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 "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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summercritical
( 10.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 23
I'm so bad at this game that the AI factions set their dimplomacy status between us to "Mocking." 11/10 would get embarrased again.
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Revoker
( 49.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 23
Well I have played just about every 4x game ever created, and this one is just blah tbh. It is pretty and well made with workable AI, but the game fails to stand out at all. There is nothing compelling or deep about it. After 49 hours and all the xpacs this game has failed to really draw me in. If you are looking for a typical midline 4x game with great presentation you will be happy. Any serious strategy gamer, or anyone looking for some magic beneath the hood, move on.
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Hymness
( 19.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 23
I'e never been a great fan of 4X games, but I think Endless Legend makes a good introduction to the genre. It is quite simple to understand, but feels like a lot difficult to master (and I'm not there yet). It is charming, factions play differently and it seems fast paced compared to Civ, which in my case is a net positive. And I just love the the Endless settings.
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Conner
( 5.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 22
It's alright. Not a huge fan. 6/10.
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Eolair
( 17.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 22
Great game. Slick graphics wonderfull music. And above all a great 4x game.
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Ishvii
( 7.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 22
Marginally better than Age of Wonders III but more or less the same. I much prefer Endless Legend's art style and units. Pick a turn based strategy game and stick with it.
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fmkopins
( 6.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 22
Felt more like a chore controlling civ.
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scottdharris85
( 13.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 22
A fun Civilization clone with a great fantasy twist.
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BagOfRichards
( 14.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 21
This game has a lot of potential and improves upon endless space. But in the end it tries to do too much without doing anything good enough to stand out. Combat is better than endless space but has much to be desired.
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TheEyez
( 105.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 20
Very comparable to civilization series with the just one more turn though. Game will always seem to keep things lively though I do feel that sometime's maps are just too big and never fill out.
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S4R1N
( 65.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 20
Honestly, better than Civ 5.
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JM
( 148.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 20
Best 4x in a long time
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C.OON
( 14.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 19
This game has its goods and bads but I can say that it has a charm of lore learking throughout the game world. It is that type of games that make you lie to yourself 'Next turn will be the last tonight!!' (and everybody knows that is not true).

However, after many patchs, I still get some random crashes and weird glitchs that prevent me from doing certain things when the game progress through to the 100s of turns.

This game is for you if you enjoy Civilization type of games but want something more of a fairy tales.
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markgray2525
( 120.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 19
This game if like Civ 5, well if they fixed any problem i've ever had with civ ever. This game is amazing and is one everyone should try.
100,000,000/10
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badnesso
( 14.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 19
Oops wasted my money again.
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LHunt
( 20.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 18
A great 4x game. Those that are fans of Civ series will find this one pretty welcoming and extremely enjoyable. Not as complicated as other 4x games I've played. Highly recommended!!!
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Puella14
( 7.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 18
Ok, this is my first review, where I try to keep some structure to my review because it's gonna be a longer one.

First of all: I haven't played the game all that long by now (6 hours maybe) including the tutorial and I have the feeling I still barely scrachted the surface of things this game has to offer. That's my first pro argument. This game got lots of content and lots of different ways to win the game including complete peaceful ways for the pacifists :)

Second is very similar to the first: The diversity in general. Not only in mechanics and win possibilities but also in the playable and non-playable races. I have tested 3 of the existing 9 (I think) and each one was unique and made me play them a lot different although they were still "similar" races. Haven't played any of the more war focused races so far and I still had a lot of diversity.

Another thing I really like is the "love to the detail in this game". So many small things that wouldn't be necesary to understand the game but I absolutly adore this little details, although some people might not care about them all that much because they mean reading a lot :D (in summary, the single things are not much to read)

This game really hooks me and I always end up playing longer than I intended to. Even when not playing I often think about this game and theorize about good strategies, that I want to test. I guess that's mostly because I'm still learning how to play this game "good" but as said before, this game offers so many different ways leading to the same result and even more different results, that you will be busy with truly understanding this game long enough to make it worth your money. It's just fun in general and that's all what matters when it comes to games, right?

It's all about the fun you have with it and for me this game was and will be a lot of fun, so I can recommend it without any cons (so far, as said before: still learning; but I doubt, that I will meet any big cons, if they would exist I would have already stumbled into them)
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lavenderer10
( 33.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 18
The fantasy version of Civ5.

Allows high customization of your units even your settlers
Offers lots of quests
Huge variety of units (Flying, infantry, cavalry, ranged, support)
Offers different empires which changes the gameplay with their traits. 8 different empires = 8 different ways to play the game.
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zigzag_ca
( 3.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 17
Great game.....that is all
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
20 of 29 people (69%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
1,238.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 8
My first review, all I have to say is 1218 .6 hrs playing it and I can't stop ......I think I'm in love.
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24 of 38 people (63%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
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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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
113.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 13
After a great deal of time in the world i learn all the mechanics of the game, but only through trial and error. The brutality this game can show on the higher setting refects more of a dark souls style game where you are forced to react fast or be wiped out. Overall i think this is an amazing title in the endless series and if you are a fan of 4x you will feel right at home, but if you are new to this style of game do not expect the game to hold your hand . There will be death but there will be life.
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
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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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
100.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 8
Its been two years since I play a game 7 hours nonstop (in Civ V). Now with Endless Legend I managed to feel that clock skipping 2 hours in a second again.

rating: I hope I didn't ruin my life in weeks to come/10
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
238.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 16
TL;DR - 9/10, worth buying at full price if you like deep strategy games. Would be a strong 10/10 if endgame were successfully rebalanced.

Endless Legend is a deep, complex 4x game with a great selection of unique factions and a ton of strategy. Of the many 4x games I've played, this is the only one that holds up to the Civ series, and actually exceeds it in many respects. Overall, I highly recommend it to anyone who loves strategy. It is fun and extremely addicting.

The game has a long learning curve - hundreds of hours in, I'm still improving. I absolutely love this about the game, though some may find it overwhelming. Every turn presents choices, and every choice feels important. Mistakes are punished harshly, and can make or break your early game. To play well, you must pay close attention to every detail. You must be aggressive but careful at the same time, and most of all, you must be thorough.

Manual combat is very difficult, and can be frustrating. Checking each unit's initiative and minding the terrain are essential. Even then, things will not go as planned. That being said, I don't see this as a weakness - just a challenge. Keep in mind, most 4x games do not feature anything close to this. And if you don't like it, you can just use auto-combat (which works quite well).

THE PROBLEM

Once you learn the ins and outs, you realize that Endless Legend has one major weakness: Endgame. The problem is with pacing, scaling, AI, and the lack of an effective "limiter".

The pace of the game accelarates as certain empires start to dominate the map, and the numbers get out of control. The victory conditions are reached too quickly, and feel anticlimactic. By the time you reach the final tier of technologies and get the best gear, the game is pretty much over and you don't get to use any of it. This is extremely disappointing after a very long game of building up to that point.

Additionally, the AI does not function well in endgame. They don't upgrade their equipment all the way, and you can crush them easily in every fight. Even on higher difficulty settings, they just pump out lots of weak armies.

Basically, endgame needs a serious rebalancing, and it needs something that slows the game down (especially victory conditions) and limits the exponential growth of empires. Approval rating (the equivalent to happiness in Civ) should be the limiting factor, but it is too easily overcome.

If the devs pulled off a serious endgame overhaul, I can say confidently that Endless Legend would be the greatest 4x game ever made. As it stands today, it's still a great game, but the disappointing endgame is a real buzz-kill.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
161.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 9
I'll be honest, that although I became a huge fan of EL, this game isn't very newbie-friendly. There are so many elements that are very important but not decribed directly, especially battle elements. So here comes..

WARNING: If you are not used to or not comfortable with figuring out systems by yourself, this game is probably not for you.

If you have no problem with it however, I promise that you will have a real good time playing this game. You will start to understand more how systems work as you play more, and will be amazed how things are beautifully designed at the end. Gaming experience gets better and better as you understand the system and start to actively use them for your sake.

Use the community discussion section if you have questions or problems. Guys there are such kind fellas and the game developer will reply from time to time.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
50.2 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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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
66.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 11
I must admit that I am not a huge fan of 4X strategy games, but this one takes the cake in my admittedly uneducated opinion. But that's the thing about opinions, they don't have to be objective, but objectively speaking, this game is superawesome.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
138.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 12
good 4X turn based game.
great graphics
awesome lore
every faction has its own unique play style and abilites.
If youre tired of civ5( LOL) this is a good pick up
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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
56.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 1
Like Civ, but awesome!
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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
14.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 15
The factions have a ton of flavor. I really like how they set the system up
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
48.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 14
I really like the game. It has a great setup and interesting races. The mechanichs are easy to learn and easy to use.

I have one major hangup and it almost made me not recommend the game. The map is way too small. Even the biggest map will have you encounter the other races way to ealy in the game so you have little to no chance to explore and grow your own empire before you have to worry about others. I have yet to find a mod or a DLC that rectifies this so the game has been shelved until I find a sollution.

The reason I still recommend it is because it is very good. I still go back to the game just for the startup until I meet other races and replays that part. I hope this will be worked on in the future.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
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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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
82.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 8
If you've ever wished for a fantasy version of Civ, this is the game for you.

The varied strengths/weakness of the major factions dramatically affect the strategy needed for each game which, in my opinion, makes it much more exciting.

Fully recommend.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
49.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 23
Well I have played just about every 4x game ever created, and this one is just blah tbh. It is pretty and well made with workable AI, but the game fails to stand out at all. There is nothing compelling or deep about it. After 49 hours and all the xpacs this game has failed to really draw me in. If you are looking for a typical midline 4x game with great presentation you will be happy. Any serious strategy gamer, or anyone looking for some magic beneath the hood, move on.
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6 of 10 people (60%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
38.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 14
I would recommend, but I PERSONALLY detest the combat. Not being able to micro manage makes me saltier than the sea. Kind of feels like an escape from having to make AI that can actually challenge a human player, though it's not like that's an easy task.
If the combat doesn't bother you, go for it.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
110.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 15
this game is far and away one of, if not the best turn based strategy game I have ever played. Its tough starting out and not in the tough the computer may start out winning but I'll come back. No its tough in the sense of get used to loseing some games until you figure out how you want to play. The fact that i don't have to send workers out to do upgrades is a wonderful feature. All worker allocations are instead done from the city screen. The incorporation of the summer and winter seasons is great, and that you have to plan accordingly makes it all the better.

if you are looking for a simple turn based strrategy game, go play civ, if you want a challenge this game is for you.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
31.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 25
It's like Civ, but it's fantasy. You've probably worked that out by now.

There are a few really nice features that make it stand out more to me than Civ 5 did. First, the world is split into regions. Plonk a city down in a region and that region is yours, as are all the resources in that region (if you have the technology and buildings to harvest them). This means that you don't have to put down cities in awkward places just to secure your border, or nab a particularly important resource, which is a definite plus point. The combat is also vastly better than Civ, with a nice tactical map system when armies clash. Then there's the quest system, which nudges you towards exploration and towards playing according to your faction's theme. For example, the Wild Walkers get quests to build up cities, while the murderous Cultists get quests to raze cities and subdue minor factions. But it never feels intrusive, and the rewards are worthwhile. Overall the game has definitly got that Civ "one more turn" effect - I missed lunch today because I couldn't stop!

That said, there are a few things I'd criticise the it for. Firstly it does a terrible job of explaining itself, especially the victory conditions. My second play through I won a Supremecy victory, and I really have no idea what that even meant. I mean, sure I'd beaten the other factions into the ground, but the victory seemed to come out of nowhere. Secondly, the AI seem a bit passive - in my first play through I was hopelessly sandwiched between vastly more powerful factions who could have wiped me off the map very quickly, but all of them accepted peace treaties and alliances, and pretty soon I was running my own little UN; not a single war happened until one of the AI factions was close to an economic victory and I got everyone to declare war on them. That said, in my second play through, where I played aggressively, several factions were wiped out before I even met them, so perhaps the AI are more keen to go to war with each other than the player. Thirdly, the AI difficulty seems badly tuned. My first play through was on normal difficulty and the AI racked up well over 10x my score, and I was nowhere near any victory conditions by the end (when an AI won). So I dropped it down a level to easy, where the AI bumbles around hopelessly and is pretty much a punching bag in war. The difference between the two difficulties is pretty radical to say the least.

As an aside, be prepared to do a lot of fiddling around to get it to run on Windows 10. I had to set it to run in Windows 7 compatibility mode with admin permissions and no Steam overlay before it would even get past the first loading screen.

Overall I'd recommend it to any fans of Civ, even people who, like myself, found the last Civ game disappointing.
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Recommended
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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