Last year, the best strategies were dominated by the Middle Ages, and we can easily tell you that this year it will be no different – a representative of the feudal age, when cold steel was used instead of awkward firearms, we even have two, although they could not be different. In any case, the popular genre of all tactically based thinkers has again offered some real delicacies again, so let’s take a look at who found ourselves on our podium.
3rd place: Field of Glory II: Medieval
It’s not a brand new game, but the standalone expansion of Field of Glory II: Medieval has been so successful that we’re willing to overlook its lack of originality. On the chassis of the great ancient strategy Field of Glory II, one of the best medieval warfare simulators we have ever had the joy of playing has been created.
It is a tug of war, but it captures the dynamics of the battlefield like few others. Unlike other strategies, you won’t be afraid that an archer volley will kill half your men, you’ll be horrified when the formation loses its cohesiveness because of those relentless sharpened sticks just as an enemy cavalry rushes at it, the blow of which causes a chain reaction, which causes the whole line to decompose. Because success in battle does not depend on killing – it depends on morality and crowd psychology. Field of Glory II: Medieval understands this like few other games.
2nd place: Gloomhaven
Another piece is played in the silver position, the main attraction of which is definitely not originality. Gloomhaven is “only” a digital adaptation of a board – but boards so popular and successful that you would find it very difficult to find one that is more popular and successful. And for good reason, because it relies on extremely fun and addictive strategic mechanics.
The best thing about the digital version of Gloomhaven is that it takes full advantage of the quality of the desktop template and enriches it with its own trumps. He does all the black work for you, which is the most annoying on the original record, and adds excellent audiovisual processing, thus ensuring a great atmosphere. When board fanatic Patrik writes that a computer game is a better experience than a board game, it is advisable to listen to him…
1st place: Age of Empires IV
The trumpets sound, the drums drum, and a new king sits on the throne. The sequel to the famous series, watched by countless strategists, has finally arrived on the battlefield, and although it has not avoided some missteps, it has fulfilled what it set out to do – the fourth part definitely revives the brand, which had to make do with constant remakes of older pieces for many years.
If you like the second part, it is quite likely that you will also find a new product from Relic Entertainment. He is a very faithful spiritual successor, set in the same historical period, using many similar design techniques. Plus, you can finally climb the walls with your soldiers!
While Age of Empires IV faces some challenges at the beginning of its life cycle, such as unbalanced factions or annoying bugs, it must be acknowledged that the basic gameplay is well-tuned and that there is definitely no lack of content. The four story campaigns are creatively designed and long enough to keep you entertained for many hours (though they might be better told). And although the eight nations do not seem like any number, their differences make up for quantitative shortcomings.
The fourth part will probably never reach such a cult status as the sung two, but perhaps no one in court expected that. Let us not compare it with the greats of the past born at a completely different time, and let us enjoy the fact that an excellent historical real-time strategy has once again landed in our hands.
Source: Games by games.tiscali.cz.
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