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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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