Excerpt: The Third Crusade was a revival of the religious zeal seen during the First Crusade. The crusades aims were to recapture the lands lost since the end of the First Crusade to Saladin and the Ayyubids.
Excerpt: Set during the third crusade, Lionheart: King’s Crusade is a highly fictionalized rendition of the most famous conflict between Medieval Europe and the then rising Middle Eastern Caliphates for control of Jerusalem.
Summary: The Crusades are becoming an increasingly popular topic for gaming. As this reviewer lives under a rock, he has no idea why this might be so. As an era, the Crusades hold a lot of promise for a war game. Nobody does pointless, interminable wars like the Middle East.
Excerpt: I've played so many real-time strategy [RTS] games over the years that they all seem to blend together. To find something truly unique and cool is a rare find indeed, which makes Lionheart: Kings' Crusade pretty special.
Excerpt: The thing with real time strategy games is that there often doesn't seem to be too much strategy involved. Confused? Let me explain. Most RTS titles will give the player a set of objectives to complete, based around the old capture this, defend that and the kill those guys philosophy we all know and...
Pros: Good mix of RTS & RPG, Challenging but fun, Historically accurate!
Cons: Occasionly poor AI, Steep learning curve, One big loss can ruin it