2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
This review is from: Emperor: Battle For Dune (Video Game)
"Amen!!" in the Fremen tongue to the previous review.
Yep, Emperor: Battle for Dune is the best game of this style I've ever played and I can't imagine it getting much better! All three of the great houses are back to once again wage war on dune for it's much sought after drug the Spice Melange for it's prescient and restorative properties to name a couple. The noble Atreides, the evil Harkonnen and the devious House Ordos (that I've only ever seen mentioned in the 'Dune Encyclopedia' book from the genius of the series Frank Herbert).
The same applies in style as with the previous Dune games by Westwood Studios but this time the Houses have more individuality, strengths and weaknesses and so on and so forth, The Atreides are good defenders and have repair vehicles, the Harkonnen are good attackers and have atomics as a special weapon (the deadly Death Hand missile that now poisons the ground it hits for a short period of time) and the Ordos are good all-rounders but more towards subterfuge and strange technologies just to name a couple of them. The same applies to buildings and vehicles as these are all designed differently too.
Graphically this still looks nice now 5 years down the line and units retain nice sharp detail when you zoom in on them and they have nice smooth movement. The Ordos vehicles hover for example and you will notice them gently swaying when close to them. The maps are also nicely textured and detailed with broken buggies and the odd dead sandworm lying around and civilian settlements dotted about (great for burning when you're the Harkonnen!)
Gameplay wise it's more tactical, involving the taking of territories or resigning them when under attack. Each territory apart from the main objective can have a sub objective like helping one of the few sub houses (The Fremen, The Tleilaxu, The Ixians or the Sardaukar) which when aided enough will help you throughout the rest of the game, being careful not to upset the balance as the Ixians are enemies of the Tleilaxu! Each sub house also has its massive advantages.
The sound is also top notch with Fremen battle cries, Harkonnen taunts and superb vehicle noises like the Harkonnen Buzz Saw and the whir of the Ordos craft. Again with all Westwood outings the music is also great and again individual to each house.
Verdict ' 10 out of 10!! The spice must flow!