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CoH learning curve is not very easy but I think it's not hard either, you'll get the hang of it in few days. Starcraft II is simpler but I think to be competitive it took more effort than CoH and with so much micro and no time, I don't think it's a relaxing game. What I like about CoH, many of damage calculation is probability, so you may get luck/bad roll from it and it makes the game a bit slower (so you can plan something before your unit vanish unlike in SC).

AoE II is outstanding but the HD version seems to be missing original music? I hate the new music.
I also love AoE III, the graphic is quite good and feels fluid. I love those big ship.

Age of Mythology is good but lately I think the interface feels sluggish, dunno the extended version.
I had a difficult time grasping the COH style. Could be that I grew up on Blizzard RTS's and AOE RTS's. If you've played a blizzard RTS, you can plug right into an AOE game, but with something like Sup Com or COH, it's completely different. Hell, even ground control and the lord of the rings RTS was similar to SC2.
 

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I almost forgot about Warcraft III + Frozen Throne, Campaign is simply amazing, and the online custom map presence is still very much there and alive.
Damn this thread is awesome, so many good games I own that I haven't installed!
 
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Try the Wargame series. They're pretty slow paced really realistic and damn hard because you can have your soldiers run out of ammo and your vehicles run out of gas and ammo(I always lose my artillery tanks because they run out of gas in the middle of the map).
 
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I'm really into Crusader Kings II myself. It's a medieval grand strategy game with a twist, in that your task is not to build and maintain and empire, that is merely secondary, your main task is to increase the standing of your dynasty and ensure its survival. With a combination of war and political marriages, I secured the largest empire in Europe, and then scored a practical coup by marrying the aging Byzantine emperor's eldest daughter; this allowed me to press her claim to the throne after he died and secure the united thrones of Britannia and Byzantium for my son. Fast forward about three or four generations and I'm poised to inherit the Kingdom of Rus while single-handedly holding back the Mongol horde AND reclaiming the holy land from the decadent Muslims. It's got to be the most epic strategy game I've ever played, and the developer is continuing to support it with excellent new content. I can't recommend it enough!
 
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Homeworld and Homeworld 2 are still EPIC! HW2 has mods too. And coming eventually, they are getting remastered for modern hardware/oses. I'm VERY excited for this!

http://www.homeworldremastered.com/
Been waiting for this myself. I really hope they don't mess it up. But even if they do. I'll still play the original. Over....and over......and over...still.......

Edit: So I'm covering my ass and not derailing the thread, and since Mechwarrior 2 is my 2nd favorite game of all time, give MechCommander a try. No base building, but much more tactics focused.
 

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Mechcommander was epic back in it's day! That and Commando's were sweet RTT titles from the 90's.

Anyone try the F2P Zero-K? It's got a lot to offer for a free title. Sure it's not quite the polish that the bigger name RTS titles have, but for free it's good.

I'm also looking at another Spring engine based F2P title called Evolution RTS (found through Steam), that looks pretty damn good imho. Was just released 4/4/14.

Here's other Spring engine-based games:
http://springrts.com/wiki/Games
 
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How is Wargame: Red Dragon for someone who does not play many RTS games (only played HW2)? Is it difficult to learn? My main draw to it is the more realistic unit behaviors and the cold war-modern setting.
 

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Wargame: Red Dragon is good, but has a steep initial learning curve. If you want a little more arcady and easier get into game with a solid SP experience, get World in Conflict. Both are considered RTT or Real Time Tactical, as you micro units instead of base building and creating armies. You generally have a predefined quota to manage that's much smaller in RTT vs RTS.

World in Conflict is very good even for it's age. Dawn of War 2 is also a solid RTT experience.

Cold-war is fun, and WiC nails it too...it's not as realistic as Wargame, but with realism comes challenge and tactics too. Good but also has more of a focus on MP than SP, where WiC's MP is dead but has a good SP storyline of Russia invading via Seattle narrated by Alec Baldwin iirc.

I recommend both, but start with WiC, if it becomes a breeze and you really enjoy that aspect, try the Wargame series, the previous two are quite fun as well. I hope that helps!

Check out the thread I made for Strategy gaming, link is the orange one in my sig. :toast:
 
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I haven't played this but a friend does. Looks awesome. Wargame: Red Dragon
 
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#39
Starcraft series is solid.
Rise of Nations
CoH

These are all games I wish i could play more. lol
great games, you won't regret them.

also thought rise of legends was interesting
 

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Age of Empires Online..

Too bad they shutting it down in July. : ( been playing it for the past 2 1/2 years great game..
 
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Age of Empires Online..

Too bad they shutting it down in July. : ( been playing it for the past 2 1/2 years great game..
it was too cartoony for my taste
 

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Taylor also had Total Annihilation Kingdoms, that was basically the vanilla game with a fantasy layover.
 

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Very true. I never did get into it...TA was epic...but again, I love SciFi.
 
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Ascension to the Throne on sale at Steam, turn based battles, open movement. Most of the comments I saw say the graphics and story are crap, but the combat and strategy are solid.
 

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If you want single player, just buy Starcraft: Wings of Liberty. Skip the Heart of the Swarm expansion. It sucks. WOL is pretty good. HOTS is useful only for multiplayer, the single player campaign has you playing as an Infested Kerrigan with PMS.

The multiplayer is pretty good though. However, its very difficult to do well as a noob, the skill matching is terrible.
i completely disagree with everything you've said there.

WoL was terran, HotS was zerg - and neither single player teaches you anything really useful for the multiplayer.

Heart of the swarm added a LOT of noob friendly features, and the matchmaking system works great so new players only fight against new players, unless they've been on a win streak.


for sit back and 'relax' - try FTL. it sounds weird, but its one hell of a game.
 

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Video Card(s) MSI GTX980 Ti Gaming 6G LE @ Stock | Onboard Intel HD 4600
Storage 850EVO 250GB SSD, 960GB SSD, 1x2TB | 840 120GB SSD, RAID10 6x2TB (6TB) + 8TB Backup
Display(s) Samsung 32" TV IPS 1080p, Dell 23" U2312HM IPS 1080p | 19" 4:3 Dell LCD..mostly RDP.
Case Corsair 600C - Stock Fans on Low | Lian Li Lancool PC-K7 - Cougar fans
Audio Device(s) Aune T1 mk1 > AKG K553 Pro + HiFiMAN HE-350 (Equalizer APO + PeaceUI) | Realtek ALC1150
Power Supply EVGA 750G2 Modular + APC 1500VA UPS | EVGA KR500 80+ Bronze + CyberPowerPC 1000VA UPS
Mouse Logitech G502 | Dell USB Laser Mouse
Keyboard Logitech G15 rv2 | Dell USB Keyboard
Software Windows 10 Pro x64 | Windows Server 2012 R2 (GUI Core,Hyper-V + VMs)
#47
I've passed on FTL many times...but it's always made me curious. I may have to check it out. Hopefully the OP does as well. :toast: