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What would be a good RTS game for me?

#1pothocketPosted 8/20/2014 7:26:19 AM
Kinda had an itch for a RTS game once I've realized I haven't gotten one yet since getting my PC.

So here's the main 3 things I'm looking for:

Fantasy or sci-fi, nothing real-world please.

Something that avoids being complex just for the sake of being complex. I like my game mechanics lean and mean. So a game that feels like it might have been heavily influenced by strategy board games would be a big plus.

Newer game with nice shiney graphics.
#2Lemur_HPosted 8/20/2014 7:31:04 AM
Dawn of War II?
#3sfcalimariPosted 8/20/2014 7:37:54 AM
Lemur_H posted...
Dawn of War II?

Dawn of War II.
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#4monkmithPosted 8/20/2014 7:38:39 AM
not exactly an RTS, more of a 4X with RTS combat, but age of wonders 3 is a good recent one. overworld empire management like any civ game, but combat plays kind of like a board game version of total war combat (its turned based and still relies on hex movement). lots of races to play as, each with different emphasis on tech or magic, often lead by a hero character that you can outfit with strong items found during your campaign.
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#5TowerBooks3192Posted 8/20/2014 7:47:08 AM
AI War
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#6-5xad0w-Posted 8/20/2014 7:50:52 AM
Though not newer and shinier, I'd vote the original Dawn of War and it's expansions.

Great variety between the factions.
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#7ClashtonnPosted 8/20/2014 7:51:59 AM
I could name a ton of fantasy 4X games. But as far as RTS, I can only think of Warcraft and Starcraft games. I'm not huge in to RTS and besides those and Age of Empires (and Total War, though I count those more as turn based strategy), I can't think of any RTS games I recommend to anyone.
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#8pothocket(Topic Creator)Posted 8/20/2014 7:58:38 AM
How is Starcraft 2?
#9ClashtonnPosted 8/20/2014 7:59:35 AM
Starcraft 2 is amazing. It's just a little complex to get into if you want to get decent at the multiplayer. I'll always suck at it, because I'm just not great at RTS. But the game is really, really solid.
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#10pothocket(Topic Creator)Posted 8/20/2014 8:02:08 AM
Honestly, I'm not looking for online competition anyways. Just something I can mess around with in scrimmage matches against AI