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Soldiers of Anarchy (Windows)

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Civilization as we know has been wiped out by a incurable genetically engineered virus. Political chaos and public panic forces countries to take drastic measures to control infected populations: Death counts take toll by the millions as countries launch nuclear warheads to their own virus-infected cities. The main plot revolves around a small group of soldiers and scientists that managed to survive in a military bunker. After ten years solitary confinement, depression and boredom, the group decide to take their chances in the real world.

Soldiers of Anarchy is a real-time squad-based strategy game set in the near future. The perspective is top-down with full rotating camera action and gameplay similar to Command & Conquer. The game uses a mission-based system supported by a full continuing plot (full voice-overs) of the surviving soldiers... and their mission to find out what the real world has turned into. Each mission has different objectives in accordance to the pre-set game plot. Optional (usually unmentioned) sub-quests may be found during each mission.

Characters have minor RPG attributes (not enough to qualify for the RPG genre) such as speciality skills improvements (ie. Heavy weapons, Explosives, Medical, etc.) including a paper-doll inventory sheet to equip weapons and items.

Starting with almost no equipment, your soldiers will loot weapons and vehicles as the game progresses. Progress in the game will enable your team to access more elements in the game. After the 2nd mission for example, the team gains access to basic military base facilities: buy and sell weapons and equipment; equip and upgrade your military vehicles; gear-up team members before the next mission.

Vehicles range from various land based APCs, tanks, helicopters and fighter planes. These vehicles however must be operated (driven/piloted) manually by your team members.

Screenshots

Soldiers of Anarchy Windows In-game mission - close-up shot of some of the friendly troops and vehicles.
Soldiers of Anarchy Windows The base - after the first couple of missions you finally have access to your command base. This is where you prepare and gear up before missions.
Soldiers of Anarchy Windows Stock - trade: meet up with the local Seeker (Trader) and trade weapons, ammo, vehicles and other gear!
Soldiers of Anarchy Windows Hanger: er since my pet pigeon doesn't qualify, it seems I don't have anything "flying" here...

Alternate Titles

  • "盟军最前线" -- Chinese Title (Simplified)
  • "Солдаты анархии" -- Russian title
  • "SoA" -- Common abbreviation
  • "Resistance & Unborn" -- Working title
  • "Natural Freedom" -- Working Title

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The Press Says

Gamesmania Jan 07, 2003 87 out of 100 87
PC Games (Germany) Dec 25, 2002 84 out of 100 84
PC Action Jan 13, 2003 82 out of 100 82
GameSpot Nov 08, 2002 8.1 out of 10 81
GameStar (Germany) Dec, 2002 81 out of 100 81
4Players.de Dec 13, 2002 81 out of 100 81
IGN Nov 13, 2002 8 out of 10 80
Joystick (French) Dec, 2002 7 out of 10 70
JeuxVideoPC.com Jul 02, 2003 14 out of 20 70
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Feb, 2003 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars 50

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Trivia

Early in the game, you might come across a crashed Hummer and a skeleton resting near it, with a mailbag full of rotted away letters. This is a reference to the post-apocalyptic novel "The Postman."

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Raymond Scott (37) added Soldiers of Anarchy (Windows) on Jan 12, 2003