Long ago, the galaxy had known peace. Paradise was ruled with the hand of science, and the hand was that of the galactic governing body known as the Core. Ironically, it was the Core's ultimate victory, the victory over death itself, that brought about the downfall of its paradise and started the war that would decimate a million worlds.

The immortality process, known as "patterning," involved the electronic duplication of brain matrices, allowing the transfer of consciousness into durable machines. Effectively it meant immortality, and the Core decreed the process mandatory for all citizens in order to ensure their safety.

However, there were many citizens unwilling to toss aside their bodies so casually, many indeed who regarded patterning as an atrocity. They fled to the outer edges of the galaxy, forming a resistance movement that became known as the Arm. War began, though it was never officially declared by either side.

The Arm developed high-powered combat suits for its armies, while the Core transferred the minds of its soldiers directly into similarly deadly machines. The Core duplicated its finest warriors thousands of times over. The Arm countered with a massive cloning program. The war raged on for more than 4,000 years, consuming the resources of an entire galaxy and leaving it a scorched wasteland.

Both sides lay in ruins. Their civilizations had long since vanished, their once vast military complexes were smashed. Their armies were reduced to a few scattered remnants that continued to battle on ravaged worlds. Their hatred fueled by millenia of conflict, they would fight to the death. For each, the only acceptable outcome was the complete and utter annihilation of the other.

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7 comments by Henley on Apr 19th, 2011

While many sites stop supporting old games as soon as the newer model comes out its a little different here for Desura, a lot different actually. We are now supporting Total Annihilation mods over our digital distribution service enabling thousands of gamers to easily download and access the best user made modifications. Welcome to the family Total Annihilation and the flagship modifications!

We are always looking for more fantastic mods to support over the service, if you know of a mod or are apart of a mod that you think needs to be on Desura let us know support@desura.com and we will do our best to get it ready, even if we do not support the game the mod is currently for let us know either way.

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TA Features 2011

TA Features 2011

Mar 20, 2012 Full Version 2 comments

A comprehensive, bugfixed compilation of all features needed to play all the 3rd-party maps available for TA. Also thrown in are map weapons (hailstorms...

Total Annihilation Intro Music

Total Annihilation Intro Music

Mar 5, 2011 Music 3 comments

It took me 14 Years to find this! After sifting through hundreds of broken links and 3byte sized .mp3's I found it!

TA Bugfix 1.7b6 (TA-Mutation version)

TA Bugfix 1.7b6 (TA-Mutation version)

Oct 19, 2010 Full Version 3 comments

Switeck's Bugfix configured for use with the launcher TA-Mutation. Drop the files into your TA-Mutation directory and it will correctly file both the...

Queller AI TA & CC v17

Queller AI TA & CC v17

Jul 10, 2010 Full Version 4 comments

Queller is a non-cheating AI enhancement. It will improve the behaviour of the AI in both skirmish and missions (with factories) by ensuring it expands...

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AI Packs

May 7, 2010 Full Version 0 comments

AI Packs 1 - 8 from AI Central. Used by some AIs to support additional units, functionality, or to provide resource aid to the AI. When an AI supports...

TA Demo Recorder & AI patch

TA Demo Recorder & AI patch

May 7, 2010 Patch 0 comments

Includes a number of fixes and improvements for the TA Demo Recorder, also allows more than one AI per-player in multiplayer and LOS sharing with AIs...

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HangPhyr Dec 13 2004, 2:27am says:

Agreed. Its a shame that Cavedog screwed up with TA: Kingdoms then went belly-up.

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Slye_Fox Nov 20 2004, 6:25am says:

TA is the second best RTS Ever.

THE best is Warzone 2100

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shumo154 Jun 16 2004, 1:45pm says:

TA totally redefined what it is to be an RTS Game

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bart2o Jun 10 2004, 5:01am says:

Quote: Best. RTS. Ever.

nope, warcraft2/red alert 1 = the best RTS ever...

but anyway i'm glad that its here :D

/me starts searching for some mods to register

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EvilFish Jun 9 2004, 7:33pm says:

What's so great about it?

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leilei Jun 7 2004, 1:24pm says:


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Dragonmaw Jun 6 2004, 11:59pm says:

Best. RTS. Ever.

Simply said, this game rocked the RTS genre. I'm glad it's finally here :)

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Radicalaces Aug 25 2006, 10:46pm says:

This is the best RTS ever, for a couple different reasons,

first off, you have the fact that weapons have physics, not just random lock on and hit attack, so a small tank can take out a larger tank, instead of small tank having less HP so it is automatically labelled dead.

Next, the size of the maps, and the fact that you could mod the maps to be huge.

Then you have the fact that the game has hassive weapons and long ranged artillery.

Also, I can still download fresh mods for the game despite how old it is.

and don't forget the resources, metal and energy, they never run out so you never have to go on crazy expeditions searching for new resources, and then once those are gone, the game is over. But TA can go on for a long time.

In my opinion, these series are all generic in the fact that they all use the same style and such. Minus the way the units look

Red alert series
Warcraft series
starcraft series (I never understood why so many people love that game, its pretty dull to me)
AOE Series (though I do enjoy AOE 2)

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This is only for those who can appreciate old games and look past the dated visuals. If you can't, go play something else because this game won't be for you. Plenty of unit variety, a thriving modding community, an excellent soundtrack and many more things make Total Annihilation a truly fantastic RTS of it's time. This game, in my personal opinion, is better than a lot of modern RTS games. You can purchase this game, complete with The Core Contingency and Battle Tactics expansion packs, via digital…

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