Excerpt: Following the release of two RTS leviathans (Supreme Commander and Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars) in quick succession, it was always going to be hard for any new strategy game to make a serious impact this month.
Conclusion: Pushing on to see if this was an anomaly in the proceedings, I was impressed to find that, with patience, these kinds of battles do indeed become increasingly regular and original (as, for instance, elephants join the fray, and siege towers bear down upon crumbling walls).
Excerpt: The more games I review, the longer I do it, the more I come to realize that really original games are very few and far between. This is especially true in the RTS genre, where a single good idea will spawn copycats for years to come.
Excerpt: It could be said that you don't need much to advance an RTS title that would rapidly build its modest community of players. You need at least two factions differenced in terms of abilities, and balanced for gaming pleasure sake;...
Excerpt: The other week there were a couple parties friends had to celebrate the release of the movie "300" to DVD. To spice up one party some, I brought a copy of Ancient Wars: Sparta along because it was obviously inspired by the film.
Summary: Ancient Wars: Sparta is based on the historical background of Spartans high culture, and not feature myths or legends, there will appear huge ancient battles on your screen, enabled by a brand new 3D engine.
Don't expect any grand, over-the-top treatment of Spartan history, as Sparta: Ancient Wars is a very generic real-time strategy game.
30 April 2007
Summary: Sparta: Ancient Wars had the fortune and misfortune to come in the wake of the worldwide box office phenomenon known as 300 . Fortunately, thanks to 300 , popular awareness of Sparta and its ancient warriors has never been higher.
Pros: It looks pretty
Cons: Bland RTS gameplay that we've experienced countless times before, Can be brutally difficult even on the easiest setting, Audio and voice acting don't sound epic
Excerpt: First Impressions My reaction is Okay, so this game isn’t based on 300, but it’s nevertheless quite an epic beast in itself. Set in the lovely lands of Greece, the game features three main civilizations: the Spartans (altogether now – SPARTAAAA!), the Egyptians, and the Persians.