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  • Summary: A turn based 4X strategy game, recreating the civilizations of ancient China. Develop your land, build great cities, raise huge armies and fight epic battles, with hundreds of soldiers fighting right on the game map. Advance your technologies, culture and religion to create one of mankind’sA turn based 4X strategy game, recreating the civilizations of ancient China. Develop your land, build great cities, raise huge armies and fight epic battles, with hundreds of soldiers fighting right on the game map. Advance your technologies, culture and religion to create one of mankind’s biggest empires. Expand
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  1. Positive: 7 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. Dec 26, 2017
    88
    Oriental Empires is a fantastic option for seasoned RTS fans that are looking for something new and a little different. While this might not appeal to those that are either not excited about Asian culture or those not as familiar with strategy games due to the confusing menus and somewhat unclear “hints”, this certainly has its place in an RTS fans library especially at virtually half the price of other games of a similar nature.
  2. 80
    Oriental Empires shall surely frustrate some players, though that really boils down to his or her shortcomings, not the any of the title. You shouldn’t be upset about historical accuracy: plagues happened, bandits are terrible, and — who would have thought — peasants hate building things for their oppressive overlords because they’d rather be with their families. Sitting down and learning how to be a sovereign to the people and not just field marshal to armies will open players up to a superb experience in the genre. The foundations of other efforts in the genre may show, but ultimately, Oriental Empires builds upon them anew, just like real life.
  3. Nov 29, 2017
    80
    Oriental Empires is a very well made strategy game that allows you to get through a campaign in a few hours instead of having saves that span days, though that is an option as well if you wish. Despite its smaller scope focusing on Ancient China instead of the globe, the stakes actually feel higher due to the limited resources and high number of factions fighting for them. While some of the systems require a lot of getting used to Oriental Empires is well worth persevering with.
  4. Oct 18, 2017
    70
    Oriental Empires is a solid, detailed first effort from Shining Pixel Studios that fans of the 4X strategy genre will enjoy. Unfortunately, newcomers and veterans alike might be disappointed by the unwieldy UI, unpredictable systems and lack of in-game tutorials or explanations.
  5. Nov 27, 2017
    70
    The game does have strengths. The visuals are quite pleasing. The historical elements are interesting and the overall setting is quite refreshing. There’s a lot of depth here for people willing to put in the work to understand the controls and the dynamics. Hero units can help inspire your troops and if they die their heir can take up their cause (at a slight cost to status quo). For the casual gamer I would probably give it a miss though as it’s not interested in holding your hand while you find your feet.
  6. Nov 21, 2017
    65
    Oriental Empires combines the ideas from Civilization, Europa Universalis and Total War, making a very interesting game based on Chinese history. Unfortunately, its balance is not great, but the game definitely has some potential.
  7. Oct 3, 2017
    60
    A solid 4X strategy for fans of Chinese history, which, despite the decent craftsmanship, sometimes its mechanics and content stay behind the competition. However, the poor combat system is what drags the game down – and you can´t avoid it.

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  3. Negative: 1 out of 4
  1. Jun 28, 2018
    10
    This game is a little fresh pleasure. Especially with multiplayer with friends.

    Some new (old forgotten) mechanics. All logical, all
    This game is a little fresh pleasure. Especially with multiplayer with friends.

    Some new (old forgotten) mechanics. All logical, all needed.

    Nothing flashy, just pure 4x fun.

    Recommended!
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  2. Nov 24, 2017
    9
    I'm a long time strategy gamer starting way back with the Avalon Hill board games on up to Civ 6 and the Total War series. This game worksI'm a long time strategy gamer starting way back with the Avalon Hill board games on up to Civ 6 and the Total War series. This game works very well on several levels, both as a historical military conquest game and equally as a diplomatic/economic game or even a little of both. I had over 100 hours into Orient Empires (on medium hard settings) before earning a win. In short, it's not easy but well designed and challenging. Expand
  3. Nov 1, 2017
    8
    This is an excellent strategy, but it needs the tactical mode in any possible form. The lack of cut scenes is a little less. I believe theThis is an excellent strategy, but it needs the tactical mode in any possible form. The lack of cut scenes is a little less. I believe the branches of learning technologies for each faction should be special. Looks quite silly when the Mongol, Chinese and not Chinese factions have exactly the same development path. Expand
  4. Oct 10, 2018
    0
    This game is just bad... The trade system as an important revenue source and settlement building are kind of good i guess. But this wholeThis game is just bad... The trade system as an important revenue source and settlement building are kind of good i guess. But this whole thing can be summarized as good ideas, horrible execution. The game runs badly, it's buggy and the UI is just horrible.
    The worst thing that makes this pretty much unplayable for me is the confusing, weird, and just all around failure of a battle system. Calling it "raw" and "counter-intuitive" is a serious understatement. I really can't stress enough how bad and just game breaking it is.
    Diplomacy is the same as pretty much every other game, very few options and the bots make hilariously high demands even as they're losing one city after the other.
    Calling this game challenging is just a joke. I'm not going to try any higher difficulty, or even playing it again anytime soon(or ever), but on normal and hard there isn't any challenge there.
    Edit: Gave it another shot, aaaaaaand now it's 0.
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