If you mixed the ship-to-ship deep-space dogfighting of real-time strategy games like Homeworld with the action-packed combat and base building of games like Command & Conquer along with some funky watercolor background art, you'd get The Outforce from Strategy First and developer O3 Games. The Outforce is a convention real-time strategy game with fully 3D graphics that's fairly well done but generally unspectacular--while it has its good points, its overall lack of original features or design elements is unlikely to leave a lasting impression on real-time strategy players.
The game focuses on outer-space combat between three species, which are basic science-fiction archetypes for futuristic humans, robots, and aliens, respectively. The game starts out when a giant space station mysteriously vanishes. This station is home to the droidlike Crions and the turtlelike Gobins, who are in the midst of ongoing peace negotiations. The humans send a probe ship to investigate, and that disappears as well. So they send you in to build a base, locate the ship, and find out what's happening.
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What ensues is typical of the real-time strategy genre. Most missions begin with your having to quickly assemble a base and resource-gathering infrastructure. Then you need to build a task force of some kind and go find the bad guys.
The look and style of the game is much more noteworthy than the actual mechanics. The Outforce has fully 3D graphics, but, as in most real-time strategy games, it has a fixed overhead perspective. The units are all fully polygonal shapes, and, for the most part, the units look great and show a high level of detail. You can see little rotating lights on some of the vessels, and the weapon effects are generally also very detailed.
According to The Outforce, outer space is a colorful place, filled with swirling watercolor images. It may not be the most convincing depiction of outer space, but it looks great in the game and doesn't seem inappropriate. Rotating planets in the distance spice up some of the missions, along with asteroid fields and other floating objects. All combined, the graphical elements of The Outforce are the game's strongest asset.