As one of the all-time classic strategy games, Total Annihilation is always a game that I am very excited to talk about. Originally released in 1997, even 20 plus years later this is a fantastic strategy game to play, especially if you love your strategy games to have an awesome sci-fi setting to them.
Core vs Arm!
The story of Total Annihilation is pretty awesome and surprisingly deep for a game originally released back in 1997. The game is set in the far future and there are two warring factions, The Core and the Arm. The Core decided that everyone turning into robots was a good idea and the Arm did not…. Even though the Arm use robots.
The conflict between the two is pretty awesome and the story is better than I am describing here. The game actually has a really cool intro that gets you pretty pumped up for the conflict between the two. The fact that Total Annihilation looks amazing does also help drive home how awesome the story is. For a game from 1997, Total Annihilation has held up very, very well.
Simple, But Fun
What I really like about this game and what has kept me coming back to it all these years later is the gameplay. It is one of those games that is very, very easy to get into. It teaches you very quickly about what you can do, what units you need to use, how to gather resources and so on. It teaches you all of the basics very quickly and then from that you can start to develop your own strategies when it comes to the actual battles.
The number of units that you can build in Total Annihilation is just staggering. There are the basic cannon fodder robots, but you can build ships, planes, towers, tanks and more! Total Annihilation has an extra element of strategy in that the terrain can also affect the battle. There is a nice selection of maps and this can greatly alter the kind of battle you will have. For example, if a map has lots of slopes on it, unless your tank, for example, is all-terrain, it will not be able to go up it. Things like this really keep you on your toes and force you to keep gathering resources so you can improve your army.
The campaign is a great deal of fun. You also have a skirmish mode that lets you tinker with various things such as difficulty. This is a great way to learn how to get better at the game. there is also a multiplayer aspect of the game too, but I am not entirely sure how the servers are for this game these days so that is something to keep in mind.
The 90s was a real golden age for RTS games and I would actually put Total Annihilation close to the top of the list. It would certainly make my top 10 of all time! That is how much fun this game is. Even for a game from the 90s, the presentation has actually aged really well. Add to that the fact that the gameplay is easy to get to grips with, but very in-depth and you have a truly awesome RTS game.
- Tons of units to make use of
- The game eases you in very well
- Hours and hours of fun to be had
- The story is pretty awesome
- The graphics still look good
- Not sure what the online aspect of the game is like now
- It can get very addictive
Processor: PC compatible,
OS: Windows 9x, Windows 2000 Windows XP, Vista, Win 7, Win 8, Win 10.
Game Features:Single game mode
Total Annihilation Screenshots
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