I found this game in the bargain bucket in a game store. It was buy three games for £10 and after ages of searching for three games i was interested in i bought them and i have to say it was one of the best purchases i have made in a while. (Especially after seeing it's price on here.)
Now this game doesn't exactly look (graphics wise) that brilliant- especially when comparing it to some games these days, but i think that can be excused. As this game is excellent. I have only put in 9 or 10 hours so far, but those 9 or 10 hours have been both brilliant and frustrating.
My first game (after the tutorial) was fantastic. I was against two easy opponents, but i walked all over them and i had so much fun doing so. My second game i picked a map that was way to small for all 5 of us and as such we soon ran out of room and were all arguing with each other and i probably would have got destroyed if i didn't sorta rage-quit. xD My third game has gone a bit better, but i am still not exactly "Top of the food chain" so to speak and i can totally forsee a long and exciting game ahead of me.
The factions are interesting and quite varied and you can make your own too, which is pretty cool. The heroes are also cool and often amongst the most powerful units in the game and i rather enjoyed making my own hero too- though again they don't look brilliant. The monsters.....sometimes don't look great, but that's not too important really. And can often be excused when your getting destroyed by them or if your good and actually beating them. I love the quests that pop up on the map and give me fun things to do. I've got some seriously powerful units from some of these quests. And i really love the building aspect in the cities. It's simple, with a lot of choice (when it's all researched) though i do feel there could be a lot more base units in the game, but then you can also design your own too, so there could be if you had the time to make them. And i rather like the battle system as well.
So i would totally recommend this game to everyone. :) (Though perhaps not at full price.)