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: Have you ever had the desire to take on the roles of one of the major countries of the world during the Napoleonic Wars? Yeah, me neither. However if you ever did then Paradox Interactive has you covered with March of the Eagles. All of the things we have come to love from these strategy games is present and accounted for.
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.
Excerpt: A new Paradox grand strategy game. There's a sentence to elicit excitement in almost any strategy fan. Paradox Interactive may have risen to importance in PC gaming as a publisher for exotic and innovative titles. But they still have the beating heart of a games development company, and that heart has made some of the most successful strategy games of the last few years.
Pros: Relatively accessable, 32 person multiplayer
Conclusion: The Short Version: If you're willing to play dirty, twist the knife and lose many friends, March Of The Eagles will be a delightfully sadistic multiplayer experience. Like Risk, it's best enjoyed with others rather than sat on your lonesome in front of the board.
Pros: Cut-throat multiplayer encourages your 'inner Napoleon', Some intelligent streamlining and accessible GUI, Loads of historically-accurate period armies to command on land and sea
Cons: One-dimensional and soulless in singleplayer, replay value suffers, Massive selection of units is bloated and initially confusing, Lacks genuine personality and visual/historical flair