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  • Reign on the Battlefied – Run your war from the traditional RTS view or zoom into the heat of battle using multiple camera perspectives. While down in the trenches, experience the direct effects of your decisions – if a platoon eats it, you’ll be there to count the bodies.
  • 20 Challenging Missions – Battle as the elite JDA or as the revolutionary Sprawlers in 20 challenging single-player missions.
  • Terrain and Environment – Adjust your strategy to take full advantage of the terrain and environment in day and night missions. Go to war on land, at sea and in the air. Hold off enemies by controlling vital choke-points and staging abushes.
  • Coordinated Attacks – Utilize squad-level enhancements to manage your troops, issuing orders to coordinate attacks as a team.

Overview:

Reign from above.
The Imperium and Freedom Guard war lies in the distant future. Now is the era of another brutal clash between two sword enemies: the wealthy Jovian Detention Authority and the Sprawlers, a ragtag group of revolutionaries. Experience battle from both sides of the bloody front lines. For only then will you know what is it to Reign.

Age requirements: ESRB Rating: TEEN with Animated Blood, Animated Violence.

Minimum system requirements: Windows XP or Windows Vista, 1 GHz Processor (1.4 GHz recommended), 256MB RAM (512 recommended), 3D graphics card compatible with DirectX 7 (compatible with DirectX 9 recommended), Mouse, Keyboard.

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Not that good, actually

Posted on 2011-02-17 06:51:27 byLord_Kristof's avatarLord_Kristof:

This game has two things going for it - great music and quite amusing effects. Otherwise, however, it's just not very good. The game represents what I call the 'RTS transition period' - it tries some things, but doesn't do them well enough to work. So you've got low unit AI, special abilities that you cannot use unless you choose that one particular unit, a 3D camera which is justread more too clunky most of the time... All that amount to not very satisfying and quite frustrating gameplay, as it makes the difficulty of the game go waaaay up, just because where you are having trouble navigating and ordering units, the computer foe doesn't. The sound design outside of the music is very mediocre. I wouldn't recommend it.

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Not the best, but worth a look

Posted on 2011-02-19 23:17:30 byshadesofdeath320's avatarshadesofdeath320:

I bought this game on a whim the moment it popped up here on GOG. As a fan of the RTS genre, it appealed to me.
The game looks very good for its age, and the story is interesting enough.
My only real problem with the game is the AI. Pathfinding seems almost non existent. Many times your units just run at an enemy one at a time, which works out the same way as in Kung Fu movies...inread more the sense that it doesn't actually work out at all.
If there is a patch or tweak to address this issue this game should definitely be a part of your collection.
Even as it stands I still enjoyed it, but the extra micromanagement you need to do to keep your units alive keeps it form getting 5 stars.

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One of the overlooked gems

Posted on 2011-03-19 16:53:38 byKoshachiy-Barin's avatarKoshachiy-Barin:

I think this game was very underrated when it came out.
One of the early 3D RTS games, it has an excellent graphics for its time - its low-polyness actually adds more style to it, and there are also some nice particle effects. Art direction is very nice - each of the factions (sadly, there are only two of them) have their own distinctive and very memorable visual style. The gameread more world is very atmospherically designed. You'll direct your units - ground, air and waterborne - through the snow-covered mountains, barren deserts, river-swamped-jungles and the dying cities of the future.
I liked the energy implementation in this game - power from your solar panels gradually drops at night and rises again at daytime. The ability to terramorph the map to some extent is also nice. Units types and available tactics could be more varied and the AI could be much better, but still I've found the gameplay enjoyable, especially in the campaign.
You'll be able to play one of the two plotlines that take place at the same time, and the story is very interesting. I really enjoyed watching the cutscenes. And the voice acting is done good too.
The music deserves a special mention. It's a really good well-composed techno, and you'll probably find yourself listening to it even after you've finished the game.
Overall - Dark Reign 2 has its flaws, but still is a very good game.

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