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  • Summary: Experience brutal battles on a massive scale! In Supreme Commander 2, players wage war by creating enormous customizable armies and experimental war machines that can change the balance of power at any given moment. Take the role of one of the three enigmatic commanders, each representing a unique faction with a rich story that brings a new level of emotional connection to the RTS genre, or fight the battle online. Where do your loyalties lie? [Square Enix] Expand
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  1. Positive: 20 out of 28
  2. Negative: 1 out of 28
  1. At once accessible and incredibly deep. But best of all, so much fun. [May 2010, p.81]
  2. 83
    If the learning curve of the original Supreme Commander proved a little too steep for you, then you'll find a lot to like about the sequel. Gas Powered Games streamlined its resource and upgrade systems to make a game that's easier to play, and thanks to a revamped interface much easier to control.
  3. Supreme Commander 2 circumvents most limitations of a console RTS and focuses more on strategy than how fast you can click. If you want a truly cerebral experience, accompanied by jaw-dropping mega units, it's the one to have.
  4. Although Supreme Commander 2 works with an obsolete graphics engine, the giant battles offer a lot of fun, especially because of the good controls. It might be a bit too easy for hardcore strategists, however.
  5. 75
    With improved visuals, controls and gameplay, SC2 gives rivals Halo Wars and Command and Conquer a run for its money.
  6. It's also a marked improvement on the 360 version of the first game. But it falls down in some crucial areas: the single-player campaign, ever more crucial to an RTS' appeal, fails to sparkle, and the online experience, while fun, lacks an essential feature. We're delighted the 360 port exists, but Gas Powered Games could have tried harder.
  7. The only experience worth calling fruitful from this RTS is it’s online gameplay modes. You can otherwise expect repetitive and dull campaigns tacked on with unresponsive and, quite frankly, idiotic AI units.

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  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 1 out of 4
  1. Mar 13, 2011
    7
    A far cry from its predecessor, SC2 is a major disappointment. Lesser scale, story (from what little there was in the first game to begin with), and dumbed down game mechanics make this a classic case of sequel slump.


    The story is not so much worse then that of the first game. The problem with this is the fact that the first game didn't really have a story worth mentioning. Just like SC1, the second game tells more or less the same conflict from the perspectives of three different commanders, each belonging to one of the three factions. It does try to have some depth, but any attempt at this is mired by terrible writing and voice acting that is often even worse. My least favorite character is the villain, who tries to come across as sinister but only succeeds is making himself look like a crazy person of the type you would find a loony bin. The gameplay tries to live up to that of the first game, but ultimately fails due to the degree to which everything has been simplified. To build things you now have to pay up front instead of just having a steady enough flow of mass and energy. To make matters worse, the economy system is even more time consuming because you have to set up so many resource structures. There are fewer unit types to choose from as well, so prepare to miss the good old days when you always had the right unit for the right situation. Furthermore, the scale seems like less then a tenth of that of the first game. No more continent sized maps, just small islands. Most if not all of the content you get from this game will be from multiplayer, as the campaigns are not worth playing. However, there is still some fun to be had with matchmaking, particularly for the console version. There are quite a few bugs though, so don't be surprised if you have to wait more then ten minutes for a stable match.


    Overall, this game is an average RTS, but still a failure considering how far reduced it is from the original. Speaking of which, if you have the first game and its expansion on your PC, stick with that. There is nothing in this game that will be worth your while over what you already have.
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