Metascore
60

Mixed or average reviews - based on 29 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 29
  2. Negative: 3 out of 29
  1. 40
    By no means a completely wasted effort, just one that fails to live up to its alluring potential.
  2. While it's deep, it's one of the most confusing, user-unfriendly games I've ever experienced.
  3. I'm sure there's a small cadre of super-hardcore math majors into intricate medieval costume drama and puzzling out the mysteries of Generation of Chaos, but I'm not one of them.
User Score
7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 16 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 7
  2. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. PaulC.
    Mar 11, 2006
    9
    This game is the very definition of "whatever you put into it, you get out of it". Let me start off by saying that this is not an easy game to understand. The manual is o.k.,but lackluster, the interface is confusing and the graphics are just enough to get by. So why did I rate it a 9? If you really, really commit to this game and look at the forums online, look for strategy guides online, read the manual TWICE, play through the first mission at least 3-4 times,then it hits you like a ton of bricks----this is an incredibly deep,complex and ultimately very rewarding game. Now you're probably wondering that no game is worth investing all that time just to figure out HOW to play it. However, if you do take the time, you will come away with a fun, complex strategy game with infinite replay value that you may find yourself playing for YEARS. Yes, its that deep. Full Review »
  2. NickB.
    Mar 12, 2007
    5
    Utterly baffling game, although with patience and time (lots and lots of both) you can figure it out. Also steeped heavily in what I call "classically annoying Anime thematics." Try before buying, I suggest. Full Review »
  3. L.PJ
    Sep 17, 2006
    6
    Not the most polished experience, but if you have the patience, and enjoy a lot of empire building, this game's for you. Lack of tutorial hurts, but once you've stumbled through the commands a bit, and start to find your stride, you begin to find the enjoyable bits in the game, such as positioning on the board game like strategy board, adjusting the terrain to allow units better access to the front line, and all the nitty gritty portions of kingdom management. Unfortunately, combat is a bit lame. Set it up, let it run, pop in every few minutes to tap a special move or a skill. It's sometimes frustrating when an enemy pantses your first army due to an environmental condition beyond your control, but almost always, a powerful commander can 'even the field' with a few well placed specials. If you're not searching for something to absorb some time, don't bother with this one though, since you'll spend your first week or two trying to figure out what all the crap in the dozen or so menus and such do. Full Review »