Ok , first thing to say about this is the simple fact that it's a solid and comprehensive RTS on a console , got that ? Let that little fact settle in for a moment ...
To date there is has only been two ( C&C and this , and maybe three if you add battle for middle earth ) so all in that's a few thumbs up for a start , hopefully this will jump to more games if supreme commander and kane's wrath pan out , if your really crazy enough to start comparing this or any other RTS on a console to its PC counterpart then your barking mad , in fact why are you even bothering with a console if you have a superpower PC ?
Now I've read these other reviews and sorry guys but i really can't agree , the demo doesn't do this justice , the control system is quick and intuitive , considering your doing everything from a joy pad rather than a keyboard and mouse , in fact the control system is similar to that of C&C3 so if you've played that , you'll be able to jump into this in no time , witch isn't surprising considering some of the development has been done by the same people .
As for this bordering on piracy ??? , oh come off it , this is a basic style real time strategy like a thousand other real time strategy games , if you don't like this style of game , then honestly don't play them , in this game you get your basic three factions , all that use different tactics , each faction has its own range of unique units and tech trees , there's a wide selection of maps and game modes , as well as a lot of support for online play over Xbox live , in single player you have your three story based campaign modes as well as your obligatory skirmish mode , a very nice touch is the world domination modes for both single and multiplayer.
The story is your basic aliens invading earth type of thing , a big influence here is the tripods from war of the worlds ( the hierarchy ) a machine race ( novus the obligatory good guys ) and the ancient masari ( pyramid building gods / aliens ) , its nothing spectacular and you wont find many surprises in the plot , its just your basic run of the mill sci-fi kinda stuff .
The AI isn't perfect ( then again show me a game where it honestly is ) but its flexible enough to put up a proper fight or give you enough leeway so you can find your feet and learn the ropes .
Voice acting wise? Ok so it wont win any Oscars but I've seen much worse ( two worlds for example ) ,
Probably the only real let down is the graphics and sound quality , being on the Xbox 360 I would have expected much better , the graphics are sharp and clear and to be honest I've seen much worse , but they just don't pop out like they should .
As an RTS in general , witch includes PC RTS games , universe at war is a solid but distinctly average game , worth adding to your collection if you're a fan of RTS , but on the PC there are a lot better titles going around .
As an RTS on a console ? This really is a cut above , is easy to use as well as having enough content and games modes to keep you interested , lets face it ,on a console this is an extremely rare thing .