Maybe it is just me, but I have been leaning toward games that many stay away from. Or maybe I am just picking up these games long after their release. I have both Supreme Commanders for the 360. And while I am fairly new at the RTS genre, I know a good game when I see it. Supreme Commander is a good game. So is the second. They are very solid overall but they do have some flaws that I believe exaggerated their negative vibe due to online play on both and complicated controls on the first. The online play is not good because there is not a big fanbase for this series and genre on consoles. It really shows on the first. Supreme Commander has too much going on in a match for it to be overall effective online. It can take forever to find a match and that match will eventually get laggy due to the huge amount units one can build. It cannot keep up. Also, the controls are very complicated. There is a learning curve. How steep depends on one's patience. One is given a vast amount of options and commands one can utilize. This in part can also contribute to the not so pleasant online play. The campaign and offline skirmish modes are solid. There are three factions one can choose from in both installments and they each have their own campaign. While the story is half-cheesy, it still grabs one's attention nonetheless. The offline skirmish mode is great. It can freeze time to time, but a much better experience the playing online. It also features some flexible customization and a fair amount of game modes to keep it fresh. The AI plays it part in that customization as one can customize the difficulty of the AI and to a degree, how the AI plays. One can set up the AI to heavily rush, turtle and almost everything in between. Both Supreme Commanders have Tutorials which I suggest completing. Now with that being said and despite the flaws, I still think Supreme Commander is solid and worth the buy if one wants a challenge. Now if Supreme Commander is too large and rough around the edges, consider the second smaller and more smoother. Supreme Commander 2 better corrects the major flaws of the original by reducing and simplifying. It caters to a much better but still not perfect online experience, gives a certain agree of attractiveness to new gamers while keeping most of the elements that made the first solid. While the first is good, the second is much improved and better suited for online gameplay. So if one wants a solid RTS game that is challenging and demanding, I suggest one goes with the original. If one wants a more simplified and stremlined RTS game that is still challenging and wants to take it online, then I would suggest Supreme Commander 2. Both good, but have significant differences. I like both. And they are well worth their price.
yes: I recommend this product