This is, in my opinion, a triple A title. That having been said, I would also like to point out that many triple A titles are more often then not unpolished and lacking on release, but patched at some point. As others have said, the game plays somewhat like Civilization/Heroes of Might and Magic. The developers don't seem to be in full swing patch-mode anymore either, which is really sad because it needs it.
One of the things I enjoyed the most was the exploration aspect of the game. Your heroes explore each province to provide more land for the province's population to settle comfortably. In the process you come across bandits, monsters, and unique shops. Sadly, for each positive aspect of the game, it tends to turn around on itself and bite it's own rear end. In this example , the game all but forces to you play with a "rush/zerg" mentality. Getting your hero(es) to the enemies stronghold as fast as possible, because nothing transfers over to the next map, and building up your empire on the shard is more or less wasted time. Couple that with the fact that the longer you play, the more the AI seems to advance in suspect manner (I've more then one grumbled the word "Cheater" at the computer screen).
The game is very good, I played it for a long time and still visit it when the mood hits. Despite it's shortcomings, I would recommend it if you like HoMM/Civ/Fallen Enchantress/ect.
Posted: November 26th, 2013