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Ground Control
Developer(s) Massive Entertainment
Publisher(s) Sierra On-Line
Release date(s) June 1, 2000
Genre(s) Real-time tactics
Mode(s) Singleplayer and Multiplayer
Rating(s) ELSPA: +15
Platform(s) Windows
Media CD
System requirements Intel Pentium 200 CPU, 32MB RAM, 250MB hard disk space, 4MB PCI GPU with Direct3D acceleration.
Input Keyboard and Mouse

Ground Control was a real-time tactics game developed by Massive Entertainment and was at the time a forerunner in its genre, winning many industry awards. It featured 3D graphics and a free-floating camera which allowed one to zoom in and out and view the action from any angle, from a bird's eye view to the perspective of one's own assault units. The game focused on the strategy, tactics, and action over resource management, and due to this included no unit or building construction found in it's real-time strategy brothers. Image File history File links Ground_control_box. ... A video game developer is a software developer (a business or an individual) that creates computer or video games. ... Massive Entertainment is a Swedish computer game company. ... Video game publishers are companies that publish video games that they have either developed internally or have had developed by a video game developer. ... The most recent logo (Sierra Entertainment) Sierra Entertainment was a computer game developer and publisher active from 1980 to 2004. ... June 1 is the 152nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (153rd in leap years), with 213 days remaining. ... This article is about the year 2000. ... This is a listing of computer and video game genres with brief descriptions and examples from each genre. ... A real-time tactic (RTT) game is a type of computer strategy game which does not have turns like conventional turn-based strategy video or board games. ... In computer games and video games, single-player refers to the variant of a particular game where input from only one player is expected throughout the course of the gaming session. ... Online gaming redirects here. ... The Entertainment and Leisure Software Publishers Association (or ELSPA) is an organisation set up in 1989 by British software publishers. ... For the list, see list of computer and video games. ... Microsoft Windows is a series of popular proprietary operating environments and operating systems created by Microsoft for use on personal computers and servers. ... Interference colors. ... Intel Corporation (NASDAQ: INTC, HKEx: 4335), founded in 1968 as Integrated Electronics Corporation, is a U.S.-based multinational corporation that is best known for designing and manufacturing microprocessors and specialized integrated circuits. ... Pentium logo, with MMX enhancement The Pentium is a fifth-generation x86 architecture microprocessor by Intel employee Vinod Dahm which first shipped on March 22, 1993. ... Intel 80486DX2 microprocessor in a ceramic PGA package A central processing unit (CPU), or sometimes simply processor, is the component in a digital computer that interprets instructions and processes data contained in software. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Typical hard drives of the mid-1990s. ... 32-bit PCI expansion slots on a motherboard 64-bit PCI expansion slots inside a Power Macintosh G4 The Peripheral Component Interconnect standard (in practice almost always shortened to PCI) specifies a computer bus for attaching peripheral devices to a computer motherboard. ... GeForce 6600GT (NV43) GPU Radeon 9800 Pro (R350) GPU A Graphics Processing Unit or GPU (also occasionally called Visual Processing Unit or VPU) is a dedicated graphics rendering device for a personal computer or game console. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... A computer keyboard is a peripheral modeled after the typewriter keyboard. ... Feral mouse The mouse is a mammal that belongs to one of numerous species of small rodents in the genus Mus and various related genera of the family Muridæ (Old World Mice). ... A real-time tactic (RTT) game is a type of computer strategy game which does not have turns like conventional turn-based strategy video or board games. ... Massive Entertainment is a Swedish computer game company. ... Age of Empires (1997), Invasion of an enemy A real-time strategy (RTS) game is a type of computer strategy wargame which does not have turns like conventional turn-based strategy video or board games. ...


Units in the game included various types of tanks, hover bikes, airplanes, and soldiers, delivered to the battlefield by orbital dropships. However, once in battle the player could not add any more, so proper troop selection was a key to success. Each unit type had special weapons, abilities, and armor. Players could choose to customize each unit or let the game auto-select the proper load out for each mission. The two armies were similar in overall power and no resource-gathering was necessary.

Contents


Storyline

Ground control is set in the 25th century. Mankind emerges from the devastation of the third-world war (also know as "the sixteen-minutes war") and manages to colonize several planets across the galaxy. The ancient nation-states which ruled the Earth for centuries no longer exist in the Ground Control universe. Humanity is now controlled by many different factions which continuously vie against each other. The game's plot revolves around the conflict between the Crayven Corporation (one of the many megacorporations that arose after the WWIII) and the Order of the New Dawn (an organization bent on religious motivations, and under the ideal of "purifying" the heretics) for the possession of the distant world of Krig 7-B. In the beginning of the game, you take the role of the Major Sarah Parker of the Crayven Corporation, as she leads the Crayven forces in order to eliminate the presence of the "Dawnies" (that's the way she refers to Order members in most of the game). Later, you assume the control of the Deacon Jarred Stone in his attempt to drive the "Crays" from the surface of Krig. During the game, however, both characters unravel a dark secret hidden within the depths of Krig 7-B. A secret that threatens all mankind...and that turns out to be the reason for such interest in what it seems to be a desolate fringe world...


Expansion and Sequel

A free expansion was swiftly released for the game, which added a new faction and an extra 15 mission single player campaign, expanding on the story.


A sequel entitled Operation Exodus was released 4 years later with an updated graphical engine and story, but following the same basic premise of gameplay.


Release dates

  • Ground Control - June, 2000
  • Ground Control: Dark Conspiracy - November, 2000
  • Ground Control II: Operation Exodus - June, 2004

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External links

  • Massive Entertainment
  • Sierra Entertainment
  • Free download of Ground Control
  • Ground Control at MobyGames

  Results from FactBites:
 
Ground Control - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1218 words)
Ground Control is a 2000 real-time strategy computer game developed by Massive Entertainment and was at the time a forerunner in its genre, winning many industry awards.
Ground Control is set in the 25th century.
An expansion, called Ground Control: Dark Conspiracy, was swiftly released for the game, which added a new faction (the Phoenix Mercenaries) and an extra 15-mission single-player campaign, expanding on the storyline.Unfortunately,it was discontinued.
Action Vault - Ground Control II: Operation Exodus Interview (1379 words)
Ground Control II: Operation Exodus is that long-anticipated follow-up.
Ground Control II's epic story is pushed forward between missions with several pre-rendered cutscenes.
Ground Control II is a tactical game where players don't have to worry about following a strict "build order" the first five minutes of the game, but instead concentrate on getting an advantage over the enemy using the terrain at hand.
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