Game Review: Act of Aggression

Editor’s note: This post was written by Thomas Riccardi. He was born in Manhattan on a cold and wintery day and now lives in sunny and warm Sacramento. His parents got him an Atari 2600 one year for Christmas and he has been hooked on video games ever since. He looks forward to the new consoles that are coming out and has been amazed how far gaming has come. Follow him on Facebook.

In 2001 my life would change forever as I would land a job that many would love to have. I became a beta tester for Westwood Studios and during my brief time there I had my hands on three great titles. The best of these three had to be Red Alert 2 Yuri’s Revenge however, with the death of Westwood meant the death of RTS as we know it. Focus Interactive is dead set on bringing back this genre with its new offering called Act of Aggression.

Act of Aggression Game Review

The game is set in the year 2019 after a massive economic collapse in China (called the Shanghai Crash) plunged the world into another recession.  Most countries suffered, although the third world suffered more by organizations that were thirsting for power. The Cartel seeing an opportunity decided to swoop in and seize these assets to further their own agenda. The United Nations in order to investigate what happened in China and trying to keep the peace hastily signed the Chimera Protocol. Signed behind closed doors, this new task force is trying to uncover the truth as well as fight the growing power of the Cartel.

As you first start the game you can jump into the single player campaign mode. Unlike other games where you can select which faction you want and just play the story Act of Aggression has an unlock system. At first, you will have to play through the game as the Chimera which is a United Nations task force that is trying to keep the peace.

The game starts out as you try to bring down the leader of a Cartel to justice and it spirals out of control from there. Once you beat the Chimera campaign you can then experience the game through the eyes of the Cartel. The Cartel are the bad guys in an Act of Aggression as you will use less than scrupulous tactics and methods to achieve victory on the battlefield.

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There are many units that you will use to gain dominance on the battlefield and each of the three factions has their own play style and units. The Chimera utilizes ground troops and drones that they can buy with cash and deploy on the battlefield at a moment’s notice. The Cartel focuses on stealth as well as units that are high tech. The US Faction is also represented with veteran units and have the biggest selection of infantry in the game.

Depending on which to play in multiplayer depends on your play-style however, there are unique buildings and units with each faction. Each of the units can be upgraded as well, giving you a better edge on the field of battle. In order to do all these things, you will need to harvest the resources that are scattered around the map. Credits can be obtained by either harvesting oil or capturing banks. You can also gain credits by capturing prisoners of war as well. Aluminum and Rare Earth Elements are a bit harder to come by and you will need these to construct some of the most powerful units as well as superweapons in this game.

Multiplayer is also a big part of Act of Aggression and there are, as of this article, 20 maps spread out over 5 different countries.

You can battle on these giant maps from 1 v 1 and 2 v 2 to up to 40 players in a match. Yes, you heard me right there can be 40 people in a real time strategy game online! That to me is amazing in and of itself as I have never seen another RTS that has even come close to that. Also, there are ladder rankings for 1 v 1 and 2 v 2 as well, so you can see how you are doing and compare yourselves to some of the better players in the world.

Graphically the game is on par with most of the other real-time strategy games that are on the market. In fact, while starting up the game it will do an auto detect to see what kind of graphics you can run the game optimally at. Granted, this can be changed in the settings, but that was a great option to have as you can just start the game, run this tool and be playing in a matter of minutes instead of just fiddling with the settings.

Act of Aggression I hope is one in a series of real-time strategy games because we need new blood in a genre that focuses on either space combat or fantasy. With slick graphics, a great multiplayer system and a riveting single player campaign, this is a game you need to check out if you love RTS. For more information on this game head over to and get ready to rule the battlefield.

Act of Aggression is made by Focus Home Interactive, a French independent video game publisher and developer based in Paris, France. It was founded in 1996 and they are known for the quality, diversity and originality of its catalogue, Focus has published and distributed original titles that have become benchmark titles worldwide, available both in store and for download across the world. Focus publishes games on all major platforms, consoles and PC. The publisher’s catalogue will get even richer the coming months with eagerly awaited games such as Blood Bowl 2, Act of Aggression, Vampyr, Battlefleet Gothic, The Technomancer, Farming Simulator 15, Mordheim, and more.

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