Diplomacy PC

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  • Summary: Put your strategy and negotiation skills to the test in the interactive version of the classic board game Diplomacy. Set in early 20th century Europe, this PC adaptation brings the power struggles of seven mighty nations to life like never before. Its abstracted and simple gameplay puts thePut your strategy and negotiation skills to the test in the interactive version of the classic board game Diplomacy. Set in early 20th century Europe, this PC adaptation brings the power struggles of seven mighty nations to life like never before. Its abstracted and simple gameplay puts the focus on the need for shrewd negotiations and overall strategy. No longer will a friend be needed to enjoy the world of Diplomacy. With life-like opponents, gamers can take on the 20th century's mightiest nations at any time on their PCs. An enhanced graphical language will be the negotiating tool between the player and his human and AI opponents making the options almost endless for the player. Avatars representing your opponents will express feelings depending on your actions and play style. More than just a name, Diplomacy allows the player to negotiate anything that is logically negotiable. Form alliances or break them on a whim - the player decides whom to trust how to convince others to trust him. [Paradox] Expand
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  1. Positive: 9 out of 23
  2. Negative: 6 out of 23
  1. The AI provides a solid challenge against players, and online battles could possibly take weeks at a time thanks to the ability to save multiplayer games and come back to them later. The armchair strategist in all of us can always use a challenge, and Diplomacy more than fits that bill.
  2. If you love playing tabletop-strategy board games, or strategy games in general then you will love Diplomacy. It offers hours upon hours of gameplay that will keep you entertained for months to come.
  3. Paradox Interactive has made an extremely faithful recreation of the board game and its rules. Every rule, every detail is folowed to letter.
  4. In the heavily saturated strategy game market it is nice to see that someone can get back to the basics and make a game that is more about planning a strategy than memorizing hotkeys and map details.
  5. Diplomacy is best left to fans of the board game looking for a little nostalgic fun. Those who enjoy juggling multiple competing proposals while under the clock are also encouraged to apply.
  6. 50
    The original board game is magnificent but even the strength of the basic design can't redeem the PC version's shoddy AI and thoroughly inconvenient multiplayer experience.
  7. 10
    How a respected strategy developer like Paradox could've produced a game so broken, cryptic, and unfaithful to the franchise is a mystery. And why Hasbro, who owns the Avalon Hill properties, approved it is beyond explanation.

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  2. Negative: 3 out of 4
  1. Dec 10, 2015
    5
    Diplomacy is a great board game but this PC implementation is not so good. Giving orders and coordinating actions with allies is clumsy. TheDiplomacy is a great board game but this PC implementation is not so good. Giving orders and coordinating actions with allies is clumsy. The reactions of AI players lack explanations. When the turn is resolved the "talking heads" show emotions and ahs and ohs but it's not clear why. Since it's hard to find other players online, you can try playing vs the AI but since the UI is clumsy you will end up playing without any diplomacy, as if it were a simple combat-only strategy game (like Risk or similar). So, when the whole diplomacy thing is cut off you are left with just 2 types of units (infantry and ships) which don't have very interesting interactions. I'm not sure this game could even work well on computer because in single player it loses its meaning and for multiplayer there must be a constantly active and large online community (which, as other games show, won't exist for long after game release unless it's something constantly updated like an MMORPG). Expand
  2. >[Anonymous]
    Nov 25, 2005
    4
    I want to like it, but it just is too slow and I feel like I am playing a French game in that it is unnecessarily complex. It takes forever I want to like it, but it just is too slow and I feel like I am playing a French game in that it is unnecessarily complex. It takes forever to tie in the moves I want and then I hate the avatars which pop up and go "ahh" in rapid fire when I have no clue what they are moaning about since I had half a second to see the move that upset them. The game seems "distant"...it lacks character and seems like a cheap Hoyle card game (with less charisma) or one of those Adventure Company games with cheap production values. I really expected a wilder and more free feeling game. This game really should of just gone with an English language based gameplay where you don't have to guess at symbols and you can actually communicate with players and strike up "outside the box" gameplans so you can exercise your devious ideas. Now the game isn't all bad...it works, and you can play it, and once you get the hang of it you could probably enjoy it more online...but it doesn't feel fun. I think it's time we give up on Diplomacy as a computer game, but maybe take the spirit of it and try to implement it in a new way and in a new game. Expand
  3. [Anonymous]
    Nov 4, 2005
    3
    Could have been good, but there's no one to play! Deadful AI (effortlessly beatable without any diplomacy on hardest level), nobody is Could have been good, but there's no one to play! Deadful AI (effortlessly beatable without any diplomacy on hardest level), nobody is ever on the multiplayer server. Customer support at Paradox has been very unresponsive. Expand
  4. Aug 21, 2011
    0
    There was nothing really exciting about this game. It was a total waste of money. I was severely disappointed with Paradox on this one. TheThere was nothing really exciting about this game. It was a total waste of money. I was severely disappointed with Paradox on this one. The only time I did not like one of their games! Expand