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Your favorite RTS?

ShaddyDaddyShaddyDaddy Member UncommonPosts: 161
So, keeping in line with my other posts, I would love to know what RTS got you interested in that genre and really hooked you. I know, I know, you are probably saying, "ShaddyDaddy, this forum is for MMORPGs! What are you doing bringing RTS games into this highly pure, never talk about anything but MMO forum?". Well, I would say to you, I live life on the edge. Kidding of course. Anyway, I look forward to seeing your responses! For me, it was WC 2. That was my first and I loved it. I grew to Command and Conquer after that and, needless to say, I was hooked! So, what was your favorite(s)?
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  • ConstantineMerusConstantineMerus Member EpicPosts: 2,691
    Dune managed to remain my favorite through out the ages. 
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  • ShaddyDaddyShaddyDaddy Member UncommonPosts: 161
    Dune managed to remain my favorite through out the ages. 
    I actually ended up playing this game at one point (Don't remember the time frame) but as I recall there was management with trying to get spice and not get eaten by the sandworm? Correct me if i'm mis-remembering.
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  • sunandshadowsunandshadow Member RarePosts: 1,985
    Warcraft 2 is probably my favorite.  Starcraft and Warcraft 3 were both technical improvements but the serious-to-emo content wasn't as much my cup of tea.  I get frustrated with the controls in the Stronghold series, though I love the cheesy bad guy NPCs.  Dungeons 2 is also a lot of fun but the fact that the RTS controls don't work underground really irritated me; haven't gotten to Dungeons 3 or War For The Overworld yet.  Trash is also a fun game concept but their lack of budget shows.

    I've played a fair number of no-combat games which are like the base-building side of an RTS, but I'll assume those aren't included in the thread topic.
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  • shetlandslarsenshetlandslarsen Member UncommonPosts: 89
    Dune in the old days.
    Company of Heroes 2 of the more recent ones. 
  • ConstantineMerusConstantineMerus Member EpicPosts: 2,691
    Dune managed to remain my favorite through out the ages. 
    I actually ended up playing this game at one point (Don't remember the time frame) but as I recall there was management with trying to get spice and not get eaten by the sandworm? Correct me if i'm mis-remembering.
    You are correct good Sir. 
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  • Grunt350Grunt350 Member UncommonPosts: 56
    The original age of empires 2 and Total war rome 1.
  • BrotherMaynardBrotherMaynard Member UncommonPosts: 86
    edited April 28
    Originally, Dune 2. Brilliant game and completely revolutionary back then.

    Then came Command & Conquer (the hype before its release was almost as intense as that of the original Doom) and to this day it is to me the best RTS game ever made.

    Even though it was originally only in VGA (unlike Warcraft 2's SVGA a couple of months later), everything about C&C was perfect. The two factions played completely differently, in total they had only three units in common - the basic rifleman, the bazooka soldier and in one or two special missions the commando unit. All the rest was unique to each side, giving you two entirely different gameplay experiences.

    Even today, Act on Instinct is the most badass intro song I have ever experienced and its very first (spoken) line brings back vivid memories. C&C soundtrack is among the best in gaming.



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  • BrotherMaynardBrotherMaynard Member UncommonPosts: 86
    Dune managed to remain my favorite through out the ages. 
    I actually ended up playing this game at one point (Don't remember the time frame) but as I recall there was management with trying to get spice and not get eaten by the sandworm? Correct me if i'm mis-remembering.
    There was the occasional wormsign that popped up on screen and then you either had to micromanage your harvesters to evade the worm, or if your army was strong enough, you could fight the worm. It had a huge health pool, but especially at later stages it wasn't too hard to destroy it (or to chase it off, I think it usually disappeared as its health dropped too low).

    It was often better to fight to worm, as the game's AI had a tendency to wait for a carryall (if you had built them) to pick up your harvester when you clicked 'return', instead of actually moving the unit. In many cases by the time the carryall arrived, the worm had already eaten the motionless harvester.
  • immodiumimmodium Member RarePosts: 2,580
    edited April 28
    Syndicate if you class it as an RTS is my all time favourite.

    Warhammer 40K: Dawn of War also worth a mention.

    C&C did have an epic soundtrack.

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  • lahnmirlahnmir Member EpicPosts: 2,886
    I grew up on C&C and Warcraft but Dawn of War and Starcraft knocked it out of the park for me. Afterwards nothing else came along that had peaked my interest, not even the followups to those two beloved games.

    /Cheers,
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  • coretex666coretex666 Member EpicPosts: 3,642
    It is really hard to pick just one.

    Over the years, I mostly enjoyed these:

    Knights and Merchants
    Age of Empires 2
    Knights of Honor 
    C&C Tiberian Sun
    C&C Generals
    Company of Heroes

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  • ShaddyDaddyShaddyDaddy Member UncommonPosts: 161
    ALRIGHT! So did any of you play Dark Colony? It was the Greys against the Human type RTS. So. Much. Fun. 
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  • ShaddyDaddyShaddyDaddy Member UncommonPosts: 161
    It is really hard to pick just one.

    Over the years, I mostly enjoyed these:

    Knights and Merchants
    Age of Empires 2
    Knights of Honor 
    C&C Tiberian Sun
    C&C Generals
    Company of Heroes

    I love/ed C&C games!
  • lahnmirlahnmir Member EpicPosts: 2,886
    I completely forgot about Warwind! Far, far ahead of its time with great races, heroes and everything. All of this two years before Starcraft was even a thing. Amazing game.

    /Cheers,
    Lahnmir
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    But there are many. You can play them entirely solo, and even offline. Also, you are wrong by default.

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  • SharneSharne Member UncommonPosts: 146
    Dune and the C&C series were all great but the one that really blew me away at the time was homeworld. Of the current crop I would have to say Stellaris. 
  • AlBQuirkyAlBQuirky Member EpicPosts: 5,505
    Warcraft: Orcs and Humans along with Starcraft 1 and its Broodwar expac are the two I played most. Is the Dungeon Keeper series an RTS? If so, DK 2 I played a lot of. (The DK games popped into my head as I read sunandshadow's reply.)

    I'm more into 4X (eXplore, eXpand, eXploit, eXterminate) games like Master of Magic, though quite similar in nature :)

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  • ShaddyDaddyShaddyDaddy Member UncommonPosts: 161
    AlBQuirky said:
    Warcraft: Orcs and Humans along with Starcraft 1 and its Broodwar expac are the two I played most. Is the Dungeon Keeper series an RTS? If so, DK 2 I played a lot of. (The DK games popped into my head as I read sunandshadow's reply.)

    I'm more into 4X (eXplore, eXpand, eXploit, eXterminate) games like Master of Magic, though quite similar in nature :)

    I howled the first time in Warcraft I clicked on a human peon multiple times waiting for something to be built and he finally cried out, "STOP POKING ME!"
    Brother! My buddy got me into the 4x RTS's! Warhammer II Is the bee's knees. I'm enjoying it a lot! Any other ones you think would be awesome to try out?
  • ShaddyDaddyShaddyDaddy Member UncommonPosts: 161
    lahnmir said:
    I grew up on C&C and Warcraft but Dawn of War and Starcraft knocked it out of the park for me. Afterwards nothing else came along that had peaked my interest, not even the followups to those two beloved games.

    /Cheers,
    Lahnmir
    Dawn of War's expansion that made the game like risk REALLY sealed the deal for me. That game was awesome.
  • ConstantineMerusConstantineMerus Member EpicPosts: 2,691
    ALRIGHT! So did any of you play Dark Colony? It was the Greys against the Human type RTS. So. Much. Fun. 
    It seems you and I have been buddies for a very long time. 
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  • NeanderthalNeanderthal Member RarePosts: 1,797
    edited April 28
    The first ones I played were the warcraft ones and starcraft.  Later I played Age of Mythology and really liked that one.  The last one I liked enough to play a lot was Sins of a Solar Empire.

    I've tried a number of others that I didn't care for much.  Something I don't like in RTS games is excessive micromanaging.  Like when you have to select individual units to make them do their special attack or ability when you need them to do it.  Or, there was one I can't remember the name of where in the campaign mode you conquered territory and then had to manage every town you owned and tell it what to do with it's resources and que up troops to build..for every fricken town....blah.

    I also don't don't really care for it when there is a huge amount of upgrading to do.  I understand that that is a key element with RTS but for me there is a line which can be crossed after which it just seems like more of a hassle than an enjoyable experience.  Sins of a Solar Empire kind of went down that road with it's expansions.
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  • PalebanePalebane Member RarePosts: 3,714
    edited April 28
    I much prefer TBS, but I had some fun with Starcraft and C&C back in the day. Dungeon Keeper was probably my favorite, though I’m not sure if that really counts.

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  • UngoodUngood Member EpicPosts: 2,757
    Sim City. I know this sounds weird, but this was the game that got me into building a city and wanting to see if I could interact/invade other cities around me.

    For here, I went to Warcraft, Command and Conquer, Star Craft, and finally.. going to Dawn of War.

    DoWII was kinda Meh.. and GoWIII has gotten to the point of annoying me.
  • PhaserlightPhaserlight Member EpicPosts: 2,941
    Vanilla Starcraft, baby.  I poured so many hours into creating custom maps, RPGs, even.  It's amazing how much detail can be achieved with the editor.  Some really great memories.

    Warcraft 3 had an even more advanced editor (it spawned DotA, after all) but I never took it upon myself to learn it; it wasn't as user-friendly to me, coming from Starcraft.  Some people created some truly great custom maps there as well.

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  • ScorchienScorchien Member LegendaryPosts: 6,884
    Mine is Rise of Nations , such great game and has a Remastered version available thru Steam ..




  • HarikenHariken Member RarePosts: 2,384
    All Westwood Command & Conquer games before the EA buyout. 
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