Mixed or average reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. 85
    But if you can see past the façade and look directly into what really makes this game tick, you'll soon discover that there's a scant few with this much depth and functionality.
  2. You'll need the patience and interest to pour hours upon hours into the game, tirelessly tracking all your statistics as you slowly progress through the military and political ranks.
  3. 73
    I was pleased with this Romance, but less than fulfilled.
  4. I tried to warm-up to "ROTK VII" but, as soon as I finish this review, I'll do my darnest to forget it ever existed.
  5. With many hundreds of officers to meet, totally open-ended gameplay and ten scenarios to experience, this may be the best and longest lasting game you've ever bought.
  6. 70
    A deep and time-consuming game. It isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but it’s fun in a unique sort of way.
  7. The upgraded graphical presentation and more RPG-like aspect of upgrading characters and abilities really puts it over the top. [August 2002, p.22]
  8. It gets very, very dry. An acquired taste to say the least. [August 2002, p.78]
  9. 60
    It has that "just one more turn" kind of addictiveness that all good turn-based strategy games have in spades.
  10. The big problem is that none of the tasks are that engaging, and are made less so by the graphics. [Sept 2002, p.118]
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 11 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
  3. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. GammaT.
    May 12, 2005
    Its a great game.
  2. SamL.
    Dec 27, 2002
    The game does get very dry... first when u start u think its really hard.. so u dont even try then after u get bored with everything u play it. then it gets fun and dont get any sleep to play it. then the next day also u play. after u lose like crazy u giv up and throw it away but still its a great game and very interesting and its nothing educational... Full Review »
  3. ChristopherC.
    Nov 27, 2002
    This is one of those special types of games out there. Chances are, you'll either love it, or seriously dislike it. If you're the kind of person who enjoys stress and other long-running strategy based games, you'll love this game. It will challenge you like few you've ever played. If you want hack and slash action, this game will bore you quickly. The thing is, though, if this game is one you enjoy, you'll enjoy it forever. I don't know of any game I've ever played that has as much replay value as this one. There are just so many different things that can happen and that you can do in this game, that it's impossible to grow tired of it. Give it a chance, and find out what it's like to have a game you can play for the next 6 months. Full Review »