At E3 this year I was invited to join Trion Worlds to try out their groundbreaking new RTS “End of Nations”.
Now; I’m not going to lie…I’ve never been a fan of RTS games. I played Command and Conquer and Warcraft and Starcraft and all of the rest of them because as a gamer I’m pretty much obligated to, so I have a damned good idea how they play…I just don’t like them very much because…
…Well because I suck at them.
That doesn’t mean I can’t appreciate a nice RTS, though, and that’s just what End of Nations is. A very, VERY nice RTS.
When I got there, I was taken into the back and shown a quick run-down of the way the game works. I was shown the different unit types and how you can customize your outfits with different types of units, customize the units with different skins and really just customize the hell out of anything you want. I was also shown a series of elite outfits, which can’t be customized with different units but are chock-full of bad-assery so they really don’t need to be messed with.
They also broke down for me how this whole things works. There are 2 factions which are, obviously, opposed to one another. At the main screen, which is a map of the world, you will be able to see zones which are all controlled by one or the other of the factions in a persistent state. Clicking on one of those zones will take you there and give you the opportunity to start battling against the enemy in a 1v1, 2v2 4v4, etc… match, all the way up to.
Brace for it…
28 V 28
56 players? Thats like RTS heaven…And it looks amazing, on top of that! Yeah, the graphics are top notch…even from the world map, where you can see topography and fires and…trust me, it’s pretty. In fact, the feature image up there at the top? Yeah, that’s a screenshot.
Once the run-down was completed, I was pulled into another briefing but once that was over, I was taken back to End of Nations and offered a little bit of time with the game.
What I can tell you is that it looks great. The graphics are crisp and run smoothly, even with tons of action on the screen. There’s lots to do, lots of people to kill and lots of fun to be had…And – get this – it’s free to play. Yep, that’s right, FREE to play. And that doesn’t mean pay to win, either…Trion Worlds doesn’t roll like that.
Oh, and did I mention that it’s been designed by the same people who did Command and Conquer? Well, I have now!
Smooth gameplay, great graphics, no detectable slowdown in busy environments AND 56 player battles? Where do I sign up? Seriously! It’s an amazing spectacle to behold and THAT is why we crowned End of Nations “Best RTS” at E3 2012.
Check out the B-roll below!