Excerpt: Graphics & Sound: Though Joan of Arc combines three very distinct game genres, it is still able to find a nice middle ground on which to display them. The 3D graphics used in this game are good for each type of play, and the transition between each is pretty smooth. Though the attention to detail may not be as great as some people would like, the visual glitches are kept to a minimum, and there is little slowdown when the screen fills up with people.
Excerpt: Wars and Warriors: Joan of Arc is an action game that combines first- and third-person combat, real-time strategy, and role-playing elements. The game takes place during the Hundred-Years War between France and England. Joan starts off her military career with a lot to prove. Being a woman in this era, it was unheard of that a female would lead her men to battle..
Excerpt: Wars and Warriors: Joan of Arc from developer Enlight Software is an action/RTS title that could have been so much more had it been given more time in development. When I previewed this game back in December I applauded many elements that I felt would make for a memorable game but the final product just has too many flaws to overlook. A good engine is in place to make for a remarkable game but the lack of polish provides for an unsatisfying gaming experience!
Excerpt: Wars & Warriors: Joan of Arc is less a historical simulation than it is a console-style third-person action game. Unless, that is, I’ve got my history wrong and Joan of Arc did in reality run around the French countryside single-handedly slaying the odd one, two, ten, or twenty Englishmen she’d run across. Apparently the names are the same but the facts have been changed to protect the innocent. No matter – we play games because they’re fun, right? So is Joan of Arc fun?
Excerpt: It's 1429, do you know where your kingdom is? The Hundred Years war has begun, and it's your job to liberate France from England. Luckily, you have a little girl on your side named Joan of Arc. Joan of Arc at first looks like a shooter or at least a slasher, but later in the game you realize that it is also an army-level strategy title. You start off playing Joan and one of her faithful companions.
Excerpt: Historical speaking, Joan of Arc was probably crazy. But according Enlight Interactive's War and Warriors: Joan of Arc, she was also a lean, mean, hack 'n slash machine capable of dispatching four score of artificially unintelligent English soldiers before lunch.
Conclusion: From what we've mentioned of the features in this hands-on preview Wars and Warriors: Joan of Arc looks like a promising game. The fact that you can enjoy epic battles, send troops into combat, and head into one-on-one clashes with elite enemy leaders should ensure a fun experience for the players. We're yet to see, however, if the final version can live up to the ideas and goals set before it.