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Maelstrom (Windows)

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Description

Maelstrom is a real-time strategy game that takes place in 2050, on a savage future Earth. After an ecological disaster the two remaining human factions wage ware against vicious alien invaders, and each other, in a desperate struggle for survival. The factions are The Remnants (low-tech resistance fighters using conventional weapons), The Ascension (highly intelligent, logical, and ruthless exploiters using high-end futuristic weapons) and the alien race Hai-Genti (aquatic life-forms using bio-engineering as their main weapon).

Terraforming and influencing the elements are important parts of the gameplay. By freezing rivers, creating tornadoes or forming a mountain range players can transform their defense position. Hero units can be controlled directly in a third-person view. Six players can play in several online multiplayer game modes. The singleplayer part consists of 3 campaigns, for each of the factions.

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Maelstrom Windows Building some basic base structures.
Maelstrom Windows You can control your 'hero' units in the FPS mode.
Maelstrom Windows Loading screens provide the mission briefing.
Maelstrom Windows Conversations are unnatural and stiff. Characters constantly repeat the same few movements.

Alternate Titles

  • "Maelstrom: The Battle For Earth Begins" -- Tag-lined title

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The Press Says

Game Watcher Feb 09, 2007 8.2 out of 10 82
G4 TV: X-Play Mar 20, 2007 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Gameplay (Benelux) Mar, 2007 75 out of 100 75
GameStar (Germany) Feb, 2007 72 out of 100 72
PC Games (Germany) Mar 25, 2007 69 out of 100 69
Eurogamer.net (UK) Feb 16, 2007 6 out of 10 60
Pro-G Feb 28, 2007 6 out of 10 60
Gamigo Mar 02, 2007 5.4 out of 10 54
Jeuxvideo.com Feb 20, 2007 9 out of 20 45
Game Chronicles Mar 19, 2007 3.6 out of 10 36

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Sciere (281813) added Maelstrom (Windows) on Jul 12, 2007