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Strategy/2D Real-Time Strategy
TEEN, Strong Language, Violence
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Original War mixes role-playing with conventional real-time strategy as the U.S. and Russia stage a time-travel war back to a prehistoric period to gain control of a rare resource crucial to survival. The non-linear sci-fi storyline is set far in the future but gameplay takes place two million years ago, as the US sends a team back in time to move the buried mineral from what is present-day Siberia to Alaska.
You control both American and Russian forces in single-player mode, with a third party introduced as the game nears completion. Factions have a limited number of human units to run machinery and pilot vehicles and, as they carry forward from mission to mission and are not easily replaceable, they must be protected at all costs. Options include playing single missions as either side, as well as modem and Internet play.
During gameplay you build structures, command namable units (soldiers, mechanics, scientists, and engineers), and direct troops. Units have specific functions (e.g., soldiers fight, mechanics repair, etc.) and can change class as they gain experience. Combat and movement is similar to that in the Command & Conquer or WarCraft series. ~ Jon Thompson, All Game Guide