Excerpt: Pyro Studios is no stranger to strategy titles having done tactical level games like Commandos and various real-time strategy titles like Praetorians. Admittedly, it was hard to write this review without being influenced by Creative Assembly’s Total War series, especially the latest Rome: Total War...
Excerpt: If Matrix Games’ Crown of Glory might be known for detail down to the last gaiter button, then
Imperial Glory by Eidos is easily described as Napoleonics Lite. Grognards may tremble, but if players don’t take their wargaming too seriously, they’ll find
Imperial Glory quite a hoot.
Conclusion: I’ve always considered wargamers to fall into three distinct categories. First there are Arcadians (as in arcade type games), folks to whom the basis of a great game is splashy graphics and competitive play. Physical or historical realism is of secondary consideration, if a consideration at all.
Summary: The road to glory falls a little bit short.
Pros: The campaign is has near endless replay value; beautiful 3D environments for real-time battles; the real-time battles in a turn-based game are a novel idea.
Cons: Long load times between game modes; a lack of variety in the basic soundtrack becomes repetitive and the voice acting is simply ridiculous; multiplayer supports too few players per game to be enjoyable.
Excerpt: ? Remember how boring it sounded to control the growth of an ancient power, controlling its politics, technology, and army for years and years and years only to see how powerful it became in comparison to other emerging nations? It still sounds kind of boring but man was it a blast!
Conclusion: If I had to describe this game in one word, I'd say it's... decent. Then I'd add that it's at times illogical, unnerving, dull, and painfully slow-paced. The good parts provide the much-needed counter-balance for the uninspired designed elements, and they may prove engaging for some, but they are...
Pros: Detailed and functional diplomacy system, interesting quest system, nicely conceived research tree, (mostly) intuitive interface;
Cons: Awful AI, lack of more interesting content, cannot pause the game during combat; it's just not fun enough.
Imperial Glory is a good Total War clone that packs a lot of unfulfilled potential.
2 June 2005
Summary: Imperial Glory is a game that wants to be the next Total War. Not that there's anything wrong with that. After all, Creative Assembly's popular strategy franchise has gotten bigger and better with every release.
Pros: Picturesque 3D land and naval battles, Rich diplomacy system, Enjoyable, if slow, turn-based strategy
Cons: Land battles lack epic feel, Lack of morale system creates unrealistic results, Naval battles tough to coordinate, Only five historical battles