Reviews by wolfister1590
Lots of hype very little payoff.wolfister1590 | Dec. 1, 2013 | Review of Total War: Rome II
Sadly Creative Assembly has done it; they managed to outdo the mess that was the launch of Empire Total War. This game is flawed in so many ways that it would almost be funny if it were not so frustrating and sad. Even after seven (quite large) patches this game has gone from a total mess to a slightly smaller mess. That is the good news I guess? The A.I. is if I am honest is not up to par with that of the original Rome: Total War and that was released in 2004. There is still a massive issue with overall performance; specifically when it comes to frame rate drops on even extremely high end machines. The game itself feels as though it was made to appeal to a "wider audience" by this I mean it has been dumbed down extremely. The UI for example is very barren when it comes to information, the research screen is poor in choice, and the government screen is close to pointless.
It just seems that the two steps forward Shogun 2 gave this franchise are gone and instead CA have not only taken three steps back, but have stumbled from those three steps down a massive canyon, into a river, floated miles away, and washed up in the middle of nowhere.
The final thought from me is to just wait on this one. Wait not only for a price drop, but I would say at least a year or so till CA has managed to make this into a complete and working game.
This was highly disappointing.
A Glorious Grand Strategy Gamewolfister1590 | April 16, 2013 | Review of Victoria II
Based in the age of industrialization when the western countries were embracing new production methods, as well as new and revolutionary ideas about the rights of the common man, Victoria 2 truly sets itself apart from other games in the Paradox catalog. This is a deep and intriguing grand strategy game that focuses more on the economic and political points of an running an empire.Unlike games like Europa Universalis which focuses more on painting the map with your empires color, or Crusader Kings which has you focusing on continuing a dynasty, Victoria is for those who wish to experience the more intricate points of political turmoil of being a country in Europe that must compete with its imperialist neighbors. Though you are not simply held to being a great European power, you can be practically any nation in the world. The nations that can be chosen are listed in one of three categories, Great Powers such as Britain, France, or Russia; secondary powers like Spain, Denmark, or Brazil, and the so called "uncivilized nations" or those that have not adopted western ideals. Your choice will significantly affect the way you play and the difficulty as well. Now there are some downsides to Victoria it is not an easy game to get into, it is a game that challenges you to learn it and master it. Although there is a tutorial, which helps quite a bit, your real learning begins the moment you start the game. If you have played a paradox game in the past you know what to expect from this brand of grand strategy. All in all this is a great game that if you are willing to put in the time to learn will grab you and not let go for many hours. I highly recommend this to anyone who loves deep grand strategy games.