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Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation

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Based on 6 critic reviews
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84

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67%

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Game Information

Available on:PCNov 10, 2016

Developer: Oxide Games

Publisher: Stardock Entertainment

Genre: Simulation

The human race has expanded into the galaxy thanks to the wonders of the technological singularity. You have become so powerful that you can manage vast armies across an entire world that provide you with an ever greater galactic empire. Now, humanity is under assault by a new enemy. Calling themselves the Substrate, they seek to annihilate the human race from existence. You, as an up and coming member of the Post-Human Coalition, must deal with both this new menace as well as renegade humans trying to lay claim to their own worlds. Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation takes everything that was in the award-winning hit strategy game, Ashes of the Singularity and expands on it in every way. Bigger worlds. More players. More units. More story. More everything. Play as the Post Human Coalition or their eternal foes the Substrate and battle for control of the galaxy. Experience maps of unprecedented size and detail with the unparalleled power of the world’s first native 64-bit RTS engine, Nitrous. Enjoy the game online with friends in ranked or unranked multiplayer mode or play it by yourself against a powerful non-cheating AI in skirmish or campaign mode. No matter what mode you play, strategy is the key: deciding what technologies to research, where to send your armies, how to manage your economy, and what units to construct are crucial to victory. The new features of Escalation add to the base game and pave the way for even bigger battles, more diverse strategies, and exciting wars across unique worlds and complex maps. The conflict has escalated, and it’s time to choose a side.
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IGN

8.1 / 10.0
T.J. Hafer

Escalation succeeds at making Ashes of the Singularity a bigger, better, sleeker RTS that allows you to play its great new content alongside just about everything from the base game (including the lacklustre original campaign missions).

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Well beyond simple DLC, Escalation polishes every aspect of the base game. The campaign is excellent, and the expansion of defensive and upgradeable structures helps ease in new players. New technology amps the scale, but also provides tools to manage the larger world. Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation is a fresh coat of paint for an already-revolutionary RTS.

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Escalation manages to improve many aspects of the past Ashes of the Singularity, it brings two new campaigns that deserve to be played this time, many new units and the strategic zoom. Unfortunately there are still many problems with the path-finding, that cause a lot of frustration.

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Escalation capitalizes on the highs and stumbles on the same lows of what made the original Ashes of the Singularity good.

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