Apr 20, 2012I find this game to be the most frustrating game I've played in my entire life. Why? Among others, there's the fact that:
1. Units tend to disobey your orders ALL THE TIME when in battle
2. economy totally sucks in this game. it's vague, unpredictable and just plain irritating
3. unit damage doesn't make any sense. it's impossible to tell if your archers are doing any damage in battle, or that your cavalry is actually DOING SOMETHING. there is no such thing as a total HP meter to see if you are actually winning or not. too annoying!!!
4. the AI in campaign maps tend to attack you for no freaking reason at all. last time i played, suddenly the Roman Empire just decided to attack me for no reason, along with the Danes and the French. their behavior is beyond idiotic
5. you will be excommunicated for the most simple things. too frustrating
6. conquering lands takes FOREVER. it's too much of a struggle to just take a single freaking city
7. the overal battle system is complete crap. automatically resolving battles is NEVER in your favor
8. you cannot choose every faction by default. this game wants you to complete the 50 hour campaign of 5 factions before you can play as the race you want. why not just make every faction playable by default??
9. building stuff is lineair and does not have any depth. you build a tannery to get leather armor. you build a fletchery to get archers. you build a stable to get cavalry. this DOESNT feel like i'm building a city at all. it's lame
10. the overall repetitive gameplay. conquering other factions requires you to do the same things 50 times over and over again
i can go on like this for a very long time. please, don't buy this game. it's really bad… Expand
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