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Carefully balanced but CPU inefficient,
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This review is from: Supreme Commander - Gold Edition (PC DVD) (Video Game)
If you liked Total Annihilation you may well like this. It's more balanced than some of the other post TA mods, the downside is that the game slows as play continues and even toward the end when you are mopping up a few remaining units game speed will remain very slow suggesting that the CPU is computing for units that are destroyed. You would think this is quite a basic fault that would have been fixed in the patches, but oddly no. This means a 1 hour game on the game clock corresponds to several hours realtime. Using intel i5 2.3GHz 64-bit 8GB ram win7 laptop.
Other observation; as with TA the single player is tedious but thankfully you have access to the full build tree in forged alliance. The main thing you get is the skirmish mode. This game virtually lacks a third party modding community, unlike TA's scene which seems to still be active - 15 years after initial release. There is a lack of tools to tweak game parameters and unit costs and stats.
AI attacks in more ways than TA - airpower plays a far bigger role than TA, also the AI seems to know how to build range weapons just beyond your defensive range; however the AI land forces rarely progresses beyond tech level 1 so the dominant strategy is early game survival to the tech 4, then wiping the opposition out with experimental units. Base defenses are weak to force a strategy of aggression; sometimes you return from a sortie to find your base gone.