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: In terms of structure Maelstrom is comfortably familiar. Build a base, build some troops and capture strategic points to gain more resources and thereby increase your dominance of the battlefield. It's also a good idea to kill the enemy while you are at it and luckily Maelstrom gives you lots of ways to do that.
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.
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.
Summary: It's a shame that the makers of 2004's excellent and inventive real-time strategy game Perimeter couldn't maintain their momentum. Maelstrom is a frustrating mess that showcases meaningless tacked-on features in lieu of functional RTS gameplay. It's hard not to walk away with the feeling that KD Visions spent more of its time making pretty water graphics than it did making the game fun to play.
Pros: The water is pretty
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
Conclusion: Lastly, there are the Hai-Genti, a race of aliens trying to take over Earth, after their own home world was ravaged by an ecological disaster. This faction favors biotechnology as its tool for victory, sending spores to the Earth that will grow new creatures to attack the Remnants and the Ascension. The Hai-Genti thus have amore primal, bloodthirsty military at their disposal that is largely treated as disposable meat for the Remnants and Ascension’s cannons.