View Full Version : What has been the worst RTS game you have played

12-13-2005, 10:03 AM
For me, this is an extremely tough one. However, I have always used the Total War series as the benchmark for RTS games, despite Rome Total War sucks online.

There have been some key releases over the past 12 months, Battle for middle earth, Dawn of War, Rome Total War, Black and White 2 and Age Of Empires 3.

BFME, in my view is probably the worst RTS game out there in modern times. The engine is out of date, the AI is something from over a decade ago and you can't create those large scale battles. It's just awful.

On the other hand, you have the largely disappointing Age Of Empire 3. Why? Maybe I expected too much but really its just AOE2 in a new costume! It does nothing new and a strategy of rushing to tech level 2 online has become extremely boring over the last 6 years now.

What you all think has been the worst RTS game... EVER?!


12-13-2005, 10:15 AM
War of the Ring. Like BFME, except suckier. I guess it was an OK game still, I haven't played many RTSs that I dislike a lot.

12-13-2005, 10:42 AM
It was more like WarCraft IV: War of the Ring.

Anyway, the one thatreally dissapointed me in recent times is AoE3. Like DMUK, it just feels old and too antiquated, like if the genre did not evolve during all those years.

There's also the dreadful Rise of Nations, the Civilization and Age hybrid. I simply can't find any fun in it.

12-13-2005, 11:00 AM
For me I would say that is was Empire Earth because of the building functions(you have to build so much just to advance through the ages), as well as single-player campaigns that you could not even get by the first scenario or even the first part of that scenario.

12-13-2005, 03:03 PM
I have to agree with DMUK and LIAYD, AoE III was a major let down. It felt exactly like to older games, and it didnt have that new something special that AoE II had over AoE I. It does get old advancing ages and all that jazz.

12-13-2005, 05:31 PM
sw gb i hated having to like dig and stuff thats why i like empire at war

12-13-2005, 05:37 PM
Dig what do you mean, It is similar to the AOE series and it is common in general for RTS games to have reasource gathering... Though it is a good thing it is not in Empire at War :)

12-13-2005, 05:41 PM
I did think the resource gathering was a little unrealistic for a SW game, but that's how every RTS game was back when GB was made. It was a fun game when it was newer.

12-13-2005, 05:52 PM
I'd have to say AOE III, just not that great of a game

El Sitherino
12-13-2005, 06:44 PM
BFME. Gameplay sucked, AI sucked, pretty much everything sucked.

AOEIII seems to be rather disappointing, but there are really no technical problems with it. I guess after so many years between it and II we expected a bit more.

Commander Obi-Wan
12-13-2005, 07:15 PM
The only RTS I have played in a while BFME. I found it okay. Though, I hope BFME II (http://www.ea.com/official/lordoftherings/bfme2/us/home.jsp) is better.

12-14-2005, 08:08 PM
I think Empire Earth 2 demo was bad...and i don't like War of the ring...

p.s i never played BFME, but i saw that it got good reviews. I aslo heard it is a good game.

12-14-2005, 09:49 PM
Out of the box, it isn't too bad, but the lack of support and blance problems kills the game over time.

12-14-2005, 09:53 PM
Empire Earth had the same problem... That is why I would rank it worse then EEII. As well it had other problems involving the single player campaign.

12-15-2005, 09:36 AM
The worst game that I played would have to be War of the Ring. It was craptacular.

As for games I disliked after playing them, I would have to say the Rome Total War series, and WarCraft 3.

12-19-2005, 08:33 PM
i think the worst game i ever played was probably SW:BG because is was a cheap knock off of AoE using star wars skins. it seems more like a total conversion of aoe instead of a new game

12-19-2005, 11:41 PM
Honestly...although I make fun of GB incessantly, I don't think it was all that bad for what it was made to do, it accomplished. It wasn't terrible...it was just definitely not what I wanted. I really can't think of all that many horrible RTSs I've played because I always look at reviews before playing for the most part. I carefully choose games really and don't normally buy into hype. The worst RTSs I've played were really for consoles because they arn't set up all that well for RTSs and such and those are so few and far between that I can't think of many. Most strategy games I play for consoles are turn based.
So all in all, this has to be the most long winded way of saying I really can't think of any BAD RTSs I've played.
The worst I can even think of was "War of the Worlds" that was produced forever ago and was probably $20 when I bought it forever ago so I don't even know if it counts.

12-22-2005, 04:14 AM
Absolute worst? Well, I’ve bought a lot of computer games over the years and the worst is a game called “Seven Kingdoms II: The Fryhtan Wars”. The second worst game is “Total Annihilation”. The third worst game is “Fate of the Dragon” by Eidos. The fourth worst game is probably War Craft II. WCIII wasn’t much better. War Craft III was only fun in single player and online play was boring and unbalanced. I got sick of being rushed by Night Elves. I had a lot of fun playing WCIII, but ironically enough I stopped playing the “real” game and only played a mod called Dota All-Stars. The Dota All-Stars mod was better then the actual game. lol Force Commander was another game I never really got into. I actually liked SW: GB, and it was a fun game at least to me.

My favorite games right now are probably Kotor and Battlefront.

Emperor Devon
12-22-2005, 05:13 AM
I would have to say AoE I. While it may have been good in its day, I bought it in 2004. The campaigns were rather boring, and I got so tired of them I never even bothered to complete a couple. The graphics were horrible, the civilizations were unrealistic... I didn't like it very much.

There is a strategy game I haven't played, but I read that its one of the worst games of all time. I believe it is called Diplomacy. The company who made it wanted the game to be playable by everyone across the world, so to save a bit of time they didn't bother recording any voices, and used hardly any writing. The little characters on the screen tell you what to do by making little motions and pointing certain directions. And as an added bonus, the game is supposed to be very buggy.

I don't get why so many people here don't like BFME. I thought it was a great game.

Dragonball Fan
01-29-2006, 11:04 AM
I have two words:

Force Commander.

Darth Alec
02-02-2006, 07:02 PM
The age series are great, my fav is the third, but for the worst, its the EE series and RON, cheap hybrids.....

02-02-2006, 10:41 PM
I agree with Darth Alec on the aoe series, in fact my favorite of the series is the very first one with its expansion of course. I still don't really have a liking to the EE series as well, sorry to say but I will greatly demote Age of Mythology, just due to the fact that it is has no real rts feel to it. The only way I can get anything done in AOM is by allowing curtain things to happen *couf... ch... couf... t... couf*(How do you spell cough again, my memory just went blank)

02-03-2006, 05:35 AM
I loved EE, however EE2 seemed like a cheaply made sequel, I was expecting a lot more from it. I've only played the demo of AoEIII, but it, like, EE2 did not seem to have enough new ideas to warrant a new game, I also disliked WarCraft III shortly after playing it a few times. However, the crappiest RTS that I have played must be Star Trek New Worlds.

02-04-2006, 11:32 AM
Im not an RTS expert by any means, but of all of them Ive played, I really disliked War of The Ring. I loved SW Rebellion, with all the Expanded Universe and political elements etc :) Another one which I liked was Star Trek Birth of the Federation, still = funnage

lolz...new worlds was indeed crapzrz