I love this game, good 4x Strategy game with a fresh wind, and I already spent quite more time playing Old World than I ever did playing Civilization VI.
Just a shame it took so long to be released on Steam, I could have gotten it so much earlier.
Old World has its moments, but it's a very niche offering. I wouldn't recommend it to someone who isn't hardcore about 4X games because the learning curve is brutal. However, if you've played the rest and you're looking for something new, and especially if the overload of stats is something you find compelling, check out Old World. At the very least, you get to enjoy Christopher Tin's majestic soundtrack.
Let's call this game The Blandening of Civ & Crusader Kings. That's about what you get. It's okay, but it didn't hook me. Because I've played this game before. It's just a straight reskin of these other games. I want to like it, but it carries the same flaws of these other games without really introducing anything that's new. So it feels bland and empty, and ultimately, just not much fun.
It adds some interesting mechanics that add some variety to the genre, but other aspects suffer. As development continues it might improve somewhat. It's not a bad game by any means. I'm a fan of the genre, but this just doesn't bring quite enough to the table. it seems very gimmicky, slow and lacking in meaningful strategic variety.
Gameplay is basically a huge number of prompts where you need to choose small modifiers. Economy is not much different. Whether you build an improvement or train a specialist, it's just a small modifier of a stat. The game feels boring and dull as a consequence. Techs don't unlock anything exciting either, so not sure what the point in playing this game is. All-in-all a worse version of Civ that's different just to be different.
SummaryConquer the Old World in this historical, epic strategy game from Soren Johnson, Lead Designer of Civilization IV and Offworld Trading Company. Every year is a turn, and each leader is a mere mortal, so your lasting legacy will be the dynasty you leave behind.