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Dark 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.


Dark Reign: The Future of War Windows Mission Briefing (first mission)
Dark Reign: The Future of War Windows Game Play - First Mission
Dark Reign: The Future of War Windows Game Play - showing game speed selection
Dark Reign: The Future of War Windows Main Menu

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User Reviews

Don't listen to the naysayers, this is a classic RTS! Jonathan Hollas (25) 4.33 Stars4.33 Stars4.33 Stars4.33 Stars4.33 Stars
Good game engine, terrible game. PCGamer77 (3001) 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars
A great game technically, but lacking in gameplay. Tomer Gabel (4351) 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars
A terrible, terrible game Maury Markowitz (236) unrated
Although repeated plays reveal some flaws, Dark Reign is indeed a classic RTS CKeen The Great (142) 4.17 Stars4.17 Stars4.17 Stars4.17 Stars4.17 Stars
A game that seems cool when you first get it, but becomes boring after a while. James Kirk (159) 1.67 Stars1.67 Stars1.67 Stars1.67 Stars1.67 Stars
The best, most difficult game I own. Nick Johnston (4) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars

Critic Reviews

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 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Dec, 1997 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Game Revolution Oct, 1997 C+ 58


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German version

In the German versions the death animation was removed.


  • PC Player (Germany)
    • Issue 01/1998 - Best Real-Time Strategy Game in 1997

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Zhentarim7 (174) added Dark Reign: The Future of War (Windows) on May 30, 2000