Annihilation as a far superior game thanks to its huge battles, terrain-based tactics and imaginative units.
I interviewed its designer and coder, Chris Taylor, a few years ago to discuss this trailblazing game; now we're chatting again, only this time to celebrate Total Annihilation's spiritual follow-up, Supreme Commander, released just over ten years ago.
"I'd been thinking about another RTS since leaving Cavedog and starting Gas Powered Games," he begins, "but it wasn't until I was completely wrapped on Dungeon Siege that I began to really think deeply about what would become Supreme Commander." Gas Powered had enjoyed reasonable success with the technically-ambitious Dungeon Siege games, and these to a certain extent influenced Taylor's next project - but more on that shortly.
Expansion packs were once a core part of playing PC games, but they can often feel less essential in a world of constant updates and microtransactions. Original game Alec, expansions Adam and Graham, and brief DLC Alice gathered to discuss their favourite game expansions and why they still think the model works.
Sometimes you need a hand to hold, so we ve compiled a list of the 25 best co-op games to play on PC with a headset-wearing friend or a muted stranger.
Whether solving puzzles, sneaking, shooting zombies or stabbing mythical creatures in the face, the existence of another player adds an element of unpredictability. The reality of your co-op partner constantly alerting the guards is drowned out by the experience in your head – the synchronised stealth takedowns, the perfectly executed plan – but both success and failure are more compelling when you can take credit for the former and blame someone else for the latter.
There is a co-op game for every duo and our selection includes a variety of the most bestest. Don t worry if your favourite co-op game doesn t feature – it just means you re wrong. All mortals are, on occasion. … [visit site to read more]
An entirely objective ranking of the 50 best PC strategy games ever made. From intricate wargames to soothing peacegames, the broad expanse of the genre contains something for everyone, and we’ve gathered the best of the best. The vast majority are available to buy digitally, a few are free to download and play forever. They’re all brilliant.
Have You Played? is an endless stream of game recommendations. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time.>
Supreme Commander: Forged Alliance initially amazed with its scale. It’s a real-time strategy game in which hundreds of robots collide upon enormous maps, in which the units you build at the start of a match are the size of a metallic toenail on the Experimental units you’ll be building at the end, and in which you’ll spend your time zooming seamlessly up into the clouds just to fit all the destruction on screen.
Seven years later, the scale doesn’t impress me as much. Instead it’s the depth> that continues to amaze.
The Humble Nordic Bundle first appeared over a year ago, but re-emerges this week to let you pay what you want for great games like Supreme Commander and Titan Quest and Darksiders, and strange games that might be fun for a few hours if you need to work off a sugar rush, like underwater Descent-a-like, AquaNox.
The basic pay-what-you-want tier includes Supreme Commander's Gold Edition, which means the awesome Forged Alliance expansion is included, as well as Aquanox, Aquanox 2, adventure game Black Mirror, and venerable RPG Summoner.
If you pay over the average donation amount, currently $6.31, you get Darksiders, Red Faction: Armageddon, the overlooked action RPG, Titan Quest and MX vs. ATV Reflex. Pay $10 or more and you'll get Darksiders 2, SpellForce 2 and Deadfall adventures.
As always, you can use sliders to determine how your payment is divided between developers, the Humble Bundle folk, and supported charities, The Red Cross and Child's Play. You'll have to pay at least a dollar if you want Steam keys for your games. Here's a video teasing the collection, featuring some lovely dodgy early 2000s CGI work.