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stood the test of time?
on 10 March 2003
When I first played TA i really enjoyed it, but I thought that there may come a time when I exhausted it, I am still waiting for that time. The game comes with two sides the ARM and the CORE, both have 75 units a team, the units are very well balanced and the variety of map sizes allows different lengths of play, small maps are normally short games, like metal heck which can last for a mere 30minutes, or the great seven islands which can last for 5hours.
The game comes with a good variety of planes, ships, vehicles and Kbots(infantry), and plenty of buildings, defence is in the form of lasers, plasma cannons, missles and FlAK cannons, aswell as torpedos launchers. The construction of the units is nanolathing which is essentially a very good idea to overcome the impossibilities of the time to actually put cranes and other things in.
The story line although simple suits the game, the storyline suggests aggression and to win against a hard AI this is what is needed, otherwise they grow ridiculously big. The AI is satisfactory, but can be improved using the AI profiler avaliable from taus.tadesigners.com.
Also the now legendary tank rush of red alert is not present in TA. The most powerful units are the slowest and will get picked off by aircraft if not escorted by planes and will get hit by long range plasma cannon fire if the smaller faster units aren't used to draw their fire.
The core contigency and battle tactics introduce more units and more maps, which makes the game even more exciting and even the superbot, the krogoth still can't survive on its own even in a groups of 5.
The game has acceptable graphics and battle music that gets the adrenaline pumping, the graphics are not completely 3D but are good enough to allow elevation and line of sight to play a major role, since the higher a unit is the further it can see and shoot.
I think that this game has definatley stood the test of time, I still play it even in its original form against friends, I think that if cavedog hadn't have gone bust then TA2 would be the most talked about up and coming statergy game, if the original is anything to go by. A solid C & C beater.