Got Roids for your PC?
I'm usually all for Robot vs. Robot games, with huge armies and lovely graphics that melt most processors and Mother Boards... Yet, Supreme Commander makes the demands for performance hit home and blows away most PC systems with its staggering requirements and graphic demands. Basically, this game is the graphical equivalent of Doom3 for the RTS universe. Most PCs will have a difficult time handling this game.
This game adds a bunch of new features to the RTS world, such as smart "builder" class units, that will automatically fix structures, harvest resources, and flee from battles. This allows the player to focus on the battle at hand, and lets the daily chores of building a base fall to the wayside. Sweet.
Another great addition is the sheer number of forces that each side can build. My poor little computer lagged so much though this game, each massive battle brought my machine to screeching halt. While the graphics are impressive, and the AI is smart, and will adapt to the players methods as the battle progresses. Sadly, the game play is mostly centered on building the biggest, beadiest units availed and fragging the crap out of your adversary until the conflict is over.
Thankfully, the Multiplayer is what this game is designed for. Most players will have a great time on their super PCs playing this game long into the night. But, for the 80% in the world, who do not have a PC on roids, we will have to settle for lagging battles, and some crashes as our machines try to handle the sheer requirements of the game itself.
Also, with the release of C&C3 in March, another RTS/RP title that has focus on graphics and performance, Supreme Commander may lose some of the gaming community with a combination of PC Hardware requirements, and some competition.
Time will tell on how these games will interact being released so close to each other. Until that time arrives, take out a small loan and buy one of the best PCs you can buy. So whatever choice you decide to make, you can have a PC that can handle it all.
Pros: This game is beautiful, Big, and has LOTS of pretty graphics.
Cons: It will drain your PC and your wallet... This game has steep requirements.
Pros: Best RTS/RP game out to date.
Cons: Competition with C&C3 not to far away. May lose some fans with its Uber Hardware needs.
Final Note: Graphically, this game has no equal. It is ahead of its time, in both game play and development. Sadly, most people will have to sell a kid or an organ to get a PC that can handle this games sheer Hardware needs. But, if technology has taught us anything, it’s that trends follow big sellers. Sell those kids on Ebay, people! RTS games from now on will have to be at Supreme Commanders level to stay on the gaming market.