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Warrior Kings (PC)

Combining real-time strategic action with the character development of your average role-playing experience seems to be the Holy Grail of strategy gam...

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Review of "Warrior Kings (PC)"

published 11/04/2002 | MarkKerr
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"What on earth......"

I have wasted much money in my life, but haven't regretted a penny of it as much as I regret the £30 spent on this bug ridden mish mash of genres. This from someone who has owned computers and games from the good old Sinclair ZX81, and recalls the most hyped computer game of all time, the Great Space Race, many, many, moons ago.

This type of game was actually done more effectively on the Spectrum - Remember Lords of Midnight and Doomdarks Revenge anyone?

This game has rave reviews in all the computer magazines I have read - guess they still relying on advertising revenue, and to hell with readers who may actually fork out hard earned money based on their 'reviews' (I use the term very, very loosely).
Sure, the potential is there, the graphics (if you ever mange to see them) are pretty but gameplay, or even the chance to experience the gameplay, leave so much to be desired it is untrue.

A mish mash of Real Time Strategy, Role Play, War Game, this fails miserably to achieve even mediocrity. It is the pits - a copy protection routine that is so foolproof many buyers cannot get the game to install and load; it fails to work properly with many industry standard graphics or sound cards; the alleged artifical intelligence would be laughable if you hadn't paid good money for the product; the game crashes regularly for no apparent reason; gameplay bugs abound and the companies website is a joke - Don't just take my word for it, visit it and see for yourself the discontent being voiced live. (www.warriorkings.com)

A bit harsh, I hear you say, give us some examples I hear you say. Okay, okay I guess I owe you that.

A few examples for your 'entertainment'.....

Laserlok copy protection - depending on your PC is set up, it may or may not read from your CD ROM drive, major problems if you also have a DVD ROM or Rewriter installed.

YOu may well be advised to download earlier versions of graphics drivers in a vain attempt to get the software to run - an ideal solution for your state of the art PC - I think not.

Your armies have the intelligence of goldfish - you command to them to move in a straight line from A to B. This appears to be beyond the programmers of this game - they quite willingly will walk into armies three or four times their size and stand there meekly until they are (very quickly) massacred.

You build defensive walls - great but there are great gaps in them and try as you might, you cannot get the walls to connect up properly - oops, here comes a bad man to burn and pillage, no worries, we are walled in....oops, nope, we aren't.....

Ingame animation sequences fail to appear - although integral to the game, they fail and you get the opportunity to do it all again - Is this because the programmers actually thought we would enjoy to repeat the experience??

You actually can be in two places at once in this game - I was in the middle of a battle and appeared several miles to chat to the leader of a group of merchants I had saved (how? I'm not quite sure)then was 'rewarded' and was then left miles away from the battle and my army.

The website actually advised to load earlier drivers as a solution to graphics driver problems and informed us that our IT kit mustn't be at fault - 2Mhz, Intel 4, 1Mb RAM, Geforce 4 graphics card etc etc and it must be my PC??????? I think not.

Patch available from website - all our worries are over...... Nope, the link doesn't work....errrmmmm link fixed, download patch....patch doesn't work.....must be your IT kit....

Do not believe the magazines, visit the website and read the message board, take this review on board and then decide. If you still wish to waste £20-£30, email me for my bank account details - I will save you from wasting it on this dross - I can't say fairer than that.

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  • Sarah_B published 12/04/2002
    Sounds horrid. -Sarah
  • COOOEEE published 12/04/2002
    Well at least we know now. Fionaxx
  • verysaltybits published 12/04/2002
    Sounds a terrible game, thanks for the warning
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Product Information : Warrior Kings (PC)

Manufacturer's product description

Combining real-time strategic action with the character development of your average role-playing experience seems to be the Holy Grail of strategy gaming. Previous attempts at the "role playing strategy" genre have fallen woefully short of the mark, but Warrior Kings is meeting this challenge full-on and in glorious Technicolor. You might be forgiven for dismissing Black Cactus's magnum opus as just another mediaeval Age of Empires clone--forgiven, but wrong. Firstly it looks stunning. This is probably the best-looking RTS out there and is genuinely 3-D. The models, the backgrounds and the terrain are all beautifully rendered and even if you like to play your strategy games from a distanced, isometric standpoint (a la Shogun) you will want to get in to the fray just to see the characters inhabiting your world, close up. Graphics aside, it is the gameplay that really raises this out of strategy-simulacra obscurity. Essentially mission-based, there are three different factions to choose from, but you don't pick a side from the outset. You begin as a neutral duke trying to reunite the land, and the decisions that you make will determine your eventual alignment. There is resource management and there are peasants to build up your economy; there are objectives, some compulsory, others optional; and there is character development, in that your young hot-headed hero Artos will grow with the game. But the main course of Warrior Kings is more militaristic fare. This is a war game. Terrain and formation play an important part in your tactics. Remember Agincourt, five bow men can take out an army of slow moving infantry if they have the advantage of elevation, a cavalry charge will fall to pikemen and archers won't outrun your mounted units. Your army will also gain experience depending on how successful they are. If they make a stand and win, their morale and prowess increases and this experience is shared across the group. This only touches the surface of what kind of RTS experience is available in Warrior Kings. There are minor annoyances, it has a steep learning curve, for example, and those who don't like war gaming will balk at the amount of military strategy and thinking required, but they would be missing out on an excellent and challenging real-time experience with a rich and engrossing cinematic story line that is truly deserving of the title epic. RTS doesn't get much better than this.--Kristen Bowditch Born from the ashes of a once mighty realm, you have been thrust onto the throne of a new Kingdom. Your challenge is clear - unite the fragmented lands of Orbis into a single, mighty empire under the rule of one warrior king - you. Amidst the smoke and chaos of a fantastical medieval battleground take control of a small Kingdom's struggle for supremacy and by fair means or foul, resurrect your realm to its former glory! Warrior Kings is the ultimate in the evolution of the real time strategy game. A next generation medieval fantasy, a true 3D RTS. Create and train your own army, oversee your economy, control the Church, conduct espionage, make war - in short, be a King.

Product Details

Publisher: Microids

Genre: Strategy

Release Date: 1st March 2002

EAN: 3342189326845

Operating System: Windows 98 / 2000 / XP / Me / 95


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