Excerpt: Graphics & Sound: With a name like Maelstrom , you should expect a story of near Biblical proportions. You should expect a deep and tumultuous story of constant and compounding issues. If you you look it up in the dictionary, you might even expect a dangerous whirlpool off the coast of Norway. You would be sadly mistaken on all accounts, however.
The graphics are up to par, and the modeling is promising.
Conclusion: KDV and Codemasters has a lot to be proud of in their latest creation, Maelstrom is a beautiful game filled with a lot of strategic talent and plenty of room for big pretty explosions, and squirtings of blood. If you love a royal RTS experience then grab Maelstrom and plunge in.
Excerpt: First Impressions My reaction is In the days when my PC would actually play games, I would love playing games like Age of Mythology, Warcraft III, and Stronghold. However, with modern games being too technical for my crappy rig, I dedicated my life to console gaming. But when I was given a copy of Maelstrom for the PC, I was excited at trying out a modern RTS game to see how things had come along. Needless to say, I don’t think I’m missing anything.
Excerpt: Codemasters’ and KDV Games’ RTS game Maelstrom is what the name suggests. While it’s a very powerful whirlpool capable of displaying plenty of power and destroying land (pluses to the game’s visuals and terraforming system), it’s also a very big mess and manages to break several core RTS components. A game shouldn’t have players go through a few hours of frustration for a brief level or two of some nice strategy gameplay.
Summary: Maelstrom is a strategy action epic which takes place on a devastated future Earth. In the wake of an apocalyptic ecological disaster, the planet is threatened by an alien invasion, thus becoming the battleground as a divided human race fights for survival.
Conclusion: Maelstrom, the terrible storm, proves to be nothing more than a grand concept poorly implemented. It is wonderful that the developers wanted to blend in various game genres that didn't interact much over the years, like real-time strategy and shooters. Unfortunately, they lacked the mastery to achieve all that.
Cons: frightful pathfinding and artificial intelligence drive the gameplay straight into the ground, tacked-on third-person action mode is poorly implemented and totally unnecessary, the voice acting may be the worst you'll hear all year