One day I was just scrolling through my Steam catalogue looking for something to play, but nothing was taking my fancy. I wanted a strategy game to really sink my teeth into, so a quick Google later I came across Supreme Commander – a real-time strategy game on a truly epic scale. Sporting 80 mile long maps and up to 1000 units per player – it sounds amazing. I quickly found it on Steam and was about to hit the purchase button when I saw: Supreme Commander: Forged Alliance. This is the stand-alone expansion to the original game sporting new factions, extra units, a new campaign and loads of other cool things. Instantly sold, I didn’t hesitate to buy it. While Supreme Commander: Forged Alliance downloaded I thought I’d try to learn some of the basics through checking the Wiki or other tutorials, but what I ended up finding was something far more surprising and exciting – Forged Alliance Forever.
It turns out there is a super active community for this game with its own website, mods, and fan made client for taking part in multiplayer matches. At the time of writing the Forged Alliance Forever website (www.faforever.com) states that it has had nearly 10,000 unique players in the past 30 days with almost 70,000 games played. It is frankly incredible for a game that originally came out in 2007 to still have such a committed community. That doesn’t even account for any players who don’t use Forged Alliance Forever and are just playing the standard game. Suffice to say in this game’s 9 years of existence it has been adored by its fans.
Now, Forged Alliance Forever isn’t just a website, forum and place for people to play together: it also adds some really cool features to an already excellent game. In their own words “not only a lobby, and it’s not a mod: We are constantly adding features, graphics and sounds enhancements, bug fixes and balance patches to the game” which is as much as or more than many recent games can boast. Forged Alliance Forever has added game modes, a co-op campaign, live replays, 12 player games, a ranking system and so much more. And all of this is constantly being improved? Yes, it is. An incredible amount of dedication has gone into making the Forged Alliance Forever experience the best it can be and I’m almost speechless not only about the quality but at the sheer volume as well.
Needless to say, this is all paid for by the community for the community. Fans who enjoy the game and Forged Alliance Forever are more than willing to donate to keep their community alive. It is a wonderful and humbling thing to behold.
For anybody who is wonder what exactly Supreme Commander: Forged Alliance or Forged Alliance Forever is, then check out the Steam page and the Forged Alliance Forever website. It is an excellent game coupled with a stellar community that is going to be around for the foreseeable future. If don’t just want a game to play, but also a community to belong to, then you could do a hell of a lot worse than Forged Alliance Forever.
This article was originally published on http://www.gamertime.co.uk but unfortunately, that site no longer exists, so I’ve republished it here.