As King, it is your duty to lead your people in their struggle to raise your kingdom from its humble beginnings to a position of power and prestige. War, diplomacy and a burgeoning economy are the means by which you increase your power and expand your influence.
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Release Date: May 10, 2005

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As King, it is your duty to lead your people in their struggle to raise your kingdom from its humble beginnings to a position of power and prestige. War, diplomacy and a burgeoning economy are the means by which you increase your power and expand your influence. A unique Knight-management system will offer you brand new possibilities to enhance your personal strategy.
  • Loyal knights blessed with special skills stand true at your side. Use them wisely in the military, the administration of your lands and in diplomacy, and then use their hard-won experience to further develop their talents as you see fit.
  • Astute development of your estates and castles both satisfies your people and secures you decided strategic advantages. A suitable infrastructure can soon promote a flourishing economy. Exotic resources and relicts are spread over the game world and will reward your complete kingdom with special amenities.
  • Lead your hand picked troops into battle and conquer enemy realms. Storm massive fortresses or lay siege to them and starve your enemies out or even poison the water. Defend your own realms against invading forces and use your tactical skills wisely.
  • Use your feel for diplomacy when concluding trade agreements or entering into military alliances. Choose husbands for your daughters wisely, consolidating your power through marriage. Be ever on the watch for assassins and spies - and do not get caught yourself.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows® XP, Windows® 2000
    • Processor: 1 GHz Intel® Pentium® III or AMD® Athlon™ processor
    • Memory: 256 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 16 MB video card with 1024x768 resolution
    • Hard Drive: 1.2 GB free hard disk space plus space for saved games
    • Sound: DirectX 9.x compatible sound card
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phelpsuckballs
( 32.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 28
A hidden treasure for sure. I never heard of this game before. Until I ran across it here on steam.

The game is older and the graphics are not going to pretty enough for certain types of people. The game definitly is unique. It's a more strategy oriented RTS with limited armies and supplies. The game is still very playable and entertaining. The value of the game is definitly worth it. I would say it is a very refreshing game compared to new games coming out. The game is based upon towns and their provinces. Some are of greater value than others and some are just rare. This makes for a great strategy themed game.

The downside of the game. Its a pure vanilla game with no additional add ons or expansions. The game concept is great. It is a shame that no sequals were created or even an expansion. The game is lacking in variety of units. But that said, the game is still very fun. This is one of those great games that fell to the side and was never finished being polished to its full glory.

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EldritchKnight
( 29.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 23
I played this game when my graphics card blew up so I couldn't run any other games... but god damn this game is such a gem.
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Admiral Bombur132
( 6.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 21
[Based to a true story of my first time playing this game]

-I was playing as Germany.
-I rallied up my 4 Marshals to conquer the Swiss Confederation.
-I ate some lunch
-After 30 minutes, I find that all my marshals died in Switzerland
-Ragequits
-Plays as Switzerland
-Fills my one marshal with swordsmen
-Lombardy asks for me to join war against Hungary and Poland.
-Accepts
-6 different Hungarian and Polish marshals suddenly appear and besiege Helvetia
-Deja vu, my one marshal wrecks the entire enemy army marching to Lombardy.
-More than deja vu, I ask Hungary to become my vassal
-He accepts
-I ask Poland for the rest of their treasury
-He accepts

10/10 would wreck half continent with Switzerland again.
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mad25max
( 15.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 20
Feel so nostalgic. Awesome game for people who like medieval strategies.
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=5H= Death
( 5.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 19
We live in a world where a new Call of Duty comes out every year, but this game stands alone. Doesn't seem very fair.
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Sharky
( 33.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 16
Simple and addictive classic!
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CS GO UNINSTALL / Beastie Oldboi
( 41.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 4
I highly recommend this game. It is simple, fun to play.
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Gannicus,God of the Arena
( 24.9 hrs on record )
Posted: April 30
....... It Brings Back Memories
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NickelCat_91
( 7.3 hrs on record )
Posted: April 25
Tony sucks at this game, He thinks hes the best but he actually sucks.
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Bison
( 172.1 hrs on record )
Posted: April 24
It's a great single player game that can take a whole load of your time up! The only let down is that multiplayer didn't have a world map option and instead focuses on specific battles.
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Captain_Jozef
( 8.8 hrs on record )
Posted: April 23
A great game, though it is more than a decade old. Don't expect next-gen graphics, but if you want a good time playing as almost any nation existing in Medieval Europe, this is the game for you. Think of it this way: Age of Empires and Total War had a baby. Knights of Honor is essentially a combination of those two games.
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leifstrand
( 24.6 hrs on record )
Posted: April 18
Deep and satisfying game. Lots going on to master.Good tutorial. One of the best medival strategy games here. If you have the patience to play the tutorial, print out the manual, read it! You will be rewarded with a great medival strategy game. I'm currently playing Armenia and the Georgians on my northern border are causing trouble....they must be dealt with. Captured three of there leaders...made some big cash with one ransom...the other two were executed. Life is cheap!
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Turbo Shit
( 17.0 hrs on record )
Posted: April 9
Probably one of my favorite childhood games!
It might be an old game but it's very good even with some aged mechanics.
It's just a shame that this game never got to see the light of a sequal.
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pethogergely2009
( 31.8 hrs on record )
Posted: April 5
This is basically a prettier and less complicated version of the Europa Universalis games. The mechanisms are more transparent compared to that series, and the game feels more limited, less open-ended. This can be both a good and a bad thing, depending on your preferences.
Trade plays a relatively important role, because you have to have access to trade goods in order to gain kingdom advantages, and you probably can't produce all of these trade goods yourself unless you conquer a lot of territories.
Military and combat are straightforward. Waging extensive wars is complicated by two factors: one, you can only have a limited number of armies at any time; and two, rebels regularly appear in recently conquered territories, so you have to garrison some of your armies in the new territories for a rather long time to defeat the rebels.
The limit on the number of armies is due to a clever idea that I don't remember having seen in any other similar strategy game: You have a set number of slots to which nobles from your kingdom can be assigned, and you also assign a specific role to each noble. One such role is the general (marshal), which is important because every army must be led by one. Second, a noble can be assigned the trader role; traders are sent to other kingdoms either to earn money or to gain access to goods that you don't produce yourself. Third, there is the cleric who can convert your provinces to your state religion. And fourth, a noble can serve as a spy either to intercept other spies sent by foreign powers or to be sent to other powers by you in order to gather information and carry out covert attacks.
Having played through one game, it is obvious that Knights of Honor is far too easy on default settings. I played as the kingdom of Hungary and was able to conquer the whole eastern half of Europe and part of Anatolia during the rule of my first 6 kings or so (which seems the only way to measure time in this game, since the current calendar year is not shown anywhere as far as I can tell). Given the fact that Hungary was at best an intermediate regional power during this time span and most definitely did not have the resources to carry out such conquests, it is safe to say that you can forget about Knights of Honor if you want to play something that resembles a historical simulation. (For example, when I tried to pull the same stunt in EU III, I was duly wiped out by the Turkish.)
The winning conditions are a point that is more problematic than historical accuracy (which is not really that important for a game). One way to win the game is to collect all of the kingdom advantages. This is easy to achieve, you basically have to have access to 5 sea ports and money, both of which are easy to come by. The second way is to be elected the emperor of Europe, for which it is necessary to have the support of the five most powerful kingdoms. This seems rather difficult to achieve. Being the most powerful kingdom yourself is easy, but to get the support of the others you would also have to have perfect relations with them. This wouldn't be that difficult per se either, since everybody else is more than happy to ally themselves with you if you are the most powerful kingdom. However, if you are already allied with one power, this excludes an alliance with powers that are enemies of your ally. So not only is it necessary for you to be on good terms with other kindoms, you should also guarantee that your friends are friends with each other as well. This is quite impossible to achieve given the mechanisms provided by Knights of Honor.
Logically, diplomacy should be the way to do this, but the diplomacy system in this game is quite useless. You can only ask your allies to attack some other kingdom, but there is no option available to ask (or order) them to make peace with one another and leave each other alone, or else. This, of course, is not surprising but rather seems to be the norm in these games, but it is still a completely stupid omission that basically renders the whole diplomacy system completely useless.
Beside the fact that the emperor victory condition is unrealistically and artificially difficult to achieve, another major problem with the game is the AI. They don't seem to be interested in the victory conditions. Coastal powers should presumably have it easy to attain the kingdom advantages victory, since all they need for that is ports, but apparently no AI power does that. As for the emperor condition, in the emperor elections no kingdom ever got any votes, which suggests that the AI isn't even trying to win that sort of victory. The AI also tends to do stupid things. For example, tiny, one-territory kingdoms constantly declare war on my kingdom, being by far the most powerful empire in Europe, with the explanation that they need land. It apparently does not occur to them that they should rather try to expand toward their similarly tiny neighbors, which might not destroy them instantly.
To sum it up, Knights of Honor is a rather one-sided affair. You either win a trade victory relatively early on, or you try to win the diplomatic victory, which takes unreasonably long, and the computer players do not really represent any serious challenge to this. The only thing they are somewhat good at is the military challenge, which is especially present in the early game. Later on you become so powerful that even this part becomes too easy.
Despite these serious problems, I'll give Knights of Honor a recommendation since there are good ideas in it, and the early game is relatively good. The fact that the late game becomes very unbalanced is rather annoying, but this is unfortunately the case for lots of strategy games (even otherwise ingenious games like the Civilization series).
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pab.MadBalls
( 6.7 hrs on record )
Posted: April 4
Damn fine game! Get it on sale!
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Lord HeM
( 40.5 hrs on record )
Posted: March 25
Best strategy game I ever played..
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Walla D0gandcat
( 12.9 hrs on record )
Posted: March 20
A unique game!
Unfortunately, there will be no second one.
The only strategy game I met with such an interface.
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NeilsAfro
( 8.2 hrs on record )
Posted: March 4
Launch game, take off headphones, walk outside of room, close door, count to 120.

0/10 CANNOT PLAY IF DEAF. UNSKIPPABLE LOADING SCREEN OP
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Cirilla
( 13.7 hrs on record )
Posted: February 20
this is my fav game :D dunno why it dont count my time hm
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Sarky Osvetnik
( 51.6 hrs on record )
Posted: February 20
Perhaps one of my favorite medival strategy games. Ever. I had hundreds of hours of gamplay since it was first released back in 2006.
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24.9 hrs on record
Posted: April 30
....... It Brings Back Memories
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5.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 19
We live in a world where a new Call of Duty comes out every year, but this game stands alone. Doesn't seem very fair.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
32.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 28
A hidden treasure for sure. I never heard of this game before. Until I ran across it here on steam.

The game is older and the graphics are not going to pretty enough for certain types of people. The game definitly is unique. It's a more strategy oriented RTS with limited armies and supplies. The game is still very playable and entertaining. The value of the game is definitly worth it. I would say it is a very refreshing game compared to new games coming out. The game is based upon towns and their provinces. Some are of greater value than others and some are just rare. This makes for a great strategy themed game.

The downside of the game. Its a pure vanilla game with no additional add ons or expansions. The game concept is great. It is a shame that no sequals were created or even an expansion. The game is lacking in variety of units. But that said, the game is still very fun. This is one of those great games that fell to the side and was never finished being polished to its full glory.

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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 90 days
4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
40.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 25
Best strategy game I ever played..
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 23
A great game, though it is more than a decade old. Don't expect next-gen graphics, but if you want a good time playing as almost any nation existing in Medieval Europe, this is the game for you. Think of it this way: Age of Empires and Total War had a baby. Knights of Honor is essentially a combination of those two games.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
12.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 20
A unique game!
Unfortunately, there will be no second one.
The only strategy game I met with such an interface.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
31.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 5
This is basically a prettier and less complicated version of the Europa Universalis games. The mechanisms are more transparent compared to that series, and the game feels more limited, less open-ended. This can be both a good and a bad thing, depending on your preferences.
Trade plays a relatively important role, because you have to have access to trade goods in order to gain kingdom advantages, and you probably can't produce all of these trade goods yourself unless you conquer a lot of territories.
Military and combat are straightforward. Waging extensive wars is complicated by two factors: one, you can only have a limited number of armies at any time; and two, rebels regularly appear in recently conquered territories, so you have to garrison some of your armies in the new territories for a rather long time to defeat the rebels.
The limit on the number of armies is due to a clever idea that I don't remember having seen in any other similar strategy game: You have a set number of slots to which nobles from your kingdom can be assigned, and you also assign a specific role to each noble. One such role is the general (marshal), which is important because every army must be led by one. Second, a noble can be assigned the trader role; traders are sent to other kingdoms either to earn money or to gain access to goods that you don't produce yourself. Third, there is the cleric who can convert your provinces to your state religion. And fourth, a noble can serve as a spy either to intercept other spies sent by foreign powers or to be sent to other powers by you in order to gather information and carry out covert attacks.
Having played through one game, it is obvious that Knights of Honor is far too easy on default settings. I played as the kingdom of Hungary and was able to conquer the whole eastern half of Europe and part of Anatolia during the rule of my first 6 kings or so (which seems the only way to measure time in this game, since the current calendar year is not shown anywhere as far as I can tell). Given the fact that Hungary was at best an intermediate regional power during this time span and most definitely did not have the resources to carry out such conquests, it is safe to say that you can forget about Knights of Honor if you want to play something that resembles a historical simulation. (For example, when I tried to pull the same stunt in EU III, I was duly wiped out by the Turkish.)
The winning conditions are a point that is more problematic than historical accuracy (which is not really that important for a game). One way to win the game is to collect all of the kingdom advantages. This is easy to achieve, you basically have to have access to 5 sea ports and money, both of which are easy to come by. The second way is to be elected the emperor of Europe, for which it is necessary to have the support of the five most powerful kingdoms. This seems rather difficult to achieve. Being the most powerful kingdom yourself is easy, but to get the support of the others you would also have to have perfect relations with them. This wouldn't be that difficult per se either, since everybody else is more than happy to ally themselves with you if you are the most powerful kingdom. However, if you are already allied with one power, this excludes an alliance with powers that are enemies of your ally. So not only is it necessary for you to be on good terms with other kindoms, you should also guarantee that your friends are friends with each other as well. This is quite impossible to achieve given the mechanisms provided by Knights of Honor.
Logically, diplomacy should be the way to do this, but the diplomacy system in this game is quite useless. You can only ask your allies to attack some other kingdom, but there is no option available to ask (or order) them to make peace with one another and leave each other alone, or else. This, of course, is not surprising but rather seems to be the norm in these games, but it is still a completely stupid omission that basically renders the whole diplomacy system completely useless.
Beside the fact that the emperor victory condition is unrealistically and artificially difficult to achieve, another major problem with the game is the AI. They don't seem to be interested in the victory conditions. Coastal powers should presumably have it easy to attain the kingdom advantages victory, since all they need for that is ports, but apparently no AI power does that. As for the emperor condition, in the emperor elections no kingdom ever got any votes, which suggests that the AI isn't even trying to win that sort of victory. The AI also tends to do stupid things. For example, tiny, one-territory kingdoms constantly declare war on my kingdom, being by far the most powerful empire in Europe, with the explanation that they need land. It apparently does not occur to them that they should rather try to expand toward their similarly tiny neighbors, which might not destroy them instantly.
To sum it up, Knights of Honor is a rather one-sided affair. You either win a trade victory relatively early on, or you try to win the diplomatic victory, which takes unreasonably long, and the computer players do not really represent any serious challenge to this. The only thing they are somewhat good at is the military challenge, which is especially present in the early game. Later on you become so powerful that even this part becomes too easy.
Despite these serious problems, I'll give Knights of Honor a recommendation since there are good ideas in it, and the early game is relatively good. The fact that the late game becomes very unbalanced is rather annoying, but this is unfortunately the case for lots of strategy games (even otherwise ingenious games like the Civilization series).
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
172.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 24
It's a great single player game that can take a whole load of your time up! The only let down is that multiplayer didn't have a world map option and instead focuses on specific battles.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
17.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 9
Probably one of my favorite childhood games!
It might be an old game but it's very good even with some aged mechanics.
It's just a shame that this game never got to see the light of a sequal.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 4
Damn fine game! Get it on sale!
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13 of 14 people (93%) found this review helpful
Recommended
92.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 3
Knights of Honor is a special type of game in terms of replayability, their is a vast amount of factions and three different Medieval era's to choose from. What makes me enjoy this game most is the sandboxy nature of it, for example: once i had Bosina; a single provinced country take over 1/3 of the world! Certain factions in the game get special unit types which can be very intriguing for some people, including myself.

One small problem I have with the game is, combat. Combat can be very difficult due to the fact that it doesn't work in the same way that usual strategy games do; its more based on numbers advantage or your generals skills, which is from leveling up. However, if you don't like combat or your just bad you can just automate combat.

Well worth the money.

Hope you enjoy!
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13 of 14 people (93%) found this review helpful
Recommended
40.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 20, 2015
Max resolution: 1024x768

Price this morning at 80% off: $1.99

Hours played continuously: 9 hours and still going


Your mileage may vary.


I tell myself I'm playing this to learn user interfaces... yah... uh huh...

The interface is a little convoluted. There are buildings you can build which won't have ANY USE WHATSOEVER because your nation isn't able to build specific units related to the building. For example a plate armourer builds his shop in your city. He builds magnificent armor - but all the people just walk by... they can't figure out what to do with the stuff. So you just wasted resources to build a building that has no use for your kingdom, but would have use if you happened to be the next country over. That's a bit silly and annoying - those buildings should be greyed out if they can never be used.

Still the gameplay is very compelling, not for the sake of the graphics, but for the learning curve and immediate challenge with some difficult economics. The building interdependencies remind me of Eador a lot.

The various technology trees: Building interdependencies, Ruler designations, Resources and trade, Advantages (bonuses to groups of resources acquired), maybe 1 or 2 more as I'm just getting started.

Oh yeah... "when are they going to have some babies?" In that way this is a "be the pestering mother-in-law simulator".

I play most of the tactical battles in auto-resolve, which is still a slow animation that is interesting and fun to watch, but my guess is the tactical battles will eventually become a requirement at higher difficulties.

The pope keeps issuing annoying crusades calls, which if you refuse other nations relations will deteriorate, but if you take, you'll lose a marshall at least for the duration of the crusade, or permanently if you generate a vassal nation from the crusade conquering.

Lastly the voice acting is not bad overall, and pretty good in many places.

10/10 I have already got more than my $1.99 and probably easily more than the regular price. It's a no brainer can't stop playing.
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13 of 15 people (87%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
28.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 5
Best Grand Strategy Game Ever!
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
51.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 20
Perhaps one of my favorite medival strategy games. Ever. I had hundreds of hours of gamplay since it was first released back in 2006.
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
9.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 19
+
3 ages to choose from
Pretty alot of units
Great Diplomacy system/spy/general etc
Lot of stuff to build in citys
You can play as every country ( not as Pope xd )
Not worst soundtrack
AI Is good
+/-
Nothing
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You can I THINK have only few generals and diplomats , spys etc
Multiplayer is dead because of Gamespy .

Verdict great medieval game 8.5/10
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
30.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 4
This is old and unique RTS games
better than the new games... definitely !

worth money and time
highly recommend this game !
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
67.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 31
I played France....and converted myself to Islam........... i wanted to sent a printscreen to the Front National.

That being said it's a very good strategie game one of my favorite! And i became soo knowledgable about the olds empires! clearly outsmarted everyone in history thanks to that!
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 14
I didn't think I would like this game, it looks a bit like the kingdoms of a childrens story and sounds like it's narrated by Morgan freeman. But you can get use to the art design and the gameplay is actually what I was looking for.

If you thought "Total War" has been missing the mark recntly with grand strategy as I have, then this game is perfect for you. Sure you're not going to have much in the way of Epic battles but the strategy part is there. Both the campaign map and battles are in Real Time, and there is not time pausing as far as I can tell. The game requires you to think on your feet, busy marching your armies north? well you just missed the enemy swing around and invaded you from the east.
This game also simulates one thing "Total War" does not; Campaigning. For instance if you want to take the fight in enemy territory you have to plan, you only get a base 100 food in your cart (Can be upgraded with buildings or leader abilities) if you run low half way to your target you have to plunder a farm to get more which is time comsuming. Also the Longer your on the march the more your men's morale will drop, you'll have to Camp your Armies to keep morale up or plunder villiages wich give you gold.
There is no prisoners of war like later "Total War" titles however if you decimate an army without killing it's leader (Member of enemy royal court) you capture him and can ransom him off let him go or execute him.
The game also gives your Great historical infomation with 3 playable start times all with a diffrent mix of nations to choose from, and a lengthy introduction to each one.

To summarize, if your looking for a grand strategy game that is just that, one that you can prepare your armies and plan massive operations, buy this 10 dollar game, you won't regret adding it to your library.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
77.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 9
Make another one pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeseeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee
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