Total Annihilation is back, baby! The ground-breaking sci-fi RTS has just hit Steam, thanks to the efforts of World of Tanks developer Wargaming. This is more than just the classic 1997 release, too. All of the original expansion packs are wrapped up in this new bundle, so if you’re looking for a nostalgic indulgence this holiday season, I think you’ve found it.
…and did we mention it’s less than $5?
The standard price for Total Annihilation is just US$4.99, but thanks to those ever-helpful Steam Winter Sales, you can pick it up for US$3.49. Even if you’ve blown your Christmas budget, you can still find a few bucks down the back of the couch, right?
Total Annihilation was originally published in 1997 under the watchful eye of lead designer Chris Taylor, and was the first game of its kind to feature 3D units and terrain coupled with an “engaging and challenging” mission-packed solo campaign.
In 2013, Wargaming purchased the franchise when former owner Atari sold everything. Wargaming also bought Chris Taylor’s development studio Gas Powered Games, so RTS fans around the world have their fingers firmly crossed the industry icon might be working on a return to form. (Let’s face it, the upcoming release of Master of Orion suggests the team is not against the idea of bringing these classic games back into the spotlight…)
If you want to find out first-hand why this game won more than 50 awards around the world over its lifespan, now’s your chance!
Total Annihilation’s solo campaign plunges the player into a familiar yet futuristic galaxy ruled by a central body of humans and AI called the Core. The Core’s technological and economic triumphs have allowed humanity to colonize most of the Milky Way and enjoy peace and prosperity. However, the balance has been upset by a technological breakthrough allowing human consciousness to be transferred to machine, granting immortality via a process called “patterning.” Following a mandate imposed on humanity by the Core, requiring everyone to undergo patterning as a public health measure, a rebel band rises from the far corners of the galaxy, ready to fight a shadowy present for a brighter future.
So, on one hand, you can snap this one up on Steam – or if you’d prefer, you can grab the Commander Pack on GoG (which includes the game, both expansion packs, a 65-page manual, map editor and the original soundtrack). No matter where you pick it up, the game’s been tidied up just enough to run on modern machines, but is otherwise exactly the same as the one you played 15 years ago. (Feeling old now?)