Demigod: Collector's Edition
Genre: RTS, Action, RPG
Over the past few years, real-time strategy games have changed. For some time, developers refused to innovate, but slowly they've adapted, taking more creative risks. Oftentimes, these changes are spurred by the genre's active community and the tradition of shipping RTS with level creators. In Warcraft 3 alone there are thousands of custom levels in circulation, the most popular of which is Defense of the Ancients. DotA takes the "Hero units" of Warcraft and builds the gameplay around them, turning the RTS into more of a competitive action game. It isn't official by any means, but that has given the creator the chance to allow it to grow on its own, relying on community interaction instead of oftentimes ill-informed executive decisions. Gas Powered Games takes the general premise of DotA and applies it to a full retail release with Demigod, and has players pitting potential deities against each other in massive arenas, hoping to capitalize on the niche market.
The developer has done several things to attempt make Demigod worth purchasing. The most noticeable enhancement comes in the form of the game's fantastic presentation. While the gameplay might be similar to six-year old Warcraft 3 custom map, there's one aspect that makes it stand out above all else: Demigod looks and sounds beautiful. The game's levels are breathtaking and varied, characters look fantastic, and the typically low-resolution units of RTS games are extremely detailed and well animated. Besides that, they've attempted to expand the game's mechanics into something more complete than the WC3 mod.