This is a real-time strategy game featuring armies of futuristic races in conflict with each other. Players control assorted units of humans, warrior races, and aliens through combat missions around several planets. Combat is presented from an overhead perspective: players' soldiers use machine guns, grenades, mobile tanks, lasers, and aircraft to kill enemy units. Artillery fire is depicted with realistic sound effects, including battle cries and yells from injured characters; explosions occur frequently, and can be large and detailed. Aliens and soldiers are sometimes depicted bursting into small splashes of blood; gibbing effects and small body parts can also be seen strewn on battlefields; and a few cutscenes may depict small pools of blood around characters, or alien blood spurting across the screen. The game also depicts characters smoking cigars or drinking alcohol in cutscenes. Characters use profanity such as "sh*t," "b*tch," and "a*s" in the dialogue.