3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Fantasmagorically amazingly brilliant,
This review is from: Emperor: Battle For Dune (Video Game)
I bought this game as a sci-fi fan who owns the books and movie, also as a strategy fan and a command & conquer fan. Much to my satisfaction the game was great with only one drawback which I'll mention later.
Firstly there are the three great houses:
House Harkonnen of Geidi Prime are a veil people knowing only hatred, their well trained, armoured and armed army is the only thing keeping them in power.
House Ordos of Draconis IV are a sneeky and untrustworthy mercenary people concerned only with the gaining of wealth, the regeneration powers of their units allows for damaged units to perform again as if they were never hurt.
House Atreides of Caladan are a noble people who take care of their men and allies, they are not however incapable of doing damage, their troops are trained to the higheat standard and more experienced units can even move in enemy territory undetected.
All houses are capable of winning and the differences compensate themselves. The other houses in the game allign themselves with whoever is nicest to them and offer two new units each, the sub-houses are the sarduakar, fremen, ix, guild and tleilaxu.
Secondly there are the graphics, a fully rotatable map with the ability to zoom in to see peoples teeth meant I was able to appreciate the quality of the graphics, sharp picture and a well mixed use of lighting and textures on a 3D landscape.
The terrain is different from normal games allowing buildings only to be placed on rock, not on sand, which is common sense really. Your harvesters collect spice which gives money to build units which kill people (always good) and sand worms wipe out anyone who stays on the sand too long. Very Command & Conquer style gameplay except in a sci-fi environment.
All in all, a good buy for all westwood, Command & Conquer, strategy and sci-fi fans a like.