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Has anyone got any personal recommendations for good RTS games? I'm looking for something with good AI, and preferably on the PC (although any system except PS2 is OK). The last RTS I played was the original WarCraft (and I was crap at it).

After quite a long break (since early March), I'm finally getting back into the nitty-gritty of camera control research (solver optimizations). I'm coding up the little test framework for it, and hope to some some very un-exciting screens shortly.
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The only RTS that I can recommend from personal experience is StarCraft. Other than that, I've heard that Rome: Total War is good.

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Get the original 'Commander & Conquer'. You won't regret it. (If you can get its DOS-based goodness running on your machine :P)

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Admittedly I too am not very good at RTS games, because I get too attached to all the little soldiers and don't like seeing them die. And being a single-player fan I don't play a lot of RTS games anyway due to their multiplayer focus, but there's a few I've tried that were okay.

If you haven't played Starcraft, you should. Must be dirt cheap these days, even with the Brood Wars expansion pack.

Then there's Rise of Nations, which I liked for the Civilization elements.

Finally, if you're into more strategy, I liked Medieval: Total War, although the game drags on forever. I've also heard that Rome: Total War is good too, but I've only played the demo.

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I enjoyed the Lord of the Rings: Battle For Middle Earth II game, but it's a far cry from WarCraft :P

Did you try WarCraft III by chance? ;-)

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Ground Control, it's more RTT than RTS, but it's still one of my favorite strategy games of all time, and you can get it free (legally) from here

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Wow, thanks for the replies. It looks like I'll be blowing a fair amount of money at the game store tomorrow [smile].

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Dude, Advance Wars. It roxxors my soxxors, and then I blow the crap out of my friend's forces. Hur hur hur!

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AoE III drove me up the wall. Bugs, a not-very-interesting plot, and a very weak multiplayer mode. I expected a lot more from the guys who made Empire Earth.

You should get Advance Wars, or just play it over the web.

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