Metacritic rated this game 75% for xbox 360 – http://www.metacritic.com/…0/supremecom… – I disagree with this.
Background What are the good strategy games available on console? In my opinion – none. Compare the games available to that of a PC and you will find that you are in a drought. The console is notorious for cumbersome strategy gaming due to inferior controls (no mouse).
Expectation I was looking for a strategy game which was easy to play, addictive, looked reasonable, was fun to play, had excellent gameplay mechanics, had decent multiplayer, campaign, and multiplayer bots (skirmish). Oh – also the achievements should not feel like a grind.
Is it easy to play? Yes it is. Controls are intuitive and very quickly the left and right trigger start to feel like ‘ctrl’ and ‘alt’. This is easily the best strategy game I've ever played on the 360 in terms of the control scheme.
Is it addictive? Yes. I sincerely hope that there is a Supreme Commander 3 in the works.
Does it look reasonable? I should point out that this is no gears of war 2, or mass effect 2 (this game is a 2 so it makes sense to compare it only to other “2's”). Nonetheless what it lacks in graphical detail it makes up for in rapid frame rate. This mutha is smooth even with units-a-plenty on the screen. My expectations for graphics were moderate to good and I was impressed.
Is it fun to play? Yes – partly because you macromanage the battle. The game is fun because you feel involved in the big picture rather than spending ages making sure particular units are doing as they're told.
Are the gameplay mechanics excellent? I feel I've already explained this.
Is the multiplayer decent? I have nobody to play with (this is a review point in itself) – the multiplayer is RTS bog standard. However – why change a winning formula? I did manage to have a few games and it was definitely fun.
Is the campaign decent? Unfortunately this game has a storyline – why? They haven't done a great job with it and it's easily the weakest point. Also you can't skip some cut scenes – gross. The campaign is essentially escalatingly tougher scenarios as one might anticipate.
What about the multiplayer bots? Bog standard again and scalable. If anything they're exactly the right difficulty. Think of the fun had playing StarCraft 1 when it was 3 humans vs 5 CPU opponents.
Achievements? They're not silly. I've been unlocking one per level which is the way I like it, plus I'm playing on hard. There are many achievements which should be quite enjoyable if you can find a friend to play with (destroy 10000 units). After nine days of thrashing it I completed the campaign on hard.
Summary and conclusions Is it a good game among all games rather than just strategy games? No of course not. It cannot compete with the titans like Mass Effect 2, Gears of War 2, Forza 3, Borderlands. It is a Gem though, I think it's better than Just Cause 2. I think it's just as much fun as Darksiders,
This is a playable, enjoyable strategy game that looks good. It is easily the best strategy game on XBOX 360 (this is no major achievement mind you). If you were like me and played starcraft one well into the 2000's but no longer see the intelligence of a gaming PC then I recommend you give this a go.