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Planetary Annihilation

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Set in the distant future, this science fiction strategy was inspired by Total Annihilation (1997) and is designed by one of the original game's engine creators, Jon Mavor. Planetary Annihilation gameplay is largely similar to classic RTS series like Starcraft or Command & Conquer, yet not without its own unique features. This game is focused on interplanetary wars on a larger scale and allows its players to conquer the whole worlds or even destroy them using nukes and Death Star-like devices. The maps are randomly generated, and each map constitutes a whole planet in 3D projection (albeit scaled down). Each player starts with a Commander unit that is used to create necessary buildings. Commanders represent the player and, like in chess, loss of your Commander means losing the game.

The definitive feature of the game is that battles are not contained to certain planets, but are fought across the whole planetary systems using missiles and "planet thrusters"; and there are many such systems in the galaxy. The scale of the setting can make it difficult to keep track of one's operations across different systems at the later stages of the game.

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Developer
Uber Entertainment
Publisher
Uber Entertainment
Age rating
Not rated
Website
http://www.planetaryannihilation.com

System requirements for PC

Minimum:
  • OS:Windows Vista SP2 64-bit
  • Processor:32 or 64-bit Dual Core or better
  • Memory:4 GB RAM
  • Memory:Integrated graphics with shared memory requires 6GB
  • Graphics:Shader 3.0 / OpenGL 3.2 +
  • Resolution:1280x720
  • DirectX®:9.0c
  • Hard Drive:2 GB HD space
  • Additional:Windows XP is NOT supported. The game will not run in XP.
  • Offline Mode:To automatically use a local server, we require 8GB of RAM and 4 logical CPUs. Local server requires 64-bit. There is no 32-bit server.
Recommended:
    OS:Windows 7 64-bit
  • Processor:Quad Core
  • Memory:8 GB RAM
  • Graphics:Dedicated Graphics Chip (Not Integrated) / OpenGL 3.2+
  • DirectX®:9.0c
  • Hard Drive:2 GB HD space
  • Offline Mode:To automatically use a local server, we require 8GB of RAM and 4 logical CPUs. Local server requires 64-bit. There is no 32-bit server.

System requirements for macOS

Minimum:
  • OS:OS/X 10.7, 10.8, 10.9, or 10.10 (64-bit only)
  • Processor:64-bit Dual Core or better
  • Memory:4 GB RAM
  • Graphics:Shader 3.0 / Open GL 3.2+
  • Resolution:1280x720
  • Hard Drive:2 GB HD space
  • Additional:32-bit versions of OS X are not supported
  • Offline Mode:To automatically use a local server, we require 8GB of RAM and 4 logical CPUs.
Recommended:
  • We urge all OS/X users to use the free upgrade to 10.9 or 10.10 to guarantee maximum compatibility and performance.
  • Offline Mode:To automatically use a local server, we require 8GB of RAM and 4 logical CPUs.

System requirements for Linux

Minimum:
  • OS: Any Linux distribution supported by Steam, 64-bit only
  • Processor:64-bit Dual Core or better
  • Memory:4 GB RAM
  • Graphics:Shader 3.0 / Open GL 3.2+
  • Resolution:1280x720
  • Hard Drive:2 GB HD space
  • Additional:32-bit distributions of Linux are not supported.
  • Offline Mode:To automatically use a local server, we require 8GB of RAM and 4 logical CPUs.
Recommended:
  • OS:Any Linux distribution supported by Steam, 64-bit only
  • Processor:64-bit Dual Core or better
  • Memory:8 GB RAM
  • Graphics:Shader 3.0 / Open GL 3.2+
  • Hard Drive:2 GB HD space
  • Offline Mode:To automatically use a local server, we require 8GB of RAM and 4 logical CPUs.
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Planetary Annihilation's Gameplay is simple. You start with a Commander and build Factories. Factories make Units that try to destroy your Opponent. You mine metal and produce Energy with Solar Lines and Power Plants. In Addition, there are 2 tech levels, normal and advanced tech, i.e. advanced Technology. This means new, improved Units and the strategic Decision: I Build cheap Units and try to disturb the Opponent early, vllt. This is how you even overrun or place better Emphasis on advanced Units that distribute more, plug in and have a much greater Firing Range. Quasi, Class instead of Mass. But Beware, if the Commander dies, the Game is off, no matter how much Buildings or Units are left!!! Also really awesome is the very active Mod (i) scene. Many People have given really good Thought to how to make the Game even more intense or better. So there is one or the other Mod that influences the Balance, Color or detonation animation changes positively. In Addition, there are various Commander modes that improve it, ingeniously change the Appearance or even the tactical Characters of the Units. To do this, you can easily and easily download the PA Mod Manager from the manufacturer's Side and install the usual Modes. If you don't like the Solar Systems provided, there is an Extra area where you can create your desired solstice and the Planets yourself. Real Cool! :D With the Release "Build 78071," some Bugs were fixed and a lot of game Mechanics were changed. See the Ubernet Forum: https://forums.uberent.com/threads/release-build-78071-is-now-live.67916/But let's also Get to The Negative: With me there were extreme FPS collapses from about 200-300 Units and some populated Planets. In addition, the Units are very angular and detailed. You can hone in on the Look, but with the Disadvantage that the FPS are even faster down! Although I use a Quad-Core i7-3840 QM, 32GB RAM and a Geforce GTX 680 M Special With 4GB of VRAM, the System/game has often crashed. Therefore, I can imagine very well what the Gaming Experience could be like for People, using only a simple Calculator. Therefore, Players who meet only the Minimum System Requirement should refrain from this Game, or only buy it when an improved Version is delivered that Fixes this Blemish!!!! Verdict: Planetary Annihilation is a very beautiful Real-time strategy game and lives up to its Name. The Mass Battles in which you overrun an Opponent or spy on them with Units are really Fun. The same thing that you can stock a Planet or Moon with huge Nozzles, the so-called Halley, and then turn it into a flying Projectile, is a real Pleasure to have it rattled down on an enemy Planet. Star Wars Fans are getting their Money's worth, too. So you can actually build an Annihilation laser on a "Metal planet" and thus refunction to a Death Star. Darth Vader Would be really proud!
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