Summary: I keep believing that I know what to think about March of the Eagles , Paradox's not-quite-grand strategy Napoleonic war game, and then I go and do something mad like play it a bit more which inevitably causes me to question my previous assumption and lose many hours. The game itself has a somewhat confused identity, and the likelihood is that the folk it was designed to appeal to won't play it, and the people who should rightly love it may very well not know about its...
Excerpt: We’re constantly lead to believe by video games that war is a non-stop thrill-o-rama, with explosions, manly fistfights and slow-motion bits where you shoot a man through the nostrils whilst rappelling through a window. Few games explore the other side of warfare, the admin, the long hours of boredom and the tedious business of making sure your soldiers have all the important bits they need, like food and bullets.
Excerpt: Paradox Interactive explored the Napoleonic era with its Napoleon’s Ambition add-on to Europa Universalis III . The add-on worked within the framework of the series but dynastic, economic and political facets were equal, if not superior, to the military side of the game. Paradox’s latest Napoleonic effort, March of the Eagles, represents a militarization of the structure, keeping non-military aspects to a minimum and subjecting them to war aims.
Pros: Great graphics, fine AI, interesting historical detail, good multiplay and modding systems
Cons: Steep learning curve, small font, minor play balance issues, scattered documentation.
Summary: Now that I understand the workings of the game, I would definitely consider myself hooked and can see myself going back to March of the Eagles again and again in the future. On top of this, I have developed an interest in the series that makes me want to check out some of the other games such as Crusader Kings II and the upcoming Europa Universalis IV . For now, I’ll be keeping this one installed and checking in whenever I get the urge to do some conquering.
Pros: A great introductory to grand strategy., The game is well focused on the Napoleonic Wars.
Excerpt: There are few games publishers more “PC” than Paradox Interactive. In fact, the Paradox Grand Strategy is almost a genre unto itself. An obtuse and impenetrable genre, like a dense unleavened bread or a classic novel that didn’t quite meet expectations. As the name might suggest March of the Eagles explores the Napoleonic era in history, a period clearly rich enough for the budding megalomaniacal despot in all of us.
Conclusion: I may sound fairly critical of March of the Eagles – again, from the perspective of a veteran, it’s hard not to nit-pick. If you think I’m bad though, just go to the Paradox Forums and see some of the stuff they’re saying. As a single-player experience, it’s a nice distraction from the main games that can only last so long, but as a multiplayer experience, it transcends anything I’ve experienced before, even other Paradox games.
Excerpt: With March of the Eagles , Paradox has given us a light edition of one of their normal games, but if you love managing an empire at war or prefer a shorter experience, it is definitely worth a look.
Conclusion: Playing a Paradox grand strategy game is a little like getting back together with an old girlfriend. The initial excitement of rekindling the old chemistry wears off a little too quickly and after you have discovered in what ways she has changed, you simply settle into a familiar, comfortable routine. If you have come back to her because your other adventures weren’t satisfying enough, you’ll be happy to spend more time with her.
Pros: Great work was done on fine-tuning the interface.
Cons: Apart from the interface, there’s little to no innovation.