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Chapter 10. RTS

What’s better than playing an RPG and being a hero? Commanding an entire army of heroes. Some of this genre’s canonical games include Starcraft and Warcraft (not to be confused with the MMORPG World of Warcraft), but it’s influence can be seen in other sim games such as Sim City or Roller Coaster Tycoon as well. In addition, turn-based tactical battle systems, with similar interfaces, appear in turn-based contexts as well. Examples would be the Tactics Ogre and Final Fantasy Tactics franchises, as well as classical abstract, turn-based strategy board games like chess. Many team sports games contain RTS elements as well, but with familiar (sports) theming, and more specific objectives ways of “attacking” your opponent, like kicking ...

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