In days gone by, I used to do all my gaming on the computer. I never had much truck with consoles because the graphics were usually inferior, and their weren't many strategy titles. Okay, there was Shining Force on the Mega Drive, and Xcom on PS1, but bugger all else.
These days I’ve banned myself from computer gaming. Too much messing about trying to squeeze quality gaming around tight work deadlines. Luckily I've discovered the joys of the Xbox.
Now, I like strategy games. I like tactical combat more than the adrenaline-pump of simulated slaughter (hell, I like that too, but I’m ageing and the reflex’s aren’t what they used to be). What I want is a strategy game that I can play on a console – and hot dang, here it is!
I’m not even going to bother with any game details, I’ll leave that to the other reviewers. What I will do is wax lyrical about how much I’ve been enjoying this game.
The graphics are amazing. What other game features a hundred combatants melee'ing toe-to-toe, with periodic cavalry charges, hails of arrows, and assorted support creatures swooping through frame, all at the same time without dropping frames or freezing?
Uhhh… thought so.
The soundtrack is refreshing. After years of generic drum and bass, here’s a little bit of generic metal. I love it!
All up, what a ripper! Possibly the best thing since sliced bread (and I like bread).
I do have one complaint; it’s hard. Possibly too hard. I’m stuck on the final battle of the Vellond campaign, and having to re-play 30 minute battles repeatedly to get them right isn’t my idea of a “good time”.
Still, I can see that this is a game that, while it might annoy me, I’ll return to – till I get it right.