What are real time strategy games? This is a question commonly asked by people interested in playing strategy based games. To answer this question, reference must first be given to what a strategy game is. A strategy game is a kind or type of game involving the use of different techniques, methods and procedures in order to win. These techniques, methods and procedures are commonly combined into one, forming the so-called “strategy” needed in order to bring home the bacon. If you are fond of playing offline games of strategy on LAN or local area network then you will surely find these real time games to be much more addictive and fun to play with!
The term “real time” found in real time strategy games refers to the exact time that the game is being played. Any action done or any interaction happening as of this moment is in reality happening to the character, unit or building involved in the game itself. There are no lag times or delays, what action the gamer does will automatically be registered with the server. A good example would be attacking or defending. If the gamer either attacks or defends, the exact moment the attack or defend happens will automatically be recorded, without any delay. If you are fond of this “real time” feature being combined to your strategy game then this is the perfect genre for you to play!
To date, there are several strategy games that have become real time. Most of these real time strategy games are being played left and right via the internet and the World Wide Web. Common examples of these games include tower defenses, hero defenses and the like. In a tower defense game, the player has the option of creating and thereafter personalizing a tower that can shoot and kill of waves of enemies. This type of strategy online game requires a lot of patience, since you need to find out the right mixture of towers in order to form the right strategy in defending your base. You clear out wave after wave of enemy units, allowing you to gain resources and upgrade your towers in the process.
Hero defense is another good example of these real time strategy games. A popular title for hero defense is the DOTA or Defense of the Ancients. In this game, the player chooses a hero which he or she will level-up by killing off enemy heroes and creeps alike. There are different items available for each hero. The right fusion of these items together with the right skill build will bring the gamer to victory. DOTA is commonly played by 10 people on a 5 versus 5, prompting for a lot of strategy in terms of offense and defense. Both newbie and veteran gamers alike will surely be thrilled and excited in playing this game, bringing the total population of games up to hundreds of thousands of different individuals all over the world.
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