OK, imagine a scene. You're at work, you're doing everything you can to help your company, you're making tough decisions and doing everything right. Imagine that this company then decides to spit on everything you've achieved and ruin it for no good reason. Now imagine that you paid 25 quid for the privilege and that you're doing it in your spare time. Would this be fun? Would you actually enjoy this?
Of course you wouldn't.
Football Manager 2006 is that workplace. It is your boss, ruining your best-laid plans and driving you to abject frustration and despair. Why? Just because I guess. One of the central themes of the game, and therefore this review, is that there is… Read more
... the sheer incompetence of the design team became blindingly obvious. Settlers IV is a tough game, unneccessarily so, and what benefits it has as a reasonably efficient supply-and-demand RTS are ruined by oh-so-many horrifically designed levels and basic unit flaws. I have, during the past three years, actually had the sad duty to purchase two copies. The first I totally destroyed in a beautiful pagan ceremony of fire and destruction, such was my overwhelming loathing for it. The second, bought once I had forgotten how much I hated it in the first place, is sitting uneasily on my desk, feeling very worried indeed.
And it should be. The Settlers up till IV were very well crafted and… Read more
Very little it appears. In fact the only major difference between this and the previous three incarnations is that the road system (which always seemed to be put in merely as an irritant) has thankfully disappeared, to be replaced by what you would presume is a more efficient go-where-you're-needed set up. Nice in theory, not in practice. The Settlers delightful little economic routine has always been ruined by the sheer incompetence of the game engine, which routinely allows hundreds of cute little chappies to sit around whilst goods need humping, and which no matter how much you fine-tune them always move the wrong ones to the wrong places.
I find myself in considerable agreement with… Read more