E3 '07: Supreme Commander Forged Alliance Impressions

This stand-alone follow-up to Supreme Commander is jam-packed with new features and enhancements.

It hasn't taken long for Gas Powered Games to reload after February's excellent real-time strategy game Supreme Commander. Due out later this year is Supreme Commander Forged Alliance, a stand-alone follow-up that adds a new faction, 110 new units, a new campaign, and a whole lot more polish as well.

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With all the improvements and enhancements, Forged Alliance almost feels like a sequel. The graphics and visuals have been improved considerably; there's a lot more detail on units, new explosion effects and heat blur, new shaders, as well as improved performance across the board (those performance improvements have also been included in patches for the original game). The enhancements also affect artificial intelligence because we're told that if you feel comfortable beating the AI in Supreme Commander, you're going to be fighting for your life in Forged Alliance. The AI is smarter than before, but there's also an option to play with a cheating AI if you feel like giving it a handicap.

The major new addition in Forged Alliance is the Seraphim, the first alien race to be introduced in the franchise and an incredibly potent one. With a design that makes it look incredibly sleek and yet alien at the same time, the Seraphim use negative energy weapons that are unlike those used by the three human factions. The Seraphim have an undeniably stylish look to them, and all three human factions will need to form a unit to defeat them.

The 110 new units are distributed among all factions, though the Seraphim get the majority of them, of course. The United Earth Federation, Cybran Nation, and Aeon Illuminate get about 10 new units each, which includes a new experimental unit for each existing faction. We saw two of those in action. The first was the Cybran megalith, a huge unit that's twice the size of the awesome monkeylord and even scarier. This is because the megalith is amphibious and moves faster underwater than it does on land. It's also armed with 12 torpedo launchers so it can take out entire navies. It's equally scary on land and serves as a mobile factory as well, so it can basically drop new units on the battlefield. The second experimental unit revealed thus far is the Seraphim experimental bomber, a huge hit-and-run raider that delivers negative energy bombs, which are basically miniature nukes. It has some antiaircraft capability as well, so it can defend itself against fighters to some extent.

Fans of the existing factions will love many of the new additions because each faction gets units that enhance their strengths. The UEF gets new tier-three point defenses that can chew up incoming ground units, as well as new tier-three armored bots and a mobile missile launcher. The Cybran Nation gets the new brick, a tier-three bot that is armed with a torpedo launcher when underwater that is swapped out for a laser when on land. Other new Cybran units have stealth or radar jamming features.

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All of these new features and enhancements make Forged Alliance look like a must-have for fans of Supreme Commander, but it's not hard to see newcomers becoming entranced by the game's massive scale and awesome battles. Forged Alliance is on track for release this November, and that's shaping up to be an amazing month for strategy gamers.

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illuminatirexx
illuminatirexx

So for those that only will get FA, will they only have 1 faction to play with online? and all 4 in singleplayer?

pkcRAISTLIN
pkcRAISTLIN

cheekyass123 knows absolutely nothing about gaming.

Cheekyass123
Cheekyass123

wow cant believe they're gonna make and expansion pack for Supreme Commander. They shouldn't have! This game is bad enough. Sure nice graphic, wide and massive scale but this game is bad. most of the unit from the 3 factions are all the same. They just look different and they gonna put 10 new unit. thats not enough. Command & Conquer is better than this game.

madmoose7
madmoose7

Forged alliance looks like a good expansion to SC im really looking forward to it. But my computer isn't ready to handle another big game like that ,and i don't have enough money to get another video card.

Inuosha
Inuosha

I really hope they add some new content like a map or a scenario editor but my biggest worry would be if my computer runs it I have 960 MB of RAM and a Pentium 4 processor SumCom runs at the lowest detail setting at about 18 or 20 fps.

Inuosha
Inuosha

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Deyyhayederaned
Deyyhayederaned

This Looks Good hope they fixed the shield rendering bug on big super extended games. Always play to build an empire never to win more victories to explore that way

Brother_of_bit
Brother_of_bit

wat u talkin bout SCPsyWarrior Northern Strike wasnt freee was like $10 or $20

SCPsyWarrior
SCPsyWarrior

I think it's unfair to categorise the content of this as the content for what should be a "free patch", but It is quite true that in past years we PC gamers got more for free. Another example is the recent Battlefield 2142 update, Northern Strike. I remember a free official patch for Unreal Tournament 2004 that gave me 4 new maps and as many new vehicles, which is more than what I got for my cash with 2142. Having said that, it did take ages before the UT2004 patch was released while Northern Strike came faster than that. There's a price to pay for high-end graphics and fast turnarounds, and that price is translated to us. It's not the end of PC Gaming as we know it, it's just the way things are now. Let's face it, we've been demanding more and more out of our games for a while now, and 'more' has to cost someone money! -PsyW

snake_6483
snake_6483

i cant wait to get a hand of the new experimentals... plus the Sepherim! this is going to be an awesome game!

GCBsoul98
GCBsoul98

The game looks preety good. I want to try out the game and see how good the game is.

steveg1009
steveg1009

i heard theres a new unit pack to download coming in august

G-SusFrek
G-SusFrek

Okay, who ever is complaining about PC performance, they shouldnt be complaining because I have a 1.6 GHz with an ATI Radeo 9600, there's no crashes, and plays amazing, with sound so either get an old computer or ....i have nohing else to say...

Humorguy_basic
Humorguy_basic

So now, we get to have to buy a new game. Gee. Ol' Cavedog would have still been bringing out those 110 new units for free and all the rest as a free patch. This is gouging as far as I am concerned. I am nowhere near finishing Sup Comm anyway, and I think they will alienate at least some gamers (like me) with this speedy 'standalone expansion' If it has a retail of under £20 ($40) I might consider, but if the plan is to sell this at full game price I will be thinking Oblivion and other games and their rip-off 'microtransactions', except with this game, we're taking about 4 or 5 mods in one. Medieval Total War II: Kingdoms is basically the same 4 or 5 mods rather than a true expansion, but at least that is going to be sold for under £20/$40! So i;ll wait for the price and get a little closer to getting my money's worth out of the first game before I get this.

Furiousxr
Furiousxr

New unit are all ways a good thing :)

_NinjitsU_
_NinjitsU_

damm i'm happy with the new units but could they have added at least some sew screens! like 2 or 3 anything to ilustrate wath this guy is saying!

padaporra
padaporra

klinsi i think that this "help" to the AI is like a very difficult level setting, just with other name... It will be a challenge... And its not the first game to do so. ____________ FOOTBALL, not soccer!

klinsi
klinsi

Hm... another superb game that need a superb PC to play it too Hope that the cheat codes will work for PLAYER ONLY, PLEASE !!! For God Sake, this game is not too easy, u know !!!! And I want to still to play it without any kind of software just to make my day more bright & more fun ! What is the point to give a cheat codes that works too for the enemies (AI), especially in campaign ??? What is the point to play with a handicaping AI ??? U want a REAL challenge ? Play it with friends or HUMAN PLAYER online, geezz... Better try to make a cheat codes like Blizzard do to Warcraft series & Starcraft, hehehe...

ALZex
ALZex

looks good hey!

El_Shabang
El_Shabang

I read that the seraphin were extinct - however, that the people inside the commanders (as the only living people on the battlefeild in SupCom) were like the seraphin battle monks, giving up their place in the afterlife to remain behind to fight ... and that there was a secrect faction in the aeon who were waiting for them to return, so the aeon are sort of on both sides, I believe

r3351925
r3351925

wow cant wait to play that.

Natd8
Natd8

Thought the seraphim were extinct? and why would they be destroying the aeon? doesn't make sense.

Mario21488
Mario21488

I am so going to buy this games! I can't wait!

Rakuho
Rakuho

awesome, too bad it'll rape my pc, or my wallet if i'll decide to upgrade.

SonofNurgle
SonofNurgle

Ang on, won't the Seraphim be on the same team as Aeon, because they are there followers?

blackleather223
blackleather223

This game sounds great can't wait until it comes out. I may have to wait until Christmas cause I have to go and spend my money on my sisters birth day present and get Christmas presents for every body else.

zipozal
zipozal

Latest updates were for vista? Wtf are you talking about man, there is no vista only updates for Supcom, I should know as I'm fully up to day on XP.

ppau08223
ppau08223

i dont think tht this is vista only. that would really be isolating all the hard core gamers out there who still refuse to use vista

finalfantasia
finalfantasia

I thought the Seraphim were wiped out according to the intro video?

msudude211
msudude211

Too bad my PC can't handle it. :?

Aelreth
Aelreth

Hope they mean an AI personality like they had in Tiberium Wars. Either way still buying this game.

diablos_gun666
diablos_gun666

im worried that it will be vista only cos the latest updates of supreme commander were all for vista and i cant help but think this will be as well

padaporra
padaporra

Well, the seraphim look very promising, they took only 1000 years to find a war as big as a galaxy.

djtim_3000
djtim_3000

i may be wrong but isnt gpg using sorian's AI + other user created mods in the expansion? if so, good on them. SC is a great game and unlike most other RTS games on the market gets a lot of active support from the developer and the publisher. Expansions (even if they are standalone), community created mods and improving the game markedly after release - respect to gpg.

DUMBHA
DUMBHA

The Seraphim eh? Seems they were alive somewhere after all.

tsb247
tsb247

I can't wait! I was a huge fan of Total Annhilation, I love Supreme Commander, and I am sure I will enjoy Supreme Commander: Forged Alliance as well!

soka28
soka28

I cant wait!! Supreme commander rules! These screen shots dont do the game justice! There needs to be like 200 more units in every shot.

kutty12000
kutty12000

Sorry GPG but Sorian's AI is still going to better than yours :P

kutty12000
kutty12000

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DouglasBuffone
DouglasBuffone

I am definitely going to check this game out, I really liked the Supreme Commander

Thorpe89
Thorpe89

That last screenshot on this preview looks very nice.

Kubilius
Kubilius

The game is massive, huge bots and stuff, but for some reason I stopped playing it after like 2 weeks...not sure why - was it becouse of the freaky kids who played 25 hours a day and would constantly beat me up or was it just some lack of fun. Not sure how to explain it, but smth is wrong with this game :) Maybe the new race will help? But if it's true that now there's like 7 online games hosted, then it makes you wonder ...

jakeboudville
jakeboudville

That's some insanely awesome screenshots there

Einhanderkiller
Einhanderkiller

I bet the developers added the UEF rapid-firing missile launcher because of the guy on the GPG forums who kept nagging them to add it.

TurtlePerson2
TurtlePerson2

I'm a little upset that they're releasing a standalone so soon, but the first one's fun and contrary to the previous comment you can always find a game online.

life4hire
life4hire

Wow, at the time there are 7 comments. That's about as many games as you find online for this game. Think about it.

kirbyfanatic
kirbyfanatic

i never bought the first one so ill be picking this one up for sure