Summary: There is a vast, tumultuous ocean between good ideas and their actual application, and lost in the middle of that ocean is Impire . In fact, it may very well be stuck inside the belly of a whale. I had high hopes for the dungeon-crafting premise, the cheeky imps, and the absurd humor.
Excerpt: SquareGo has a sneaking suspicion that at least one person on Impire ‘s writing staff is a massive fan of Terry Pratchett’s Discworld books. It’s not just the scenario of a fifteen foot tall demon covered in flames summoned by an inept wizard and forced into a rather unfitting incarnation as a three foot tall imp with rather ratty clothes.
Excerpt: Baal-Abaddon is minding his own business in the depths of Hell when he is summoned into Ardania by an evil ambitious halfwit named Oscar. As if serving Oscar is not demeaning enough, his earthly form is that of an imp. This vessel is only temporary as Baal gains experience; he can evolve closer to his true form. Strong Points: Witty humor that can be expected from a Paradox title. Weak Points: Multiplayer is beta and Steam invite only; lots of crashes to the desktop.
Pros: Witty humor that can be expected from a Paradox title.
Cons: Multiplayer is beta and Steam invite only; lots of crashes to the desktop.
Excerpt: Impire is the latest game from Paradox Interactive to take place in Ardania, the world created for the Majesty franchise. This time you control a powerful demon named Baal, who has been summoned into the body of a lowly imp, and who must follow the orders of a wannabe supervillain named Oscar van Fairweather. Oscar’s goal? To defeat the Sovereign (your character in Majesty ) and his Royal Advisor, and take over Ardania for himself — with your help, of course.
Conclusion: If you give it a chance beyond the first two levels, enjoy the part of strategy games where you raise armies, and the levelling up aspect of RPGS, you’re likely to enjoy Impire, provided you can look past its shallow attitude to the construction side of dungeon ‘design’. Impire often manages to be good, but it does so despite itself.
Conclusion: But what about the story? Doesn’t it possibly have redeeming qualities? Unfortunately, Impire continues the trend of making me not care about anything by creating a story so wrapped in cliché and banality that I simply was unable force myself to feel anything for it or its characters. The story is about a great powerful demon named Baal who is summoned onto the mortal plane in the body of a small imp and then forced to create an evil empire from scratch.
Pros: It functions properly
Cons: Extremely bland gameplay, repetitive mission structure, and a complete lack of player engagement.