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Whatever happened to Turn Based Strategy gaming?,
This review is from: Domination (PC CD) (Video Game)
Domination seems to exsist all on its own at the moment (and as I write this is it already not a new game). No one seems to be making turn based strategy games, just more and more real-time games where the action quickly disolves into "who can click their mouse faster" rather than "who has the best strategy and tactics". Domination's gameplay is very transparent, meaning that you know how much damage you will do to the enemy before you fire. In my opinion it is all the better for that because the game then becomes a question of how best to bring your army's firepower to a point in order to take out that pesky heavy bot unit.
What lifts this above the average is the secret ally concept, basically this is where you get randomly assigned a number of alies at the begining of the game, as does your enemy. These allies remain secret until you choose to declare them, at which point you can use the army and resources of that ally. Knowing when to declare an ally is a major part of the gameplay.
The graphics are far and away the best I have seen in a turn based stategy game, all done in very pretty 3D. Having said that though I still fondly remember the Battle Isle games (or am I showing my age there?!)
The sound however is truely horible, it sounds like the voice acting was done by someone who learnt English that morning. I also can't get the camera to function properly, everytime I try to zoom or pan the camera I end up with an extreme closeup of a tree (good graphics though) or an overview of the whole map. I'm hoping this can be improved in the options menu.
Genrally a very good game with a few minor issues. I went through the tutorials in under an hour so the game is certainly easy to pick up and get into. However mastering it will take a great deal longer. Don't know how I'd feel if I had just shelled out nearly £20.00 for it, but shop around and you can pick up a copy for under £5.00!
Easy to learn but very hard to master.