Average User Score: 7.8Apr 20, 2014Wow everything in some of the negative reviews is just factually wrong about stuff. Regardless, this game had one of the best launches I'veWow everything in some of the negative reviews is just factually wrong about stuff. Regardless, this game had one of the best launches I've seen in a long time. The AI is rather competent and capable of making your life miserable, and it doesn't appear to cheat. The auto resolve battles seem to actually play an auto-match instead of just calculating victory on unit stacks, so sometimes when it predicts defeat you'll win and vice versa.
The Campaign is surprisingly good, it's got it's problems and it's extremely difficult but the art between scenes and the story are really well done, and some of the minor heroes are genuinely interesting. The campaign also features a decision at some point that effects the rest of the campaign and the outcome and ending too.
The real meat of the game is in the custom scenarios and random maps. The largest map size is so massive that it can take days to finish a single game, while small maps are best for multiplayer and rush battles can be surprisingly fun (I expected them not to be).
The game allows you to customize your sandbox wizard rather extensively, choosing from a variety of race/class combinations, selecting abilities influencing research trees, spells, and empire passives, and it allows you a great deal of control over how your wizard looks. Unfortunately the schools of magic are somewhat lacking from previous games, with earth and water magic being entirely underwhelming at least as of the vanilla game.
The game has a variety of classes and each race has a variety of units, including irregulars and tier 3 units that are different for every race. Archers and priests are also fairly interesting as they tend to differ a lot between races, unfortunately melee and base mounted units tend to be generic.
If the game had more victory conditions it would probably be a lot more fun, especially if there were better victory screens or scenes at the end of a random map. Some will find it more combat focused than they might prefer, but the same was true of past Age of Wonders games, and the 4x city building/expanding elements are still quite addictive, with terraforming options and a variety of spells.
Devs have announced many changes and features they plan for the future and it appears that they're working on bring back old races and possibly new classes. The future looks bright for this game, and it's well worth the lower than average price they're asking for it. Players who actually like 4x games and stick with it enough to learn what it has to offer will get their money's worth.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.4Dec 15, 2013The Devs are not only reviewing their own game in the user reviews, giving perfect 10's with reviews that read like Infomercial Ads, andThe Devs are not only reviewing their own game in the user reviews, giving perfect 10's with reviews that read like Infomercial Ads, and ignoring everything wrong with it. They also released a game that is unpolished, buggy, and slapped together in an obvious rush.
After playing the masterpiece that was Arkham City and the much acclaimed Arkham Asylum, I can't help but feel that the developers just copy and pasted bits and pieces carelessly. It shows in everything, even the animations. This could have worked as DLC, but not as a whole new game with a premium price tag.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.4Dec 10, 2013This game and this series has massive potential that will probably never be realized by the industry. Fully patched with the latest Beta PatchThis game and this series has massive potential that will probably never be realized by the industry. Fully patched with the latest Beta Patch and modded with the Legacy Mod it's a great game and a unique experience.
Unfortunately if you don't already know what you're looking for it's difficult to find what you need and the vanilla version of the game is practically unplayable and extremely buggy.
The original publisher and developers pretty much just abandoned the game in an almost unplayable state after releasing several expansions that didn't fix the bulk of what was wrong with it, and it seems Runeforge was just a fan driven mod team that decided to try to salvage the game and became the new official devs. They've done a pretty good job but it's not exactly made obvious where to get the Beta Patch and the Legacy Mod is also essential because there's a lot of stuff the Beta Patch doesn't solve.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.5Dec 8, 2013I for one am surprised by the bad reviews from the "professional" game reviewers. It looks like they're rating this game based on something itI for one am surprised by the bad reviews from the "professional" game reviewers. It looks like they're rating this game based on something it never set out to be. To me, a bad game is a game that fails at what it sets out to do, and Blade Kitten does exactly what it sets out to do.
It's a fun casual hack and slash platformer with an adorable protagonist and cutesy characters in cell shaded levels.
If this game looks fun to you just disregard the so called "professional" reviews. We all know most of them hand out good scores to anyone who pays them and can barely be bothered to even look at games made by anyone who doesn't, much less treat them fairly. The game is dirt cheap and there are a lot worse games you could spend $9 on.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.2Dec 8, 2013The game itself has some of the best Open World PvP potential I've ever seen in a game, in fact I would say this is the best I've seen sinceThe game itself has some of the best Open World PvP potential I've ever seen in a game, in fact I would say this is the best I've seen since Shadowbane. On top of a fleshed out MMO world players can build and battle over pretty much anything. It looks good, it's thrilling to play, and it has massive potential.
Unfortunately it's a great game with a bad business model. Indie MMO's can't afford to have a big pay gate preventing new players from coming in. Players are content, and in this MMO that's more true than in most MMO's.
A lot of gamers won't buy an Indie MMO who would have otherwise pay for a subscription to one. I sincerely hope future indie MMO's figure this out.… Expand
Average User Score: 5.5Dec 4, 2013Quite possibly the greatest Startrek Themed facebook parody sim game ever made.
Play an expendable nobody who has no friends and aQuite possibly the greatest Startrek Themed facebook parody sim game ever made.
Play an expendable nobody who has no friends and a miserable job on a doomed spacestation where the only way to find happiness is to find friends who will probably all end up dying on away missions, betraying you, or getting left behind as you try to advance your career.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.1Nov 18, 2013It's an adorably vicious little game that's sort of like a Visual Novel but with a stat building mechanic that completely changes outcomes andIt's an adorably vicious little game that's sort of like a Visual Novel but with a stat building mechanic that completely changes outcomes and decisions and unlocks new things. There's no way to make a princess who's good at everything, not without cheating, and each playthrough is somewhat unique.
Contrary to a certain other review there are actually multiple endings and multiple ways to win. In fact there are several decisions throughout the game that can alter the course of the game in a number of ways far beyond the scope of a simple decisions.
Many events are locked in but their outcomes can vary greatly, you could go on the same trip you had a wonderful time on in your first playthrough, only to be waylaid by assassins in the next. Decisions can often have multiple outcomes depending on previous decisions, and depending on what skills you're good at.
You always get crowned Queen if you survive, but what kind of Queen you become, what kind of Kingdom you create, and how you get there depends on your stats and decisions. There are also lots of wonderful ways to die if you fail, and it's for cheap on steam so if you want to try it buy it the devs deserve it.… Expand