***Personal Opinions follow not statements of fact***
Most of my gaming is *not* RTS. I tend to play more FPS'ers than RTS. That said, I have enjoyed RTS games over the years. I started with the original C&C wayyy back in the day and have played most of the C&C series over the years. (Anyone else think that that series went downhill after Yuris Revenge?)
My latest foray into RTS was with the long anticipated C&C3. All new game, all new engine.... Was expecting great things but was dissapointed. I knew when finishing the single player campaign that this one would go up on the shelf and perhaps never come off again escept if some mates at work wanted to do some LAN play.
I've also tried some of the other *new* RTS and found them lacking compared to DOW.
This realization has rekindled a my love for DOW. Just as background, I didn't know anyhting about the DOW world or backstory, having never been exposed to the minatures game. I saw the opening scene for DOW and was hooked.
I think that DOW has great graphics compared to some of the other current RTS's. The units in C&C3 were so small and all moved in sync so that to me it looked like the old "2D sprite" days.
I just find that DOW has so much more soul than the other choices out there, from the voice acting to the graphics and effects etc.
I've just been having a blast, playing on all the community developed content, especially the survival map packs! (BIG shout out to Argonaut and all the map developers).
I have bought all of the expansions and am looking forward to the latest whenever that hits, and can't imagine what DOW 2 will be like!