Summary: A lot of people keep comparing this game to TW series, but don't be misguided by the lower scores that come from comparison! Spartan, on it's own merits, is a solid 4 out of 5. Why? 1. Spartan forces you to be strategic about how and when and why you attack. Just like in real life, your hand may be forced by a shortage of food or material and that rich city state down the coast may have just what you need.
Summary: I purchased this game with high hopes (Having played Chariots of War and loved it) and this game met those expectations well. Spartan provides a different style of play from Chariots of War, and is in some ways an entirely different game - it is definately much harder (if one continues playing after victory)! Spartan also has great maps and the new commands in battle add a whole new dynamic that makes the game truely something!