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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April 28

Patch [1.4.4]



Hi everyone,

Here are the release notes for the latest 1.4.4 patch.


CHANGES AND ADDITIONS [Echoes of Auriga Content]
  • The Urces village marked for step 3 of the "Pet Sounds" quest is now located in regions colonised by players.

IMPORTANT FIXES [All versions]
  • Fixed an issue with the Unleashed Potential capacity of the Cultist preacher unit
  • Fixed a potential desync in multiplayer when using battle actions on owned units

FIXES [All versions]

  • Fixed an issue with AI major factions who were reluctant to accept another empire opening borders to them
  • Fixed an issue where false information was displayed for clients regarding the number of past winters
  • Fixed several typos reported by community

FIXES [Specific content]

  • [Shifters only] Fixed an issue where the aspirate resource rate gain was not explained to the player
  • [Shifters only] Fixed Shifter Nature form health regeneration bonus
  • [Echoes of Auriga only] Fixed an issue with "Running with the Hunt" quest where multiple minor faction quests could happen in the same region (sometimes blocking the current quest)

Thank you for sharing your feedback on Steam and the official forum! Check out this thread if you encounter an issue and would like to report it.

~Amplitude Studios

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April 14

Endless Discounts Ending Tonight!



Hi everyone,

All our games and their expansions are still discounted for a few more hours (sales end at 7pm CEST). And, you'll be glad to hear that the issue with the Amplitude Endless Pack is currently solved. :) Thank you all for your patience!

Also note that our new Shifters expansion is still discounted so grab it now for more Endless Legend awesomeness:

http://store.steampowered.com/app/451050/

~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

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Endless Legend Digital Game

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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
    • Storage: 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
    • Storage: 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
    • Storage: 4 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)
    • Storage: 4 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Minimum Resolution: 1280 x 720
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The Galaxywalker
( 1.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 5
What can i say.. i am just a normal guy.. when i see a good game i just buy it!
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kamentrader
( 45.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 5
Planning to expand with Cultist. End up knocking every minor faction's door. "Good day, would like to hear about our lord The Endless?" -From the testimony of Endless Witness-
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NACHOOOO
( 74.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 4
Endless Legend is easily one of the best turn based strategy games, and one of my favourite games of all time.

I strongly recommend playing it, but that you educate yourself on some mechanics of the game before putting too many hours in. My very favourite thing about EL is that there are a lot of little complexities that give it so so so much depth. Waervyn's World has some good advice here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZOFhs-wsNEo, and there is a very in depth combat guide by Jiks here: http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=468754482

I have to mention the art direction is incredible, and the more I learn about this game the more I love it.

Couple of very general tips and tricks that aren't mentioned in the above guides:
- Armies can be reinforced in battle, to see who is available as reinforcement right click on the target enemy units (must be adjacent) and the potential battlefield will be displayed. If the secondary army is within this area they can reinforce the battle (action point dependant)
- Your early game units can be given extra movement points early and I recommend this for most factions. Before moving them edit the unit, add the movement point buffing necklace, apply, return to the world map, select your unit and then retrofit. (This will cost resources in this case dust)
- In combat intiative is key, alt click to send a unit to a currently occupied hex if you know the unit currently occupying that hex will be moving. Ctr click, or click and then click and drag to give multiple orders like move and attack.
- In combat hold position should be your default choice for ranged units. Aggresive stance is good when full control is less important. Defensive stance is only good if you are afraid your unit may die.

I don't often give serious reviews but learning how to play this game the right way is oh so good
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CrazyIvanTR
( 2.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 3
Just like Endless Space, after a while there really are no differences between the races. They all play differently but still aim for the same stuff because all resources are almost shared. One race might not use food but they still use crystals for upgrades. The research tree is the same for all races and there are stuff that you will feel compelled to research, so the diversity is not really there.

I'll still recommend the game because it's a solid turn based strategy game and a good addition to the Endess series.
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Jäger Cherno
( 24.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 3
A mix between civilization and heroes of might and magic. I definitely enjoy playing this game. It is quite complex and is meant for adults, not a kids game (too much thinking to do, nut much action). Its a thinking game, not action game. For next version the fighting needs to be more fun.

pros:

+units gain experience, level up and can be retrofitted
+does not matter who attacks first in melee
+game victory limited to 300 turns makes you think how to do things quickly (can be changed to 600 turns)
+different races
+hero quests make game fun especially during the beginning
+diplomacy options (make friends, trade research)
+minor factions keep you busy, can be assimilated and you can get interesting units
+great graphics
+game stability, does not crash

cons:
- i always run out of resources as i try to build everything
- i would need more turns in the game to achieve elimination victory
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Plato Karamazov
( 3.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 2
This game is way better than Civ 5. Not only because of the improbablility of an ancient Korean dynasty surviving into the Atomic Age, but also for the very simple reason that it's the first 4X game where I understand what the hell is going on and what I'm supposed to be doing. I like that I can only have 1 city per region, and my workers & resources are simple to manage. Also, combat is much more than watching tiny people with guns annihilate tiny people with sticks.

If you couldn't get into Civ 5, try this.
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Traldera
( 18.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 2
This game is a near miss for me, but after several attempts to get into it, i just cant. The asthetics are amazing and the lore and storytelling is far and above the competition.
However there are several mechanics i don't like that actually manage to make me hate the game dispite all its good points. Examples would be the terribly implemented combat, where you assign orders before the turn. This is stupid as when the AI moves before you (different units act faster than others), all your strategy becomes pointless. Its a sort of 'guess what the opponent will do' mechanic similar to endless space, but a lot more frustrating.
Then there is the occupy-a-region mechanic. On paper it sounds good, but there are times where it will annoy you to no end. This game requires large investments for a city to make a settler, and if you are one turn away from placing your settler on your chosen spot ant then bam an opponent has settled the opposite end of the region and all your effort is up in smoke.
There is also an impression that this game was released once all the features were ticked off as complete and bug free (which tbf they are), but that the devs skipped over the polish stage. At the end of combat all units still waiting to move have co 'cycle' a do-nothing action. When building a settler all population you assign to food have to be moved out (you cannot produce food when building a settler) and then back on completion, manually. And so on.
In short, this is a very well made game, but just isnt for me. However it is extremely deep and different to most of the genre (especially civ), so if you are looking for that go ahead.
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Naked Korneph
( 16.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 1
Your planet, Auriga, is dying. Lead one of an array of thematically and mechanically unique races on their journey, and work with or against other factions to make sense of a damaged world slowly succumbing to the inevitable endless winter.

A wonderful looking 4X strategy with well thought out mechanics - smooth combat and enjoyable, nuanced Empire and city management. You'll also be recruiting heroes and completing quests with the game's light rpg elements as you discover each faction's rich lore and story.

You're also fighting the map; summer is a time of plenty but winters are severe. The planet approaches cataclysm, and winters bring production and movement to a standstill. As the game progresses, winters become more frequent, last longer and have more detrimental effects. Failing to prepare can cripple your Empire and turn the tide in war.

Endless Legend puts a spin on many traditional 4X mechanics and manages to pull it off, and stands proud among the better know titans of strategy.
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veryfuzzylogic
( 24.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 1
Like Civ, but awesome!
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Lortar Ogar
( 12.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 1
Great game,

Wish it has a better tutorial or a single player campaign that would lead you though all the differnet races and units especially since each race plays so differently.
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[Scrub] Hot Dad
( 99.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 1
Honestly, Playing various games like this, i do have to say, if your looking for a turn based fantasy game, with decent strategy, Endless legend is a great pick, it has an amazing story line, plenty of unique mechanics that seperate it from other games of its genra, and a rewarding, replayable experience.

Amplitude has released a few games, and I adore them all, Dungeon of the Endless, Endless space and Endless legend all have interlinking lore, such as you can find Auriga (the planet Endless legend takes place on, and one of the characters from Dungeon of the endless, can be found as a captain in Endless space. Overall i favor Endless legend over Endless space, and reccomend Dungeon of the endless, for anyone who enjoys dungeon crawls.
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RNB
( 16.1 hrs on record )
Posted: April 30
yes
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Xenokan
( 28.0 hrs on record )
Posted: April 30
7.8/10

Endless Legend has a really good start, but a disappointing ending. At the beginning, it proves itself apart and against its predecessors with gusto; a nice video intro, interactive tutorial, unique factions each with their own advantages/disadvantages and (wow!) individual main questlines (there seems to be one without its own questline for now, but I expect that would be fixed in the future). The world is well-varied and well-organized into regions so as to retain a large feel without getting cumbersome and overwhelming. The seasons change and with it, everything from resource gain to army movements. Gameplay has been smooth and early on, rich and rewarding. There's a lot to love, and I do love it.

But at a certain point, it turns into a grind, and continues to grind until we're glad to see it all end. I'd say it starts about... 60% of the way through the game. This is when all the ruins are explored, and all the territories are colonized, and all the empires are jostling each other and would either start warring or everyone just sits still doing nothing much. Meanwhile questlines keep talking about how things are getting worse, as if there was a sense of urgency, but we never see that happen on the main map. In fact, we only see our cities getting more and more prosperous, and no cause for any urgency or concern of any kind (unless we'd been idiots early on and got ourselves into more wars than we can manage).

I, for one, would dearly love to see that 'end of the world is coming' feasibly manifested on the main map. Something like Sid Meiers Alpha Centauri spawning stronger and stronger aliens might be nice. Or otherwise some sort of added dimension of discovery during mid-late game, like a subterranean layer or sea colonies (an orbital layer happened before, but this isn't the kind of game to allow that... probably).

Most of all, I'd love to see a proper ending, something more than just a unit moving differently (Vaulters) than normal. A closing video would be nice.
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Billiey
( 164.5 hrs on record )
Posted: April 29
buy it
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<CGY>Darkend
( 25.9 hrs on record )
Posted: April 29
game is great Imersive and hard... however price point is far too expensive even tho i bought everything it still didnt ammount to me getting my 1$ per hour spent i look for in a game.

Would reccomend if not so expensive
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Darth Hernia
( 21.1 hrs on record )
Posted: April 29
This game sounded so good on paper. A 4x strategy game with great visuals that evolves the community in game design. I've heard great things about it. How tightly-knit and helpful the community is. How responsive the devs are to player feedback. My experience has been exactly the opposite.

The game is extremely difficult to get into. Unless you're an 4x veteran (which I am not), you will have a hard time just learning to play. Most likely you will be unable to figure out how to play and need to look for community advice at some point.

The community is very tightly-knit and likes to mob up on whoever daring to criticize the game. The developers and forum moderators were very condescending and rude as well, outright outright answering criticism with insults.

It's an alright game. But it's just not worth it having to deal such a toxic community. I will never support another Amplitude project in the future.
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WooldoorSock
( 114.8 hrs on record )
Posted: April 29
One of the most beautiful game music i ever encountered. And if you like 4x games i recommend this title highly.
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mitchellrss232
( 67.8 hrs on record )
Posted: April 28
Great Game!!!
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Turrican
( 21.7 hrs on record )
Posted: April 28
This is ahead of Civilisation 5, Age of Wonders 3 and Thea: The Awakening as the grreatest 4x game ever made.
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15 of 15 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
16.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 17
Review time:
I've played many games and bought many games over the past few years but none of them have really 'clicked' for me. I'd buy them and then play them for a few hours and probably never touch them again.

This was the case with Endless Legend when I bought it shortly after it first came out. I played half the tutorial and didn't touch it again. Jump to 2016 and I thought - "You know what? I feel like getting into that Endless Legend game I've had for a while now." and oh boy am I glad I gave it another shot. I'm enjoying it a lot more than CIV 5.

The key features I like about it are as follows:
  • The Races - Roving Clans and Broken Lords are my top favs. Each one is amazingly unique. The Roving Clans are a nomadic trader faction that can't declare war at all but they can ban people from using the in-game market system and are really good at making money. The Broken Lords don't need food. They live off Dust (in game gold) and I actually mean 'live off it'. Each faction has it's own aesthetic beauty which really shines through in their cities and units.

  • The Music - You've got all types. Nomadic type music for the RC faction, medieval/spooky for the BL etc. The music really fits this world and helps immerse you in it.

  • The World - Now I really like the lore in this game. It may not be much in comparison to Middle-earth or League of Legends' lore (League has lore???), but it has a good enough lore for me.

  • The Climates - You have your generic desert, forest, snowy tundras etc. but they look beautiful. Each match makes the world look breath taking and that's brilliant for a 4x game. (When you build districts near water, you get a little port going on and it looks so nice). :3 It's just wooden boats and wooden walkways but it's still nice. I hope the next expansion is a naval/aquatic one which actually adds REAL ports into it and naval warfare and a naval faction that can build on water.

    Not really a review, but I'm loving this game and I can't stop playing it. This is the first game to do this to me in a very long time. I want to know more about the Endless world, but sadly after Endless Legends, it expands to space (Endless Space) and all the factions except for The Vaulters die out. That's not a spoiler. You'd know this if you played Endless Space (I haven't but I have read up on it) and the planet EL is set on, Auriga, is dead and barren during the events of Endless Space which is set AFTER Endless Legends. There's another game called Dungeon of the Endless which is set before Endless Legends.

    The timeline goes:
    Dungeon of the Endless - Endless Legends - Endless Space - (and maybe Endless Space 2 which comes out this year).

    Overall, I rate this game a Roving Clans Best Faction/10.
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
Recommended
59.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 10
I purchased Endless Legend when it first released, played it for 40 hours then put EL to the side and waited for things to smooth out.

It's time for a review.

I would like to start by saying that AMPLITUDE Studios is the best. I have chatted with the devs and other EL players with great response.

With the backing of a great team emerges a fantastic game, Endless Legend.

This 4X turn-based fantasy strategy is the best of it's kind. EL has set the water mark standard.

From the 11 factions that have fantasic stories behind them. To the rich music, sharp graphics, beautiful intros and deep skill tree. EL is the best!

Any Gripes?

Yeah, minor gripes....
First off, you cannot rotate the camera to look at the land. The camera will only allow a "Pan to the left" and "Pan to the right" There is no looking at the situation freely and it does cause a gripe. I just wish they would fix that!

Winter is coming.
This is a gripe the devs intentionally placed in the game and it's the change of seasons. When winter hits.... IT HITS! Everything slows down. Production, movement and the price of things go up. Food and profit drop. Population will starve and die. It really makes one dread winter. So should the devs change this? Heck no! It adds character to the game because it will cause a player to really play your moves right on minimal resources and movement. (Don't leave your troops to far away from shelter)

CHOOSE YOUR DESTINY. okay fight.
The battles scenes are kinda weak and leave much to desire. Like the camera limitation, I just wish there was more to the battles and even throw in a troop cheer at the end of a victory. After all the planning, after all the building, thats the outcome when they battle? Again, a minor gripe.

Wow the clock is slow man.....
Yeah like any 4x strategy game it is slow going so be aware. If you are unable to deal with thinking games, go play GTA or something to hold your attention.

None of these gripes put the game down enough to not recommend.

YES, I do recommend Endless Legend and YES get all the DLC's and YES goto AMPLITUDE Studios web site to be in touch with the devs.

Don't forget
Dungeon of the Endless
made by the same people! Another great game!
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10 of 12 people (83%) found this review helpful
Recommended
71.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 8
If you loved Civ, but are looking for something different enough to be intriguing while retaining its addictiveness, Endless Legend is the game for you.

I expected Endless Legend to be something of a Civilization clone, and that was fine by me. It is far more than that, however. The game mechanics can at first seem a little daunting to get into, and the first time I tried it I uninstalled the game not long after starting because there really isn't much of a tutorial to speak of (at least there wasn't back then). A few hours in, however, and I was completely hooked.

Each faction plays the game in a very different fashion, making replaying the game several times pretty much a necessity. The storylines of each faction are just okay, and the sudden 'jump' to the endgame missions (which are the same across the board) is a bit sudden. Nonetheless, the special abilities and units of the factions in addition to the victories which most suit them make up for the shortcomings.

The combat system is also pretty interesting, allowing you to win difficult battles on skill and positioning, while at the same time not making you suffer through whitewashes if you don't want to. A fantastic game overall, and I can't wait to try out the expansions I've just purchased to explore the new aspects of the game.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
Recommended
631.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 7
One of the best 4x games I have played.
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7 of 10 people (70%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 15
Not bad.
You may give it a try~
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
100.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 12
After buying and playing the last Shifters expansion I want to recommend this game to anyone searching for advice/help on wheter or not to buy.

When I bought this game about a year ago. I played it often, single player and with friends. The base game has a problem though in the sense that it's not necessarily the full in-depth experience that lets you come back over and over again for multiple victory conditions and playthroughs.

With the 3rd major expansion now out however I will wholeheartedly recommend EL to anyone searching for a cool 4X.

The game has bus loads of character and is gorgeous (even to the point of being almost objectively pretty, which sounds strange I know ;)). The different races and the corresponding empire design are very well fleshed out. Not everyone enjoys the quest aspect of the game, but for me it ties in quite brilliantly with the universe lore (even across other Amplitude titles) making it a unique feature in comparison to other civ-like games -albeit that as a victory condition consecutive playthroughs make it less interesting, but you can disable the victory quest when that happens because the side quests are plenty as well.

The faction traits are pretty radical but the balance between civs is reasonable. There are obvious easier and more difficult factions to choose from IMO, but in the hands of someone that wants to invest time into figuring out the best strategy; every faction and respectively every victory is viable.

The DLC mechanics: wonders and deeds, covert ops, pearls and winter altar,,, improve on the base game in such a way to make it a very complete and full experience.

There are still some caveats though. Due to the nature of the very different faction system, multiplayer is probably more difficult then say Civ5. To win against someone playing Wild Walkers on a warm climate map, you'll have to come prepared. Don't expect to be able to win against upgraded rangers with any army. And talking tactical battles: don't underestimate these in thinking that it is only an automated process. A lot of success involves in learning to read battles and prepare accordingly. For example where do you engage an enemy? Or which unit stance should you choose? What units should you upgrade? And so on. And then advanced tactics like poking with mercs to see the stats of enemies' armies, or infiltrating with spies are all very important to check the exact initiative values of their units for instance.

Also, there are some issues with AI difficulty. There is a tendency to snowball in late game and the AI empires sometimes make dubious and even bad unit choises compared to my Uber armies (30% the damage output of mine for example). Which can also mean that I should play on a higher difficulty than hard by now. (I'll get back to that as I make my way through the game).

Thanks for reading, hope I've helped
HF
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
15.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 13
Just... Wow...

I've never played a 4X Strategy game before Endless Legend. Well, maybe that's not true. Let's put it this way: I've never played a 4X Strategy game that would make me want to play it again, before Endless Legend.

This is an extremely good, addictive, fun game.

So many things to do, so many things that You have to decide on.

Although it's a strategy with a Hex Field, You don't feel that it's slow, not by any means.

I really don't know what to say more, graphics are beautiful, music is great and very well suits the feel of the game, combat system is really fun and rewarding. Yeah, everything is great, haha! :)

10/10. GET IT!!!
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
270.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 13
Easily the greatest 4x I've played in a very long time.

The factions are all truly unique and complex, and aren't just a single mold with a unique building or unit here or there. Want something a little different? Try the Broken Lords, whose population is conjured with resources instead of grown, and produce no food themselves. Or try the Forgotten, who can't research, but can only advance technology from trade, purchase, or (best of all) grand theft. Or try playing as the Cult of the Endless and see how you faire with only being able to build a single city. You have a lot of options here.

The amount of support the devs have shown after launch is phenomenal, and their creativity is bottomless. I thought they had pretty much expended their ideas after the Shadows expansion, and now we have the Allayi...

This game breathes atmosphere, and each faction has its own reasons for wishing to save/exploit/destroy Auriga. The lore is interesting, as are the multitudes of minor factions

A warning, though. The combat isn't bad, but it is certainly a little wonky. It seems to be a make-or-break system for a lot of people, but it's quite interesting if you can get the hang of it. Initiative is key. :)

Secondly, the AI is pretty dumb. It's good to cut your teeth on, but after a while you'll grow tired of its lack of tactics. There are some factions (The Forgotten in particular) that I don't feel it actually knows how to play at all. Bring your friends. Stomp through them together. Or stomp each other. The diplomacy system is very well put together, and doesn't feel tacked-on to fill out a checklist like it seems in many others of its type, so you can use it to your full advantage.

Thirdly, the quest system is a little tiresome. After one long game, you probably won't be seeing any you haven't already seen the next time you play. It would be nice to have many more to enhance variety in individual play-thrus. Also, the addition of large-scale, world-changing events is cool, but they also lack variety. Once you know them all, you'll simply be waiting for them to happen again, and they will. Enjoy seeing Minor Faction, Major Pain pop up in every game you play, and hopefully not too early in it ;)

A few minor gripes aside, there's an amazing game in here with endless (get it?) replay value. I've never had a 4x hold my attention for so long. Huuuuuge recommendation.
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Recommended
78.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 19
A mix between civilization and heroes of might and magic. I definitely enjoy playing this game. It is quite complex and is meant for adults, not a kids game (too much thinking to do, nut much action). Its a thinking game, not action game. For next version the fighting needs to be more fun.

pros:

+units gain experience, level up and can be retrofitted
+does not matter who attacks first in melee
+game victory limited to 300 turns makes you think how to do things quickly (can be changed to 600 turns)
+different races
+hero quests make game fun especially during the beginning
+diplomacy options (make friends, trade research)
+minor factions keep you busy, can be assimilated and you can get interesting units
+great graphics
+game stability, does not crash

cons:
- fighting gets boring after a while, i do mine on automatic
- i always run out of resources as i try to build everything
- i would need more turns in the game to achieve elimination victory

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Recommended
44.9 hrs on record
Posted: April 9
I suck at every strategy and 4x games but yet I really enjoy this gem. mastapiece/20
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Recommended
56.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 25
Endless Space was a great game, not ground-breaking but very well made, managing to bring some new ideas despite being a sort-of-a copy of previous 4x Space games. The races while all different from each other, had many similarities to other Space Fantasy races we had seen before.

When Endless Legend was announced; truth be told I only expected a simple background change to the Endless Space game we already had. Perhaps just moving from space to a single planet but keeping the core gameplay the same.

That is to some extent true; those familiar with Endless Space will find themselves at home here, city management, hero skills and army interface all remind us of Endless Space, the overall style of the UI is also very similar.

However what makes this game fascinating and special is the amount of detail in it and the amazing atmosphere. Every single race is unique, not only in gameplay but in background and story; even their interactions with the basic currency of the game. This small gameplay element "currency" changes the morals and customs of these peoples.

There are Empire-stories, world-stories, minor faction-stories and all of them are told through quests that remind us of RPG classics. For the single World of Auriga; the developers managed to put in more story than all the systems in Endless Space ever had.

Visuals are amazing, colourful but not cartoonish, absolutely cheerful and pleasing to look at, despite being a turn based game, I have never felt bored or disinterested, even during the periods of waiting for friends to complete their turns.

The final and dearest point has to be the music; I can safely say that this game has the best or at least one of the best soundtracks I have ever had the pleasure to listen to. I have played it more than a day now in total and every track still takes me on an emotional journey. The use of Guitar tones together with the Harp is especially noteworthy. The fact that the Devs provide it for free is also much appreciated, would be well worth a fee to download.

Despite the welcome popularity of 4x and strategy games causing a bit of a surplus of such games to pick from: I very much recommend this game to anyone that enjoys good strategy and story.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
24.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 1
Like Civ, but awesome!
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 8
What I love:

The vibrant colors and sharp graphics (Civ actually looks dull compared to this)
The huge amount of original, detailed and superbly animated landscape features
The world of Auriga, winter and summer cycles
The radically different playstyles between factions
The faction main quests and sidequests, well written and challenging
The turn speed, even on large maps with lots going on
The minor factions, original and strategically menaningful
Designing your units

What I found annoying:

The fights. I prefer just doing these on automatic.
The city micromanagement in the later game (although that's shared with all 4X games)
No hero auto-level up (I'm nitpicking here)

I would recommend this to everyone who likes 4X games.
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Recommended
34.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 12
This game is everything I have ever wanted out of a turn based strategy game. Factions are balanced and unique. Maps are beautiful. There is immense replay value. You can play the same faction on the same map 10 times and still have a different experience each time. It has a similar structure to Heroes V. You hire a hero recruit units and explore the map founding and upgrading cities along the way. It has much more depth and polish than that game however. The DLC is pretty cheap if you wait for sales and adds nice touches to the game. Another nice thing is that the DLC unlocked is based on the host, so if one person in the group has everything unlocked and he hosts his friends only need the basic game. The music is fantastic and I play it all the time when doing homework or browsing the web. The art is very good and I use it as wallpaper often. It looks great.

The only downside to the game is matches can take 10 or 12 hours to complete for larger maps. The game can be saved so this is not all in a row, but still it can be hard to coordinate with friends to finish a game. The other downside is you are going to need to play about 3 matches to learn the game. I've played several matches and several partial matches and there are still things I need to learn. You pick up one or two new insights with each game in my opinion.
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Recommended
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 5
What can i say.. i am just a normal guy.. when i see a good game i just buy it!
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Recommended
56.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 6
Fantasy civilization where every faction is unique and plays vastly different from the others.
Tooltips could use a bit clarification in some cases though.
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Recommended
16.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 5
Pretty interesting and fun game, especially when playing multiplayer.

Only downside I can think of is how few the factions are, and how unit technology progression never goes beyond weapons made out of diffeent materials so all you do is hit harder, rather than with new technology

Otherwise is pretty good
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Recommended
73.9 hrs on record
Posted: April 11
Best 4x experience I've had.

Keep in mind when you read this review that I have only played the game with all of the DLC enabled.

Long story short this game is amazing. If you've played games like Elemental or Fallen Enchantress: Legendary Heroes you'll love this one and if you've played Endless Space a lot of the mechanics will seem very familiar even though it's a completely different setting. It does everything right and far as I can tell only one thing wrong. There is no way to achieve a multi player co-operative victory. I mean you can ally with another player and just go until one of you wins or you kill off everyone else but only one player will be awarded victory.

So if the issue I listed doesn't turn you away here's some of the things I really enjoy about it.
  • Legendary buildings that can only be built once, period.
  • Other legendary deeds that only one empire can obtain.
  • Awesome quests, both competitive and co-operative with sometimes great rewards.
  • Very diverse factions.
  • A victory condition for every play style.
  • The option to toggle on/off any victory condition or DLC. (this should be in every 4x game)

The legendary buildings always have a relatively large bonus to whatever city you build them in. The legendary deeds always give a really good reward (usually just the legendary building you made that nobody else can at that point) and sometimes just a large amount of a resource. There are also quests that give a great reward like an amazing piece of equipment for a hero that only one empire can get the reward for. There are also quests that everyone works together to complete (usually to get rid of a terrible global effect that is randomly thrust upon everyone) and the highest contributor gets a good reward that's sometimes more valuable than contributing 100% yourself.

Lots of different ways to achieve victory, if you've played Endless Space most of them will be familiar. Victory by annihilation, conquering 75% of the world, conquering each other empire's capital, getting massive love (diplomatic points) from your friends, getting a certain amount of resources, researching 5/6 of the final technologies, having the high score at the end of the specified turn limit OR for those of you with size issues you can just build that big ol' "pillar" in your city that lets everyone know you're boss.

All in all I'm thoroughly impressed with the game and I highly recommend it. But again, keep in mind I have only played with all of the DLC enabled. And I can't say it would be worth the... $73? getting it all at full price but it certainly was worth the $30 I paid.
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Recommended
56.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 10
It has become one of my favorites! Think of it as a crossover between Civilization and Total War, but with a refreshing love of detail. Furthermore has the DLC proven not to be a cashgrabbing attempt, but real substantial improvement of core mechanics, with the most recent one having been published just days ago, two years after the initial release. Play this with friends and it becomes even more fun!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
63.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 10
Game of the year? Game of the decade I SAY!

This game is the only real full fledged game in this genre. Forget boring same old civ series.. This game appreciate You by giving something fresh new and packed full with new incredible world and game mechanics that far surpases civ!

First - its like a remedy against all a plague which gamers are fed by boring strategy series..
Endless legend provides NEW and ORIGINAL factions with decent lore and ingame missions! It also lets you play at your own pace, by not making you "rush to certain buildings because, oh.. pyramid.. gives so much i must get it in almost every game"

Nope this game isnt like that! Its factions are so different you will gladly accept this game as rival of civ or even better!

This game also runs great on older PC, because devs care and can optimise! Not like almost all other games requiring from your pc 12GB RAM* to run it..

Get this game!

Personal verdict: 9,9 out of 10

*some games have ridicilous requirements yet they dont seem to look like next gen..
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