Warrior Kings: Battles maintains the excitement that made Warrior Kings a leading RTS. It is a stand-alone title that adds a new strategic and tactical dimension to the series.
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Very Positive (65 reviews) - 90% of the 65 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Sep 30, 2003

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Warrior Kings: Battles comes complete with a full skirmish mode, boasting a proficiency of computer AI not yet seen in an RTS product. AI Generals build a functioning economy, offensive/defensive armies, correctly control formations, and intelligently probe your defenses, looking for your weak points. AI Diplomacy, a major new feature, makes you think you are playing a human opponent(s), giving a new depth to gaming.


Features:

Unparalleled real-time strategy gaming, using radical 3D technology to bring terrain, provinces and cultures alive like no other games in the genre

Use real military tactics with a supreme range of combat tools - select from cavalry, rocket launchers, catapults, spies, war elephants, arch druids, elementals, golems, summoned beings and many more! Strategically use terrain, arms and formations to beat all others

Advanced A.I. (Artificial Intelligence) computer opponents probe your defences and find weaknesses unlike any other strategy game. AI Generals even seek to win alliances and will bargain with you to gain the upper hand!

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 98/2000/Me/Xp
    • Processor: 733 MHz
    • Memory: 128 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 16 MB 3D card
    • DirectX: Version 8.1
    • Storage: 800 MB available space
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    • Additional Notes: *Not supported for Windows 8*
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Kempy
1.9 hrs
Posted: August 21
Used to play this all the time, years and years ago.
One of my first RTS games I used to play on my Windows 95 PC.
Still a good game eventhough it's 13 years old now!
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HUSSAR16
0.3 hrs
Posted: August 3
a classic
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Daniel_Zabojca
27.6 hrs
Posted: June 22
Ah, So much nostalgia.
A great game from 2003 and an even better sequel to the Warrior Kings game.
I remember when I was still around 5 years old I loved to sacrifice peasants to summon a big demon, use some sick meteorite shower from a cathedral or a giant freaking rocket launcher on wheels.

A must buy for strategy lovers!
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Dutchman
0.8 hrs
Posted: May 18
an old friend (since it came out!)
Grab it! Grab it! It's a classic,
(I don't want to scratch my original discs
that's why I bought it)
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Dreconit
10.2 hrs
Posted: April 15
A fun game that I got for 1$ on sale, I dont play it much but its fun. Definately worth it when its on sale... Just makes me wonder, why was there never another one?
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D.M.C
61.7 hrs
Posted: April 9
The original Warrior Kings was my first game I have loved this game since the begining it has had a bumpy ride since it started but for a PC RTS that came out in the year 2000 it was really good for the time it came out. The game has got a few problems usually when it has been running a level for a while but if you save the game and load it again then its usually sorted. However bar the fact that the graphics are outdated the game has always ran on any computer.

I have always prefered the original to this due to the story however the gameplay in Battles is allot more efficient if you have played both games before you can tell that they payed more attention to the military aspect of the game giving you a more advanced play in combat.

I also done a bit of research about who developed this game and turns out that only 3 poeple made this and i feel that they pulled off two really good games its just unfortunate that it was released around the time when Command And Conquer hit a big boom in the market industry. i would think that if they reamasterd both of these games and improved the gameplay system but keep the good free atmosphere we would have some amazing games.

Also I forgot to mention before allot of people have complained about the speed of the game well if you press the + button to speed up And obviosly - is to slow it down
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johnny.hemopo
30.0 hrs
Posted: February 13
EVEN THOUGH ITS OUT DATED I LOVE THIS GAME
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Squatting Slav
7.0 hrs
Posted: January 27
Nostalgic
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ritchie.t
0.2 hrs
Posted: January 21
The triangles issue makes the game unplayable - massive shame as was such a good game as a kid - anytime you move your cursor over anything the screen gets blocked by blue triangles. First thing I purchased from Steam - not a great start - any solutions would be great!
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Sogeking
25.3 hrs
Posted: December 30, 2015
My favorite Childhood game. Best gameplay, best fun , many hours on gameplay (before i buy it on steam). Even it is a 2002-2003 game i love the graphics , and the sounds and everything!!!!! Always wished for black cactus to do a sequel but i dont know what happened to that company
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65 of 72 people (90%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
6.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 7, 2014
I seldom write reviews for games, but I feel compelled to write one for this stellar game.

I bought this game back when it came out originally, and I have played it frequently over the years. So while my steam hours are very low, I can assure you I have sunk a significant amount of time into this game over the years!

WK:B is/was the sorta-sequel to Warrior Kings.It's essentially just a more polished version which added better MultiPlayer options, more AI options and a Skirmish mode.

The Good:
WK:B has some fantastic concepts that still make it stand out to me today.

You don't choose a faction when you start a round. Rather as you play, you choose which tech you want to explore which opens up/removes some options from the tech tree. This is great for multiplayer because unlike virtually all RTS, you never know for certain what your opponent will be building in each round.

The variety of troops/vehicles is great, and there are some very entertaining units.

Supply lines are implemented in a way that heavily affects your strategy. In order to actually support your eventual army you need villagers working in your villages collecting goods, which are then need to be transported via wagon back to your home base for use. (Which all happens automatically). The actual wagons themselves can be attacked and destroyed/looted by the enemy. Certain troops (projectiles) will need ammo during ammo from Supply Wagons, which eat away from your resource pool.

Villagers that go and collect wood, stone and gold actually cut down trees, and eventually will remove them from the map, which not only looks cool but adds more strategy.

If you go the pagan route in the tech tree, you can build a giant wickerman and while sacrificing your peasants at its burning feet release a giant red demon (Abidos) that runs around the map hunting your opponents.

It is possible to play this multiplayer over the internet via a virtual LAN (via hamachi or something like that), which is probably why this is being listed as Single Player as you can't play directly via steam.

There is a ton of maps in the game. (They have to be unlocked in the campaign before you can play them in skirmish mode though)

The Bad:
You can't play multiplayer without messing about with a VPN.

It's old, and while there is a mod to allow better resolutions, it doesn't look good by 2014 standards :)

There are lots of little glitches in the game that can be frustrating. Mostly around pathing for your troops. There is a formation feature, but its not very well implemented.

As with most RTS, the AI doesn't have much I (intelligence). So after a while you will find it hard to be challenged unless you are outnumbered by opponents.

This one could be good/bad depending on what you are looking for, but a full game on a large map with several human opponents can last for a long long time! (On the bright side, you can save the game and return to it another time)



Bottom Line - At it's core this is a great strategy game. If you love RTS and missed this one when first came out, give it a shot! (Make sure you enable "Free Look" in the options, which allows you full camera control (mmb) rather than the silly default camera view)
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52 of 60 people (87%) found this review helpful
Recommended
90.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 20, 2014
THE SHORT

The Good:

Brilliant faction system
Unique gameplay
*A lot* of depth
Massively varied units and tactics
Many paths to victory
In depth economy system
Decent music
Satisfying kingdom-building experience
Tons of replay value
AI General Editor is excellent

The Bad:

Buggy pathfinding - can be worked around, but don't expect a fix - the game's devs went bankrupt and it's 11 years old
AI generals can be predictable
Music can be jarring, dull or downright irritating
Extremely small multiplayer community

THE LONG


This is the first review I've ever written for a game, and I usually refrain from writing them but this game holds a special place in my heart. I've played this game since it came out in 2003, and let me tell you it is one of the best RTS games there is. The level of freedom in choosing an alignment or faction is brilliant and unique, and the replay value, thanks to its skirmish mode, is massive. I have spent countless hours playing this game before it came out on Steam, building massive kingdoms and launching invasions on enemy cities with vast armies. But like all games it has its strengths and weaknesses.

The game is set in a fantasy pseudo-medieval world where all the things people of that time feared and believed in are real. The selection of units is truly vast, ranging from Barbarians, Arch-Demons and Witches to Inquisitors, Archangels and War Elephants, to Arquebus-wielding Gunners, Bombard cannons and Rocket Artillery, as well as less fantastical troops such as pikemen, knights and archers.

Of course, the game is quite old now, so the graphics aren't its strong point, appearing blocky and, when zoomed in, blurry and lacking detail and definition, but who plays games solely for graphics anyway? The art style is not as iconic as other games nor as distinct, but it's certainly not sub-par, and it creates the necessary medieval feel. Building a large and bustling city filled with shops and merchants, with carts going back and forth delivering goods from outlying farmlands and settlements is truly a sight to behold, and is extremely satisfying to just look at especially after spending a lot of time building it all.

The music is either hit or miss, with some tracks being really good and some being really bad, and the way the music jolts around at times can be very unsettling and quite disruptive. The game plays quite relaxing, serene tracks while not in combat, but when your troops start fighting the music ramps up to war-drums. This would have been a good thing if it didn't keep stopping and starting, playing war drums when your enemy sends a lone man into your base (like a scout) and you order your men to kill him. Some of the tracks are too loud as well, and play in instances where they seem inappropiate, such as epic-battle music playing when the enemy sends a small scouting force and kills a few peasants. However some tracks, namely the ones carried over from the previous game Warrior Kings, are very good, and really capture the essence of the world of Orbis.

The Campaign is not as good as the first game, being a series of rather simple skirmish-type maps, with a number of AI generals to overcome on each map. What makes it worth playing through however is the fact that you unlock the maps and the AI generals for the skirmish and multiplayer modes as well.

There are five factions, or alignments in the game (or seven depending on whether you build a Church or a Maypole while following the Renaissance path). These are the Imperial, which features zealous inquisitors and powerful knightly units, the Pagan, which features Demons and savage barbaric warriors, and the Renaissance which has access to the most powerful technology. In Skirmish or Multiplayer modes each player whether AI or human starts off with a basic Manor and several Peasants, and may choose any alignment as they go along, and the alignment is determined by which buildings you construct.

For example, you can choose to follow the Imperial path, building churches, monasteries and cathedrals and you will get access to Acts of God, allowing you to call down meteors, lightning storms and plagues upon your enemies to cause mayhem while building a solid force of troops with powerful knights and longbowmen. Alternatively you can follow the Pagan path, and doing so allows you to summon hordes of powerful demons and use sorcery and subtlety to disrupt your enemies' economy before invading with powerful close-combat warriors. Methods of doing this include possessing enemy peasants and spreading heresy, which stops peasants in a radius around the possessed unit from working until the heretic is killed.

Of course you can also eschew superstition and follow the Renaissance path, the "technological" faction which gives you access to the best economic upgrades, the best unit upgrades and the best war machines, including the truly devastating Rocket Launcher and cannon at the cost of sub-par melee troops, but with ranks upon ranks of deadly musketeers enemies will be hard pressed to actually get into combat with you!

The actual battles themselves in this game are very similar to the Total War games, following a doctrine of "combined arms" - that is, heavy infantry beat heavy cavalry, ranged troops beat heavy infantry and so on. Each type of unit is countered by another, but some units if massed in large numbers can overcome even their counter units, and if you use flanking and the right formations you can beat heavy infantry with heavy cavalry. Terrain also plays an important part in this game, with ranged units benefiting from increased range and damage when firing from on top of a hill, and suffering from greater inaccuracy when firing into forested areas. Cavalry move more slowly through forested areas and when moving over certain types of terrain such as muddy areas and through forests.

Not only are there the combat units, but also agent-type units like spies, priests and merchants. Spies can do a lot of disruptive things such as blowing up gatehouses, committing arson, stowing away on enemy carts then disembarking in enemy territory and spying on them. Priests will protect your troops from demonic influence such as Succubus powers and can also buff your troops with blessings and exorcise or banish demons, defending your kingdom from supernatural forces. Furthermore there is a Diplomacy system that, while simplistic, allows you to form alliances with other players, request for peace or declare war. You can also send tributes to other players to "buy them over".

There are ships in the game but you only get access to them in Multiplayer matches, if you can find one that is. There is no multiplayer community to speak of for this game, however there is a group on Steam that organises games every so often, but it is mercurial, so don't get your hopes up. Of course you could always play against your friends on a LAN.

While there are a few small issues like pathfinding (that is admittedly quite rubbish, but not gamebreaking and can be worked around) the rest of the game makes up for it. The way you build a kingdom, choosing your alignment as you go along is totally unique and I haven't seen this kind of thing in any other RTS, and the depth of the factions with all their little ins and outs are superb. The music could be better, or rather better implemented and the pathfinding is very weak, but the game is deep, with tons of replay value trying out the different alignments and then trying different tactics with each alignment, using pike & shot formations, artillery batteries, demonic hordes, massive formations of knights or disrupting your enemy with espionage and subterfuge.

Overall I give this game an 8.5/10
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47 of 56 people (84%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
32.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 7, 2014
Game is good, mostly because of nostalgic reasons but also the mechanics and features of strategy in the game is somewhat unique compared to other RTS games. And besides you can summon satan and his demons to destroy your foes which is fun.
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27 of 30 people (90%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
28.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 2, 2015
I used to have this game on disc when I was younger. And it was by far one of my favourite games. Sadly I lost the disc and felt truly lost.

Though when the appeared on Steam, I ♥♥♥♥ myself with excitement, this game is great and brings back great memories for me.

9/10 - Great game :)
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18 of 22 people (82%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 11, 2014
I absolutely loved the original Warrior Kings and this game only improved on the experience! I'm so glad that it's on steam now, since my old disk has been getting fairly scratched up over the years and it's nice to have a reliable copy.

While the game's graphics have probably not aged very well for those not viewing it through nostalgia-tinted lens, the strategy side is still rock solid, and it's implementation of formations and terrain remain uniquely excellent in my opinion. I know the old version had some stability issues, but I believe those have been addressed as of now. The single player story is somewhat weaker in this game, but I'd recommend giving it a try since I still found it enjoyably challenging. The multiplayer is where this entry shines though. I've had some good times unleashing my high tech trebuchets on the unwashed masses of my mate's demon hordes! And if that sentence didn't sell you on it, then I don't know what will... Buy it already!
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11 of 11 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
5.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 19, 2014
PROS:
+ building & unit tech trees
+ unit formations make a difference
+ battleground choice matters
+ really fun multiplayer
+ fixed many bugs from Warrior Kings

CONS:
- clunky & outdated graphics
- some AI bugs
- no story in the campaign, just skirmish battles
- maps start (mostly) with just manors built
- hard to set up a mulitplayer game

Comment:
Clunky graphics, AI path glitches and a bland campaign. But it is still fun to play. While I personally like the original Warrior Kings much more this is a good game for anyone who likes medieval-themed strategy games with a dash of fantasy. I feel they could have kept the epicness of the Artosian campaign in but I get their choice. However it feels weird that Telamagna (capital of the world Orbis in which the game is set) is just a bunch of buildings at the start of the last battle. However the AI is balanced and will give you a challenge until you figure out a strategy. In terms of mulitplayer this game is far ahead of the previous one and is really fun to play with your friends as then you will have more time to cherish all the different tech trees and the beautiful castle building.
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13 of 15 people (87%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 22, 2015
This for me was a must buy. I remember this game from many moons ago, and absolutely loved it. Though perhaps outdated compared to many modern RTS games, for me the nostalgia element is what winds this game over.

There are flaws to it, but you find that with many old games. You have to enjoy it for what it is.

9/10
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14 of 17 people (82%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
96.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 2, 2014
A great RTS, I got it for $2.50, and would pay the $10 if I had too.
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12 of 14 people (86%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 8, 2014
Just as I said with the original a hidden gem of its time

This one focus's more on skirmish style battles going about your way in conquering the map gaining bonus's as you win each section.

Great game and improved on the original.
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16 of 22 people (73%) found this review helpful
17 people found this review funny
Recommended
17.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 15, 2015
sacrificed peasants to summon satan.

10/10
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