After introducing 3D models and terrain to the RTS genre in 1997, Cavedog Entertainment’s highly-praised Total Annihilation has now stomped its way onto Steam, doubling its digital presence alongside an earlier GOG release.
PC gamers may be far more familiar with the game that they might think, thanks to spiritual successor Supreme Commander. Both titles were designed by Chris Taylor (who also gave us Dungeon Siege), thus they share the same drive for innovation – for example Total Annihilation was one of the first games to feature radar, whereas Supreme Commander modelled realistic physics for every weapon.
Besides, who can say no to a towering mech unit of their very own?
Although Total Annihilation picked up over 50 awards, Cavedog is now defunct. The franchise was eventually purchased by Wargaming in 2013 during the Atari bankruptcy proceedings.
The Steam release has been updated to work with modern systems and can be picked up for just S$3.85 (30% off) until December 25; otherwise the game normally lists for S$5.50.
Alternatively there’s the Total Annihilation: Commander Pack on GOG, which includes all expansion packs as well as a digital manual, soundtrack, and map editor, for US$5.99 (approximately S$8.50).
Here’s a final titbit: that soundtrack was composed by none other than Jeremy Soule, the man who also breathed life into the Elder Scrolls games, Guild Wars, and many more.