Ah, my story with RTS!
_The best RTS I've ever played is the first Men of War game. It's be far the most intense, the most rich, the most memorable singleplayer experience I've ever had!
What I love about this game is that you never have all the force to freely sweep the mission. That's were "Strategy" in Real Time Strategy came from^^
The scope of micro management coupled with vast battlefronts is unbelievable. There's always something to do; waiting for more resources is sometimes as bad as attacking with less-than-able forces.
Now Men of War: Assault Squad2 is the leading title, with unbelievable scale of modding
and new features. I believe this is one of the easiest games to mod, with mostly amazing results^^
some mods (like Red Rising, GSM, Terminator) go so far as to change the game completely!!
_Age of Mythology was my first RTS I ever had
and I got to admit, the story was really awesome, and was one of the more complicated RTS games at the time.
_I like Company of Heroes for one thing (and one thing only) THE MODS. The strictly American campaign was a little meh. However, I do like the mechanics and interactivity with the objectives and all, but seriously though, the highly unrealistic situations that the game puts you in is ridiculous.
On the other hand, the expansion Opposing Fronts has a much better story campaign, and what's even better is that for once in a really good RTS you can play the story from the German perspective, while also get the chance to play as the British. I'd say it's a very welcome relief of America.
Company of Heroes 2 have a really good campaign as the Soviets. It showed the brutality of war and the battlefield chaos and constant action. Nonetheless, it still have the ridiculousness of CoH1 (were an 88mm can take up to three direct shots to kill an armoured car).
_When I played BFME for the first time I really enjoyed the campaign, especially after all the movie hype. But after getting more experienced in these stuff I think that you can hardly loose any battle whatsoever (well unless in cases where you loose if your hero dies
), and no battle is really that challenging (HelmsDeep was the hardest, and I managed to win it on Hard with my wall still intact).
BFMEII is hardly worth mentioning
RotWK I'd say performed a little better telling the story of one of the more interesting evil characters in this universe. But I really have no idea what EA was thinking. I mean an army of mini Trolls? really EA?
Do you imagine the possibilities if the campaign was remade with Edain's Angmar? now that would be something to behold
_Another game that I've just started to enjoy is Sins of a Galactic Empire. The game has a solid engine and interesting mechanics, but on its own it's a meh. However, mods like Thrawn's Revenge II did to the game what Edain did to RotWK; bringing the Star Wars universe to this solid game with AMAZING textures.
_Recently I started to get into Total War world with first Kingdoms II (and the awesome Third Age mod).
But now I got the latest installment Attila which is AMAZING!! aside from the company being an a**h*** with the damn DLCs, I can't say anything against this game^^ the textures and unit AI are just too good to be true.