Excerpt: Those who have read the multiple Fragland previews of this game should already know that a lot of the Fragland staff were really looking forward to its release. And I can honestly say that I for one, am not disappointed in any way.
Conclusion: Ultimately, Tales of Valor offers lots of ideas with almost no substance. The idea of an expansion, or stand alone expansion in this case, is to expand upon the gameplay already available. Regrettably, Tales of Valor fails to deliver in this regard.
Pros: Visuals look great; solid Company of Heroes gameplay we’ve come to expect.
Cons: Extremely short; more of a collection of mods than an actual expansion; direct fire mode is a gimmick; overpriced.
Excerpt: Date: 7/19/2005 Knights of Honor is a grand strategic game of the clash of kingdoms in Medieval Europe. Most games of this scale abstract a lot of the details involved in running a kingdom, but Knights of Honor instead chooses to approach things on a scale akin to a real-time strategy game.
Excerpt: Knights of Honor may not be for the casual gamer, but for the major strategy fan, this will be heaven on earth. The battle scenes may feel a bit dated in comparison to recent games, but the game itself is extremely in-depth and pretty fun to play.
Excerpt: Graphics & Sound: More and more small time strategy games are relying on old-school graphics these days. 2D sprites and static isometric views are becoming more common among historical RTS titles and Knights of Honor is a shining example of this.
Summary: It's generally hard to be surprised in the real-time strategy genre these days, but you have to give the developers at Black Sea Studios credit, because they've created one of the most original and enjoyable real-time strategy games in recent years.
Pros: Incredibly deep medieval strategy simulation, More than 100 kingdoms to choose from, Diplomacy, war, trade, espionage, and more
Cons: Very slow pace at first, Graphics and sound are a little dull, Some weak AI
Conclusion: Sometimes the pickle can be made a little smaller by the choices made when creating your knights (i.e. middle managers), which serve a variety of purposes such a merchant knight which provides bonuses to your trade stats.