Forts Review

Forts is an RTS (Real Time Strategy) game on Steam created by Earthwork Games. The aim of the game is to destroy the enemy fort using a variety of weaponry. To obtain these weapons, you have to build technology and manage resources. It also has multiplayer features that are unlocked after completing the tutorial.

Forts has a similar building system to World of Goo, a game I plan to do an article on in the future. You can build out of many types of materials, such as bracing (wood), armour (metal), ropes, and a variant of each (plus more with mods).

Forts has a campaign called Black Gold. This is the first campaign in the game and the only one without mods or DLC. I would recommend playing it, as it introduces mechanics slowly and has a relatively easy AI. Black Gold is also where the story takes place. The story of Forts is pretty simple; the world has been divided into three major factions, fighting for control of resources (specifically oil). I’m not going to spoil the rest of the story.

Forts has quite a lot of content. It has varieties of weapons to annihilate your enemies with, and plenty of other devices to use for defence and economy. For example, you could use explosive weapons like mortars and missiles to destroy your opponent, or you could use cannons and lasers.

One of the best parts about Forts is its multiplayer. Playing against and teaming up with other players is quite fun. If you prefer single player, try skirmish mode, where you fight against an AI. Forts has great music. That feeling when you just fired a cannon, and Into The Fray starts playing, or when you’ve dealt with a major enemy and now there are a few left, so Lock And Load starts playing.

Forts, like any game, has downsides. It has a required tutorial and can get quite difficult, especially when enemies can seemingly coordinate attacks perfectly. The game is also pretty expensive if you include the two DLCs (around $50 AUD).

Overall, despite these negatives, Forts is a great game that is fun to play. It has some flaws, but the positives outweigh them.

Forts has a few DLCs, and a lot of community mods. And even some official mods as well. The DLCs: Moonshot and High Seas, add quite a bit of content including portals, new commanders, and new weapons, as well as entirely new gimmicks.


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