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  • Summary: Northgard is a strategy game based on Norse mythology in which you control a clan of Vikings vying for the control of a mysterious newfound continent.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. May 7, 2018
    85
    Northgard is a surprisingly great game. It will appeal both to fans of The Settlers series and to enthusiasts of multiplayer strategies. Additionally, it sounds nice, looks decent and it has a high replay value. Even the single-player campaign is well-made and interesting. Northgard is a great example of perfecting the use of Early Access.
  2. Mar 16, 2018
    84
    Completely well-made indie-building strategy game that doesn't have to hide from genre competition. Odin would be proud.
  3. Mar 19, 2018
    84
    Northgard is a surprising, elegant RTS that's laden with a very dull story.
  4. Mar 19, 2018
    80
    Northgard is a must-play game for fans of the genre and could serve as a very good starting point for the newcomers who are just discovering RTS games for the first time.
  5. Apr 7, 2018
    80
    Veterans of the genre will love this mash-up, but newcomers will buckle under the weight. Writing aside, it’s a mighty fine attempt.
  6. Apr 5, 2018
    80
    Northgard can be a good replacement for The Settlers in the absence of a new part of the series.
  7. Jun 3, 2018
    70
    Northgard is a refreshing and pleasing experience, thanks to the elements it draws from RTS, 4X and even management games.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 5
  2. Negative: 2 out of 5
  1. Apr 13, 2020
    10
    Northgard is a great RTS
    The game main focus is on colonizing new territories and resources balancing, although you need to fight for almost
    Northgard is a great RTS
    The game main focus is on colonizing new territories and resources balancing, although you need to fight for almost every territory against creeps or other players.

    There are 11 clans, 5 of them are DLCs with most of the clans have same units.
    Mainly, the differences between the non-DLC clans is the bonuses and special abilities (some clans have unique units / buildings).
    The DLC clans are more different one from another and from the non-DLC clans, by having unique mechanisms like own resources, slaves, sacrifice system and etc.

    The game skirmish has a lot of customization options and with the maps being generated randomly (map starts undiscovered).
    There is only 1 campaign, shared by the 6 non-DLC clan, with a total of 11 missions.
    There is also a conquest campaign, where you choose a clan from all the 11 clans, and you have 11 missions, usually like skirmish but with special rules, and you get bonus for each mission (the maps are generated randomly).
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  2. May 9, 2020
    8
    Really good RTS and I thoroughly enjoyed playing through the single player campaign - would happily purchase any single player campaign DLC.Really good RTS and I thoroughly enjoyed playing through the single player campaign - would happily purchase any single player campaign DLC.

    Felt a little different from a lot of RTS, in that expansion needs to be slow and steady for most of each mission.
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  3. Apr 23, 2020
    5
    I haven't played strategy games since the Command & Conquer days quite honestly. I thought it's important to mention where I'm coming from,I haven't played strategy games since the Command & Conquer days quite honestly. I thought it's important to mention where I'm coming from, and that I'm not hardcore into RTS games.
    Northgard looked pretty simple in that regard (in a good way), kind of what a strategy game would look like on a Nintendo switch.

    Well, the problem is that it's mostly about defending your base from wave after wave of enemies landing on your island. Even with the upgrade system, it gets tedious after a while without variety. Like for example you taking the fight to the enemy, or setting ambushes at sea. Overall, I didn't finish the game, it was fun for a short while, but if you are not much into the basic premise of the game, there isn't much else that will sustain the interest.
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  4. Apr 22, 2020
    4
    This has the makings of a good game but its odd ball attitude to developing land with restrictions like 3/3 buildings in a large area of landThis has the makings of a good game but its odd ball attitude to developing land with restrictions like 3/3 buildings in a large area of land where more buildings could be constructed makes it unreasonably and illogically hard to develop your settlement.

    I'm really at a loss to understand why game developers these days don't use common sense and apply the keep it simple rule. Being too clever can mean making a game un-enjoyable and frustrating. Such is the case here.
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  5. Apr 19, 2020
    2
    I really like this game, but...

    You can play up to 8 and there are 6 clans in the base version of the game. See the problem ? I
    I really like this game, but...

    You can play up to 8

    and

    there are 6 clans in the base version of the game.

    See the problem ? I don't think mirror matches should be a thing in an RTS. 8 different clans should be the very least, 12 (for example) would problably be wiser to at least allow some flexibility. I am waiting for the base game (DLC excluded !) to contain a decent number of clans to change my red score into a green score and write a more extensive review. Until then, the red score is a sanction for asking 5 dollars for one single new clan !
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