I'm not really sure what I should say. From the viewpoint of a player who really enjoyed the first part and the addon, both in looks and gameplay, I can only say, I'm god damn angry I bought the game before playing the demo. Usually I know the demo is always a little less good then the game, and I thought how bad can it be compared to SC1 that I enjoyed so much. On the screenshots I checked out I didn't notices my main concern of the graphics (see below). If you are going to see it compared to SC and SCFA, it really sucks. The gameplay started with Total Annihilation and continued in Supreme Commander is gone more or less, at least economy wise.
The economy is now pretty uninteressting. In the old games you were able to run multiple constructions jobs, no matter if you can provide the ressources, it just took longer. Now it's more like the "standard" games, if you have the ressources on the account, you can build. Starting a buld job, removes the ressources instantly. That disabled also to queue unit building above your account.
Building four Mass Extractors and four energy generators (no more T1 to T3
) is usually quite enough. The Battles itself are more or less the same and still make fun, though it could use some tweaking in unit strengths. Upgrading buildings with weapons is a nice touch, always liked that in the "earth2150" games
So, in short, for someone who isn't totally hooked into TA and SC gameplay, this game can be quite fun. For anyone else who expected a worthy offspring from the first part, it's pure dissapointment
However, there is one point, that really is bad for both faction of players, and that's the graphic. While the terrain and leveldesign is quite neat, the unit textures are simply god awful and nearly made my eyes bleed (especially compared to SC and SCFA). To quote someone from the official forums, "the textures look like being created by a 4 year old kid using MS Paint". Furbar ! I'm not quite sure if the polygon count on the units have been lowered or raised, it simply goes lost under these ugly textures, you do not even want to scroll in anymore
Well, I've have only played the first 5 Missions sofar, but I don't think I will play this one any further. It's also very easy, the only thing still missing is a "I WIN" button in the interface to successfully complete the missions, that would save you at least time. Maybe it's getting harder in later stages, but I'm not going to find that out
So, in short, if you are looking for a nice RTS game to while away some time, it's a satisfying game. Especially, since there are not much on consoles afaik. But if you want something more intense , grap Supreme Commander Forged Alliance, on modern machines you can run it on highest settings and have a lot of fun (I Do Love the amazing overpowered nukes, also that it took ages to build one)
Send in a wing of strategic bombers to nail down strategic missiles defenses, then lauch four or five nukes at the enemy base. Rotate the camera to side view and enjoy the fire works (especially if the enemy commander goes up too in the blast)