A Look at Real Time Strategy Games
What makes a game a Real Time Strategy game ?
Real Time Gameplay
Another element that makes a game a real time strategy game is the ability for units to act accordingly in real time to a variety of situations without the player’s intervention. For example, in Starcraft 2, a very popular Real Time Strategy game, if you decide to create a bunker filled with soldiers in a tactical position to defend one of your bases, because it’s a true real time strategy game, they are able to shoot all incoming invaders without having to wait for a physical command from the user.
Every real time strategy game focuses on the concept of building up an army and as such, there needs to be a system that allows the users to slowly gather the resources they need in order to build the structures they want so that they can create a specific type of unit. This system allows for some highly strategic gameplay in terms of destroying another players structure in order to cripple his\her ability to produce a specific type of unit.
The most important element of every Real Time Strategy game is the abilty to utilize the various character’s strenghts and weaknesses to gain a tactical advantage in certain scenarios, commonly reffered to as the rock, paper, scissors effect.