Multiplayer RTS to Play against 2 Mates from Home

Gday all,

Years ago (and I mean YEARS ago) I used to really enjoy playing Red Alert (Command & Conquer) against mates from the home PC.
You'd invite 2 mates into a map (of which you could choose from a number of predetermined or custom maps) and then you'd spend hours building an army, etc.
But the best thing was being able to play against your mates - not just AI.

Is there anything out there now which is like this? Looking for something relatively cheap and cheerful as our computers aren't high performance gaming machines…and we're all tightarses.

Is there anything on Steam or Origin or buy outright (does anyone do that anymore?!?)?

Thanks for any recommendations.

EDIT
Bunch of legends! Thanks for all the advice. I'll be hitting up cncnet tonight, and will certainly be looking to a few of the other recommendations as the days/weeks/months roll on.
I'll put my username up here for anyone who wants to battle on!

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  • +2 votes

    Command & Conquer Remastered Collection

    Not till June :( Bet they wish they were able to release it now!

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      Yeah I saw that pop up. Looks pretty awesome. If we're all still in lockdown come June I'll likely pick it up.

      I guess I was hoping there'd be a different game with similar gameplay that was released in the last 2-5 years that still had the ability to play each other online.

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        I'm not too familiar with the gameplay of Command and Conquer, but have a look into Wargroove. Should not be demanding at all, has multiplayer for up to 4 people, is a turn based strategy game and costs under $30.

        It's similar to things like Advance Wars if you've had any experience with that series.

  • +2 votes

    Starcraft 2? It's fairly old so should run fine…

    I'm unsure if you actually want an RPG though, since C&C wasn't an RPG, it was a strategy game.

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      Ha. Yep. So a quick google says I've been saying it wrong all these years. ffs.
      Anyway RTS is what I'm chasing and Starcraft looks like the best immediately-available option.
      Not cheap though - $99 RRP for a 10 year old game?!?
      But COVID-19 has me by the short and curlies so it'll probably have to do.

      • +2 votes

        Starcraft 2 is free to play AFAIK. They changed a while ago. Where did you see it for $99?

        Check battle net.

        You guys might also enjoy DOTA or LoL.

      • +2 votes

        Starcraft 2 is free. You have to pay for the campaigns though and certain level caps and other random stuff. But playing with friends and people online is free.

  • +1 vote

    You're thinking of RTS (Real time strategy), not RPG haha =p.

    But there haven't been any great/casual ones in recent years, the gaming market has moved to adventure games and MMO games like Fortnite/etc.

    The last great one is probably…. Ashes of the Singularity? But that's a lot less casual and has a steeper learning curve than C&C ever did.

  • +8 votes

    how about Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition, always a classic

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      This actually looks really good - but I can't find a definite "Yes you can play this against mates online" anywhere. Looks like it was remastered in 2019.
      I never played the original but it looks like it ticks the boxes.

      • +1 vote

        i haven't played this version, but i did use to play the original online multiplayer with mates. it used some weird old competitor to steam to run i think.
        i think it is much simpler now to play multiplayer tho as its all in game

      • +1 vote

        Yep you definitely can! It's arguably the best RTS ever made, if you enjoyed C&C you'll definitely enjoy AoE2

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        Of course you can. It has a custom game lobby aswell as ranked match-making if you wanted to team up against other players competitively.

        You can play it with a $1 Game Pass for PC subscription if you wanted to try it out first. You can also try Halo Wars 1&2 with the same subscription while you're at it.

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    RPG? something like Guild Wards 2?

  • +1 vote

    https://cncnet.org/

    You can play some of the old command an conquer games for free including red alert with your friends. This is a community hosted server I believe. I played this for awhile actually.

  • +2 votes

    Company of heroes
    Warhammer Dawn of War 2-3
    Homeworld 1 2 remastered
    Starcraft 1-remastered or 2

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      I don't get in to RTS all that much, but Company of Heroes was great. I'd love to play that in a multiplayer scenario, had enough fun in the single player campaign.

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    Starcraft 2 - Base game and multiplayer are Free 2 Play. You can pay for the campaigns but if you just want Multi only its a free option. It also has the benefit for Co-Op mode which you can play a bit for free as well (I still regularly play Co-Op). Lastly it has modified maps which give alternative game types which can be fun as well.

    Honestly its the best gameplay wise and free of charge… win/win

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    although not rts
    left 4 dead and payday are great co op games u can try and wknt need great computers

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    halo wars remastered and halo wars 2 are more basic than some of the others recommended but they are heaps of fun and the graphics are heaps good, especially in the cinematics

  • +3 votes

    Supreme commander 1/2, Starcraft 2, Age of Empires 1/2, Warhammer Dawn of War 1/2, Warcraft 3, Total war series (Old ones like rome total war)

    These are all relatively old games that will not tax your PC. All can be played online

    Supreme commander, Dawn of War 2 probs my favorites and are very highly rated

  • +1 vote

    Total Annihilation. Old game, but one of the best RTS in my opinion. Predecessor to Supreme Commander.

    Currently $2.99 on gog.com.

    https://www.gog.com/game/total_anihilation_commander_pack

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    If you haven't played company of heroes I highly recommend you check it out, I'm a big Red Alert fan myself…

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    If there's 3 of you playing - Dawn of War II has a mode called The Last Stand, which is a 3 player coop survival mode.

    It's probably one of the most fun coop gaming experiences I've had.

    It's worth noting all the Dawn of War II games have this mode, but I'd recommend getting the latest standalone expansion -
    Dawn of War II - Retribution

    Unfortunately the game isn't on sale anywhere at the moment though.

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    +1 for Company of Heroes.

    Would also highly recommend Stronghold Crusader HD - just under Age of Empires for me, an absolute blast to play.

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    As others have said, Starcraft 2 is F2P (as is the first Starcraft… it's only the remastered version that requires a purchase) so start with these.

    And if you're not already getting them, Epic Game Store has been releasing free games every week over the past year… there's not too many strategy games but they have Paladins on there which is F2P and there's currently a freebie DLC giveaway: https://www.ozbargain.com.au/node/526780

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    I'd strongly recommend Northgard. It's a great mix of slower-paced macro strategy and combat. Kinda like a real-time Civilization, but just Vikings.

  • +1 vote

    Have enjoyed playing Supreme Commander 2 with mates recently. Resource grabbing, researching tech and giant experimental units that are fun.
    Can get quick 30/ 45min rounds out of it and looks like 75% on steam at the moment.

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      Agree supcom2 is great if you don't want to overwhelming depth. But supcom1 forged alliance playing on FAforever is where it's at if you need something to do for 6 months of lockdown.

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