not doing anything groundbreaking or new, what it does do, it
does very well. Both sides are balanced quite nicely, with neither
having a distinct advantage over the other. Don't expect Starcraft
style uniqueness and balancing between either of the two races
though. For each unit on one side there is a slightly similar
counter unit on the other side. Unit path-finding and AI is
atrocious, and brings back memories of C&C and Warcraft II.
When telling a group of units to head from one place to the
next, they seem to like to march in a single file line, and
don't react to enemies firing on them until they've reached
their destination, dead or alive. From what I've been told all
this will be fixed in the upcoming patch, so let's hope.
addition to the 20 campaign missions (10 for each side), Pandemic
incorporated the usual instant action against the computer.
Internet multiplayer is available over Won.net. Multiplayer
modes include the usual Deathmatch in addition to; Capture the
Flag, Blood Bath (my favorite), Co-operative, Control Freak
and King of the Hill. Gameplay over Won.net was fast, and I
could usually get a game going with a few other people in about
Studios' Dark Reign 2 is a game every hardcore RTS fan should
not be without. Unfortunately this game is not for everyone,
and poor AI in combination with unoriginal campaign missions
prevents me from recommending it to everyone. But, if you are
somebody who likes more of the same with a new 3D "twist", this
game is for you.
- 9 Sound - 8 Gameplay
- 7 Originality - 6
Overall - 8 (80%)