Oi, RTS Players: What Do You Play?

By Jim Rossignol on March 23rd, 2011 at 8:09 pm.


I’ve been playing a lot of RTS games of late. Men Of War: Assault Squad, obviously, but also Dawn Of War 2: Retribution and Shogun 2. It’s a lot of RTS. In fact, I’m rather rediscovering my love for ordering tiny people to their doom. What I am currently interested in and intrigued by, though, is the games that RPS reader play on a regular basis. Are you guys playing Starcraft 2 nightly? Or weekendly? Is anyone lamented the end of Company Of Heroes Online?

What I want is comments: tell me what strategy games you are play, and how often you play them. Do you play multiplayer? Or lonesome-player? Also, I really want to know if you play as part of a team or clan. Expose your habits!

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333 Comments »

  1. Grot_Punter says:

    Well, I’m quite fond of the squish my Imps make in Retribution (both in normal multiplayer and Last Stand), and whenever I am bothered to fire it up, I regularly enjoy some of the custom maps in SC 2. Oh, and Sins. I sure do love me some Sins.

    • Mirqy says:

      Yep, lots of Sins. Although I have only just got round to buying the expansions and my brain is still trying to figure them all out, so I’ve gone back to invading Poland in Empires.

    • itchyeyes says:

      Sins has become sort of my Civizilation of RTS games. I don’t play it religiously, or really with any sort of regularity. But it’s a game that I come back to every couple months or so, when I’m between other games. Very few games have that sort of longevity for me.

  2. Kefren says:

    Earth 2150. Teeny bit of Defcon. All else is turn-based (HOMM2, HOMM3, Desktop Dungeons, Rune War, Laser Squad on the Amiga, UFO, Lords of Chaos).

    • Jim Rossignol says:

      Earth 2150! Really? After all this time?

    • Krixodus says:

      What else are you supposed to do considering that 2150 is far superior to 2160.

    • Kefren says:

      Yes. About half of the games I play are old ones (part of the reason why I hate DRM and online activation http://karldrinkwater.blogspot.com/2011/03/drm-will-kill-us-all.html – if the current systems were in place 10-15 years ago most of my games would be unplayable).

      My nephew liked Earth 2150 when he used to visit. I used to have a boxed version but I don’t know where it went so recently I re-bought it on GOG. It came with some expansion packs which were a grind to play through, so I’ll just stick to the main game in future. We can’t get it running perfectly on my laptop so don’t play LAN often but the music is great, and the three races feel very different but balanced. There is something really compelling about the main game, and when you track down a huge undefended resource field and manage to hold it against all comers it feels somehow real.

    • Teddy Leach says:

      2160′s not THAT bad. I remember the wealth of crazy crap that it came with. Seems like they put a hell of a lot of effort into the packaging. Either that, or I picked up an unmarked collector’s edition. I dunno, I’ve got a soft spot for it.

    • Dreamhacker says:

      Earth 2150 is probably one of the most underrated RTS’s of the 00′s. The atmosphere in that game is incredible! And that ED soundtrack is fit to be played in a concert hall!
      As for other games:
      Shogun 2 – around 4 hours a day the last week.
      Dawn of War I – At LAN parties.
      Supreme Commander I
      Civilization IV-V
      Sword of the Stars

      Oh, and Master of Orion 2. There still is not a fully worthy successor.

    • FalseMyrmidon says:

      Earth 2150 was pretty rad.

    • nukeofwf says:

      I would like to add that i also play Warzone2100 every now and again too. As every few months rolls past i google the internets to check if there are anything similar to wz2100 or earth 2150… researching developing and putting together chassis are so fun and require more strategy than most are willing to invest… oh also ED for the win, nothing like a direct-fire shield-bypassing main STARTING weapon to really even it all out for those cheapass LC players that overshield EVERYTHING!

    • Kefren says:

      The annoying thing about the ED is that I always wanted to use their heavy lasers that make the enemy explode, but enemy shields made the weapon almost useless. UCS plasma could rip shields apart though.

  3. ShowMeTheMonkey says:

    Did play a lot of CoHO…. Had a nice team going too…

    I wish I could play Shogun 2 at the moment but it’s so damn expensive everywhere! I’ll have to pass that one by for awhile.

    So Napoleon it is!

    • Zakski says:

      Coho was a lot more fun than vcoh imho, in some ways it added a lot of new strategic options, at the expense of balance

  4. Cornstar says:

    MoW Assault Squad in co-op skirmish mode with a mate. Before that mostly Company of Heroes co-op when it comes to RTS. More games need co-op, I’m too old for competitive multiplayer!

  5. x25killa says:

    I tend to only play Retribution’s Last Stand and campaign quite regularly, never going to touch the multiplayer.

  6. Dzamir says:

    Napoleon: Total War with a friend. Sometimes i do some drop-in battles or multiplayer match, but the grand campaign with my friend and the random battles are really fun and epic.

  7. Rotekian says:

    Starcraft 2 multiplayer. About 1 game a day of 1v1 on the ladder. Far too many games of Starbattle (sc2 mod) after the inevitable loss.

    • Darckense says:

      Starcraft 2 about 2ladder matches per week, some sc2-mod games too…
      Well… a lot! of sc2-mod games, mostly starbattle
      no other RTS now i got SC2
      some Turnbased stratagy though, mostly civ-5

  8. Outsider says:

    I haven’t yet played Retribution Multiplayer, but I’ve been crawling through the Imperial Guard Campaign in co-op and really enjoying it so far. I have already completed the Marines campaign co-op and enjoyed that as well. I find co-op a really nice way to play as you can focus on your two leaders or honor guard much more intently and effectively that way. Four gets a little hard at time to manage.

    I’ve played some RUSE here and there with friends, but that about ends my RTS-ing as of late. Despite playing (and enjoying) almost all the last Total War titles, Shogun has failed spectacularly in getting me interested in it, even after trying the demo. I don’t know what’s missing, maybe I just don’t like the re-narrowing of scope it took to go back to the first game in the series. I might eventually warm to it.

    Generally speaking, I tend to avoid multiplayer RTS-ing because I usually end up playing people who drop turrets in your base in the 43rd second of the match, wiping you out in under a minute or something equally as annoying and pointless. I tend to gravitate towards FPS for my competitive multiplayer needs.

  9. Kaira- says:

    Medieval: Total War is still the best Total War in my books, and is my favourite RTS of all time.
    Apart from that, Stronghold, Company of Heroes and Warcraft 3 are my other favourites. And of course WH40K:DoW, but it just doesn’t match CoH.

    But to be honest though, I prefer TBS over RTS.

    Edit: How could I forget Age of Empires 2, Caesar 3 and Empire Earth? Shame on me.

    • field_studies says:

      Kaira,
      I’m a big fan of the stronghold franchise too, but finally downloaded the (incredibly-cheap-on-sale) Medieval 2 TW game last week. I tried the first few campaigns and then put it aside (for now). I found the movement around the field a little difficult, perhaps because I’m so used to the far-view offered by most RTS’s, and the field also limiting. For example, the second training mission, taking London, where you can see this whole large city in front of you, but are funnelled towards the main gates, and then straight into the square, with the enemy coming from (and later running to) the farther walls and farther city streets, but rarely in view. That felt awfully constricting, and broke some degree of realism for me.

      Although I know it’s really apples to oranges, I can’t help comparing this to Stonghold, where sizing up a castle for its week point, perhaps a difficult approach from the back, say, was a key to success and to the fun of the game.

      So what am I missing? What’s the charm for you in this TW: Medieval games?

    • Kaira- says:

      I haven’t played Medieval 2 that much, so I can’t really comment about that. Medieval 1 just hits the sweet spot in me, because I just can’t help but to love games that are set in the Middle Ages. The camera in Medieval 1 is not free-roam like in most RTS-games (I believe this is the case in Medieval 2 too?), but it is a minor inconvenience. I just love the strategy the combat offers, with so many variables (moral of troops, quality of armor and weapons, general that is leading them, formations and everything). But even more than the combat, I love the campaign map.

      Yeah, they are apples to oranges, and Stronghold is, without doubt, the best castle management/assaulting game. I like them both and I can see why you may not find Medieval so great, but you should give the campaign a try.

    • Rich says:

      If Medieval is your favourite, you should definitely try Medieval 2. Much, much better sieges.
      You might not take to the new campaign map straight away, but stick with it. Your armies will be blocking mountain passes and setting ambushes in forests before you know it.

    • field_studies says:

      “Your armies will be blocking mountain passes and setting ambushes in forests before you know it.”

      Ah, I think I can start to see the appeal. Based on the trailers I mistakenly thought the map was a sort of adjunct part of the game–a skeleton of strategy over which the Total War (!!!) was draped. But if the battles become less obvious, less well-matched and sort of pre-scripted, I could better see how their nuances would be rewarding in the context of the larger strategy.

      Will have to give this another try, after my admittedly unfair quick stab at it.

    • Rich says:

      Well put it this way, if you attack across a ferry crossing, you start at a beachhead. If you attack at a bridge, you’ll fight around a bridge. If your fort in the mountains is attacked, that’s where the action is going to be.
      I don’t think the terrain is quite as varied as in Empire Total War, but there definitely is a relationship between what goes on at the campaign level, and what battles you have to fight.

      Also, I can’t emphasize enough the improvement in the sieges. No more unscalable walls that shoot arrows constantly. Say hello to walls you can assault with ladders and siege towers, and that only shoot arrows if you actually have archers defending them.

    • Bhazor says:

      Total War is definitely better than the sum of its parts. Mediocre grand stratedgy (compared to dedicated games like say Victoria) and slightly shonky battles (mainly pathfinding and AI) combine to create something wholly compelling. It says something that the biggest critics of the game will often talk about putting in forty hours or more.

      Really I wish Total War would become a genre of its own and other developers would dive in with their own takes. Would love to see what Relic could do with a full blown Total War game not just a half assed skirmish mode like Dark Crusade.

    • Beardface says:

      While the sieges in Medieval 2 ARE better than the first game they’re still horrible, just as they have been in every Total War game, up to and including Shogun 2.

  10. zergrush says:

    Currently playing the Retribution campaign, will probably stop playing SC2 as soon as I start to explore the MP, about four or five starcraft 2 matches a week to make sure I still remember how to play and keep the hands fast, and some Myth 2 or Total Annihilation with a coworker during lunch breaks. Sometimes Rome: Total War is played during the monthly lan with friends too.

    Also an avid watcher of commented SC2 matches.

    The RPS best games list made me re-buy Sacrifice on GoG, still need to find some time to play it.

    And the only reason I haven’t got Shogun 2 is that I have a strong dislike for samurais. If it’s possible to beat samurais without using them I might get it, though.

  11. Sobric says:

    I’ve played the IG campaign of Retribution, haven’t gone back to it since. I’ll probably try it’s multi-player soon.

    I’m currently absorbed in Shogun; for all it’s flaws it’s still Total War. Oh and I hadn’t realised that they bought the music from the original back (Yohoho Yoho. Yohoho Yoho. You know what I mean).

    Also, still play SupCom 2 with friends (vs. AI mainly).

  12. MrWolf says:

    All of the titles listed above, but I still fire up “Sacrifice” every once in a blue moon.

  13. Starky says:

    Excluding classics that I break out from time to time, but including older games which I still play more than once a month. Or have played heavily in the last 6 months.

    Single Player – in hours played

    Starcraft 2: 200+ hours single player + AI battles/custom
    Command and Conquer 3 + Expansions 200+ hours (completed 3-4 times each campaign)
    C&C red alert 3 + expands: 50 or so hours.
    King Arthur roleplaying wargame: 25 hours played.
    Rome total war – 500+ hours played (mainly thanks to mods), a very conservative estimate.
    Medieval 2 Total war – probably as much as rome, so 500+ hours.
    Men of War – 9 hours played (sorry RPS, I liked the gameplay it but WW2 bores me silly)
    Supreme Commander 2 – 50 hours played (20 on steam + 30 retail)
    Dawn of War 1 + expansions 200+ hours played.
    Dawn of war 2 33 hours played
    Dawn of war 2 chaos rising 77 hours played

    Online – in number of games played:

    Dawn of war 2 (very lightly) 50-100 games played .
    Command and Conquer 3 – a bit more 200-300 games
    Starcraft 2 – Probably around 1500 games played, I can’t give an exact figure now that Bnet has taken away my “losses” statistic.
    230 wins 1v1, 299 wins 2v2 and 78 wins 3v3 with about a 1:1 W/L ratio.

    No clans or anything like that – though I am lightly involved with the SC2 community on various websites and such (teamliquid mainly).

    • zergrush says:

      I sadly got tired pretty fast of Men of War, too. The gameplay is nice, but the WW2 setting is just too unstimulating. If there were lasers or trolls or space-people I’d probably put some more time into it.

    • mrjackspade says:

      oooo Rome Total War. The months in game time I’ve sunk into that game…Roma Surrectum in particular is a most excellent mod.

    • Jim Rossignol says:

      Yeah, Men of War needs a space war variant. There was a Stalker mod of it for a while, I guess that never happened.

    • Starky says:

      The problem with WW2 games is they tend to be so dull and dry narratively – which is a problem I think men of war had too. too many games of the period tried to be all historical and serious faced – just left me bored. Like watching a slow (if well made and accurate) documentary on channel 2 rather than romping around in a classic war movie.

      Now a farcical WW2 game I could see… or perhaps a pulp WW2 game setting. Hell or even a good old war movie style game.

      Actually some honest to goodness pulp would be quite a breath of fresh air or pulp sci-fi set in that period.
      Damnit I want to play a hero based RTS (DAW2 style) where I get to use a death ray on some Nazi’s, fight in a black mask and have a sidekick, spouting cheesy lines and retorts. Or a game where the allied and axis had to stop their fighting and ally, to combat the space alien invasion (saucers and all).

      There are loads of great historical wars that would be great for that engine and game play, hell I think it would make an AMAZING cyberpunk/Syndicate style game.

      It need not be a space war setting though I’d not complain. RTS games tend to just work better in the far past (pre-industrial), future (sci-fi) than recent history, or fantasy (or a mix). If only because they can add a bit of comedy, or other interesting twists and don’t have to be so god damn dry and brown.

      I do intend to go back to Men of war one day though.

    • Squirrelfanatic says:

      Sometimes I wonder why I do not like WW2 games, irrespective of what kind of genre it is. After getting excited about MoW: Assault Squad by the articles here on RPS, I watched some commented matches on Youtube. The minute I saw the layout and units, especially the German, I felt uneasy. This is somehow funny, since I don’t mind playing other RTSes or games involving violence in general. I figured it has something to do with me being German myself and knowing – also from stories of my grandparents – how terrible these events were that I don’t find joy in this setting.

      Strangely, I did like Commandos 2 though.

    • tranquilitea says:

      mmmmm… C&C 3 is the perfect mix of nostalgia for the first one, and a more modern RTS. Gotta love the acting in the cutscenes too!

  14. Cheese says:

    I’ve been playing the 4X RTS Distant Worlds. No multiplayer, so playing single-player I guess. Probably racked up 100+ hours or so, it may be one of the best games and RTSs I’ve ever played.

  15. s77wab says:

    Last Few;
    Red Faction: Guerrilla
    Mass Effect 2
    Splinter Cell: Conviction
    World in Conflict
    L4D 2
    Dawn of War 2
    Company of heroes
    - 90% of all I play is single player.

    • Rich says:

      I think you may have misunderstood Jim’s question.

    • Jad says:

      What are you talking about, L4D 2 is a great strategy game! Totally improved on the first, with lots of strategic possibilities opened up by all the new zombie units. Mass Effect 2 reduced the number of units available from the first game, which annoyed lots of the old fans, but the story sequences were helped by the focus on “heroes” units and the graphics were great. Too bad about the Ubi DRM on Splinter Cell — that was an interesting reboot of a legendary turn-based strategy series. And I love when my “Hammer” tanks blow up an enemy base in Red Faction: Guerrilla — strategic destruction indeed!

      That was fun.

    • Mechorpheus says:

      If you didn’t catch the BAFTAs they for some reason lumped Fallout New Vegas in with Strategy, so go figure…

  16. Bilbo says:

    I’m playing a lot of Atom Zombie Smasher at the moment. It’s got that casual feel while still being bitterly unforgiving and possessing of a decent enough level of strategy.

  17. SilentBunny says:

    4 minutes and 33 seconds of uniqueness, everyday to reassure myself.

  18. PureUncut says:

    I play Supcom 2 a fair bit with some friends. Us vs cheating AI on the big chokepoint type maps like Seton’s. Great fun watching monkeylords stomp around and messing about with friends.

    I really can’t enjoy hyper competitive games like Starcraft, they don’t interest me in the slightest.

    • Jim Rossignol says:

      SupCom 2 over Supcom?

    • westyfield says:

      Heresy!

    • Bilbo says:

      Swapping the tier grind for a more streamlined experience. It’s apples and oranges, really

    • MrCraigL says:

      We play a load of SupCom2 – always team games or FFA though – never against AI. It’s pretty great, extended thoughts here: http://www.gamingdaily.co.uk/2010/goty-2010-%E2%80%93-craig/

    • subedii says:

      I was pretty big into SupCom 2 when it launhced. Personal opinion prefers it over SupCom 1 as well, I feel most of the design changes they made with the game were for the right reasons (changed tech system with a research tree, no more economy crash, stuff like that).

      These days though I mainly play DoW2. It’s not that I don’t like SupCom 2 anymore, but DoW2 just drew me away from it.

      I think the biggest reason why was simply because of the matchmaking. In SupCom 2 I had the most fun playing 4v4 matchups. The problem was, it took ages to get a decent 4v4 actually going. A lot of the 4v4 matchups people made tended to go with custom rules like no air / no arty, or land wars only, or 10 minute rush timer. Wasn’t really my thing, I prefered the vanilla game, without all those limits.

      So basically it got to the point where it was taking ages to get them going.

      Contrast with DoW2. Completely different style of RTS, but the important thing (especially with the changes to matchmaking in Retribution) is that I can get a game going much faster. And that alone is a pretty big draw.

      I still like SupCom 2 for things like comp-stomps though, because it really is one of the few RTS’s with AI that’s not only good, but that’s also fun to fight against. I can’t really think of another RTS where I find comp stomps fun.

    • jonfitt says:

      I need help with SupCom 1&2.

      I don’t know if I’m doing it right but I always end up playing at maximum zoom out. I don’t see any micro required (no cover systems or activation powers like Relic games). I try to play zoomed in, but you lose strategic awareness and (especially in SupCom2) most of the regular units look nigh identical and I can’t see the point.
      The problem is, pushing little icons around gets boring and I stop playing. I’d much rather be playing DoW2

      Am I doing it wrong, or do most people play them zoomed out?

    • Will Tomas says:

      SupCom2 I picked up in the recent Steam sale, never played SupCom1 so have been really enjoying it. I gather it needed a lot of tweaks and patches at launch, but it feels like it’s had them now. I tend to skirmish rather than campaign though.

      Aside from that, Empire. I’ll buy Shogun 2 on cheapies, but the strategy games I loved above all other were Shogun 1 and Medieval 1 back in the day.

    • westyfield says:

      @jonfitt
      SupCom 1 has little or no micromanagement, whereas SupCom 2 has a teeny bit more.
      I mostly play at a medium zoom, far in enough to see the units instead of icons, but not so far that I lose awareness. The optional minimap can be useful, or you can do what I do and zoom right out and back in on a new location instead of just panning the screen – it’s almost as quick and allows you to see what’s going on at a glance.

    • Bilbo says:

      @jonfitt I wouldn’t say you’re doing it wrong. The appeal comes from the scale rather than micromanaging ability cooldowns – we’ve got dawn of war for that, as you rightly say. At least in the original game you can use picture-in-picture, so you can have half your screen – or a second monitor – zoomed out and the other half of the screen/first monitor at a closer viewpoint.

    • PureUncut says:

      Original Supcom was excellent but as Bilbo said the streamlined 30-40 minute games are a much more managable length for our preferred meatgrinds.

      It also helps that the group we play with all have Supcom 2, always more fun playing with friends.

    • Zakski says:

      I prefer supcom + fa with mates, mostly against ai, haven’t touched supcom2 but i heard it has a much smaller scale, I hate the names of the new aeon units. only good thing about it is they appaerently patched the economy back to sorta the way it worked in the original

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      MajorManiac says:

      @ Zakski :

      If you’re not keep on the scale of Supcom 2 I find this mod is perfect:
      Scale Mod + FA Economy –> http://www.moddb.com/mods/scale-mod-fa-economy

      I think Sumcom 2 is best play with friends against the AI. My friends and I tend to play it over the first game as it runs more smoothly over the internet.

      I personally would love the first game in the 2nd games engine, and this mod is the closest thing to it.

  19. field_studies says:

    Love the genre too, though haven’t played many in a while, save for Grand Ages: Rome, and the latest Anno instalment, both of which I thought were quite good. And when I need quick RTS fix? I have to admit, I’m back to the much-maligned Stronghold 2. Something about building castles, I dunno.

  20. Mike says:

    I used to play Company of Heroes nightly with friends. They dragged me up, I’m not that great a player, and that was probably the best RTS experience I’ve had.

    Now I kind of dabble. Bought Napoleon (at their behest) and have started fiddling with it, I’m not the best tactician though. I also recently got into Supreme Commander 2.

    Strategy games only really satisfy in multiplayer, for me. And then there’s this issue of how long it takes the community to build up its baseline skill level past the point where I can micro and keep up. For Men of War, this was almost instantaneous. If MoW allowed me to play as a single soldier, or single squad, and let my teammates do the top-scale strategy stuff, I could get into it. But that kind of asymmetrical gameplay isn’t really found in strategy. Or any other genre, I guess.

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      JonWood says:

      If I remember correctly you could in fact do something similar in the early Age of Empires games, which allowed any number of players in multiplayer to control one side in the game, with full control over everything.

      Sometimes it would turn into a row with one of the other players because they just spent all the cash you were saving for something on useless units, but it could be very fun if everyone knew what they were meant to be doing.

  21. Donk says:

    I watch a lot of StarCraft and work up the nerve to ladder every now and then. Coincidentally I played some Haegemonia last night. Want to try a space RTS.

    • Urael says:

      Haegemonia is one of my all time favourite games. Great atmosphere, lovely graphics, stunning music…the Earth-bound opening is a bit weak but power through that and it opens up to a great little romp across the galaxy. :)

    • DigitalSignalX says:

      I play about 4 hours of star craft online a week, but mostly just watch the eSports casts for it by TB and Day9. I want to like Men of War, but it needs a damn tutorial – I can’t even complete the first mission. The manual isn’t very helpful, and your faced with this daunting GUI that doesn’t make much sense to me. I’m thinking I will try and return it for the new Shogun.

      My fave RTS of all time though is still Homeworld 1 and 2, some of the mods and maps for multiplayer would make an epic space engagement last all night long. Tis a shame that Sins of a Solar Empire never really stepped up into that niche.

    • Schmitzkater says:

      I wanted to fire up Haegemonia again a while ago but it would seem the game has a strong dislike for Win7.

      It’s been staring at me from my shelf ever since.

  22. Lost says:

    Playing SC2, must say i am the suck.

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    Aluschaaf says:

    The original Company of Heroes is great fun for multiplayer, and we still play it regularily.

  24. Serenegoose says:

    I tend to play one of the total wars (unsurprisingly, Shogun 2 at the moment, but most often I play the stainless steel mod for medieval 2), and every once in a while I’ll play through a campaign of Company of Heroes. I tried the Men of War campaign but I just bounced off it, many goes on the second Soviet mission on easy mode and only getting to like 70% before being wiped out entirely convinced me I just don’t know how to play it. At all. I often play EU3 as well, though I’m trying to learn Crusader Kings because CK2 looks great fun.

    I don’t play multiplayer RTS but I love watching replays, of Starcraft, Company of Heroes, and Dawn of War 2. Generally my favourite RTS games are infantry oriented, but the sort of forgiving Company of Heroes style infantry where they take quite a few shots to die and can be reinforced. I like the hiding in houses and moving past bombed out tanks, and it always bugs me when I get my own tanks and they proceed to ram through a ton of perfectly good cover just because it pleases them, the sods.

  25. Giftmacher says:

    In the past year, mainly Company of Heroes, Napoleon (: Total War), and Dawn of War: Soulstorm.

    I very highly recommend all three of those, but you’ve probably already played them.

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    Feste says:

    Currently: Lots of single-player Shogun 2. I’m tempted to give the multi-player a try, but the whole Starcraft scene has pretty much scared me off multiplayer RTS. Also I’m rubbish.

    I really like Shogun 2. Medieval 2 was good fun, but not very polished and Empire was a widening of scope too far, but Shogun is a Game rather than an undertaking.

    Company of Heroes rears it head from time to time. It has proper explosions. That said it quickly gets really complicated.

    Supreme Commander 2 skirmishes from time to time. Walking Spiders of death are also awesome. Thanks to your reviews, I picked of Men of War but I’ve just found myself sliding off it after too having too much micro.

    So yeah, low impact, slow games where I can think and plan (or mess up) strategies of doom (generally my own) on my own. Sad billy-no-mates that I am.

  27. INinja132 says:

    About 13 hours of Retribution, as Imperials, Chaos and Eldar.
    Got Shogun 2, but also went back to Empire to see if that was still my favourite. It is (bloody Prussians).
    Still playing Civ 5 as well and a bunch of Assault Squad with a friend.

  28. jtspring says:

    Played Single player Starcraft 2, never touched it again.
    DOW Retribution has been played more thoroughly. Made it through the Space Marine single player. Working through IG.
    My copy of Dungeon Keeper is coming back to me, and I may play that again soon.
    I guess no one is going to make a game like that ever again. Wistful sigh. I would love another well implemented DK like game. Or maybe a Dk Minecraft Mod.

  29. Joseph-Sulphur says:

    StarcraftIIStarcraftIIStarcraftIIStarcraftIIStarcraftIIStarcraftIIStarcraftII

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    Cinek says:

    MechWarrior: Living Legends, Hearts of Iron 3, Gratuitous Space Battles.

    Though soon I plan to hop into Crysis 2 for a moment and than…. long-awaited Shift 2 :)

  31. Jajusha says:

    Gary Grigsby War in the east. Amazingly easy to get into for a wargame.

  32. mrjackspade says:

    Jim Rossignol, why haven’t you joined the RPS DOW2 group? Maybe you have joined it but are masquerading under a secret alter-ego.

    • Grot_Punter says:

      Say what now? Admittedly I do not browse the forums much (I am mostly ignorant of any good times happenings amongst the hive mind) and as such did not know of this! I’ll have to look into this……

  33. climax says:

    Starcraft 2
    Defcon
    Dawn of War 2: Retribution

  34. Rowsdower says:

    I played a good bit of Starcraft 2 early on, got to the top of the platinum ladder in 1v1 but it was just a little to serious for me. Maybe I will come back and get my ass kicked when the expansions come out.
    I wasn’t going to initially but I bought Shogun 2 on a whim and it exceeded my expectations in every way (at least in single player). Then I jumped on line and quickly won five out of six games, despite this my stats show that I had not completed any battles (as if I rage quit them all) and so I’ll be sitting out until that’s fixed.

  35. JWill says:

    Starcraft 2 ladder nightly for the last six months. And that’s about it. Not much room for any other RTS if you’re into such a competitive game.

  36. Kandon Arc says:

    I’ve been playing a lot of Shogun multiplayer recently, furthering the cause of the great RPS clan; I’m just starting to get back into Retribution multiplayer, and I’m intending to dabble in MOWAS at some point in the near future. To be honest though most of my time’s been going into Crusader Kings recently which technically is an RTS.

  37. HeavyStorm says:

    Since I don’t have much time to play, I have to keep myself restricted to a few titles. So, right now, I’m playing Starcraft 2. Recently I was finally enduring the campaign, but I love to play it online. The problem is, of course, I suck and don’t play even nearly enough to stop from sucking. I mean, the other day I _won_ two matches against a guy who had a record of 1000 plays and 50% victories. And I don’t have even 50 matches. And I suck almost as bad as the guy I just mentioned…

  38. ran93r says:

    Not really my bag but have the original CoH and expansions that I picked up in a Steam firesale that I tinker with, plus the original DoW bocks set.

  39. 7rigger says:

    I’ve been playing a load of Retribution, single player and last stand mode with friends.

    Shogun 2 as well, but I’m not going near the MP on that. The way everyone calls total war AI ‘easy’ makes me think of just how badly I’d do. It’s always been rock solid to me, and I’m usually pretty good at RTS.

    Other than that, after playing Civ V to death I’ve returned yet again to Alpha Centauri

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      The Sombrero Kid says:

      I’m basically in the same position as you, i had to play the campaign on easy, except i played Shogun 2 multiplayer to see what it was all about & won every game of 5, i joined the RPS clan & the multiplayer meta game is really fun

    • 7rigger says:

      Well thats good news, as I’m playing the campaign on normal and I have failed to get any of the victory conditions at all in the time limit. I like the challenge though :)

      I may have a look at the MP tonight, as I like the sound of the custom Avatar. Hopefully I won’t be beaten to submission like Dawn of War 2

  40. Xocrates says:

    Currently installed RTSs:

    Starcraft
    Starcraft 2
    Dawn of War: Soulstorm
    Dawn of War 2: Retribution
    Defcon
    Multiwinia
    Command and Conquer 3

    Starcraft 2 and Retribution are likely my more common reliance for tiny men stomping, though recently my only activity is playing the Retribution Tyranid campaign co-op in very hard (Tyranid’s campaign is really really broken however), having already played through the IG and Ork campaign alone.
    Since I don’t usually play Multiplayer my RTS gaming usually happens in spurts.

    I still need to finish the C&C 3 campaign though.

  41. Ace Jon says:

    Age of Empires II running an HD mod just to upscale to 1920×1080. Once you’ve played the best, you don’t need the rest.

    • Ace Jon says:

      Hey! That x… is context-aware! That’s crazy. Good job developers.

  42. wiper says:

    Offline only, as has always been my way. One day I’ll dabble online (the TWs have been tempting me for a while with their options for multiplayer-battles in single-player campaign battles), but I still feel awkward playing people I don’t know online.

    Despite years of having played FPSs online back in the day (‘the day’ being 2002, the games being Medal of Honor: Allied Assault and Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast. Good times). No, I don’t understand either.

    Anyway, what games? Um:

    Total War: Shogun 2 (just started this week, and has stopped me playing Napoleon – not sure if I’ll end up playing both simultaneously once the shiny newness wear off)

    Men of War (occasionally)

    And I might try Dawn of War 2: Retribution at some point in the near future; don’t know if that’ll suit the term RTS better than its Diablo-meets-Cannon-Fodder brethren, though.

    I’d also be playing Homeworld, if it still worked on my PC. Such a beautiful game.

  43. pepper says:

    Normal Company of Heroes with the Eastern front mod, playing it on a regular basis with the same group of people. we mostly play against the bots.

    Men of War, nowadays not as much anymore but racked up a lot of time, again with that same group. Although then mostly against eachother in the GSM mod.

  44. wiper says:

    As my post disappeared (and will surely end up posting belatedly and turn this into a double-post…):

    Offline only, as has always been my way. One day I’ll dabble online (the TWs have been tempting me for a while with their options for multiplayer-battles in single-player campaign battles), but I still feel awkward playing people I don’t know online.

    Despite years of having played FPSs online back in the day (‘the day’ being 2002, the games being Medal of Honor: Allied Assault and Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast. Good times). No, I don’t understand either.

    Anyway, what games? Um:

    Total War: Shogun 2 (just started this week, and has stopped me playing Napoleon – not sure if I’ll end up playing both simultaneously once the shiny newness wear off)

    Men of War (occasionally)

    And I might try Dawn of War 2: Retribution at some point in the near future; don’t know if that’ll suit the term RTS better than its Diablo-meets-Cannon-Fodder brethren, though.

    I’d also be playing Homeworld, if it still worked on my PC. Such a beautiful game.

  45. AdamK117 says:

    DoW / CoH with my cousin before sc2, then I went mental with a bunch of irl mates on that. I think RTSes are a genre I usually play with people I know, its hard to play it versus/with internet randoms.

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    Lars Westergren says:

    Edit: Bah, I read it as “RPS fans, what are you playing?”. As RTS goes, I’m currently playing: Downloading Shogun 2 in the background on a slow connection.

  47. ado says:

    I’m not a big fan of RTS, the last “straight” RTS I played was Company of Heroes probably. I do love games like the Total War and Civ series, which I wouldn’t even dare to call RTS. I’m something of a megalomaniac I guess.

    Behold, my Empire! It is vast indeed. Created by the sweat of my worker, conquered by the blood of my warrior and ruled by my hand, it’s emperor.

    Shogun 2 is actually downloading as I type this. Can’t wait to take the plunge…

  48. Jimmy says:

    Medieval 2: Total War still gets some time from me but after the second campaign it all gets too formulaic and simple. I may take a look at Shogun at some point.

    (changed as my post was off topic)

  49. pkt-zer0 says:

    Playing Starcraft 2 somewhat regularly, though I’ve not had that much time for it recently. I have a friend who’s quite into 2v2, so I end up playing a lot of that, despite that it’s rather silly. 1v1 is a pretty good approximation of what I’d like to see out of a competitive multiplayer game, so yay for that, at least. I needed a replacement for TF2 and SF4 anyway.

    I also have Rise of Legends installed at all times, but haven’t played that for a year or so now.

    Also, let me ramble a bit and outdo that “some dude”: I was disappointed in Dawn of War 2, expecting a real-time tactics game, and instead getting a real-time strategy without a whole lot of strategy. A great setting and impressive presentation gone to waste. Maybe it’s just unreasonable expectations on my part. Still, could we not have some more games like Dark Omen and Ground Control?

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    Some_Guy says:

    Not at all a leading question here, i mean if someone who you adree is to answer the question the only potential answer is RTSs