DescriptionDark Reign narrowly beat Total Annihilation as the first RTS to incorporate 3D movement and positioning. This increases the strategic advantage of hills and mountains.
Each mission puts you in the role of commander of either the Imperial army or the Freedom fighters in a campaign to undermine and eventually destroy the opposing force.
This game has many unusual features for the RTS genre. AI patterns you to simply give a unit the order "Search and Destroy" and it would drive off towards the enemy's last known location, in search for something to kill. There is also "explore" mode which let your units do all the map exploring for you. A mission/campaign editor is also provided.
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Part of the Following Groups
|GameSpot||Oct 02, 1997||9.2 out of 10||92|
|Coming Soon Magazine||Dec, 1997||91 out of 100||91|
|Gameplay (Benelux)||Nov, 1997||90 out of 100||90|
|Pelit||Aug, 1997||90 out of 100||90|
|PC Gamer||Dec, 1997||89 out of 100||89|
|Gamezilla||1997||82 out of 100||82|
|Power Play||Oct, 1997||80 out of 100||80|
|Imperium Gier||Dec 15, 1998||80|
|Computer Gaming World (CGW)||Dec, 1997||80|
|Game Revolution||Oct, 1997||C+||58|
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German versionIn the German versions the death animation was removed.
- PC Player (Germany)
- Issue 01/1998 - Best Real-Time Strategy Game in 1997
Related Web Sites
- Dark Reign: The Future of War at Wikipedia (Article on Dark Reign in the open encyclopedia.)
- Dark Reign.ws - Home of Dark Reign! (Excellent site dedicated to the game and its expansion pack. Also offers patches, maps, mods, new units, you name it. They've got a server running for multi-player games and there's an active community forum.)