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Nice edition to the genre,
This review is from: Great Battles Medieval (PC CD) (CD-ROM)
First thing I can't understand is why this game was not marketed more competetively or agrressively, especially with the total war franchise. I was dubious about buying this game for the reason that it seemed obscure. Im glad I did though.
The game does have a few teething problems, some of which are mentioned by the other reviewer who gave this game a 1 star - there is an initial problem getting the game to install, but I found that taking the disk out and putting it back in again, solved the problem. Secondly, I agree that making you play the tutorial is a bad idea. However once you get into the game itself it becomes quite entertaining and strangly addictive.
Campaign map - Many battles and raids to keep you playing for a while, each battle is of varying difficulty levels depending on how you construct your army. Not as good as a total war game unfortunately, but good enough in it's own right. There is a negative side to the campaign, you must save regularly, as there is a chance that if you get ambushed with an inferior army, it seems like you can't retreat and therefore must find some way of winning the battle or starting from a previous saved game. This needs to be addressed... unless I'm missing something?
With both main campaign and single battles you can be either English or French, each have their advantages.
Battle map / battles - Formation and set up is easy enough, controls are easy to grasp - pretty much the same as total war controls. Graphics seem a little basic at first but when you zoom in they don't seem so bad. Saying that, the game doesn't exactly have bad graphics either, so 3/5 for graphics overall. Playing the battles and changing your formations constantly to suite the situation keeps you on your toes and missions can vary depending on the type of task you undertake, for example, you can have raids, full battles, ambushes and protection missions. The pause feature to control your troup movements works surprisingly well and this is one of the things that keeps me coming back to the game.
Troop / army / battle cards selection - Basically, you can customise and recruit the units that suite your personal needs. There are three basic unit types - 1. archers. 2. peasants and 3. cavalry. Each unit type can be updated dramatically with armour, sheilds, skill points and techniques etc. For example, you can recruit a peasant unit and upgrade that unit to heavy infantry with a selection of weapons, sheilds, armour and skill sets to choose from. This is one feature (sadly comparing to total war series again) that the Creative Assembly could possibly implement into their own products in future. You also get to choose your units insignia and colours etc. Overall a very nice feature.
Overall, the game, especially campaign map, could be a lot more flexible and the army / unit numbers could be larger. One thing that really bugs me above anything else in the game are the cut scenes. The games setting is the hundred years war. However, the history channel cut scenes appear to be about the crusades and the knights templar with no reference (video wise) to the english and the french between 1337 and 1453.
I personally reccommend it, especially at this price. Just be aware that, despite total wars recent instability issues, the creative assembly still have the edge... for now.