Reign: Conflict of Nations
Reign: Conflict of Nations is a large-scale real-time historical strategy game covering three centuries of medieval Europe. The player becomes a monarch testing their skills by controlling one of 26 unique factions as they develop smart economics, work political maneuvers, maintain thoughtful diplomacy, take care of resources and wage war. As the ruler players have absolute command and the ability to thrive or fail and die. Reign: Conflict of Nations allows players to have a well thought-out and historically accurate system of building and assigning labor forces in cities, a large selection of scenario-based and random missions, an expansive and realistic technology tree, more than 150 types of military units and elaborated graphics and animations which bring the war to life.
-Strategy game covering 300 years in the history of Europe.
Based on a detailed 3D map with authentic landscape and historically accurate military units.
Large-scale military campaign to turn a small principality into a large and powerful empire.
26 factions to control: Russian, Polish and Lithuanian princedoms, lands of the Knight Orders and Eastern European monarchies.
Political, economic and role-playing systems showing the intricacies of diplomacy and wars in medieval Europe.
Great people and personalities of the past, hundreds of game characters, each one with their own unique specialties including rulers, commanders, priests, alchemists and spies.
Solid gameDanielZo0 | June 12, 2013 | See all DanielZo0's reviews »
Reign: Conflict of Nations is a highly underrated but intriguing game. There are no massive battles Total War style, instead this is a game along the line of Europa Universalis III with an element of RTS similar to Mount&Blade or Real Warfare 1242. This game has a beautiful albeit simplistic graphical approach a smooth tutorial and a good interface. The AI is solid, though like most games sometimes Moscow just really wants to conquer Oman or in this case the Crimea, personally I think that kind of result is intrinsic to the concept of alternative history strategy. The two primary problems with this game, as can easily be discovered by checking reviews or the 1C forums are that: 1) there is no decent manual, while the tutorial is a great outline it offers limited suggestions on strategic considerations, and 2) as many underrated games this was reviewed and pigeon-holed by "professional" reviewers who are either afraid to get their feet wet or think that no one else will want to either. This game is FAR from the opaque mess it has been portrayed to be and as anyone who plays Total War or Paradox or Starcraft knows that if you REALLY need to know something just open the game files to understand the actual combat mechanics, otherwise just experiment, isn't that the way a game should be?
Unique setting, flawed gameDaiMonPaul | Jan. 21, 2013 | See all DaiMonPaul's reviews »
This is a game that I really, really wanted to like. I enjoy grand strategy games, and this game reminds me a lot of both Knights of Honor and the turn-based map sections of the Total War series. It takes place in the Medieval Baltic, encompassing Russia, Lithuania, etc, and you just don't see this area and time represented in many video games. The graphics are solid, and it's easy to get started in the game, but once you start playing, the bugs and poor AI start to show up. It's also somewhat simplistic and not as engaging as the grand strategy elements of the Total War series or Knights of Honor. I've never had the game crash, but I have had issues getting the game to run smoothly on a low-end system. My system can run Crusader Kings 2 better than it runs this game, and I'm not sure why; your situation may vary, of course.
Overall, this game is a missed opportunity. If you enjoy grand strategy games and want to play one in a somewhat unique historical setting, it's worth picking this game up when it goes on sale. Otherwise, I'd recommend a real hidden gem, Knights of Honor, instead.
Fairly solid game, but has some problems...Cooberstooge | Aug. 28, 2012 | See all Cooberstooge's reviews »
Reign is a solid, fairly straightforward strategy game that, while it initially is quite good, further play will reveal it has some issues. Said issues are nothing a few extra weeks of development time couldn't have fixed, but they've yet to be patched out.
The graphics are nice to look at, and the characters are well-detailed, despite being 2D. The story is probably the highlight here, and is quite detailed - the game is worth the asking price just for this, in my opinion. The soundtrack is nice, with music that is pretty calm, instead of the usual imposing instrumental stuff so many of these titles love to use.
The AI is normally pretty good at what it's doing, but occasionally can get pretty dumb - I've run into this in every game of Reign I have played so far. While somewhat irritating, other than the quirky AI, the game runs just fine, and it's never crashed once on me.
For being set in an unusual historical period most similar games don't touch, and having a great story, I definitely recommend giving Reign: Conflict of Nations a go. Just be prepared to handle sometimes goofy AI.
Doesn't live up to its potentialIganX | July 22, 2012 | See all IganX's reviews »
Having the potential to be a great game, its amount of bugs and simplistic mechanics make it a game which is mediocre at most. You will have a good time a couple of hours and forget it as soon as you try another strategy game.
Fresh setting and many interesting ideas but needs polishManiacal | June 17, 2012 | See all Maniacal's reviews »
I was intrigued by the Eastern European setting which is often ignored by AAA developers and the medieval setting. The game has quite a lot of interesting features and ideas and at first I enjoyed it. However, the more I played the more its flaws and short-comings were revealed. Especially the AI which was often poor and there were a few rather buggy features.