Nuclear Dawn

Nuclear Dawn is the first game to offer a full FPS and RTS experience, within a single gameplay model, without crippling or diluting either side of the game.
As a soldier, explore war-torn post-apocalyptic landscapes, modelled on modern cities, and take the fight to your enemies as armoured, assault or stealth infantry, using various weapons across ten distinct load-outs to accomplish your objectives. The first person shooter action in Nuclear Dawn is hard, fast and unforgiving, with weapons that rely on skill and tactics more than on twitch reflexes and map memorization.
Then, take Nuclear Dawn above the action, and play as the commander. Organize your fellow players in squads, and assign them to tactical objectives. Plan the resource routes for your army, and production of your structures for forward deployment. Exploit the terrain and resource point locations to block your enemies’ advance, and crush their plans in an iron fist. Research and implement new technologies to give your soldiers the edge on the battlefield, and set up forward bases to lead the assault on your enemies, with a full complement of defensive and offensive structures to choose from, to build your perfect fortress.


  • Two factions: The Empire and the Consortium have completely separate base-building paradigms.
  • RTS commander: Produce structures, research advanced technologies, unleash devastating strikes on the enemy, and lead your team to victory as a RTS commander.
  • Four classes: Each faction has four classes with various kit load outs, totalling over three dozen weapons.
  • Squad up: Squad-based 32 player full warfare battle mode.
  • Six maps: Travel across the largest, most detailed maps built in Source multiplayer to date.
  • Advanced Weaponry: As a commander, judiciously dispense healing to your troops, and death to their enemies, by managing your advanced abilities.
  • Stats and Unlocks: 60 ranks, 12 unlocks for each weapon, achievements, gizmos and more.
  • SDK: Nuclear Dawn Software Development Kit will be available for the community to be able to create custom maps, etc.
  • Source Powered: Based on the L4D2 engine and modified to bring you the ultimate online battle experience.
  • Steam Workshop Support: The game supports the Steam Workshop and allows for custom maps to be added.
  • Steam Powered: Available for Windows, Linux and Mac OSX through Steamplay with Steam Cloud support.
System Requirements
OS: Windows® 7 32/64-bit / Vista 32/64 / XP or higher
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo 2.4GHz or equivalent
Memory: 2GB
Hard Disk Space: 6GB of free HDD space
Video Card: Video card must be 128 MB or more and should be a DirectX 9-compatible with support for Pixel Shader 2.0b (ATI Radeon HD 2900 - NVidia GeForce 8800)
Sound: DX 9.0c compatible sound card
System Requirements
OS: MacOS X 10.6.7 or higher
Processor: Core 2 Duo 2.4 Ghz
Memory: 2GB RAM
Hard Disk Space: 6GB of free HDD space
Video Card: ATI Radeon HD 2400 / NVidia GeForce 8600M / Intel HD Graphics 3000
Not Supported: OS X 10.5.x, ATI X1600 or X1900 graphics, NVIDIA GeForce 7 graphics or Intel graphics less than Intel HD 3000.
System Requirements
OS: Ubuntu or Debian/Linux 12.04 or higher
Processor: Core 2 Duo 2.4 Ghz
Memory: 2GB RAM
Hard Disk Space: 6GB of free HDD space
Video Card: ATI Radeon HD 2400 / NVidia GeForce 8600M / Intel HD Graphics 3000
  • A surprisingly deep and well-designed FPS/RTS hybrid. A Team Fortress 2 alternative that needs a community to thrive.

  • Nuclear Dawn is a compelling combination of FPS and RTS elements that provide an unique experience among other online shooters. With an array of class customization and ability to control the battlefield as a commander, a trip to the war torn world of Nuclear Dawn is highly recommended.

  • InterWave Studios combines FPS and RTS in a technically dated but successful mix that can entertain for a long time, provided that the incoming huge FPS titles won't subtract its player-base.

  • What Nuclear Dawn does best is perhaps how it requires each team of players work together.

  • If InterWave manage to grow alongside the community, Nuclear Dawn could become the most important FPS game to arrive in a long time. Right now, it's a welcome replacement for Team Fortress 2 and stopgap until Natural Selection 2.

  • So, overall, FPS fans rejoice, for this is a darned good game for the price. However, definitely keep in mind my previous advice: Get a headset, work together, play the tutorials. If all you care about is a high score and a KDR, don't bother, this isn't your type of game. If you truly care about teamwork, and love games which encourage it, this is definitely your thing.

  • Despite some art direction issues and the lack of a tutorial system, dedicated players will have some fun here.

  • Nuclear Dawn combines two great genres and is simply a good game. Nuclear Dawn provides the 'missing link' between FPS and RTS gamers which hasn't been seen in a long time. If you're looking for a good shooter and if you are prepared to use your brains, then this just might be the right game for you.

  • It's far from the best-looking game on the market, but it's also far from the worst, and the gameplay makes up for it anyway.

  • Nuclear Dawn is an intense first-person shooter/real-time strategy hybrid that has a lot to offer when it comes to teamwork.

  • So in the post-Call of Duty/Battlefield/Team Fortress 2 world of today, Nuclear Dawn will not have an easy time finding a safe place, not only because of the risk it has taken as a genre combination, but mainly because of the work that the FPS side still needs.

  • As I said before, it may not be perfect, but it's a step in the right direction for the genre. It'll be interesting to see what improvements come to the game as the minor bugs are ironed out. And even more interesting will be where we go next, now that Nuclear Dawn has shown us what a game is capable of doing.

  • To have fun with this game, there need to be a lot of players and able commanders. If you find some with matching abilities, the game is extremely entertaining. But that's a rare case.

  • Even with all its flaws, Nuclear Dawn is a treat for those who wanted a decent FPS/RTS hybrid.

  • It could do with a practice mode or some proper tutorials to introduce newcomers to the commander mode, but if you're up for a challenge or find a decent server, Nuclear Dawn is an exciting take on a genre that's usually lacking new ideas.

  • Quotation forthcoming.

  • LEVEL (Czech Republic)

    Attractive combination of first person shooter with real time strategy delivers balanced action and tactical parts and offers a good alternative to other shooters. [Dec 2011]

  • It's certainly one of the better RTS/FPS hybrids, and with any luck, it will become a little more welcoming to players interested in something other than the typical shooter fare - and for people willing to invest themselves, it's already worth a look.

  • It's unfortunate to see Nuclear Dawn suffer from such simple errors, as underneath these tiny flaws is an above-average game with some new, interesting ideas at its core. If you're playing with friends or get lucky with a random server, it can be a lot of fun - but often that's not the case and as a result Nuclear Dawn doesn't quite earn the recommendation it's otherwise capable of receiving.

  • I applaud the developers for trying to make this work, but I honestly don't see many players spending too much of their time trying it out.

  • games(TM)

    Despite its good ideas, Nuclear Dawn's rough edges, particularly on the FPS side, mean curious players will check it out, but they might not stay for long. [Nov 2011, p.104]

  • Interwave needs to deliver the promised modes, improved tutorials and an offline option quickly if it hopes to survive beyond the release of this fall's marquee titles like Battlefield 3 and Modern Warfare 3. There's a lot to like in the concept, but I don't think Interwave has earned your money yet.

  • While it won't be able to compete with its big budget peers in pretty much any aspect, at least it's a fraction of the price of the likes of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3.

  • Some way of teaching the players its mechanics were really required (even if it was just pages of text with pretty pictures, just something... anything). Unfortunately Nuclear Dawn has none of this and is instead a confusing game that isn't all that much fun to play.

  • Nuclear Dawn is a game that can reach great things if it was put together more coherently. Bugs, balance issues, and an uninspired use of the apocalyptic settings make for a game that feels competent at best and incomplete at its worst.

Nuclear Dawn
$9.99 $2.20
Title: Nuclear Dawn
Genre: Action, Strategy
Released: 26 September 2011
Developer: GameConnect
Publisher: Iceberg Interactive
  • Multi-player
  • Steam Achievements
  • Steam Cloud
  • Stats
  • Valve Anti-Cheat enabled
  • Steam Trading Cards
  • Steam Workshop
  • Partial Controller Support
  • Cross-Platform Multiplayer
  • Includes level editor
  • Online Multi-Player
UI Audio Subs
Spanish - Spain
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