From worst to best, here is a list of all the games made by the Canadian company Relic Entertainment.
In the 26 years that it has been in business, Canadian video game maker Relic Entertainment has had a past full of uncertainty and buyouts. Even though there are problems within the company, Relic Entertainment has become a leader in creating real-time strategy (RTS) games and is now seen as a part of the royal family of the genre.
No one can deny that Relic Entertainment has made a mark on the gaming world with its original IPs and RTS games set in the worlds of current titles. The company still makes games today, even though its work has been met with mixed reviews over the years.
The only one for Xbox 360While The Outfit is mostly a third-person shooter, it does have some RTS features that work better than others. When it came out in 2006, this WWII shooter tried to stand out from others in its genre by ignoring reality and going straight for the ridiculous.
The game wasn’t panned by any means, but reviewers said it lacked variety while praising the RTS parts. They should have stuck to what they do best with The Outfit, it looks like.
Impossible Creatures, which came out in 2003, was partly based on the strange and wonderful H.G. Wells book The Island of Doctor Moreau. The player controls Rex Chance, who is grieving over the death of his scientist father and vows to get payback on those who killed him by beating them using hybrid animals.
As a pure RTS game, Impossible Creatures is the height of silliness, taking a silly idea and running with it. In fact, there are 51 different animals to choose from in the base game, which gives players a lot to work with. People have said that the game isn’t very creative, but players don’t have to think about that as they smash together animal hybrids that make Mother Nature shiver.
Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine
At some point, every Warhammer 40,000 fan has thought about what it would be like to be a Space Marine and fight waves of Xenos. In 2011, Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine gave them what they wanted. Take on the power armor of Captain Titus as he and his team descend on the forge world Graia to fight an Ork attack. This game is a fun change from RTS to a third-person shooter/hack-and-slash.
Although many reviewers said it didn’t live up to its clear influences, like the Gears of War series. Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine was a brilliantly bloody experience that fans of the IP loved. And they loved it so much that a sequel is planned to come out in 2023.
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn Of War 3
For many years, Relic Entertainment has been closely connected with the Warhammer 40,000 IP. The company has made many games set in the world. Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War has been a big part of this connection. In 2017, the third game in the series, Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War 3, came out.
Even though it wasn’t the most well-reviewed Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War game. This one is still a good real-time strategy game with parts that let players use complex strategies.
Company Of Heroes 3
Relic Entertainment has turned a number of stories into more than one game, such as the Company of Heroes series. Company of Heroes 3 came out in 2023 and put players in both the Italian and North African areas of WWII. It also added features that hadn’t been in previous games.
The game got mostly good reviews from reviewers, who liked the setting and the new features. Some people thought Company of Heroes 3 wasn’t as good as the games that came before it. But fans of WW2 RTS games seem to have been satisfied.
Company Of Heroes 2
Company of Heroes 2 came out in 2013 and is about the fights on the Eastern Front in World War II. In different past battles, players mostly control the Red Army as they fight the Germans.
People didn’t like how accurately the game showed the Eastern Front during WWII when it first came out. Even though dramatic license was a problem, Company of Heroes 2 was praised for building on the original game and giving players a lot of content to choose from.
Age Of Empires 4
Age of Empires 4 was released by Relic Entertainment in 2021, taking over from Ensemble Studios as the developer of the series. It let players control a lot of different civilizations, such as the Mongols and the Holy Roman Empire, with many more coming out as expansions.
Both experts and fans liked Age of Empires 4. One thing that fans liked most was how each possible civilization was different in how it looked and how it played. This made Relic Entertainment’s claim to the RTS throne stronger. Even though it was joining a series that was already well-known.
As the follow-up to 1999’s Homeworld, the space battle RTS Homeworld 2 built on what the first game started. It had better graphics and sound, and it made some big changes to units that were used in Homeworld. In terms of plot, Homeworld 2 continues the main race’s search for the mysterious Progenitors’ technology.
Receiving great reviews, the artistically stunning successor won praise and is definitely a fan favorite of Relic Entertainment’s work. In fact, the game’s creator, Gearbox Software, plans to release a second version in 2024.
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn Of War 2
When it came out in 2009, Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War 2 broke all the rules. It was a big deal for both Relic Entertainment and the Warhammer 40,000 brand. Players fight as a Force Commander sent to deal with the Orks, Aeldari, and Tyranids that are threats from the Xenos. They do this by going through different worlds with different biomes and getting rid of the aliens for the Emperor.
People really liked Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War, which was a mix of RTS and RPG and had great images and gameplay. The many upgrades for the game, such as Chaos Rising and Retribution, made it even better, solidifying its status as one of the best Warhammer 40,000 video games ever.
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War
Many people think that Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War is the best Warhammer 40,000 RTS game. Because it was the first game in the Warhammer 40,000 series. In the base game, players can pick from four races: Space Marines, Aeldari, Orks, and Chaos Space Marines. With the many add-ons that came out after Spacebar Clicker came out, players could choose from nine races.
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War was praised by everyone and set the standards for the games that came after it. It also gave Warhammer 40,000 fans a complex and fun real-time strategy game where they could play as their favorite races and fight Xenos and humans.
Company Of Heroes
After the original Company of Heroes came out in 2006. It quickly won a lot of awards and was praised by everyone. Fans couldn’t get enough of the WWII RTS. Players take control of American forces on D-Day and then during the rescue of France. The game has all the usual RTS features, like building bases and managing resources.
The title of a classic RTS game and almost perfect reviews make Company of Heroes one of the best-reviewed games ever made by Relic Entertainment. The company saw so much potential in the game that they made two add-ons called Opposing Fronts and Tales of Valor, which were just as well-reviewed as the base game.
When talking about Relic Entertainment’s best work, Homefront (1999) is hard to fight against. This is especially true when you consider that it was the company’s first game ever. Homeworld is the best RTS game out there. It has beautiful graphics that show space like never before, difficult tasks that take complex strategies to beat, and an average score of 93% on Metacritic.
Relic Entertainment has made some great games that have been praised by critics over the years. But its first game really cemented its place as one of the most important RTS game makers out there.