Let me take you back to 1997, here listen to this: This. The year is 1997 and Dynamix have just released a game that is absolutely better than MechWarrior, it's called Earthsiege; but enough about that, what about this game called Outpost 2: Divided Destiny?
It's a sequel that nobody played to a game that nobody played, at least that's what it feels like when you mention Outpost to avid RTS fans and they give you a blank stare back.
If you've not heard of Outpost 2, maybe you've heard of Earth 2150 a game where you could build custom units using a tech tree, Earth 2150 was very much based on Outpost 2 in that your military units were formed by building an appropriate chassis, then building up from there, weapons equipment, support, etc - a really diverse experience that is unparalleled in today's weak RTS market.
In true RTS form though, this game isn't all about military units. You need to keep your colony under control and keep them happy - No, I don't mean making sure a number is in the right colour or your gold mine won't work I mean keeping people happy and making sure revolts don't happen which threatens to close down your entire colony if you don't make sure everything and everyone is in order.
Poor morale can lead to population stagnation or economic recession, you can't just focus on military fronts, you're the sim city mayor as well as a military commander.
If you can handle looking at an RTS game that looked bad in 97, let alone 2020 then I highly recommend giving it a go. The game did badly in sales, I remember that, it was too much in a market that was expecting another KKND or C&C to come out, not a sim game where you can also build tanks.
Did anyone else play it when came out, did you enjoy it as much as I did?