This is about one of my favorite games of all time - Total Annihilation. In 1997 I got my first PC and this was one of the first games I bought and it was incredible. Loads of beautiful land, sea and air units with no unit cap and cinematic visuals and music. Awesome.
Unfortunately, Cavedog (the company that made the game) went bust. That was the end of that - or so I thought.
Of course some of you will have heard of Supreme Commander, the “spiritual successor” to TA. http://video.google.co.uk/videosearch?q=Supreme+Commander. It is the first RTS I have been looking forward to in years but it seemed the days of Total Annihilation were really over…
I was wrong. Last night I discovered TA springs - a project that is so much more than a GPLed clone of the original. It is fully 3D for instance and there is no unit cap. When I discovered the site, I thought I had stumbled upon an alpha project that was all but dead. Opening the multiplayer I saw no one. Empty. I fiddled one last time and tried again.
The list sprung to life. The multiplayer lobby was throbbing with activity. Dozens of mods and dozens of maps and loads of players. If you are an RTS fan or an old Total Annihilation fan you really do owe it to yourself to check this out:
In many respects it beats the crap out of any RTS on the market right now. Look at the size of this battle for example:
And graphically it may not be top notch anymore, some features (eg the water) are very impressive. Check out Movie 18 on this page:
The only thing that is missing is the original soundtrack. Insert some dramatic classical music into your CD drive and immerse yourself!