Supreme Commander

Common Sense Media says

Gratifying real-time strategy game for PC users.





What parents need to know

Positive messages

It's purely fictional, but this futuristic war game teaches that violence begets violence.


A futuristic war fought on land, sea, and air -- and with plenty of over-the-top explosions.

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The odd mention of the words "damn," "dammit," and "hell."

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this war game takes place in the future and involves all kinds of weapons: guns, missiles, bombs, and even a nuclear weapon. However, there is no blood or close-up scenes of violence. The game has an online component, which Common Sense doesn't recommend for anyone under 12. The game requires a high-end machine, so check system requirements before buying.

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What's it about?

SUPREME COMMANDER takes place in the 37th century -- the year 3844 -- as three rival factions continue their centuries-long intergalactic war. In the single-player campaign, your goal is to end this Infinite War by choosing one of the sides and destroying its foes. As with most \"real-time strategy\" (RTS) games, you must establish a base camp, build structures, create fighting units and vehicles, and collect resources to fuel this growth. You use the map to find your enemies and fight them.

All three sides have access to Armored Command Units (ACUs), giant armored mechs piloted by a skilled person inside. The ACU you control is responsible for building armies and giving them orders. Throughout missions you can choose to enhance your ACUs with upgrades that vary depending on which side you're on. Supreme Commander also gives you access to land, sea, and air-based fighting units -- from tanks to submarines to bombers.

Is it any good?


The visual reward for launching this kind of virtual firepower is gratifying. Along with the lengthy and intense single-player campaign is a skirmish mode, in which you play against the game's artificial intelligence. There are also online head-to-head modes via the game's built-in matchmaking service.

The game provides a so-so tutorial. Another issue is steep system requirements: Minimum specs are at least a 1.8GHz processor, 512 megabytes of system memory, and 128MB of video memory, but for it to run smoothly, it's more like a 3GHz processor or better, 1GB of system memory, and 256MB of video memory with vertex and pixel shader support (if you have to ask what this is, chances are you don't have it on your video card). The game also suffers from some technical bugs, most of which are addressed with a free, downloadable patch. But serious RTS fans with a powerful PC will be more than satisfied.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about this futuristic, over-the-top premise of war. Do you think future war might be like this? What does playing this game teach you about the use of violence to solve problems?

Game details

Available online?Not available online
Release date:February 20, 2007
Genre:Real Time Strategy (RTS)
ESRB rating:E10+ for comic mischief, fantasy violence, mild language (Windows)

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Adult Written byjoshuaryung January 11, 2009
This is a complicated game so i don't even this kids under 11 will even understand this game.
Teen, 15 years old Written byJester™ February 18, 2011

The perfect strategy game for all ages

This is a fantastic game for all ages. I rated 12+ because it is still a war-based game. However, it also makes you think and teaches you how to handle resources. It is hard to say how violent it actually is, because all of the fighting takes place amongst robotic machines controlled by a human commander in a large bipedal walker called an ACU (Armoured Commande Unit). However, the violence does consist of robotic tanks, bombers, walkers, and navy being blown up, smashed and utterly destroyed. It is a great game though, and well worth playing. If you are interested in it, check out the sequel.
Kid, 11 years old May 28, 2009

Demanding,but amazing

Supreme commander is a amazing game. Even though it requires a ultra powerful pc,it is really worth it. Playing it reminded me of one of those non-violent movies as supreme commander has absolutely no blood,and the only death is a gigantic king kong sized robot. I Would not recommend it for younger kids as it is a very complicated game to master as you could fry one of your brain cells just learning it! It had a easy to learn tutorial that got me off from the start. The multiplayer is defiantly for older kids(+14)as i have caught foul chat on there before. In total,supreme commander is a real rewarding game.


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