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Total Annihilation (Windows)

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90
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Written by  :  Nick Wang (3)
Written on  :  Aug 27, 2004
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Summary

The Best RTS game of all time!!!!

The Good

This was the most fun I've ever had with any strategy game. It has a ridiculously large number of preset units for you to explore at your leisure not to mention the host of online 3rd party sites that churn out incredibly detailed creations on a daily basis.

This game brings longevity to a previously unknown level with its online and skirmish capabilities and with so many units, telling the difference between good and poor strategies is made very transparent.

Don't get me wrong, this game is still incredibly easy to just pick up and play, the campaign mode gently eases you into this incredible world and makes you itch for more with every breath you take.

Graphically its probably was the best RTS of its time, the closest competitor was Dark Reign but the almost 3D renderings of TA (if a little blocky) blew away all competition.

The soundtrack is just as appealing, with themes to fit every situation.

What I loved most about this game was the degree of customization available, you didn't have to stick to any set rules, if you wanted to try some new strategy like bunching 20 Adv. Construction Aircraft to repair a Krogoth on a rampage, just do it, nothing to stop you!! The diversity this game offered is unheard of in previous games of this genre and set trends that all later game would well to follow.

The Bad

It would have been faster to leave this entry blank but I didn't want readers to think I missed it. Suffice to say, this game was as close to perfect as technology allowed at the time.

The Bottom Line

A MUST BUY, and once you get it, make sure to never let it go!!!