Reviews for March of the Eagles

70

Overall a nice game.

fable2 | Feb. 27, 2013 | See all fable2's reviews »

Much more polished than the previous games from Paradox Interactive (no lagging after several turns, no major bugs etc..). Still has some flaws (diplomatic things and the map is a little messed up, but I guess they could not portray every European nation 100% accurately, also the way you need to chase fleeing enemy units after a combat is annoying). AI feel somewhat better than in previous games. Overall a nice little game in the Napoleonic wars era, that fitts into the developers other historic strategy games line.

80

A deep and fun game!

Devil_Mish | Feb. 22, 2013 | See all Devil_Mish's reviews »

This game is just amazing, I've had trouble to put this down since I played it honestly and to play online with up to 32 players it amazing!

The customize options are great, allowing you to change and adapt your game to play it how you want to play it, and lets face it, who doesn't want to invade France?

It's very CIV5... So if you like the Civiliazion series, you will like this!

86

The latest gem from Paradox

DaiMonPaul | Feb. 21, 2013 | See all DaiMonPaul's reviews »

If you've played other games developed by Paradox, you'll be at home with March of the Eagles. If not, you're in for a treat!

March of the Eagles is Paradox's most accessible title yet. Taking place in Europe during the Napoleonic Wars, the game allows you to take control of any European country and fight wars, conduct diplomacy, and try to become the dominant land and naval powers of Europe. Unlike most Paradox games, MotE gives you a victory condition and a goal to play towards. This reduces the replayability and open-endedness of the game, but it also brings a greater focus to the game experience and can make end-game scenarios quite hectic, crazy, and fun, as coalition allies double-cross each other to try to become the dominant power in Europe. Paradox has also included a system of question marks and exclamation marks throughout the interface of the game that function as a tutorial. This is a very nice and much-needed change for the positive; if you're not sure what a game element is, simply click the question mark and a pop-up will explain it. This functions in a manner reminiscent of the Civpedia in the Civilization games, which is a good thing.

MotE plays well and looks beautiful. The game truly shines in multiplayer, as players can make secret alliances and double-cross each other without warning. Single player is fun, but while the computer AI seems quite good so far, it doesn't provide the same depth as the multiplayer game does. And that is where the game falters a bit, in its depth. Paradox has created a hybrid of EU3 and Hearts of Iron 3 with this game, and for the most part, that works well. However, both EU3 and HoI3 offer deeper systems (economic and exploration in EU3, military in HoI3); there really isn't that much to do in March of the Eagles other than conduct warfare. Warfare is complex and detailed, and it provides for a very satisfying experience, but there are some limits on what you can do, and you are stuck on a map of Europe that is smaller than the CK2 map. That's not necessarily a bad thing, but it makes it different from other Paradox games which offer more of an open-ended sandbox and then give you the tools to do whatever you wish.

Veterans of Paradox games will find this a fun and compelling wargame, but they may lose interest in it after a while because it lacks the immense depth found in Europa Universalis or Hearts of Iron. Those looking to get into Paradox games but who are daunted by the immense learning curve found in Europa Universalis, Hearts of Iron, Victoria, and Crusader Kings should look into this game, as it serves as the most accessible starting point to the Paradox style of grand strategy games. Overall, this is a fun and intelligent wargame that is put together very well (and with minimal bugs!), but it's limited in what it does. As long as you don't expect to get 600+ hours out of it (like one can easily do in Crusader Kings 2 or Europa Universalis 3), you should enjoy it!