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Veni Vidi Vici,
This review is from: Supreme Commander - Gold Edition (PC DVD) (Video Game)
Be prepared to alter the game's graphics settings if you're using a machine with mid-level or lower capabilities - but this game is worth it. From humble and struggling beginnings, it is very satisfying to grow and expand your base, increase your resources, and at last unleash a huge avenging warmachine to kick the insolent foe all over the map.
Be prepared for increasing and sometimes surprising challenges as the story of each battle scenario unfolds - be ready for sudden time constraints and long-distance transport tasks!
Although the game is clearly clever enough to accommodate many different styles of gameplay and personal strategic preferences, my own is for medium- or long-term defensive policies, during which I work hard on the gradual accrual of tech and resource dominance, topped off by the satisfying coup-de-grace - and this is a mode that the game rewards - all the really spectacular units lying at the far edges of the tech and resource curves.
The game makes you work hard for the biggest payoffs - the experimental units (with the emphasis on 'mental' as the different factions come up with some truly strange machines) and the mass-destructive weapons, but watching them in action chewing up your opponent makes it all worth while.
Fun, challenging, absorbing and satisfying.
On the other hand, the AI can be a bit samey, and can let you get away with too much delaying. The introduction to the expansion story in 'Forged Alliance' is confusing - the intro movie is dramatic but not very illuminating, and the supplemental 'timeline' animation is confusing in and of itself.
Still worth trying if you like strategy, though.