Endless Legend is a 4X turn-based fantasy strategy game by the creators of Endless Space and Dungeon of the Endless. Control every aspect of your civilization as you struggle to save your homeworld Auriga. Create your own Legend!
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Release Date: Sep 18, 2014

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May 19

Korean Community Translation


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Hey guys,

In case you've missed the news, our friends at Team.SM just released a new Korean patch for ‪Endless Legend and the Guardians expansion.

Link: http://team-sm.tistory.com/44


Enjoy!
~Amplitude

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April 29

[1.1.1] Release Notes - Guardians




Hey,

We are officially unleashing the Guardians today (trailer available here):

http://store.steampowered.com/app/357360


THE GUARDIANS



GIOS, the Earth Guardian, senses all that moves in or across the planet. When engaged in battle, the ancient giant inflicts impressive zone damage to enemy units by causing earthquakes. If the need arises, he is also able to repair cities’ fortifications.

NEROS, the Water Guardian, listens to the echoes of the present and the past. While roaming your enemies’ land he can destroy watchtowers and extractors. In battle, Neros can use his Tsunami charge to deal damage relative to his distance from the target.

FOTIOS, the Fire Guardian, is linked to the primeval force of fire. He is able to cast a powerful light that drastically extends vision range. In combat, Fotios uses his flames to inflict fire damage over time on his enemies.

ATMOS, the Air Guardian, tracks the winds and scents of Auriga. Despite his size, the giant can teleport inside vision range, covering large distances in the blink of an eye. Atmos is also a fearful opponent as he gets stronger with each and every kill.

SKOROS, the Dust Guardian, is attuned to Auriga's magical currents. He has the ability to fully heal an entire allied army, and can use mind control spells to manipulate enemy units during battle.



LEGENDARY DEEDS & GLOBAL EVENTS


Legendary Deeds



Global Events


New Quests

Legendary Deeds are another way to compete with other Empires. These competitive challenges reward the best with different types of compensations: bonuses, technologies, resources, and items. Additionally, Global Events are now unfolding on Auriga. They will challenge all Empires with competitive and cooperative quests. The best will be rewarded with resources, items and special units!

  • 10 Legendary Deeds: these extraordinary achievements are disseminated throughout the Eras. Each of them can only be completed by a single player and will give a significant boost by unlocking one of the new technologies, items, or city improvements created for the expansion.
  • 10 Global Events: be the one faction that makes the most of unexpected events affecting the entire planet.
  • Cooperative & Competitive Quests: both cooperative and competitive quests have been added in which players will either need to work together or compete to obtain a reward or suffer the hard consequences.


LEGENDARY & UNIQUE BUILDINGS




Compete with the other Empires to build up to five Legendary Buildings. Gain powerful City Improvements that boost resources outputs, Approval or Influence. Unique buildings also allow further customization of Empires by unlocking specialized city improvements which are designed to support progression toward specific victory conditions.

  • 5 Legendary Buildings: massive undertakings, these awe-inspiring buildings can only be built by one player per Era. Unlockable by achieving Legendary Deeds, these buildings are so powerful they are visible on the map.
  • 10 Unique Buildings: additional unique buildings that will provide benefits and allow players to specialize their cities depending on their surroundings.


ADDITIONS
[Guardians]
  • Added Guardian units
  • Added Gemstones items
  • Added new Unique Buildings
  • Added Global Events
  • Added Cooperative and Competitive Quests
  • Added French, German, Russian, Polish, Italian and Spanish translations of Guardians

CHANGES AND ADDITIONS
[All versions]
  • Added an outgame view featuring the Wild Walkers
  • Added a notification displaying the features of a new content the first time the player launches a game with it
  • Added the content management system
  • Added a more comprehensive explanation of the restricted content warning
  • Added information about enabled contents and victory conditions in the tooltip of a MP session
  • Added a new quest featuring a Guardian
  • Added precisions to some steps of the Necrophages Faction questline
  • Added a limit of one occurrence per game/empire for each global quests
  • Added a game option to enable/disable the global events
  • Added a feedback on the unit tooltip when the unit is a Mercenary unit bought on the marketplace or from converted villages
  • Added a tooltip on the Military screen when the unit capacity of an Army is exceeded
  • Added a message to let the player know he/she's waiting for the other player between the resolution phase and the targeting phase of a battle
  • Improved anomalies display on the 2D map
  • Morale is now displayed in the "Status effects" of the Unit battle cards.
  • Negative Morale is now displayed in battle
  • Validity of traits in custom faction is now checked (in order to avoid the exploit of duplicated traits)
  • Renamed the Wild Walkers "Arcane Repository of Zaltana" in order to avoid confusion with the Wonder victory

Balancing
  • Increased the base incomes of the Trade Routes by 25%
  • Effects of Shock capacity can now be cumulated
  • Increased a bit the Influence cost of Force Peace/Alliance/Truce of the Drakken Faction trait
  • Force Peace/Alliance/Truce of the Drakken Faction trait don't give Diplomatic Points as declarations anymore
  • More advanced weapons have been added to the Taskol unit of the Victory Quest for a higher challenge against these armies
  • Changed amount and nature of the loot a player can get by defeating the Taskol unit in the Victory quest
  • Reduced the diplomatic heuristics for the Luxury resources
  • Doubled Strategic Resource gains of the Cultists from their converted villages
  • Doubled chance to get some Titanium of Glassteel when looting something by searching Unspoiled Ruins in Era 1
  • Increased a bit chance to drop some Titanium and Glassteel as reward in quests triggered in Era 1
  • Changed battle heuristics on Heal, Increased Attack, Acceleration and Mind Control
  • Changed the way the military upkeep reduction is applied:
    • BEFORE: the Military Upkeep reduction was applied on each unit, then the army was computing its own military upkeep.
    • NOW: the Military Upkeep reduction is directly applied on the army, which means reductions are more powerful.
    • BALANCING: in order to take in consideration this update, the "Thrifty" hero skill is now providing a reduction of 20% per level on Military Upkeep (instead of 50%)

IMPORTANT FIXES
[All versions]
  • Fixed issues of frame rate drop and long end turn phases
  • Fixed a NullReferenceException (DepartmentOfForeignAffairs.IsFriend)
  • Fixed an issue where an infinite loop can occur when the AI has no city left and a settler running
  • Fixed an issue where building a district on top of an opposing army will cause the MP session to be stuck on end turn
  • Fixed an issue where, during a multiplayer session if the host destroys extractors or towers in a city, it will lead to an assert and get stuck on end turn

FIXES
[All versions]
    A lot of fixes for the AI, the Multiplayer, the World, Empire, Cities, Units, Heroes, Battles, Quests, Diplomacy, GUI, VFX, Achievements

We ran out of characters so you'll find the full release notes here: http://forums.amplitude-studios.com/content.php?567-EL-Unleash-The-Guardians


Have fun!
~Amplitude Studios

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Reviews

“Plays out on one of the greatest, most beautiful maps in strategy gaming history. It combines style, substance, and setting into a marvelous overall experience for both empire management and tactical combat.”
8.3/10 – IGN

“BEST STRATEGY GAME 2014 - Reinvents the 4X genre, mirroring what XCOM did for tactical turn-based games, and they have, as today Endless Legend brings the genre to new heights.”
9/10 – Hooked Gamers

“COMMENDATION FOR DESIGN 2014 - At every stage Endless Legend shines. Where it takes from the past, it puts its own spin on it. Where it innovates, it does so cautiously and mostly successfully. Amplitude Studios has created another astounding story-driven game, that really has taken the best bits of RTS, RPG and 4X. This is a game that wannabe developers should play and learn from.”
89% – PC Gamer

About the Game Editions

Endless Legend Digital Game

  • Play Endless Legend on PC and Mac.

Official Digital Soundtrack

  • All Endless Legend tracks created by FlybyNo in mp3 format.

”Endless Legend” Amplitude Badge

  • Adds a unique badge to your Amplitude account.
  • Adds 500 G2G to the value of your votes on our website.

Endless Legend Digital Game

  • Play Endless Legend on PC and Mac.

Endless Legend "Frozen Fangs" Add-on

  • Adds “Ice Wargs” to the minor faction cast of the game.
  • Adds Namkang to the hero cast of the game.
  • Adds a unique “A song of only ice” trait for your custom factions.

Official Digital Soundtrack

  • All Endless Legend tracks created by FlybyNo in mp3 format.

”Endless Legend” Amplitude Badge

  • Adds a unique badge to your Amplitude account.
  • Adds 500 G2G to the value of your votes on our website.

Dungeon of the Endless "Deep-Freeze" Add-on

  • Adds the “The Refreezerator” spaceship that unlocks a new mode for the game.
  • Adds Kreyang to the hero cast of the game.

About This Game

Create your own Legend

Another sunrise, another day of toil. Food must be grown, industries built, science and magic advanced, and wealth collected. Urgency drives these simple efforts, however, for your planet holds a history of unexplained apocalypse, and the winter you just survived was the worst on record. A fact that has also been true for the previous five.


As you discover the lost secrets of your world and the mysteries of the legends and ruins that exist as much in reality as in rumor, you will come to see that you are not alone. Other peoples also struggle to survive, to grow, and perhaps even to conquer.

You have a city, a loyal populace, and a few troops; your power and magic should be sufficient to keep them alive. But beyond that, nothing is certain… Where will you go, what will you find, and how will you react? Will your trail be one of roses, or of blood?

Explore fantastic lands.

  • Lead one of eight civilizations each with a unique gameplay style and storyline.
  • Survive through cold dark seasons that drive Auriga to its end. Will it also be yours?
  • Experience an endless replayability with randomly generated worlds and quests.
  • Set the size, shape, topography and more... to create your own world to discover.

Expand beyond the unknown.

  • Conquer, build and develop villages into feared fortresses or wonderful cities.
  • Assimilate powerful minor factions and use their special traits and units wisely.
  • Hire, equip and train your heroes to become army leaders or city governors.
  • Raise your civilization by finding mysterious artefacts and forgotten technologies.

Exploit every opportunity.

  • Evolve your civilization through the discovery of new advanced technologies.
  • Collect Dust, luxuries and strategic resources tradable on the marketplace.
  • Keep one step ahead of other civilizations through trade and subtle diplomacy.
  • Choose from different victory conditions and adapt your strategy on the fly.

Exterminate fools who defy you.

  • Experience an innovative dynamic simultaneous turn-based battle system.
  • Use unit equipement, abilities and the terrain to overcome your opponents.
  • Zoom out of a battle and rule the other aspects of your empire seamlessly.
  • Define your custom civilizations and confront those created by your friends.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows Vista / 7 / 8 / 8.1
    • Processor: 2.5Ghz Intel Core 2 Quad Q8300 or equivalent
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 1GB nVidia Geforce GT460 or equivalent, 500 MB ATI HD4850 or equivalent
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 3 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9 Compatible Audio
    • Additional Notes: Minimum Resolution: 1280 x 720
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows Vista / 7 / 8 / 8.1
    • Processor: 3.5Ghz Intel Core i5 or equivalent
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 1GB nVidia Geforce GTX660 or equivalent, 1GB ATI HD7850 or equivalent
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 3 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9 Compatible Audio
    • Additional Notes: Minimum Resolution: 1280 x 720
    Minimum:
    • OS: MAC OS X 10.8 or higher
    • Processor: 1.7 GHz Intel Core i5
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 512 MB AMD Radeon HD 4850, NVidia GeForce 640 or Intel HD 4000
    • Hard Drive: 3 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Minimum Resolution: 1280 x 720
    Recommended:
    • OS: MAC OS X 10.8 or higher
    • Processor: 2nd Generation Intel Core i5 (or greater)
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 1 GB NVidia 750 (or better)
    • Hard Drive: 3 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Minimum Resolution: 1280 x 720
Helpful customer reviews
197 of 219 people (90%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
144.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 11
Endless Legend™ is a unique explore, expand, exploit, and exterminate strategy game. At first it can be confusing, and seemingly too much to handle if you're a player new to the genre, but fortunately there is a tutorial and wiki that teaches you how to play. When you have learnt the basics, you'll find that the game play is simple, which is what makes Endless Legend™ unique.

The expansion and exploitation aspects are easier than popular 4X games, such as the Civilization™ series. It primarily consists of moving icons of workers in your cities to different zones in order to produce more of certain resources, either food, production, science or influence.

In a similar fashion to Civilization V™, you have settlers that you use to build cities; however, when you settle a city, you take control of an entire region, and there are a number of regions depending on the size of the map that you had chosen. The map consists of many hexagons, and your city will start out small, usually seven hexagons in the shape of a hexagon, unless you build it near an impassable hexagon, but the region that you built it in will change to your empires colour. You then have the option to expand your city in the region by the construction of an extension at the edge-hexagons of it's current geographical influence.

The battle system is great; when you encounter an enemy army, the scene changes and you both fight on a zoomed-in part of the map where tactical game play occurs. You first position each of your units on selected tiles, and then move, attack, debuff, buff or heal; the tiles you can position your units on are selected depending on where you attacked, or were attacked from.

The two stages of the battle system consist of fluid movement and rigid movement; after you have positioned your units, you click ready and the second stage begins, and in this stage you can target enemies, allies, or target a tile you wish to move to, but if something obstructs you, your movement will fail, yet you may still complete an action; if you are in range of an enemy at the end of this rigid movement, you will attack. You have the chance to win battles using skill and tactics even if the odds are stacked against you. There are six phases in each battle, if units on both teams are alive after six phases, it results in a draw. There is an option to auto-resolve a battle, which you'll probably use often to save time; the probability of winning is shown prior to this choice.

The customisation in this game is invigorating; you can make new units, and even create an empire of your own. When making a new unit, you take an unlocked unit as a basis and you can change it's name and equipment, which alters the statistics of that unit; or you can edit the original unit. You can also rename any regions you control, and the name appears in the centre of that region in bold letters when zoomed out, which is a nice addition.

Each empire has three units--one starting unit, and two that can be unlocked by researching them. However, within the many regions are minor factions that can be pacified, either by doing a number of missions for them, bribing them with currency or simply fighting them. If you have settled a city in a region where you have pacified a minor faction then you can assimilate them to gain a passive bonus, and their unit. You can assimilate a maximum of three minor factions, therefore, you can only build six different types of unit at a time. You have the option to change an assimilated faction, so you could end up using many types of unit in one game. The army capacity is maxed out at eight, but you must research certain technologies to increase your army capacity, which begins at four.

Another good feature of Endless Legend™ is the hero system; you may hire heroes to act as Generals of your armies or Governors of your cities; heroes give bonuses to whatever they are set to, and any hero can be a Governor or General. You may switch a hero between being a Governor or General, but, there is a cool down before you can switch back again. Each empire starts out with a hero, and further heroes can be hired after researching the technology that permits access to the hero marketplace. Some heroes can be gained through faction quests, attuned to certain empires that you can select.

There are many strategic resources that are unlocked at different eras, and you exploit these to construct buildings or equipment for your units. You only need their presence in your region to build an exploitation on them, so you don't need them in your city's geographical influence. There are also luxury resources which are used to add temporary bonuses to cities or armies, depending on what resource it is; they are called booster effects, and some empires can use strategic resources as booster resources. All kinds of resource can be used for trade in the marketplace or on the diplomatic screen when communicating and dealing with another empire.

There are many victory conditions: Score, Expansion, Elimination, Economic, Wonder, Scientific, Supremacy and Diplomatic. I will not go further in depth on each but instead direct you to the wiki which can be found at http://endless-legend.wikia.com/.

The graphics are finely attuned, but it can be difficult to tell what the tiles consist of (i.e. whether a tile is forest or grassland) without mousing over and reading the information about that tile; however, if you zoom out around half way it becomes clearer; apart from that, it looks good. Zooming in and out of the map is a seamless switch between viewing the regions, and viewing cities and tiles.

When you start a new game you're presented with an options screen, where you can change the difficulty, the empires you are against, the size and shape of the map, and more; there is even an advanced section that goes further in depth. The customisation here is brilliant.
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610 of 843 people (72%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
88.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 7
So, you see your classmates play 4X games while
awaiting the teacher to arrive, these classmates
of yours with pallid, pale skin and suffer from being
nasal, socially-awkward virgins writing terrible
stories about nuclear weapons and Shadowmen.

Enter the hot Goth chick who walks in with her
cherry red laptop and her confident stride, above
the lowly peons where she sits and broods out of
the window as she awaits her laptop to boot up.

The teacher calls in sick, and it has become a free
period of relaxation. Your nerdy classmates revel
in their hollow victory. The girl simply groans.
Everyone is seen on Steam on their laptops, playing
Civilization V and Civilization: Beyond Earth.

You wade through the list of classmates online when
something catches your eye. _Summer-Rain_ is now
logged in, playing a strange game that you've never
even heard of before this day.

Endless Legend.

You glance at your Gothic princess, whom you catch
looking at you from behind her cherry red laptop.
She averts her eyes, _Summer-Rain_ having been
exposed stealing glances at you. Your heart flutters,
and you gulp down, thinking this may be your chance
for _Summer-Rain_...

You are soon $35.00 poorer as you hope and pray
to whatever dark deity your Gothic princess worships
that the school's pathetic internet connection will
download the game in time before class ends, and it
is as if the demonic forces grant you a full installation.

You enter Endless Legend and quickly scan through
the factions, eight in total:

Wild Walkers (Elves)
Broken Lords (Cool-looking ghost-mummies)
Necrophages (Undead insects)
Ardent Mages (Goths obsessed with self-harm)
Drakken (Dragons)
Cultists (Overzealous, religious cyborgs)
Roving Clans (Arab-Jew Hybrids)
and the Vaulters (The only sane-looking people)

You play it safe and pick the Vaulters.
Even the game tells you they're the best faction
to learn. You have your faction and you join the
open game that _Summer-Rain_ is currently in.

The hexagon tiles rise up and the world loads
before your eyes. You are bombarded with a
never-ending series of information windows and
funny-looking symbols which denote what you
will learn later are the resources of the game,
which are:

Dust (Gold or money of Endless Legend)
Science (Used for research purposes)
Industry (To make your units and upgrade cities)
Food (pretty self-explanatory)
along with a slew of Luxury Resources which are
used for advanced weapons and technologies.

Endless Legend is turn-based, meaning everything
done on a player's turn is crucial. Researching the
wrong technology over a period of turns and not
paying attention to the one you needed would be
disastrous, in addition to not being able to manage
one's economy effectively would lead to the player's
empire to implode upon itself.

After the first 10 turns _Summer-Rain_ appears,
using the Ardent Mages, to no one's surprise.
She hammers upon your fledgling city with an army
using combined-arms tactics, but you are wise to
have fielded a smaller second army and crush her
would-be invasion force.

As you divide and conquer your forces to have one
army go after _Summer-Rain_'s Capital and another
army complete the randomly-generated, scripted
quests which inhabit the world to pursue your Quest
Victory condition, _Summer-Rain_ was hard at work
throwing everything she had into research and began
the construction of a Wonder.

The tides turned with her on the defensive but having
an advantage in building a Wonder this early, you howl
and wail with a succession of armies you continue to
field, even diverting your Questing army to break
through _Summer-Rain_'s territory and assail the city
where her Wonder is being built.

But you are unsure of the exact location and which
city the Wonder is being built at, and before long your
defeat is heralded when your screen is replaced with
the beautifully-illustrated image of an Ardent Mage
standing proudly with the Wonder in the distance.

You slam your fist into your table and your nerdy
classmates glance worriedly before going back to
their futile game of colonizing a small moon as you
hang your head down in shame.

The free period over, everyone packs up and wants
to leave for the next class. You are about to fold
away your laptop when _Summer-Rain_ approaches
you, looking radiant and beautiful.

She smiles and tells you that for a beginner you
weren’t all that bad and that she was going easy on
you. You manage a smile in response, fighting back
your nerves as you tell her that you were intrigued by
Endless Legend and that you swear you didn't read
the on-the-fly descriptions of how to play the game.

_Summer-Rain_ walks past you toward the door
and tells you that she would love to talk to you
all about Endless Legend and the newly-released
Guardians expansion for the game over lunch after
school. Her scent interrupts your logic, her eyes
tease you and her lips smile sincerely.

"You coming?" _Summer-Rain_ calls out.

You nearly stumble over your own words.
"Only if I get to play Endless Legend with you."

She smiles again, nodding.

"I was hoping you'd say that.
It's a date then."

You would go on to date her,
and ultimately, marry her.
The girl of your dreams.
The love of your life.
username _Summer-Rain_

Indeed, love is truly endless.

Endless Legend.


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30 of 31 people (97%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
49.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 14
"...an excellent game in a sea of mediocrity..."

Are you looking for a Civ-a-like to play? Don't buy this. Go buy GalCiv 3 instead. Are you looking for a fresh, new look at 4X entirely? You just found it. Before I get into my personal thoughts [the review, essentially] I want to explain why I say this and why I feel how I do about my review, found further below the following four paragraphs.

To say Endless Legend is like Civ just because its a 4X game is like saying a cheesecake is a cake simply because it has the word 'cake' in it, or a pie because its formed like one. Endless Legend may be labeled as a 4X, but neither does it fit into the traditional mold of a 4X nor does it conform to those of its predecessors, the most notable being Civ.

One of the key principal differences, for instance, is that the land is divided into regions. In each region, there may only be one city. That's it. Choose wisely where you place it; finding out later on there are better resources to be had from founding elsewhere will hurt you in the long run. This is particularly notable just starting out. Rush placement for the early settlement lead, or explore a bit for a chance at longer term returns on prosperity in your capital?

Another key notable feature that I like is that each of the major factions not only has a different play style, but has their own major quest as well. Completion of said quest before the final turn results in an automatic win for that faction. [AI opponents do not pursue quests, major or minor] Is it easy? NO. Do you get rewards along the way? Certainly. Are thre rewards worthwhile? Most definitely.

One of the final overhauls I want to mention is the combat system. Rather than Civ's straight out 'this is my unit strength, this is yours, let's do this' system, your units are grouped [as you see fit] into armies. When you engage another army, a small battle map opens and each unit is controlled manually by you, via a directive of three basic commands; attack, defend, hold. Pretty self explanatory. On top of that, there are faction specific and unit based abilities you can use in battle which greatly diversify the depth of combat, instead of just 'surround city with siege units, bombard, invade with one unit when done' as in Civ.

Review:
A/V: First off this game is gorgeous. I don't generally place stock on judging a game based on graphics, but it *really* adds to the atmosphere here. The level of detail is incredible. To supplement that, the ambient sound effects and music are just as amazing and deserve an equal amount of praise. The graphics get a small demarkation for having to re-draw everytime you tab out of the fullscreen interface, however. I am hoping this is addressed, but if not its not a major detractor.

Mechanics: As stated above, this game is a fresh look at a genre that, in my opinion, deperately needed new life. Endless Legend is that life, I feel. This game has introduced things in a way no one would likely have ever thought, and the best part is that the community continues to remain a large part of the process the entire way. If you do purchase this [or are on the fence] head over to the Amplitude forums and check out what we have all accomplished. Several dozen features and additions to this and their other two games have been ones suggested by or designed almost completely by the community. I digress, though. All of these mechanics may sound like a steep learning curve, and the first game through it is. After that one game, however, it flows much more logically and you'll likely end up asking yourself how such an amalgalm of crazy ideas never happened before this.

Miscallenous: There are still some bugs and flaws being ironed out, but Amplitude is very studious and responsive about addressing these issues promptly and responding to user feedback on how to resolve these problems until patches are released. There's even a feature in the game to create your own faction with your own selectable traits, including a couple that aren't assigned to a preset faction by default. Amplitude wants this game to be something for *you*, so if none of what I've written grabs you by all means don't feel pressured. If, however, you feel like Civ used to be enjoyable but has seen its days and you need something new, or if you just love fantasy and deep lore based worlds; this is your game.

Overall: I'm not a fan of numbered/aggregate ratings, so I'll just close with this; if you're on the fence after having read what I wrote, buy it. It will not disappoint. Its an excellent game in a sea of mediocrity that more than deserves a chance to shine.
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27 of 35 people (77%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
59.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 24
For the first 20 hours of gameplay, I thought I had found a new 4X game to add to my favorites along with Civ and AoW. Unfortunately that feeling did not last. Amplitude did a lot of things right but in the end failed to make the game engaging enough for "endless" replays. Gameplay features that made me come to this conclusion around the 40-hour mark are as follows:

1. Winter is a game breaking borefest. If it appeared randomly after 30 to 50 turns and lasted between 5 to 10 turns, it would be an interesting feature… but the way it is implement (where winter occurs more and more often, lasts longer and longer and leads to endless winter by turn 200), it is simply a chore and the opposite of fun. The AI does nothing during winter, productivity comes to a screeching stop, and movement and offensive military action are severely hampered. This equates to a clickfest on the “next turn” button. Few skills and techs help with winter’s onslaught, and even if Amplitude added some, it would affect replay. Good 4X games let you implement your winning strategies, they don’t dictate which techs should be researched in order to compensate for devastating scripted events. This reminds me of Medieval Total War, where after building up your empire, you knew that everything would be laid to waste by the scripted Black Plague and the back-to-back Mongol and Timurid invasions.

2. City invasions are too easy. Considering that empire building is really engaging in Endless Legend, you end up holding off your armies and then unleashing them in the game’s last "decent length" summer, before the endless winter comes, or otherwise you lose on points. Again, Amplitude is dictating gameplay with their lore. I don’t care for lore in a 4X game, it affects replay.

3. The Quests are ill-conceived and do not provide enough reward. Almost all of them will ask for some resource only available in the next era, to visit a location in a region controlled by another faction that would require you to declare war just to get to it, or to develop one of your city with Level 2 districts and city centers that would take at least 50 to 100 turns to complete. Same thing applies for assimilating Minor Factions: their requests can either not be fulfilled anytime soon, force your hand into war (which you don’t want to do considering the poor return you get from assimilating Minor Factions) or make you turn to the marketplace to purchase the requested items only to realize that it would be twice as cheap to just bribe them into submission.

Putting aside those issues, I love everything else about this game. AI, combat and diplomacy all need to be improved, but it is not game breaking for me. If they can make winter optional or configurable, perfect city invasions so it is better balanced and change the questing and Minor Factions assimilation features to make them more enjoyable and worthwhile, they will greatly improve the replayability factor. As it is now, I was fun playing through a game, but I doubt I will revisit Endless Legend often.
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11 of 15 people (73%) found this review helpful
32.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 6
Oh man, Endless Legend is like if Vlaada Chvatil designed Civilization set in Smallworlds.

Now that I've said the board-gaming-nerdiest thing in my life, I mean that it takes that 4X style game, makes some clever and major changes to the systems, makes every system important to the whole play experience, and then makes every choice feel way more important (and, occasionally, bone-wrenchingly painful decisions).

And if you try to play it like Civ, you'll fail spectacularly, like I did. You can't just ignore subsystems you don't normally focus on - you'll have to become familiar with the diplomacy system and upgrade your units manually and consider each of these choices in detail. So if you're used to relying on a automated manager system for some of those mechanics, you'll be in for a rude awakening -- because there either isn't one, or the AI isn't very good -- but one that'll make you a better player even as you're having fun failing.

if you want a fantasy-setting 4X game that's a little leaner and a lot sharper, pick it up. Just be careful, as you'll be one-more-turn-ing long into the night.
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