Metascore
86

Generally favorable reviews - based on 26 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 26
  2. Negative: 0 out of 26
  1. The best thing to come out of Sweden since meatballs and tall, big busted, long legged blondes wearing high heels.
  2. Add in multi-player action over won.net and you have a truly excellent game that puts "Force Commander" well and truly to shame.
  3. From its amazing level of detail to its fantastic game engine, this is one that fans of strategy should not miss.
  4. Currently the best real-time strategy title I have played since "Homeworld."
  5. Easily the best, most accessible 3D real-time strategy game to date.
  6. It sparkles with polish, detail and originality.
  7. All in all Ground Control is a very good 3D real-time strategy, one of the best in the genre, and it deserves a good ride.
  8. The addition of the 3D camera and terrain gives it an edge over other titles in the area.
  9. We loved this game! As far as 3-D RTS games go, this is the best one we have ever played. With very few flaws this game pleases in almost every aspect.
  10. 90
    If you are a fan of action, strategy, RTS, or just like to see beautiful battles rendered in 3D, this one's for you.
  11. 90
    Start with an intense action/strategy game, add a remarkably easy-to-use interface, and wrap it in one of the most impressive 3D engines ever seen in a computer game, and you've got "Ground Control."
  12. Beautiful graphics, a unique storytelling methodology and some very well-designed missions make "Ground Control" a winner in almost every category.
  13. An outstanding game, both for its graphics and its gameplay, but it is not for everyone. Ground Control glaringly omits some standard genre features: there is no in-mission save, no speed control, no skirmish mode, and the AI is hit or miss. Yet this is truly a case of a game being greater than the sum of its parts.
  14. A fine game from most perspectives, it's also excellent in ways that will raise the bar a little higher for others making the attempt in this genre.
  15. A graphical masterpiece, with some gameplay flaws including the lack of a computer opponent in the multiplayer setup, as well as the inability to save your game during a mission.
  16. 86
    Great gameplay, great graphics, and great sound make a great game.
  17. Despite its few shortcomings and frustrating design issues, you'll find that "Ground Control" is not only one of the best-looking games to date but also one that's suitably challenging and rewarding.
  18. One of the best looking, and surely the smoothest-playing 3D RTS (actually, RTT) games currently available for the PC.
  19. Any problems are brushed aside by the bent-for-hell mayhem and thrill of combat. [Sept 2000, p.104]
  20. Whether you've never played an RTS before or if you're diehard fan of the genre, "Ground Control" will keep you sitting in your own filth for hours on end just to get to the next mission.
  21. Well equipped to attract a large following among network players with its elegant controls and dazzling graphics.
  22. 80
    What is does deliver are moments of pure fun and exhilaration, and I commend it for not trying to be anything other than a pure blast and destruction on a huge scale which is what most of us want to see.
  23. A real-time strategy contest where fast reflexes, faster decisions and military tactics combine to present an intense chess match for control of a planet.
  24. Most importantly, "Ground Control" doesn't let itself get weighed down with useless options and nerd-pleasing, making this a RTS almost anyone can enjoy.
  25. Prepare yourself for the intricacies of limited-forces squad conflicts and the title will provide many hours of entertainment.
  26. A difficult game to control as you try and keep the camera and all your units going in the right directions with the mouse and keyboard.
User Score
7.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 26 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 8
  2. Negative: 1 out of 8
  1. Jul 5, 2013
    8
    Talk about revolutionary... some half a year after the release of another "best selling" C&C clone we get this game. While the image quality is dated, this game is by no means revolting to play even 13 years later AND it beats many of the more modern genre options in the way it implements combat and accounts for relevant combat variables such as lighting, visibility and terrain elevation AND features plausibly looking aircraft (all the modeling work errs on the side of realism). Great game. Full Review »
  2. May 3, 2013
    1
    Ground Control is a top-down squad-oriented real-time strategy game where you control a number of squads through a series of highly linear missions. Inbetween each mission is a briefing and during the missions there is some form of storyline with corny dialogue.

    I've played through a few missions and although the game was obviously very pretty back in the day, you're constantly zoomed out so everything becomes really small and you just watch a bunch of red triangles shooting at green circles while the game constantly harasses you with "SQUAD THREE IS UNDER FRIENDLY FIRE, SQUAD TWO IS UNDER FRIENDLY FIRE, SQUAD ONE IS UNDER FRIENDLY FIRE, SQUAD THREE IS UNDER FRIENDLY FIRE" or "YOUR APC IS TAKING DAMAGE, YOUR APC IS TAKING DAMAGE"

    You will literally hear these things for minutes at end. Maybe it's my strategic skills but the APC constantly moving in front of my units when told to follow them with the guard command was nothing short of annoying. Why is the very same vehicle that's meant to repair units also the vehicle that you're not allowed to lose? And what's with the friendly fire? Can't these bumbling fools figure it out among themselves that if someone is ordered to move in front of them that they stop firing until the friendlies have cleared?

    The designers expect you to change the behaviour of units on the fly but this means using the clunky, unresponsive interface with the clunky, 90's mouse pointer but since the interface isn't smooth enough, you end up not using it unless you absolutely have to.

    I'm not an RTS-gamer at all, there are only very few RTS games that I enjoy (Starcraft, Warcraft, Red Alert) and Ground Control isn't one of 'm. I was misled by all those praising the game, thinking it was as good as the aforementioned titles.

    If you want a game that does everything Ground Control does but better, go play Hostile Waters: Antaeus Rising. It gives you more close ups, better control and a storyline that's actually worth writing home about.
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  3. Feb 28, 2012
    10
    Best graphics strategy series.
    Always in my memory. I don't think about gameplay because of its really stunning graphics (good optimised
    either).
    Graphic measure. Iconic.
    I regret this game series died.
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