Supreme Commander demo out now

Playable demo for Gas Powered Games' and THQ's massive strategy game ready for download now from GameSpot. Exclusive details inside.

Publisher THQ has released the playable demo for Supreme Commander, the highly anticipated PC strategy game from developer Gas Powered Games. The demo, now available for download from GameSpot, includes an early portion of the single-player campaign for the Cybran Nation, one of the game's three playable factions. It also includes a skirmish map named "Finn's Revenge," which can be played on easy, medium, and hard difficulty levels.

According to the in-game fiction, the Cybran Nation consists of a race of cybernetically enhanced humans known as "symbionts" that seek their freedom from the oppressive human regime of future Earth, which is controlled by the aggressive United Earth Federation, a faction that has enslaved the symbionts for fear of rebellion. Meanwhile, the UEF and Cybran Nation will need to contend with the game's third faction, the Aeon Illuminate, a mysterious group heavily influenced by alien philosophy and technology that claims pacifism, but backs its claims with military might.

While Supreme Commander is an original intellectual property created at Gas Powered Games, the game is ostensibly a successor to the 1997 real-time strategy classic Total Annihilation, which was designed by GPG's frontman, industry veteran Chris Taylor. The game is scheduled for release on February 20. For more information on the game, consult GameSpot's preview coverage.

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ploppy3000
ploppy3000

I've just run my virus checker and it says there is a Trojan horse Generic6.UMS virus in the setup.exe from this demo - I downloaded it from gamespot a few months back Anybody else have the same problem? The virus was found in: C:\Documents and Settings\MYUSER\Local Settings\Temp\Temporary Directory 1 for supremecommanderdemo.zip\setup.exe

SonofNurgle
SonofNurgle

I am going to get some well deserved sleep, and when i am back, i expect to see some help on the demo right here. Thank you very much for dealing with my rant. The computer is looking very much battered now. Good night. PS-Though i may sleep, grandfather nurgle does not. Watch yourselves out there, foolish mortals, and sleep tight.

SonofNurgle
SonofNurgle

A wise man once said "never trust a computer you cannot thow out the window" I got up at 5 this morning to walk the dog after having a mere 3 hours sleep having finally fallen into the land of nod after playing as NOD for several hours. I then had work, no food till 3pm, walk the dog again, take my little bro to play footy and stand there bored stiff for an hour and a half and then when i get home i spend hours waiting for this demo to download. I cannot throw my computer out the window (the window is to small) but i can certainly throw my rattle out of the pram, which i duly did. And now i want my rattle back, thank you very much. Please give me some help. All the system requirements are met, but it says they aren't. Windows XP V2002, service pack 2, 1.99Gig, 256Mb of RAM, direct x 9, g-force 5. WHAT IS WRONG?! I AM SO CLOSE TO A BF I AM GROWING A TALE AND LOTS OF FUR!

alvingo89
alvingo89

the demo keeps on havin problems when i play it i will be barely starting my base and it turns off so i am not gona buy it unless i know it wont happen when i buy the game

forkshop
forkshop

i hve a pc with core duo 1.66 and geforce 7400 and the game run average, this game is very heavy for the computer

crusender
crusender

EXCELLENT! only down is AI in scrimish event at HARD i still kick him to space he look low in strategie (sending Experimental unit alone), cant wait for multiplay. Test on: p4 3.0, 2gig ram, 9800 allinwonders, in somewhat lag in huge battle at speed +0 (near all low setting)

luengoalvareza
luengoalvareza

damn well i ordered my new pc yesterday so im gonnna be able to play it when it comes out well thanks guys

alienrider
alienrider

I for one am very excited by this game. It makes logistics a key part of planning an attack, an element missing in many RTS'. I also support the idea of future-proofing a game, there are old games I play to this day and it is always great to be able to play at resolutions I couldn't when I bought them. Essentially I see this game as putting a significant new concept into RTS: that of scale and as a result, the developers should be lauded for trying to break out of the mould that current RTS' are setting. Will it need tweaking after its released: yes, because significant innovation brings new unforeseen problems that cannot be discerned until the world gets to put it under the most intense scrutiny. EZ AR

eric1000
eric1000

I am extremely happy that they released a demo before I bought the game. As an old fan of the original TA most of the game mechanics were familiar and I was hoping for more of the same updated for 2007, I was dissapointed. The graphics are indeed superb when zoomed in, it's a great pity then that you hardly get to see them because to play the game with any worthwhile overview of what's going on it is necessary to have the window zoomed out. Instead of the glorious graphics then you are reduced to moving squares of colour. Winning the game is simple when playing against the AI, turrets are now so powerful that you just need to build them closer and closer to the enemy until you control the field, no need for any other units if you do not wish them as the standard defensive installations will win the game for you. This of course does prevent the zerg rush seen in most RTS games but it also makes all other units redundant, including the aircraft. The developers have also fallen in line with most of the industry in attempting to make the game future proofed in that to enjoy everything whacked up to full you need to wait about a year and upgrade your PC with the technology available at that time. I have never seen the point of this and wish that devs would make games for the present. In 12 months I would be bored with it and on to something else anyway so no point at all. I have played through the entire demo and won every scenario, TA it isn't.

The_wizard85
The_wizard85

wow Nashaz !! how i wish i could have your pc right now!!!

Vigge4
Vigge4

Bah i still got to wait 4 more days before i get my new Graphic Card. But im really looking forward to this game, hope it will run on my system and dont have to upgrade any more hardware.

Nashaz
Nashaz

Better to get 8series cause it supports shader model 4.0 as well as dx10... btw, my com specs are E6600 @ 3.6ghz, EVGA 680i, 2gb corsair 6400doms, 8800gtx @ 676/900, 320gb seagate hdd.... and also, so far even in huge skirmish battles, i did not experience any lag with settings on max.... but mabe in battle of over 1kunits may have to reduce the anti-alising from 8x to mabe 0 or 2x...

Ascardon
Ascardon

The demo was good but it had some serious bugs in the campaign mode.my pc crashed and the sound from the game was stuttering in desktop mode so i had to shut it down manually,but not in skirmish mode there it was stable. PC: Intel Core 2 Duo E6600,2gb ram,Asus PN5-E SLI Nvidia 650i,Nvidia Pov 7900GS 256 mb 320 gb seagate Harddrive 16mb cache. luengoalvareza:it is not possible to upgrade the shader model on graphic cards because it must support this shader model in hardware,you must buy a new one with support for shader model 2.0 or 3.0.i suggest a 7600gs for budget if you have agp port,or if you got pci express port a 7900gs/ 7950gt or if you can afford it 8800gt,gtx.

crusender
crusender

.... me i have to wait my new computer to be ship for play it, whit my config i got it lag has hell when battle star be real... lucky me i should have it before game is ship. AMD 2800+ 1gig ram Geforce 6600 all at low setting and off, after 200 unit+ on map lag has hell. DL time 1h30 on fileplanet. Those who need requirement i think it come for XP defaut language or video card not support shader 2.0

Nashaz
Nashaz

Sh*t THIS GAME IS AWESOME... MAN... THE GRAPHICS ROCK WITH AN 8800GTX.... AND I STILL HAVENT SEEN IT IN DX10 YET... But the hard Ai is freaking hard to win... its like ive only got 1 spiderbot and the guy has 2 and another keeps coming every 5 min... WTH...

ShadoweaverCode
ShadoweaverCode

This demo is amazing. Can't wait to play the real game. This is strategy gaming at its best. And in contrast with some other poster, I thought the graphics were really nice, after some tweaking.

polo-man
polo-man

This game looks sweat! Can anyone tell me about how long it takes to download? 1GB RAM 170GB HD AMD Athlon 2.2 GHz Radeon X850 XT PE

luengoalvareza
luengoalvareza

wait subz the hound ithink i know what it is we have pixel and vertex shader to 1.1 and 1.4 we need those at least to 2.0 each so if u can find how can we upgrade that its teh pixel and vertex shader guys we need to upgrade both to 2.0

Neomaverick22
Neomaverick22

same as below...i meet the minimum requirements but it says to check that I do...I even updated all of my drivers to double check. help

SubzTheHound
SubzTheHound

luengoalvareza i have the same problem as jamaican i meet the minimum requrements and it still says check minimum system specs can some 1 help me

Omegaprime00
Omegaprime00

I find it takes some time to get a fully developed tech 2 / 3 base other then that, Next to the Command & Conquer Series, this is by far my Most favorite Game for the PC.

luengoalvareza
luengoalvareza

jamaican me too its **** right i have all the minimum requrements and still its says check minimum system requirements whats up woth that can somone help me

jamaican_numba2
jamaican_numba2

I have all requirements but it still wont run it says to verify that system meets requirements. what the hell? can any one help me out?

nytemarex
nytemarex

This game is EPIC. It made me feel that all other strategy games are smail and insignificant. I guess people don't like it is that it is TOO BIG for them. For me, I love it. All other games are just repetative and just dumb. Unfortunately, most gamers are exactly like that. For example, WHO IN THE WORLD would play Counter-Strike constantly. I find that game super boring. And World Of Warcraft isn't super special. Great but not special. All Chris Taylor have to do is make a few tweaks in performance issues and this game will be SUPREME. I will buy SUPREME COMMANDER when it comes out.

Linkman25
Linkman25

This is simply amazing. The interface is pretty tough and it takes a while to master, but once you do, playing it becomes easy. Everything is just so natural, and actual strategy is needed. This is all I hoped for.

Damnation_6
Damnation_6

Well Calinescu....the grafics are probebly not cutting edge because of the scale of the game. It simply doesn't work if you want to make a RTS with this scale and amazing grafics, no PC would be able to hold it. I'm still waiting for my Download to finnish......can't wait.

Calinescu
Calinescu

Big disappointment when it comes to graphics, the building mechanism, war and the list goes on. Did not find anything amazing,the maps look so empty like big areas with just the common things:watter,trees, small mountains....its like playing Empire Earth....WTF???

Haze069690
Haze069690

every time i tried to dwnld it it would say dwnld complete after about 10% had been completed?! and the file was incomplete or corrupted when i tried to open it? Any ideas?

BeyondItAll
BeyondItAll

First impressions are deceptive lasa, the game has unimaginable depth and more features then I could list, alone it would take you weeks with many hours of play to really find out what the game is like. You obviously have no clue as of now, I suggest you get the tutorials off fileplanet for starters.....

Lasafrog
Lasafrog

I'm very sad to say I'm not impressed. The interface is very disjointed, and really a mess to work around. I'm running a BFG Geforce 7800 OC 256meg card and it still looks very rough and unpolished. It has a few neat ideas, but this is a big letdown overall. I had really high hopes, too :(

jACkaTacK1107
jACkaTacK1107

ill DL it as soon as my new uber rig arrives on my doorstep Core 2 Duo 8800GTX 2GB RAM X-Fi 750-watt Power Supply Vista Premium it goes on and on

luengoalvareza
luengoalvareza

why cant i run the demo even if i have all the minimum system requrements i hvae a radeon 9200 and 2.60 ghz and have more than 512 mb of ram plez someone help me i meet all minimum system requrements and still i cant play it

Gmacrusher
Gmacrusher

I'l download it later...but its cool looking and i can't wait to play the real deal!

Pete5506
Pete5506

I just started to download it

recalcitrant1
recalcitrant1

Runs on my p4 2.8ghz with 1 gig ram, 128 meg Radeon 9800 Pro in 1024 x 768 with everything turned to low or off. Runs smoothly that is. I wouldn't run it on anything slower, as if you get more than two factions on a map it'll become unplayable. Of course, it kicks bottom on my E6600 with x1950 Pro behind me.

sain_skywalker
sain_skywalker

Holy jesus omg. I've been waiting for this day for 2 years and jesus I can't wait. as an original lover of TA i can't wait jesus one great day for me.

BeyondItAll
BeyondItAll

Maybe you should turn the graphics down wizard :P I know you can't be running it all on low :P

xelloss88
xelloss88

Getting 1.250 MB/s from gamespot, if you are having a slow downloads, Then Download a Download Manager. I use The Internet Download Manager comes with a 30 day trial, but there are other free ones out there.

evanem_2k1
evanem_2k1

slammedc: Just sign up for Gamespot Total Access, it is worth it. The downloads are screaming fast comparitively. Currently running at 621kb per second. I have downloaded at up to 1.5mb per second with the total access subscription. dude i get that without Total Access just off my school's network

The_wizard85
The_wizard85

wow i've just tried it.... i can't go over 20-22 fps with a 4800x2 and a 7900gt...damn.. anyway seems to be great!

sargemat
sargemat

great game. worth wait hours to for it to download. pre-ordering collectors edition tomorrow.

djynen
djynen

All I can say is: SWEEEEEEEEET!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Having not played the beta, I can only add the prayer: Please don't suck, Please don't suck, Please don't suck...

daftpunk_mk5
daftpunk_mk5

HELP, I have zalman theatre 6 sorround sound headphones and sound is only coming from the right ear

slammedc
slammedc

Just sign up for Gamespot Total Access, it is worth it. The downloads are screaming fast comparitively. Currently running at 621kb per second. I have downloaded at up to 1.5mb per second with the total access subscription.

Tomdogg
Tomdogg

Ok...now what are the requirenments?