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Disappointed, Bored, Let Down...
on 24 February 2013
Despite the negative reviews I had read I was always going to buy this on the strength of the name - Total War. In hindsight I should have stuck with TW Rome.
Having said that, I do enjoy the naval battles on the "Play Battle" option, and the land based battles are OK.
The main problem with the campaign game (unless I have missed something) is that you need to follow a pre-determined campaign plan. You are set objectives which you need to accomplish. There seems little scope for deviating from this plan (for instance if you are required to build a fleet and then transport troops to capture an enemy city, you have to do just that, even though your troops could take a land route and capture the city. The program seems unable to cope with the fact that you have captured a city by other means. Similarly, you cannot attack factions/nations which the game plan has decided are already your allies.
The other really tedious thing is that when you end your turn, you are treated to sitting around and watching whilst every other nation (played by the computer) has its own turn. So you see lots of little men being moved around the map, ships sailing off, diplomats doing what they do etc. Perhaps this is to keep you aware of what each nation is doing? But frankly I just want to get on with the game.
I think that the developers have taken a lot from another game - Sid Meyers Civilisation. It certainly is not Total War as I know it (think Shogun and Rome). Personally, within a day or so I was actually bored by the game. Now perhaps I just haven't given it enough time, but I think the developers have really missed an opportunity, and what could have been an awesome game, following the tried and tested (and trusted) Total War format is, at best, mediocre, and at the price for the MAC version, is not money well spent.
Oh yes, one of the other reviewers wrote about the text being hard to read. Its true, it seems the text is deliberately blurred. A small point, but another little annoyance which detracts from the game.
I'll finish there before I write anything else and totally depress you. The thing is, you love Total War don't you? You know you want this game. Despite the negative reviews you still want to buy it. That's what Total War does. But this game simply does not deliver. If I could have read my own review, I would have kept my money safely tucked away.