Supreme Commander 2 Review
Xbox 360 | PC
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System: PC, X360 Review Rating Legend
Dev: Gas Powered Games 1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid 4.0 - 4.4 = Great
Pub: Square Enix 2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
Release: March 2, 2010 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 5.0 = The Best
Players: 1-4 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair
ESRB Rating: Everyone 10+ 3.5 - 3.9 = Good

While the single-player campaign is fairly enjoyable to play through, it mostly just serves as a story-driven tutorial for learning how to play the game. The early missions for each faction are little more than basic introductions to the different structures and units you'll need early on as well as how to collect resources and spend research points. The economy of this game relies mainly on two resources: mass and energy. Energy is gained by building energy stations anywhere on the map, while mass collectors can only be built upon specific nodes. Seeking out these nodes and defending your mass collectors serves as the driving force behind many of your missions, as it is nearly impossible to collect enough mass from just the nodes nearby your starting point.

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As you successfully dispatch enemies and build more research facilities, you'll also gain research points. These points are used to basically level up your various units and structures as well as open up new build options. This is done through a series of tech trees such as land, air, structures, etc., which helps to improve your existing units as well as soon to be produced ones. Early upgrades will consist of things like adding a percentage of damage to attacks, making units and structures less vulnerable to damage and even improving attack range. However, as you progress to later upgrades on the tree, you'll uncover major benefits such as shields, regeneration, and even experimental units. If you heavily focus on gaining research points, it is entirely possible to get to these massive and powerful experimental units fairly quickly. While this may feel a little cheap since experimental units can help to swing most battles in your favor, having an enormous mech stomping through an enemy's base gunning down everything in sight is also incredibly hilarious and rewarding.

Once you've gotten through the single-player campaign and have a decent grasp of your build and research progressions, you'll want to move on to Supreme Commander 2's skirmish and multiplayer modes. Skirmish will allow you to continue to practice against a computer opponent without having to worry about hitting certain checkpoints like in the single-player. However, online multiplayer is likely where you'll spend most of your time with this game, challenging human opponents who will provide much more resistance than the fairly lenient A.I. foes. Online multiplayer runs just as well as the single-player and has a host of decently sized maps on which to do battle. The only slight letdown here is that it only supports up to four players.

While it can generally be easy to write off a console RTS, Supreme Commander 2 on the Xbox 360 is a surprisingly great title. The controls work much better than you'd expect, the build mechanics have been simplified to help new players get into it while still maintaining a good amount of depth for more experienced players, it looks good and runs immeasurably better than its predecessor. If you're looking for an RTS to play on a console, Supreme Commander 2 is definitely one of the few good options available to you.

By Adam Brown
CCC Staff Contributor

While you'll probably spend much of your time with the camera pulled out, the game still looks great when zoomed in fully too.
Using a controller to play an RTS certainly isn't ideal, but this game does a great job of making you feel totally in control while also not overly complicating things.
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
The music and sound effects are decent, but the dialogue can be rather cheesy much of the time.
Play Value
The single-player campaign is fun and functions as a good tutorial, and the skirmish mode can help you further practice your skills, but the majority of your time with this game should, and probably will, be spent playing the enjoyable online multiplayer.
Overall Rating - Great
Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.

Game Features:

  • Enigmatic commanders: Take on the role of three enigmatic commanders, former friends from each of the unique factions-The United Earth Federation (UEF), The Illuminate, and the Cybran Nation-who get dragged into a conflict of galactic consequences.
  • Exhilarating experience: Explore a rich, character-driven single-player game which spans over 18 missions and delivers a new level of emotional connection to the RTS genre, or take the battle online for an exhilarating multi-player experience.
  • Spectacular environments: Fight action-packed battles on a massive scale, waging war with enormous land, air, and naval units in visually spectacular environments, brought to life by all-new rendering technology and a true evolution of RTS controls on both platforms.
  • Weapons and technology: Upgrade and customize armies with new weapons and technology and deploy them instantly on the battlefield, turning a base-level tank into a high-powered, multi-barreled, anti-aircraft-sporting multipurpose battle unit.
  • Strategic decisions: Deploy wild experimental war machines that can change the balance of power at any given moment. Experience a streamlined economy and redesigned user interface that puts the focus squarely on combat, battlefield tactics, and high-level strategic decision making, and give improved feedback in Strategic Zoom view.

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